WA’s Margaret River Region is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. Once merely a remote sanctuary for Perth locals is now developing into one of WA’s most celebrated holiday destinations. From exploring ancient caves to hiking the legendary Cape to Cape track, or from surfing the world’s best waves to enjoying a quiet glass of chardonnay - a coastal paradise with a Mediterranean-style climate, Margaret River truly is blessed. Join us as we guide you through some of the best places to stop in on your next trip to Margaret River.
The Margaret River region is celebrated for its stunning natural beauty above the surface, but it's what lies beneath that captures the hearts of most visitors. With over 100 intricate cave systems positioned underground, it’s almost like walking onto the set of a Lord of the Rings movie. Formed over 1 million years ago, four spine-tingling limestone caves are currently open to the public, each a dramatic contrast to the next. Unearth the eerie stories surrounding the cave’s origins as you transverse underground through a labyrinth of enchanting limestone crystal formations. Spy the vast ancient stalactites that inhabit Jewel Cave, or uncover the fascinating fossils of the enormous megafauna that once roamed these lands at Mammoth Cave. Set among the lush Marri and Karri forests that dominate the area, any trip to the caves is the perfect way to spend a day in Margaret River.
The sun on your back, breeze in your hair, rolling waves and sweet saltwater aromas, Margaret River truly is an ocean paradise. From Busselton to Augusta, spy the region’s alluring coastline, with its sparkling beaches, secluded coves, and some of the best waves in the world. Explore the crystal-clear waters of Hamelin Bay, or the Insta-famous natural spa at Injidup Beach, the quirky rock pools of Eagle Bay, and the towering waves at Surfers Point. Top to bottom, the shores are lined with breathtaking ocean scenery, a sensory overload, and the perfect place to enjoy a day in the sun.
Hit the ground walking on WA’s most popular coastal walk trail – the Cape to Cape track. This incredible hike spans a whopping 123 kilometres, traversing through Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park along WA’s stunning southwest coastline. A breath of fresh air, the hike features sparkling seascapes, soaring coastal cliffs, verdant forestry, and plenty of fascinating rock formations. For those seeking something a little lighter on the feet, check out the 3.2-kilometre Chimney Trail, or the moderate 15-kilometre Ten Mile Brook Trail. The track weaves through to the Ten Mile Brook Dam edging through sections of the idyllic Wooditjup National Park. For our friends on two wheels, the Boranup Forest mountain bike trails, the Middle Earth mountain bike track and the Pines Trail off Carter's Road are some of the region’s hidden gems. With numerous courses catering for all skill levels alike, there will never be a dull moment as you tear through the forest tracks.
If Margaret River’s superb natural scenery hasn’t put it on the map, then its world-class viticulture has it ageing like fine wine. Operational for a little over 50 years, wine connoisseurs are drawn to the delectable flavours from local vineyards, accounting for over 25% of Australia’s premium wine markets. Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are the region’s premier offerings with vineyards ranging from small farm-style operations to large-scale grand estates with all the trimmings. Some of Margaret River’s best wineries include – Vasse Felix; Margaret River’s first ever vineyard, Brookwood Estate, with its exemplary wine tastings and highly rated restaurant, Voyager Estate; one of the region’s heavyweights. With over 200 incredible vineyards throughout the region, you may be hard-pressed to try them all. Just remember to drink responsibly and organise a designated driver to transport you safely.
The Margaret River Markets is a ritual for many endearing locals – a great place to stock up on the essentials and fresh gourmet delicacies. Held every Saturday morning at the Margaret River Education Campus, fill your basket full of goodies with an array of fresh fruits & veggies, artisanal cheeses, local meats & seafood, chocolate, fresh flowers and so much more. The market is stocked with fresh local produce that comes direct from West Australian farmers to your plate. With up to 50 stalls owned and operated by local producers, you are sure to find plenty of tasty treats at one of the few remaining genuine Farmer’s Markets left in the state.
Explore the beauty of mother nature on a scenic drive through Boranup Forest. An unsealed road off the beaten track, Boranup Drive is well-maintained and suitable for most vehicles. Gaze in awe at the towering Karri trees, endemic to WA’s southwest and home to a host of rare fauna including WA’s ring-tailed possums, black cockatoos, masked owls and more. Falling victim to logging in the late 1800s, the forest is now heavily protected and predominantly regrowth. Boranup Lookout is a feature of the forest, offering unparalleled views of the southwest’s pristine coastline, karri forests and Hamelin Bay.
To experience the best of what the Margaret River region has to offer, hire a car from Perth Airport today!