Margaret River Region, WA: Destination Guide

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Discover some of Australia's best food, wine and beer in Margaret River, as well as a striking natural environment that is guaranteed to have something for everyone.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Margaret River or find and book accommodation in Margaret River today.

About Margaret River

Australia is known throughout the world for its wines, but perhaps the most famous location to indulge in a glass of vino (or two) is Margaret River, WA. The region accounts for over 15% of Australian premium wine and as a result tastings are top notch - plus there's plenty more to do and see besides vineyards and microbreweries. 

Things to do in Margaret River

South-west WA is the perfect place to get active, and the Margaret River is no different with four-wheel-driving and bushwalking abound in the region. It is also known as one of the best big-wave surfing locations in the world, with over 40 surfing spots along the Margaret River coast. Adraenaline junkies can get a fix with rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, canoeing and whale watching tours, and of course, fishing at one of Margaret River's designated areas.

For those who prefer to take things at a slower pace, why not soak up the idyllic scenery on offer at Margaret River's amazing artificial lakes? The Knotting Hill Estate Vineyard has a surprisingly large lake and visitors walk across an arched bridge to reach the wine-tasting area. The view across the lake to the surrounding vineyards is quite striking. Saracen Estates winery also has a lake, though here the layout is reversed. The wine-tasting area and restaurant are on the ‘mainland’ and you can walk across a bridge to an island in the lake. On the island are gardens and a pergola-style structure with etched glass panels depicting the history of wine back to Greek and Roman times. From the island there are great views across the water to the vineyards, the winery and the adjoining Duckstein Brewery, which features a restaurant and wood fires in winter.

Attractions in Margaret River

Wine tasting

No holiday in Margaret River is complete without a tour of the wineries - and with more than 150 producers in the region you'll be spoilt for choice. You've probably already tasted many of Margaret River's great wines, as despite it being a mere 45 years since the first vines were planted in the region, Margaret River labels appear on wine lists of prestigious dining establishments throughout the world. Margaret River is regarded as one of the best places to produce chardonnay and it also has the conditions to develop prized cabernet sauvignon and cabernet blends, which are heralded for their fruity flavour. Many of the cellar doors boast restaurants, stunning architecture, galleries and shops so they're worthy of a visit even if wine tasting isn't your priority.

Microbreweries

Although Margaret River is a wine-growing area, it has a surprising number of first-class microbreweries. The two largest ones are Duckstein Brewery and Bootleg Brewery, which both attract many visitors. Bootleg Brewery jokes about its odd location among the vineyards by describing itself as “an oasis of beer in a desert of wine”. The nearby Were Wines vineyard counters that joke with a sign that reads, “We’re wines, they’re beers.”

To discover a less well-known microbrewery, head for the rustic Bush Shack Brewery. Located just a few kilometres out of Yallingup towards Dunsborough, this brewery in the bush barely rates a sign on the main road. The establishment is decidedly laid back, with friendly staff, an open-air beer garden, children’s play area and modern sculpture scattered around the grounds. A surprisingly wide variety of beers are brewed in a small tin shed, including Yallingup Old, chilli beer and even chocolate beer. And if you’re driving you don’t have to feel left out, since Bush Shack Brewery also produces ginger beer.

Eating in Margaret River

It's not all about imbibing in Margaret River, as fresh produce and world class chefs unite to ensure the region is packed full of gastronomic delights too. Stock up on picnic supplies, including local cheeses, olive oil and meats before heading out for the day, but remember to book a table at one of Margaret River's many award-winning restaurants for your evening meal and super in style with an ocean view or nestled beside a vineyard. Families flock to Simmo’s Icecreamery, nicknamed Delicious Dilemmas since it has so many flavours to choose from. You will need a map to find Simmo’s, because it’s a little bit off the beaten track on Commonage Road near Dunsborough. There you'll find over 10 variations on the chocolate flavour alone.

Yallingup Maze

Children will love the Yallingup Maze, a large wooden maze with towers and bridges, which is purpose-built to ensure that you get lost. It is a good place to entertain the whole family, and has a cafe plus puzzles and games to play.

St John the Theologian chapel

For a completely different cultural experience, visit the Greek chapel of St John the Theologian at the small coastal resort town of Prevelly. This white-painted building with its Mediterranean-style bell tower faces out to sea and looks like it is on a Greek island. The chapel was built by a local who fought in the Battle of Crete during WWII, to express his thanks to the Greek people for sheltering Australian, New Zealand and British troops and helping them to escape.

Getting to Margaret River

Located in south west Western Australia, Margaret River is about 267km from Perth.

By car

Margaret River is an easy three hour drive from Perth via coast or country.

By bus

If you don't have a vehicle of your own then you can hop on a coach from the city centre or take a direct charter flight to nearby Busselton.

Where to stay in Margaret River

As you drive around the Margaret River region, you might start to wonder where the river is. One place where it is very obvious is at the Riverview Tourist Park, where it runs along the rear of the caravan park. If you choose to stay there, you can have a barbecue with the river flowing past just metres away. You can also canoe on it, or walk or cycle into town along a riverside forest path.

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