Margaret River is like another world. Its unique microclimate combines the hot, sunny weather of Western Australia with the cooling effect of Indian Ocean breezes to produce a wine-growing region of world renown. Surfers come from all over to shred the famous local breaks. Offshore, the ocean is crowded with marine life. From the terrace of your 5-star hotel you can watch migrating whales while you eat a sumptuous breakfast. The region’s chefs can whip up some of the world’s finest dishes in the time it takes to paddle into a point break. Many of Margaret River’s original stone and timber homesteads have been converted into luxury hotels, exclusive spa retreats, and boutique homestays. The region’s beach “shacks” have been designed to be environmentally-friendly yet are still equipped with all mod cons. For the adventurous, you can sweep into Margaret River in a seaplane, zip-line through a forest, and abseil down towering sea cliffs…then sip a margarita by the pool once you are done. Spend your days surfing; spend your days tasting wine. Or, just relax and do nothing, out here on the far side of the world.
Your luxury hotel isn’t the only drawcard of Margaret River, with the region being filled with beautiful places to see and delicious produce to sample. To help make planning your ideal getaway as easy as possible, we have curated a list of eight highlights from the Margaret River region.
The Margaret River wine region is one of Australia’s most well known areas, with an abundance of locally owned vineyards. Vasse Felix is one of the original modern wineries, specialising in creating authentic blends of locally grown grapes, while Leeuwin Estate produce drops that are exported to over 30 different countries. There are also wonderful family-owned wineries including Cullen Wines, Lenton Brae Winery and Grace Farm.
Every Saturday morning local producers and artisans converge on the Margaret River Farmers Markets to sell their wares. From local meats, fruits and vegetables to fresh fish and free-range eggs, there is everything you need to create a gourmet meal. There are also stalls representing the regions bee hives, olive groves, chocolate makers, eco farms and dairy producers.
Margaret River is a magnet for those whose minds are filled with creativity, and as a result the areas is abundant with art galleries and showrooms. There is something for everyone to be found among the locally made ceramics, sculptures, furniture, metalwork, blown glass, painting and photographs. For an experience that encompasses art, nature, and wine, visit Happs Margaret River. This family-owned establishment is home to Commonage Pottery & Gallery, as well as gorgeous gardens, a winery and gourmet providore.
During Spring and Winter each year, thousands of whales pass Margaret River as part of their migration between the warmer waters of the Kimberly and cold waters of the Antarctic. From the land, you can see these whales at the vantage points along Leeuwin Road, at Point Picquet and Shelley Cove. For those who prefer to get up close and personal, there are boat tours which can go within 50 metres of these majestic creatures.
Discover a delectable range of hand crafted, premium chocolate products at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory. With free entry, free tastings and viewing windows through to the production rooms, there is plenty of value in a visit. The Chocolate Café serves lunch as well as sweet treats, including their delicious chocolate brownies.
Margaret River is internationally renowned for its high-class surf breaks. For beginners, contact the Margaret River Surf School or take to the waves yourself at one of the calmer breaks at Rivermouth in Prevelly. Alternatively, visit Surfer’s Point, an advanced surf break that is home to the Margaret River Pro surfing competition.
If you like adventure, why not explore one of the regions many caves. Hidden deep within the earth, Lake Cave is a crystal cavern with stalactites and stalagmites. In the centre lies a tranquil lake, lit up by the lights that illuminate the cave and enable visitors to clearly see the unique formations. Nearby, is Mammoth Cave, which is filled with fossils of Australia’s long extinct megafauna.
Stretching from Cape Naturaliste down to Cape Leeuwin, the ‘Cape to Cape’ is a stunning coastline filled with coves, bays, granite rock formations and surf breaks. Drive up the road and stop in at the various look outs and small towns to experience the most stunning scenery in the area. Alternatively, choose a section to hike, enjoying breathtaking views from the hillside trails.