Wanju (Welcome) to the Margaret River Region – arguably the only wine region on Earth that combines pristine beaches, towering forests, jewel-like caves and unique flora and fauna with award-winning wines and culinary excellence.
The Margaret River Region is the most awarded fine wine region in Australia and is home to pristine beaches, tall timber karri forests, renowned surf breaks and ancient underground caves, making it one of the most unique destinations in the world.
An easy 2.5hr drive from Perth is the beginning of the region, which stretches from Busselton 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. Each of the towns can be found hugging the coast of the Indian Ocean, nearby vast landscapes of vineyards and kangaroo dotted farmland. Here you can indulge at fine restaurants and boutique breweries, seek out wildflowers and wildlife, explore bespoke art galleries and immerse yourself in one of the many food and wine festivals.
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.
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.
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.
Festivals and Events
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 for any upcoming events before you head down.