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.