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Boasting pristine forests, beautiful beaches, powerful surf and a reputation for great food and wine, there are plenty of fun things to do in Margaret River. This spot in Western Australia is a hugely popular getaway destination for Perth residents.
After exploring the gleaming white beaches and rugged national park at nearby Dunsborough and Yallingup, my travel mate and I decided to check out the many Margaret River attractions next on our big Perth to Adelaide road trip.
If you’re thinking of heading to Australia’s southwest too, here are my top things to do in Margaret River!
1. Go Food & Wine Tasting
One of the top Margaret River attractions has to be wineries and fine food production. Wine tasting is a must on a visit to southwest Australia! Here is a sample of food and wine tours that you can book onto.
- Margaret River Wine Adventure: This six-hour tour includes transport from your hotel and visits to three boutique wineries, where you’ll make your own wine to enjoy with lunch at a local restaurant. You’ll pop into a chocolate maker and micro-brewery before heading back.
We chose to visit the very beautiful Voyager Estate. I must say, on arrival at the grand driveway to the estate (which resembled a stately home in England), we suddenly felt very scruffy in our beach gear! The staff were very welcoming though, and we didn’t feel out of place at all once we got inside.
After exploring the extensive grounds, we headed inside, where we were able to choose six different wines to sample.
Since neither of us are big wine fans, I can’t really give you any intelligent insights on the wines we tasted (they tasted perfectly fine to us!). But if you’re looking for a very pretty place to explore as well as somewhere to try/buy wine or eat, Voyager Estate won’t disappoint.
2. Surf or Kitesurf at Surfers Point, Prevelly
Since surfing is another of the main Margaret River attractions, my travel mate, Michi, has contemplated having his first surf lesson here.
However, as we drove towards the coastline and caught out first glimpse of the ocean, my first thought was that I wouldn’t know how to contact his family if he died! As if reading my mind, Michi stared wide-eyed at the enormous crashing waves and muttered, “I think I would die if I tried to surf here.”
I’ve added a photo of the Margaret River surf break map below, which highlights areas for beginner surfers. However, the region may be better for experienced surfers! It was a particularly windy day when we visited though, so perhaps looked a bit more hard-core than usual.
3. Explore or Kayak the Rivermouth at Margaret River
The rivermouth is a really scenic spot, and one of the prettiest Margaret River attractions, where the ocean, sand and river swirl together in a zig-zag formation. We also saw plenty of people kayaking along the river and lots of pretty greenery and wildflowers behind the beach.
4. Relax on Redgate Beach
Redgate Beach is huge, white and absolutely stunning. If you get the weather for it this is definitely the place for a beach day. With the level of wind we experienced though, all we could do was fight our way across it to take photos! It was so strong I had to practically bend over double to stop myself toppling over backwards!
5. Dine Out in a Margaret River Restaurant
We chose to eat at the bistro in the Margaret River Hotel, which had plenty of meals under $30 (for us on our backpacker budgets) as well as being nicely decorated inside. There are plenty of more expensive restaurants on the main street though, if you’re looking for a fancier place.
6. Peruse Shops, Art Galleries & Cafes in Margaret River Town Centre
The main Margaret River attractions are the food, wine and great outdoors, but the area also has a cute and leafy town centre with a choice of shops, cafes, restaurants and art galleries.
We walked into town via a lovely short bush walk from our camping spot at Wharncliffe Mill, then perused magazines over coffee at the lovely Morries restaurant.
7. Visit Margaret River Caves
The limestone caves beneath the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge are one of the main Margaret River attractions, so make sure you schedule in a visit. We decided to see the most southern cave in the area, Jewel Cave, on our way south towards Hamelin Bay.
Unfortunately, it was closed due to a power cut, so we missed out on the Margaret River caves completely! Here are a couple of cave tours if you prefer to book a guided tour.
- Lake Cave Fully-Guided Tour: You will descend a long staircase through a sinkhole to reach this pristine chamber where a lake reflects the crystal formations above.
- Augusta: Jewel Cave Fully-Guided Tour: Be amazed at Western Australia’s largest public cave and learn about the cave’s fossils.
8. Enjoy the Margaret River Wildflowers
With over 2,500 species of wildflowers, Margaret River is one of only 34 biodiversity hotspots in the world, and the only one in Australia.
Whilst the Western Australian wildflowers exist year-round, they’re most prolific during springtime between August and November, when you’ll be sure to spot many colourful varieties along the coastal paths and rivers.
9. Hike or Bike through the Margaret River Forests
Bound by the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park to the west, the world’s only pure tuart forest to the north, jarrah and marri forests to the east, and the third tallest tree species in the world, the karri tree, to the south, Margaret River has plenty more than beaches and wine on offer.
You can enjoy the forests by hiking bush trails or cycling mountain bike paths.
To learn about our camping ground, check out my post on eco-camping in Margaret River.
Plan your own road trip using my epic Perth to Adelaide drive itinerary, which includes distances, drive stops, accommodation and highlights.
Follow my adventure by reading my next post on Hamelin Bay and Cape Leeuwin. Thanks for reading!
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Lisa Bull, founder of Dreaming of Down Under, has been living in Australia as a British expat since 2015. After travelling to every state and territory in Australia and living in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, Lisa knows from first-hand experience the best destinations to visit in Australia and the best budget travel tips. Her guides on this blog have been read by over 700k readers and helped thousands of people achieve their dream of living in or travelling Australia.