Situated at the tip of southern Western Australia, the Margaret River Region offers some of the best South West sights, attractions and experiences in one convenient location. From Perth, it’s an easy 2.5-hour drive to the region, which stretches from Busselton down to Augusta. The density of this part of the South West allows you to hop from award-winning wineries and bespoke art galleries, to stunning beaches, tall-timber forests, flowing rivers, world-class surf breaks and ancient caves – all in a single day.
Sea and surf
Each of the Margaret River Region’s towns can be found hugging the coast of the Indian Ocean. The picture-perfect, calm waters of Geographe Bay entice families and sunbathers, while the dramatic west-facing coastline between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin attracts surfers, kite boarders and those who love some action on the water. Known internationally as one of the best big-wave surfing locations on Earth, there are more than 40 top surfing spots along Margaret River’s coast , with conditions ranging from powerful reef breaks, to fun beach surf.
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Nature and wildlife
Venture inland and you’ll be dwarfed by some of the world’s tallest trees and underground limestone caves. Adrenaline seeker? Go rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing and whale watching (whether from the shore or on a tour). Nature enthusiast? Head on a guided tour of the region, or venture out on paths less trodden to spot stunning wildflowers and all sorts of wildlife.
Food and wine
Let’s not forget about the food and wine! The Margaret River Wine Region is renowned world-over for producing some top notch, award-winning drops. Need proof? Head to one of the many cellar doors for a taste test. You’ll know you’ve hit wine heartland when you start to drive past endless rows of grapevine-covered trellises. Foodies will smack their lips over the abundance of fresh produce available at their fingertips. All they need to do is visit one of the many restaurants, cafes, boutique breweries and distilleries, local farmers markets, artisan providores, and food and wine festivals for a smorgasbord of South West delights.
Events and festivals
From world-class surfing and Ironman events, to extravagant foodie and film festivals – there’s heaps of entertainment to be had on your next trip to the Margaret River Region. Check out our South West events page for any upcoming events before you head down.
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Top 10 things to do in the Margaret River Region
- Be adventurous and give surfing, stand up paddle boarding, mountain biking or even horse riding a go.
- Walk or train to the end of the Busselton Jetty and come face-to-face with marine life at its underwater observatory.
- Picnic or camp among the karri trees in Boranup Forest and stargaze at Injidup Natural Spa.
- Taste the region’s finest drops on a winery, distillery or brewery tour, or go at your own paces with a self-drive cellar door hop. Finish your foodie adventure with a long table lunch.
- Browse Dunsborough and Margaret River’s beautiful boutiques. There’s homewares, clothing stores, great cafes and plenty of beautiful souvenirs to discover.
- Head underground and explore four of the region’s magical caves – Jewel, Lake, Mammoth and Ngilgi.
- Walk a section of the 135km-long Cape to Cape Track (or all of it, if you’re game!), and spot sea creatures, beautiful wildflowers and magnificent coast along the way.
- Head up the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Australia’s tallest mainland lighthouse, and see where the Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean meet, or visit Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse for views of the Cape to Cape.
- Spot migrating humpback, southern right and blue whales on a whale watching tour from Augusta (June through to September) or Busselton and Dunsborough (September to December).
- Get up close to wild stingrays and eagle rays at Hamelin Bay.
Margaret River FAQs
What are the top tourist attractions in Margaret River?
Margaret River offers some of the best tourist attractions in the South West, some of these include:
- Walking along Busselton Jetty and visiting the underwater observatory
- Exploring Boranup Forest Winery, distillery and brewery tours
- Visiting the underground caves such as Jewel, Lake, Mammoth and Ngilgi Cave
- Walking some of the amazing 135km-long Cape to Cape Track
- Visiting Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (Australia’s tallest mainland lighthouse)
- Whale Watching
And there are plenty more attractions for all sorts of travellers from families to adventure seekers and those after a romantic getaway.
How far is Margaret River from Perth?
An easy 2.5hrs drive from Perth is the beginning of the region, which stretches from Busselton to Augusta. Each of the towns can be found hugging the coast of the Indian Ocean, nearby vast landscapes of vineyards and kangaroo-dotted farmland.
What is Margaret River known for?
Margaret River offers world-class wine alongside unspoilt coastline, as well as stunning inland rivers, tall-timber forests and ancient underground caves, making it one of the most unique destinations on Earth.
When is the best time to visit Margaret River?
Margaret River is an all-year-round holiday destination with summer temperatures sitting around the 25-35 degrees celsius mark and winter temperatures around the 15-20 degrees celsius mark. With plenty to do indoors and outdoors, you can’t go wrong visiting in summer, autumn, winter or spring. Summer is best for sticking to the coast, exploring white sandy beaches and pristine rock pools. Autumn is great for surfing the coast with prime swell conditions, while winter brings migrating whales in Augusta and is a great time to indulge in hearty comfort food and red wine. Spring is best for spotting a beautiful array of wildflowers, bushwalking and joining a whale watching tour from Busselton or Dunsborough.
How many Margaret River wineries are there?
You can sample world-renowned wines at one of the nearly 100 cellar doors in the Margaret River wine region, which produces plenty of prestigious and award-winning drops, particularly varieties of chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. Not your thing? Try delicious ciders and beers at one of the many craft breweries in the region. Pair this with some delicious local produce, with a plethora of dining options – from farmers markets and artisan providores, to fine restaurants and wineries, foodies will salivate their way through the region, devouring tasty treats along the way. Or, immerse yourself in one of the many food and wine festivals.
What day trips can I do from Margaret River?
Don’t miss 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 Périgord 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).