The Margaret River Region is a world renown holiday destination; packed full of pristine natural wonders, beautiful vineyards with top class wines, craft breweries and iconic Western Australian landscapes. Best of all, being only 3 hours south of Perth, the Margaret River region is within easy reach for a day trip. Alternatively stay a bit longer and enjoy the laid back vibe. Find out more about Margaret River here or read on to get our top picks of things to do in the Margaret River region:
The Busselton Jetty, with its iconic 4 buildings, has the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere. Stretching almost 2km into the beautiful Indian Ocean, the pier was originally built in the shallow waters to allow timber to be transported to ships. Today, the jetty forms a major tourist attraction, offering locals and visitors alike train trips along the jetty to an underwater observatory. Here you’ll descend eight metres (26 feet) below the surface to an observation chamber, to view coral and vividly coloured tropical and subtropical fish at the artificial reef.
The iconic 4 blue buildings on the Busselton Jetty with the crystal blue waters behind them also make for fantastic photo opportunities.
The climate of the Margaret River region is perfect for grape growing and there is no shortage of premium boutique vineyards. As there are many smaller micro-climates, no 2 wines are the same. With beautiful vineyard views, tasting tours, and over 95 cellar doors, it’s easy to see why this area is world-renown and produces over 20% of Australia’s wine.
With the vineyards offering a diverse range of dining options from world-class 5 star options to casual cafe dining, there certainly is something for everyone.
Breweries and Craft Brewers
With nine breweries nearby to the town of Margaret River, craft beer has fast become an active player in the activity list for this beautiful area. Each brewery offers distinctive ales and ciders for you to try, complete with interesting chocolate and chilli beers. Consider enjoying your beer tasting paddle and tasty lunch whilst overlooking beautiful scenery and perhaps even live music. Find out more here
With perfect white sand, crystal waters and great surf, this region has some of the best beaches in the world. It’s also very possible to find a deserted beach all to yourself. Top swimming beaches include the Busselton Foreshore, Dunsborough Foreshore, Meelup, Eagle Bay, Yallingup and many more.
Beneath this beautiful area, lies over 150 limestone caves. There are various options open to the public to explore these caves, with different difficulty levels. Find out more here
Two Great Southern Lighthouses serve this beautiful region, The Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, near Dunsborough and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, near Augusta. Visitors can go right up into these working lighthouses, see the workings and enjoy the breathtaking views.
Back to Nature – Explore on Foot, by Bicycle, Kayak or on Horseback
This coastline offers hundreds of miles of coastline to explore. From walking experiences in the bush and along beautiful streams and rivers to horse riding and mountain biking, there is a journey for everyone.
Whale Watching & Watersports
This region offers top whale watching in Australia from June to early December each year. You can watch the whale action from the shore or get up close on a whale watching cruise.
From kayaking, water skiing, and paddle boarding to pedal boarding, there is something for every fitness level. Why not enjoying the amazing array of underwater colours and sites with snorkeling, or diving. For those who want to get out on the waves, try Surfers Point, Cowaramup Bay and Injidup. In addition, there are also some prime fishing spots!
Come Spring time, over 2,500 species of wildflowers adorn this area in bright colour. Being one of only 34 biodiversity hotspots in the world, and the only one in Australia. To explore the wildflowers, take a walk along the coastal walking tracks, rivers, forests and around the caves.
Events: Food, Festivals, Music and More
Finally, Margaret River offers a wealth of regular events from food festivals, agricultural shows, music festivals and wine shows.
In conclusion, this region has so much to offer and explore! You can find out more by visiting the Margaret River Visitor Centre and the Busselton Visitor Centre.
Alternatively, why not consider a Margaret River Wine & Food Day Tour from Perth, visiting top vineyards, chocolate tasting, Busselton Jetty, Beaches and more.
Why not linger a little longer in the Great Southern region and head to Denmark and Walpole. Find out more about things to do in Denmark and Walpole here.