The Margaret River region, in South West WA, is home to some wonderful hidden spots where to see waterfalls. Ensure you make the most of the gorgeous scenery in and around Margaret River on your next trip to the region.
Here are some hints and tips for seeing the Margaret River waterfalls in all their glory, including the best time to visit and which areas are a must-see.
Yalgardup Falls is located right near Margaret River and has the added benefit of being easily accessible. The falls are located on Kevill Road, opposite Waterfall Cottages.
While these falls aren’t tall, they are broad and spectacular to see. In full flow during the winter months, you’ll be able to hear the water roaring and rushing away up Margaret River Valley.
If you stay in Margaret River town itself, these falls are so close – just follow Wallcliffe Road to Kevill Road. The falls are close to the road which makes them so accessible (a bonus in the wet winter months, or if you don’t have much time to stop!).
Located on the Cape to Cape track, Quinninup Falls is a beautiful and serene spot in the winter months. It’s a bit of a hike from the carpark on Moses Rock Road to reach the falls, and signs just before Quinninup Beach will point you in the right direction.
Make sure you punch Moses Rock Rd carpark into your GPS instead of the falls themselves, and set out on foot from the carpark to reach the falls. Suitable footwear is a must, and make sure you allow plenty of time for the return trip (around 30-45 minutes each way). Stick to the paths and be mindful of the rocks and loose sand. The track will take you past a lookout, so make sure you’ve got your camera handy!
The waterfall is 10 metres tall and best visited during the winter months if you want to see the falls in full flow. The wildflower season starts in September, which adds even more natural beauty to an already stunning spot. If you visit in summer, the hike is scenic and worth a visit even if the falls aren’t flowing.
Quinninup Falls have strong cultural significance for the Wadandi people, the traditional owners of the Quinninup land. Make sure you stick to the track and offer respect to this area.
Known by the local Indigenous people as the ‘bathing place of the moon’, Meekadarabee Falls is certainly worth a visit. Situated a little further south along the Cape to Cape track, Meekadarabee Falls is close to the restored Ellenbrook Homestead (which is a worthwhile stop in its own right).
The path to the waterfalls is about 2km but is a flat and pleasant trail offering universal access so everyone can enjoy this little slice of paradise. In early spring, the wildflowers make for an especially picturesque walk.
A little further out of Margaret River, halfway between Capel and Donnybrook, is Ironstone Gully. You’ll enjoy a scenic drive along Goodwood Road to the serene forest reserve where you can see the stream meandering through the trees before rushing over the edge of the falls.
This is a beautiful spot in nature to see birdlife and wildflowers in early spring. The picnic area is a great place to enjoy some lunch, or to just stop and enjoy the serenity.
If you venture further out from Margaret River to Pemberton, you’ll find the enchanting Beedelup Falls. The falls are within the Beedelup National Park, and accessed via a short 300m walk from the carpark. Alternatively, take the scenic route through the karri trees on a moderate 4.5km hike.
The best time to visit to see the waterfalls in full flow is from winter to early spring, but surrounded by towering karri trees, this is an extraordinary spot year-round. If you choose to hike the long way, you’ll get views of the expansive lake at Karri Valley Resort.
Do it with Harvest Tours!
Here at Harvest Tours we are big believers in chasing waterfalls. That’s why we provide tours to selected waterfalls as part of our Margaret River packages.
If you’re looking for more attractions to add to your itinerary, check out our tour packages here at Harvest Tours to get the insider scoop on all the must-sees and must-do’s. Take a look at our packages to see what else the South West has to offer you and the whole family on your next stay in the region.