Come for the wine, stay for the sunset
The Margaret River region just got closer with flights from Melbourne to Busselton-Margaret River Airport beginning in March 2020, running three times a week, all year-round. Here’s some itinerary inspiration for a short getaway.
DAY 1 BUSSELTON & DUNSBOROUGH
Dip your toes in the protected waters of the Geographe Bay at Busselton Foreshore, where you’ll find the 1.841km long Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Walk or catch the electric solar-powered train to the end of the jetty and explore the underwater observatory to see vibrant marine life. Drive on to Dunsborough, where oceans the hue of a Bombay Sapphire bottle and pristine, white sandy beaches are aplenty. See sweeping views of the coast from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, where you can also embark on an Aboriginal cultural tour to learn about the Noongar history. Overnight in Busselton or Dunsborough.
DAY 2 YALLINGUP TO MARGARET RIVER
Continue south to Yallingup, where you’ll find the first of the Margaret River region’s ancient underground limestone caves. Explore one of the four caves open to the public on tour or hike a section of the Cape to Cape Track, which spans 135km from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. Don’t miss Instagrammable spots like Canal Rocks and Injidup Natural Spa before stopping for lunch at one of the many prestigious vineyard restaurants in the Margaret River region. Spend an afternoon wine tasting at one of the almost 100 cellar doors in the region, picking up fresh treats from local providores along the way, or head to one of the many surf breaks to ride world-class waves. Overnight in Margaret River.
DAY 3 MARGARET RIVER TO AUGUSTA
Explore the many boutiques and art galleries in Margaret River town for artisan creations, before driving further south via Caves Road through the stunning Boranup Forest, home to ancient karri trees. Head to Augusta, the most southern tip of Western Australia, and meet the friendly rays at Hamelin Bay. Take a tour to the top of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for impressive views of where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. Watch a famous west coast sunset over the ocean before overnighting in Augusta or Margaret River.
DAY 4 MARGARET RIVER TO MELBOURNE
Soak up your last morning in the Margaret River region with a beachside breakfast or an early morning dip before you catch your flight back to Melbourne, with plenty of memories and Insta-worthy images for your Instagram feed to take with you.
Book your flights now at www.jetstar.com
These day trips from Margaret River.
- Travel 1hr north toward Bunbury, where you'll find a premier wild dolphin experience at the Dolphin Discovery Centre for the whole family to enjoy. Friendly wild bottlenose dolphins frolic in the shallows of Koombana Bay from November to April.
- Take a charming country drive east along rolling hills and undulating farmland through Nannup and Bridgetown. Here, you can stop for a cider, stroll the historic streets and discover quaint and quirky artisan wares, sweet treats and vintage finds.
- Drive 1.5hrs east to Manjimup during truffle season in winter, where you can join a truffle dog hunt to dig up the black Perigord truffle. Year-round, enjoy truffle on the menu at one of the local restaurants in this region, known as Australia's truffle heartland.
- Take a trip 1.5hrs away to Pemberton to find impressive climbing trees that were once fire lookouts, as well as visit Yeagarup Dunes, a large moving sand dune system with incredible views. Stop by tranquil lakes in stunning inland forests, perfect for swimming and catching trout and marron (freshwater crayfish).
Click here for some more South West Road Trip inspiration.