If you’re looking at going on a trip to Western Australia, or you live in Perth and are ready for a country getaway – then look no further than the Margaret River region. This idyllic corner of Australia has something for everyone, whether you love luxury food and wine experiences, or adventurous wilderness treks and peaceful camping trips. Once you have decided to make Margaret River your next holiday destination, you will need some ideas for the best things to do in the region. We’re here to help, and have created a guide that will ensure you make the most of all that this beautiful part of the world has to offer.
Enjoy The Coast
The Margaret River region runs along the coast of the Indian Ocean, and so of course this means that the main things you should experience when you’re visiting the area involve the water. With multiple beaches and sea-related activities to choose from, there is something for every type of traveller.
If you’re an adventurous, athletic spirit, then the coast between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin provides wild, windy conditions that are ideal for surfing or kiteboarding. There are more than 40 surfing spots along the coast, so whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a beginner there will be a beach suitable for your skill level. There are also options for those who are looking for a more relaxing break, as Geographe Bay offers tranquil, family-friendly beaches where you can sunbathe or go for a soothing dip. The gorgeous Margaret River coastline also provides a variety of stunning lookout points, where you can view anything from a rugged, wavy view of Prevelly Beach to the calm, turquoise waters of Meelup Beach.
Discover Amazing Caves
When most people picture the region, they think of wine and beaches, but Margaret River is actually also home to over 100 natural caves. Even though caving is an unexpected activity for those visiting the area, it’s unmissable – with the stunning caves offering both challenging, adventurous caving opportunities, as well as awe-inspiring guided tours. The four show caves that are available to the public are Ngigli Cave, Jewel Cave, Mammoth Cave, and Lake Cave. Each cave has something unique and beautiful to offer, such as the suspended table formation hanging right above the water in Lake Cave, the ancient fossils in Mammoth Cave, the impressive range of stalactites and stalagmites in Ngigli Cave, or the magnificent size of Jewel Cave.
A cave tour is a unique Margaret River experience, where you can discover stunning sights that you couldn’t have imagined, like a cave entrance hidden in a sunken forest. You can pair the cave exploration with a wine tour and a beach trip, and it will be the perfect combination of Margaret River experiences.
Eat & Drink
For all you foodies and wine lovers out there, Margaret River is the place to be. The region is world-renowned for the variety of premium wines produced by over 200 wineries across the area, and there are a range of artisan food producers and chef-hatted restaurants on offer as well. You will have countless cellar doors to visit for free wine tastings, and most of these wineries have gorgeous views and even a luxury restaurant available.
The region has endless cafes and restaurants, offering culinary styles from every corner of the world – including a modern Japanese eatery offering quality East-West fusion, and high-end Australian cuisine at the first vineyard in the area. You can also venture out to some of the boutique breweries and distilleries, or to a specialist producer such as the Margaret River Dairy Company, Gabriel Chocolate Factory, or Vasse Virgin – where you can taste artisan cheeses, gourmet chocolates, and a range of tasty savoury snacks.
The Margaret River region is home to some of the most impressive forests in Australia, as with such a small population in Western Australia there are large natural areas of the state left untouched and wild. There are a range of secluded, relaxing camping spots in Margaret River, where you can get in touch with nature and explore the unique forest tracks surrounded by towering Karri and Jarrah trees. The most popular spots have swimming holes or rivers running through them, so you can take a cooling dip after your trek. Another way to discover the natural beauty of the region is to walk some of the Cape to Cape Track, which runs for 135 kilometres from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. The good thing is you can do small parts of it and still see gorgeous wildflowers, and picturesque coastal views – it’s the ideal way to get a snapshot of the West Australian wilderness.
How a Tour Can Help You Experience Everything
There are so many things to do in Margaret River, that you may be worried that you won’t have enough time to fit it all in, or maybe you will miss something because you don’t know the area. A tour is an excellent way to ensure you see everything, perhaps with a mixture of both natural sights and wine and food experiences – and of course it makes it easier to enjoy a wine tasting when you aren’t driving!
Here at Harvest Tours, we provide a range of Margaret River wine tours that ensure you can enjoy all of the experiences you’re interested in without rushing or missing anything. Our guides are experienced and knowledgeable, and we have a range of tours, so you will be sure to find something that suits your needs. If you would like to find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.