It’s famous for its surf and wineries, but there are lots of other attractions and things to do in Margaret River. A town surrounded by tall trees, the sea, rocky cliffs and undulating plains, this small region stands out in a big way. Indulge in incredible food and wine, immerse yourself in the natural environment through coastal hikes, abseiling, kayaking and many more. Find inspiration here for the best things to do in Margaret River!
1. Go on a wine tour
From the heart of the region, vineyards stretch out in every direction, fine wine pulsing through its veins. It goes without saying one of the best things to do in Margaret River is to visit its wineries. From larger estates to smaller hidden gems, there is a seemingly endless list of award-winning wineries to choose from. Join an organised tasting tour, or put together your own! For an eco-friendly way of getting around, you could hop on some Turbo Levo electric bikes and experience the best of what this region has to offer.
2. Sample craft beers
For every wine lover there’s an equally passionate beer fan, and Margaret River covers both preferences. Explore the artisanal brews in town, on a farm and even in an old dairy. On this brew trail, take in some 135 kilometres of Margaret River region scenery and an enormous range of craft beers made from local ingredients. You can make this a full day itinerary, or take a more leisurely crawl with just two or three stops and settle in a little.
3. Hit the beach
The surf culture is an inseparable part of Margaret River’s identity. Look to its impressive coastline, where epic breaks call to surfers of all levels. Even if you don’t answer the call and prefer to just stay on the sand, there’s a beach in Margaret River perfect for you. The sheltered cove at Prevelly is perfect for paddlers and those that don’t want the waves. Meelup Beach’s soft white sand, crystal clear water and gentle waves are perfect for families with young children. If you are a surfer, then you’re probably already reading up on surf spots like the iconic Surfers Point!
4. Go caving
Margaret River is just as stunning underground as it is above. Beneath the surface of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge are a series of jaw-dropping limestone caves, a glassy lake and megafauna fossils. Formed approximately 1 million years ago, a number of these cave systems are open to the public. Go inside and be amazed by these massive labyrinths intricately designed by Mother Nature. Cave tours range from easy self-guided tours, guided tours with informative commentary, and adventure tours where you navigate through vertical climbs, tight spots and giant chambers.
5. Do a coastal hike
It could be said that one of the best ways to explore a region is to go by foot, and this is especially true in Margaret River with the Cape to Cape Track. It stretches 135 kilometres across Margaret River region’s spectacular coastline. You’ll pass through limestone cliffs, towering karri forests, cliff top views, remote beaches, and historic lighthouses. You can complete it with a five to nine-day hike, or take leisurely half or full-day walks to explore smaller sections. You can also camp on the track, or choose from a wide range of accommodations from rustic to luxury.
6. Meet the marine life
There are many vantage points to see the region’s marine life, but nothing beats the Busselton Jetty’s Underwater Observatory. The tour starts with a relaxing train ride along the jetty with 360-degree views across Geographe Bay. Descending eight metres to the ocean floor via a spiral staircase, discover an inspiring forest of vividly coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. Eleven viewing windows at various levels provide different viewpoints within the observation chamber.