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Top 10 Things to Do in Margaret River, WA

Margaret River has it all: great beaches, rolling green countryside, a fabulous paddock-to-plate dining scene, and of course, some of the best wineries in the country. Tick off these ten must-sees and dos during your stay.
Ten of the best things to do in Margaret River
Learn to surf in Margaret River. Image: Tourism Western Australia

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Margaret River is a name synonymous with great Australian wine.

It once referred to a single township in the middle of Western Australia’s South West, but these days, the name Margaret River encompasses an entire region — including the towns of Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup, Augusta, and many other communities. If you’re looking for a travel destination that offers a superb food and wine scene, a stunning natural setting, perhaps a dash of outdoor adventure, and plenty of lazy days by the water, this is undoubtedly it. And at just on three hours’ drive south of Perth, Margaret River is doable as a weekend or short break escape.

Here’s a checklist of our top ten things to do in Margaret River.

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1. Conquer a rope course

Margaret River marches to its own unique beat, and attracts adventure seekers, nature lovers, fitness fans, arty types, and gourmet gurus. It’s the ideal place to push your boundaries and try something different. While Forest Adventures South West’s highest rope course challenges are not for the faint-hearted, there are options closer to the ground that are suitable for ages seven and up. If you want to ride the longest zip-line in the park, you’ll have to climb 19 metres up a hanging log ladder (which is super challenging!). If that doesn’t get the adrenaline pumping hard enough, give the 13-metre-high base-jump a go!

Ten of the best things to do in Margaret River
Ten of the best things to do in Margaret River. Image: Forest Adventures South West

2. Learn to surf

Surfers love the South West’s 130 kilometres of coastline, which features no less than 75 surf breaks. A popular one is Surfer’s Point at Prevelly. If you’re not a surfer, it’s a great place to check out the tribes doing their thing and catch a stunning sunset. If you want to learn to hang ten, book a lesson with Margaret River Surf School. By the way, you can’t go past Hillzeez Down South Surf Shop for all your beach, surf, and skate needs. Margaret River town, Busselton, and Dunsborough each have a Hillzeez store.

3. Explore the local arts scene

To get amongst the region’s arts scene, start in the main street of Margaret River town. Here you’ll find a treasure trove of artsy cafes and handicraft shops. Margaret River Gallery showcases contemporary art in a mix of mediums, including jewellery, paintings, pottery, and wooden sculptures. Take a drive along Yallingup’s rural roads to discover hidden arts gems like Gunyulgup Galleries and Yallingup Galleries. Visit their websites for details of current exhibitions.

Ten of the best things to do in Margaret River
Image: Margaret River Gallery

4. Encounter Indigenous culture and heritage

The Wardandi people are the original guardians of the Margaret River region. Spend some time with Koomal Dreaming in Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup to learn about local Indigenous history and culture. You can also visit the Wardan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to see their fascinating collection of traditional art.

5. Step back in time

British settlers landed in Augusta in 1830 ready to make it their new home, but the rugged coastal settlement failed to thrive. Most settlers moved north, hoping for a better life. The town of Margaret River was established in 1913 (seventy-plus years after John Bussell named the famous river), however it wasn’t until the 60s and 70s that surfers and winemakers moved in and made their mark. Today there are over two hundred vineyards in Margaret River. The oldest vines are at Vasse Felix, which celebrated 50 years in the industry in 2017.

Ten of the best things to do in Margaret River
Ride the rails along Busselton Jetty. Image: Tourism Western Australia

Over in Busselton (‘Busso’ as the locals call it), it’s easy to while away an entire day exploring historical sites like the Busselton JettyBusselton Museum in the Old Butter Factory, and the Busselton Cultural Precinct (which includes the old Busselton Courthouse). Construction of the epic Busselton Jetty began in the 1860s, and today it extends almost two kilometres out into Geographe Bay (making it the longest timber jetty in the Southern Hemisphere). At the shore end you’ll find a museum and interpretive centre; at the far end, a superb underwater observatory. You can walk between the two or hitch a ride on the jaunty red jetty train.

Augusta has its own museum, along with the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (the tallest lighthouse on the Australian mainland). It marks the southern end of the famous 123-kilometre-long coastal Cape to Cape Track. The other end is at Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, near Dunsborough.

Ten of the best things to do in Margaret River
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Image: Tourism Western Australia

6. Feast on fine fare

There are oodles of great places to eat in Margaret River, all of which take full advantage of the region’s amazing fresh produce. Start the day right with a filling breakfast at The Good Egg in Busselton. Think fluffy pancakes or thick waffles topped with berries and whipped cream. The coffee is tops too.

When the mid-day munchies strike, head to Dunsborough for a casual lunch at Occy’s brewhouse. Tuck into a massive burger and pair it with a tasting paddle of the brewery’s signature wares.

For something a tad more upmarket, swing by Eagle Bay Brewing Company. Their back deck overlooks rolling rural countryside, and the wood-fired pizzas and share boards always impress. While you’re in the ‘hood, also visit family-run Eagle Bay Olives. Enjoy a wander in the grove of 1,200 trees and sample the products derived from its yield.

Ten of the best things to do in Margaret River
Ten of the best things to do in Margaret River. Image: Yarri Restaurant and Bar

For a special night out, you can’t go past the Indigenous-inspired seasonal menu at Dunsborough’s Yarri Restaurant and Bar. It sources ethically and sustainably farmed and foraged ingredients, and presents them at their delicious best. This experience won’t fail to leave you impressed.

7. Meet the makers at the Farmers’ Market

Still on the topic of tucker, set aside a Saturday morning to drift from stall to stall at the delicious Margaret River Farmers’ Market. It’s held every week on the south side of the Margs townsite. The grand thing about this market is that everything sold must be produced locally, and there are plenty of gourmet goodies to sample as you browse. Notable favourites of mine include the Italian treats by Claudio Biscotti, the roasted hemp seeds from Vasse Valley, and the always scrumptious sourdough from Margaret River Woodfired Bread.

Ten of the best things to do in Margaret River
Margaret River Farmers’ Market. Image: Tourism Western Australia

8. Go fishing

Fishing is a relaxing pastime that appeals to all ages. You’ll always find friendly fisherman along the Busselton Jetty, trying their luck for herring, squid, samson and salmon. You can hire fishing gear (and get some good tips) from the guys at Access Fishing in Dunsborough.

9. Cycle the Busselton foreshore

If you’re up for some holiday exercise, obtain a set of two wheels from Busselton Bike Hire and navigate your way along the Busso foreshore. The flat, paved path is perfect for a sunny cycle. Those who are really keen can pedal all the way to Dunsborough (28 kilometres each way!).

10. Taste some top drops

And finally, it would be just plain wrong to come all the way to Margaret River and not do a bit of grape grazing. In addition to Vasse Felix, pay a visit to Amelia Park Wines at Wilyabrup and Cullen Wines in Cowaramup. Amelia Park’s state-of-the-art set-up is hugely impressive, but traditional winemaking processes and values sit at the heart of everything they do. Sampling their range in the gorgeous wood-panelled tasting room — with sweeping views across the estate — is a treat.

Ten of the best things to do in Margaret River
Amelia Park Wines. Image: Tourism Western Australia

Family-owned Cullen Wines has a more old-school feel, but this certified A Grade biodynamic vineyard and winery (under the stewardship of chief winemaker Vanya Cullen) is renowned for its cutting-edge approach to organic viticulture.

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Jennifer Morton

About the writer

Jennifer Morton is a freelance writer and photographer. The Canadian expat has lived all over Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. She also spent six months working on a cruise ship in Europe. When Jennifer is not writing about travel, you may find her lounging on the beach, fishing with her son, sipping coffee at a cafe, reading a book, or zooming in on a beautiful scene.

Adam Ford

About the writer

Adam Ford is editor of Top Oz Tours & Travel Ideas, and a travel TV presenter, writer, blogger, and photographer. He has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, North America, Africa, and the Middle East. Adam worked as a travel consultant for a number of years with Flight Centre before taking up the opportunity to travel the world himself as host of the TV series Tour the World on Network Ten. He loves to experience everything a new destination has to offer and is equally at home in a five-star Palazzo in Pisa or a home-stay in Hanoi.





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  1. You aren’t wrong about Margaret River! There’s so much to do down there, that suits every age and style of people. We love the food, 4WD tracks, caves, beaches and stunning karri tree’s. What a place!

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