Of course, a trip to Margaret River is probably going to be all about the wineries. There are over 150 growers in the area, making award-winning vino just waiting to be sampled.
But once you’re all wine-d out, there’s a lot more to see and do in the area –– here are some of our top tips!
Best wineries in Margaret River
This winery is on the fancier end of the spectrum –– it’s one of the most awarded in the region. Stop by to try their iconic chardonnay which is beloved across the globe, and stay for lunch in their restaurant set among the vineyards. They’ve even got a wine hall that’s been transformed into an art gallery which you can wander through after your meal.’
This winery, named after a cute type of possum that lives in Margaret River, is dedicated to wildlife conservation. Start off your visit with a guided nature walk through their sanctuary to learn all about the endangered marsupials of the area. Then retire to the Tasting Room for a relaxed wine flight and some snacks. A portion of all bookings goes towards further possum conservation efforts.
If you’re into bubbly, Howard Park offers a special tasting package called ‘The Art of Sparkling’. Not only will you get to try their offering, but you’ll learn all about the subtle differences between Margaret River sparkling and that from Champagne in France. DO it all while nibbling on a cheese board and taking in the breathtaking vineyard views.
Swings and Roundabouts
One of the newer cellar doors in Margaret River, Swings and Roundabouts is a great place to while away a sunny afternoon. Book in on one of their guided tours, where you get to walk through the vineyards as you learn about the wine, then relax in the shade with a charcuterie board and a selection of their best drops. They’ve even got live music every Sunday.
Where to eat in Margaret River
For a low-key pub night you can’t go past this place, known simply to locals as ‘The Tav’. It’s relaxed and friendly vibe is peak Margaret River, and they’ve got a huge wine and beer list to keep everyone happy. The food is excellent hearty pub fare, made with local produce –– and they’ve got plenty of vegetarian options.
This winery lets you live out your bougie picnic fantasy, without having to do any of the work. Book in advance and you’ll arrive to a picturesque secluded picnic set up with rugs, cushions, and a hamper filled with delicious local produce. If you’re there before fire season, you can even toast apples and marshmallows on the fire.
Every Saturday you’ll be able to visit the Margaret River Farmers’ Market, and be greeted with some of the most amazing fresh produce from the local area. Stock up on deli meat, cheese, wine, pastries, fruit and veg, and seafood, then take yourself to a nearby ocean lookout for a stunning afternoon picnic.
Things to do in Margaret River that aren’t wineries
Cape Leeuwin lighthouse
If you need a break from eating and drinking, it’s time to spend a couple hours in the great outdoors. The Cape Leeuwin lighthouse sits at the southernmost tip of the country, with great views up the coast and out on the Indian Ocean. You can climb to the top then stroll around the grounds soaking up the sun. They’ve got guided tours on offer as well if you’re keen to learn a bit of history.
One of the best ways to take in the stunning countryside is on horseback. You can take a short two-hour ride through Boranup Forest, past caves, wildflower meadows, and along secret back trails.
Bike Hike Swim
The name might sound like a lot of work, but we promise it’s a leisurely two-hour jaunt! This tour around Dunsborough lets you see the most picturesque parts of the region, with an ocean swim at four beaches, a relaxed 2km hike, and about 25 minutes of cycling. Sounds like a perfect way to work up an appetite for an afternoon of cheese and wine tasting.
Sunset at Surfer’s Point
There’s nothing like a West Australian sunset, where you get to watch the sky change over the water. As well as being a great place to watch surfers during the day, Surfer’s Point is also a prime sunset spot, with plenty of benches and viewing platforms. Bring some drinks and sit back to watch the sky change from orange to red to pink and everything in between.
Best spots to stay in Margaret River
Smiths Beach Resort
Yes, Margaret River is known for its wineries, but its beaches are pretty stellar as well. This small resort is set right on Smiths Beach, with fully self-contained accomodation. If you’re feeling lazy and too relaxed to go anywhere, there’s a gourmet deli, cellar door, bar and restaurant right there in the resort. Too easy!
Voted the best boutique hotel in Australia, you can’t go past the pure luxury of Cape Lodge if you want to treat yourself. Set between the region’s wineries and a picturesque lake, it also has a pool, tennis courts, and an award-winning restaurant on-site.