If you’re considering a trip to WA, then you will definitely have to make Margaret River a stop on the journey. With a range of delectable food and wine experiences, picturesque natural views and adventurous activities to enjoy, it’s no wonder that the region is well-known all around the world. There are almost too many options and things to do, so it can be overwhelming planning the trip if you’ve never been to the area before – this article should help you narrow it down to the exact activities that interest you the most.
Anyone visiting Western Australia would be missing out on a luxurious experience if they didn’t visit at least a few of the idyllically located, world-renowned Margaret River wineries.
You can’t talk about Margaret River wineries without mentioning Vasse Felix, the region’s founding wine estate. Vasse Felix was established in 1967, and focuses on expressing the strengths of the region in their wines. They encourage you to enjoy a premium wine tasting at their picturesque cellar door, surrounded by lush lawns and gardens.
Xanadu Wines was founded in 1977, and is located halfway between the beautiful southern coastline and Margaret River town centre. Their specialty is creating expressive, fruit-forward wines, which you can taste a variety of at their welcoming cellar door – while learning about the winemaking process and admiring the surrounding vineyards.
The cellar door at Voyager Estate is located in an impressive building surrounded by carefully manicured gardens and expansive vineyards. They are a family owned and operated vineyard that aim to be certified organic by 2023. You could enjoy a glass on their wine terrace or even borrow one of their picnic blankets and relax on the lawn.
Margaret River is also proud of its food scene, and has a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars where you can taste a range of delicacies. Many of the best restaurants are actually in the wineries, and have chef hats or are highly awarded. There are also multiple artisan food producers who are open to the public and offer tastings and other indulgent experiences.
One of the best things about Margaret River is being able to taste expensive artisan foods for free – and at Vasse Virgin, there is an abundance of jams, relishes, dukkahs, and extra virgin olive oils for you to spread onto crackers and delicious bread. They also have a natural skincare range for you to test out and buy if you like.
Gabriel Chocolate Factory
Gabriel Chocolate Factory is Australia’s first bean to bar chocolate maker, and the team take great care to source premium cacao beans for their award-winning chocolates. You will be able to choose from milk, dark, and white chocolate, gift packs, drinking chocolate, cacao nibs, and cocoa powder.
The Margaret River Dairy Company
The Margaret River region is surrounded by ocean, and has a unique mediterranean climate, which makes the perfect conditions for producing decadent dairy products. The Margaret River Dairy Company was founded in 1966 by Italian artisan cheesemakers, and they create a range of luscious yoghurts and cheeses that you have to try.
Margaret River is more than just wine and food, it also offers adventurous outings such as exploring stunning caves. This is an unmissable experience, a truly unique opportunity to see some of the natural wonders of the region.
The entrance to Lake Cave is situated in the bottom of a sunken forest, which is quite awe-inspiring to climb down into. You will see stalagmites and stalactites reflected in the still waters of the lake, and even a ‘suspended table’ formation hovering just above the surface.
This cave was Western Australia’s first tourist attraction, and here you will experience an intriguing commentary from one of Ngilgi Cave’s friendly guides, and explore extensive boardwalks through a range of impressive chambers.
Mammoth Cave is a fascinating choice, as you will be able to explore a natural time capsule filled with ancient fossils. The first chamber is the most impressive, and was the site of Australia’s most important palaeontological digs in the early 1900s.
You can’t visit the Margaret River region without taking a dip in the still, aqua-blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Western Australia is renowned for its beautiful beaches, and there is something for everyone, whether you want to relax on the sand or go for a surf.
Prevelly is the perfect place to admire the rugged, wild coastline of Margaret River. If you’re brave, dive in for a surf, or enjoy a birds-eye view of the white-capped waves meeting the rocky shores from a convenient viewing platform – but bring a coat, it can get windy up there!
Yallingup Beach is accessed from atop a hill, via a long staircase which leads down onto the white sand. It’s a picturesque vista, with a tranquil lagoon encircled by a reef – perfect for family-friendly activities and snorkeling – and further along the beach there is crashing surf and strong tidal waters.
Busselton is cradled in the safety of Geographe Bay, where the water is clear and calm, and the beach stretches as far as the eye can see. Busselton Beach features the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, and is the perfect place to take the family for a day at the beach.
Art & Cultural Experiences
Margaret River is a culture and art hub, with various festivals and events occurring there throughout the year. These festivals feature music, art, cinema, and more, with the region attracting international acts and enormous crowds to some of the more well-known occasions.
Aboriginal Cultural Tours
To fully appreciate the Margaret River region, and its history and people, you have to go on an aboriginal cultural tour. You will be introduced to the world’s oldest living culture, and follow in the footsteps of the Wadandi and Bibbulman people of the Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River areas – you will see the country through their eyes.
With such a unique and beautiful landscape to be inspired by, it’s no wonder that Margaret River has such a thriving arts scene. The region is home to countless galleries featuring the work of internationally and nationally acclaimed artists, including jewellers, photographers, painters, potters, wood and metal workers, and glass blowers.
The perfect way to end your day in Margaret River is with a relaxing visit to a local pub to see some live music. There is a prospering music scene in the region, with many successful artists growing up in the area, and nearly every night of the week you will be able to find a venue where you can watch a talented local gig.
What Is an Easy Way to Access These Attractions?
When the most popular activity in Margaret River is tasting wine, you may be wondering how everyone gets around – the answer is the abundance of companies offering tours which take you to a range of wine, food and tourist attractions. Harvest Tours for instance, provides a tour for every type of traveller, whether you want a bit of adventure, or you want to indulge and relax. These tours are the perfect way to see everything safely, and make sure you hit the best spots in the region.