Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Things to do in Margaret River that don't involve wine

What do you think of first with the mention Margaret River? The likely answer is wine and surfing. If you’re a surfer, don’t bother to continue reading. You’ll be kept busy with the world-class surf breaks in the region. For everyone else, wine lovers included, read on. These activities will let you indulge guilt-free in wine, cheese and chocolate later on. YES!

 

 

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

There are plenty of opportunities to get in the saddle. The very friendly team at Jesters Flats offer a range of tours suited to all level riders. Choose from the twilight rides, country lane tours or the more exhilarating Bushman’s ride. If you’ve always dreamt of being a Jackaroo, try the Drover Tour where you get to experience Australian farm life and ride around cattle.

The Mirvale Riding School near Yallingup offers horse-riding lessons, pony rides for small children and Twilight Rides.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Some of the best and most accessible mountain biking trails in WA are located near Margaret River. The Pines, off Carter Road, offers a network of trails suited to all levels of mountain bikers including plenty of single tracks and obstacles for experienced riders. Visit Every Trail for trail information and maps. 

For a more leisurely alternative, try the Trail to Rails. The former railway line has been converted into an off-road walking and cycling trail and runs from Witchcliffe to Cowaramup and passes through Margaret River township.

Dirty Detours organise bike tours and will take you to some of the best spots that only locals know.

Bike hire can be arranged from Margaret River Cycles.

Hiking

Hiking

There’s no better hiking trail than the scenic Cape to Cape Track. The 132km track is Australia’s longest coastal trail and meanders along the spectacular coast from Cape Naturaliste in the north to Cape Leeuwin in the south. Along the way, the trail offers the best views of the natural wonders of the region, including world-class beaches, forests, rock formations, cliffs and wildflowers.

You can do the whole trail and camp along the way, or do a section at a time. You’ll easily find the trail markers at most beach carparks between the two capes. For guided tours, check out Walk into Luxury.

There are some great forest walks accessible from Margaret River township. Head to Rotary Park and follow the signs for a series of bushwalks or try 15km return walk to Ten Mile Brook Dam.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

There are plenty of opportunities for SUPing along the coast that cater for all levels. Experienced SUPers have a plethora of breaks to choose from. The protected waters around Gnarabup, Dunsborough and Gracetown are great for beginners and those who prefer flatwater to gnarly waves. Have an adventure and go paddle boarding along the river.

SUP hire, lessons and guided tours are available at Gnarabup Beach, in front of The White Elephant Café and Dunsborough. Check Margaret River Standup Surfing for details.

Brides Cave Abseiling

Kayaking

Kayak hire is available at Margaret Rivermouth, Prevellly and offers one of the best ways to discover the tranquillity of the river. The very popular Bushtucker Tours continue to be one of Margaret Rivers most popular tours and let you explore the natural diversity and ecosystem of the region.

Caving

The Margaret River region has a sophisticated network of caves with more than 150 Caves under the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge stretching from Yallingup to Augusta. Depending on the cave, these can be explored on tours or at your leisure. Ngili Cave, near Yallingup offers torchlight tours and adventure caving. Find out more at www.margaretriver.com

Kayaking

Skydiving

For a birds-eye view of the spectacular coastline, jump out of a plane with Southern Skydivers. Flights take off from Busselton with the option of landing on the beach. You also get a 20-minute flight with views of Geographe Bay, Cape Naturaliste and the Margaret River wine region.

Visit margaretriver.com to learn more

Abseiling and Rock Climbing

West Australia may not be known for it’s huge mountains, but there are still a few opportunities to get vertical. The cliff ranges at Wyllabrup offer some of the region’s best climbing. Other options are Moses Rock, which is shorter and smaller than Wyllabrup and great for beginners, Wallcliffe, Gracetown Crag and Bob’s Hollow.

Guided tours can be organised with the Margaret River Climbing Co.

Skydiving
The Outdoor Guide to Western Australia

As seen on WA Explorer 

Nina Burakowski is a freelance writer and blogger with a penchant for outdoor adventures. For more travel inspiration, visit her blog at www.westaustralianexplorer.com

 


You might also be interested in...

Find your itinerary

Also in this section