There is a reason Margaret River is the tourism euphoria of Western Australia, and it’s not necessary to do with the very luscious wineries that make up the region. It could have plenty to do with the green, lavished land, superb beaches, and giant forests, making Western Australia’s Southwest town a top spot for all sorts of tourists.

When it comes to things to do in Margaret River, it usually starts with wineries as you head south down the Bussel Highway or Caves road from Busselton. It is a scenic drive to take in, that I guarantee. The end of the road trip is a gorgeous town that is so lively, happy and upbeat that you won’t want to leave because you’ll feel like you’re at home. In-between is bliss because the activities begin to mount up, and it makes for a good time for all concerned in the mighty South West.

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Margaret River

Awesome Things to do in Margaret River in Western Australia.



Getting to Margaret River

Getting from Perth to Margaret River is a gorgeous drive through the Southwest Region, bypassing other significant towns and regional cities in Bunbury and Busselton along the way. From Perth, you head South down Kwinana Freeway, which ultimately turns into Forrest Highway, which will take you into Bunbury.

From the City of Bunbury, you take the Bussel Highway and follow a few signs until you reach Margaret River. All up, the trip will take around three hours, but I do recommend you stop and take in the sights along the way.


Finding the suitable Margaret River Accommodation

Hotels, chalets, camping, You name it, Margaret River has many appropriate accommodations to suit all budgets. Whether you are roughing it in a tent or staying in style at the Margaret River beach Apartments, there will be accommodation to suit any couple or family. Check out TripAdvisor for more options for you.

A couple to recommend a budget stay in the Riverview Tourist Park, which is very affordable, clean and close to the Margaret River town. You’ll love the Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat; it is a beauty that has plenty of hikes and mountain bikes for hire. Wharncliffe also has chalets available if camping is not your thing.


Margaret River Accommodation at

Margaret River tourist park

Margaret River Accommodation is amongst lavish scenery.



Awesome Things to do in Margaret River – Western Australia



Margaret River Wineries

Margaret River Wineries take up a large portion of the South West region, and in this town mainly, they thrive in their numbers. Take a break from driving and go inside for a bit of wine tasting, but be careful not to overdo it. You can’t drive a couple of kilometres down the scenic roads without seeing a winery with rows of grapevines out front.

The best way to take in the wineries is to take a Margret River tours bus, so you can drink with freedom and perhaps stay the night in town. A couple of special tours available are Top Drop tours and Bush tuckers tours. Day tours can go from around $80 a person for a beautiful day out in the South West.


One of the many wineries in Margaret River

Providore is one of the many wineries to choose from in Margaret River.


Go exploring in the dark Margaret River Caves

The dark Margaret River caves with littering crystals is a sight to behold. Take a trip deep into the underground and be part of one-million years of Australian history.

The significant caves in and about the Margaret River region include the Ngilgi, Mammoth, Lake and Jewel Caves. They provide great tours and some extreme tours if you are travelling without the kids and want to explore with a bit of thrill.

It is well worth the $22 ticket, less for kids and upwards for the adventure tours. I have only seen the Ngilgi Cave, and it is simply breathtaking. Be warned, though, there are a few steps to go down, which means you’ll need to go up eventually. It may not be ideal for those who fear the dark or have anxiety in tight spaces.


Ngilgi Cave in Western Australia.

Ngilgi Cave in Western Australia.


Indulge yourself at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory                    

Did someone say chocolate? Give me gimme now because this place needs to be on the list of Margaret River attractions.

Now it’s not the chocolate factory we all love and know with the chocolate river and the Oompa Loompas, but there is lots of chocolate available in many varieties, but it won’t come cheap. Come for the chocolate or stop by for a coffee. You will love being crowded by the sweet chocolate, oh and the free samples are pretty good.

A little note, the Chocolate Factory is located off the Bussel Highway about ten minutes before the town centre, just in case you want to stop in before heading into the town centre of Margaret River.


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Give me chocolate at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory.



The Sweet Tooth will hit you again at Candy Cow

Candy Cow is what it says, a shop full of candy and delicious fudge that I still dream of today—a place for the kids in Cowaramup, a little town just north of Margaret River. The kids will love the many ranges of candy available, like sherbets, toffees, lollipops and bubble gum, to name a few. If you arrive at the right time, the kids can see the candy being made by the friendly staff. It is always a treat at Candy Cow.


Candy Cow

Candy Cow.


Margaret River Activities include a Healthy Hike

Hikes are a part of the South West. You can’t take a trip into Margaret River or any other town in the region without exploring the green forest on foot. Otherwise, you are wasting your time with the fabulous scenery around you. Late winter and early spring are great to explore as the lilies come to life in full colour—a good favourite for the wife.

The hikes in Margaret River vary from extreme to family-friendly, and any good hiking tracks can be found at Trails Western Australia.


Lilies bloom in springtime

Lilies bloom in springtime. Keep a lookout during your hike.


The Hot Surf Spot is Prevelly Beach

Prevelly beach is not just about its surfing. It’s the beach that makes Margret River so popular, where world-class surfers come to be one with the ocean and take on the swelling waves. You can also have a glimpse of the stunning ocean views, even better at sunset, and picturesque scenery that not only makes it one of the best beaches in the state of Western Australia but in the country. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy eating with the sounds of the waves crashing, and whatever you do, don’t forget your camera.


Prevelly Beach

Prevelly Beach in Western Australia.


 Wander the Margaret River Town Centre

Suppose you’re done with the wineries, the beaches, and chocolate (I don’t know how), it could be time to get your retail therapy going on. The Margaret River town centre is saturated with retail outlets, especially surf shops, to spend your hard-earned cash. And I mean hard-earned money because shopping or food doesn’t come cheap in this town.

The Margaret River town centre has many restaurants, pubs and cafes provided. So you can get off your feet and enjoy a meal with a wine or beer or have a delicious cappuccino.

Another thing to add to the list is the Farmers Market that is open every Saturday morning, with plenty of fresh fruit available, amongst other things. It also has a delicious crepe stall, so be sure to take advantage.


Margaret River town centre

Margaret River town centre



Other Awesome Things to do in Margaret River

Margaret River is the region that keeps on giving. Let’s take a brief look at the extra activities and attractions in the mighty tourist towns and surrounding areas.


Say cheese at the Margaret River Cheese Factory

Many cows are noticed in the farms on your drive around, which means lots of cheese factories are in the surrounding area, and the South West is famous for its cheese factories. Stop in and try your favourite local cheeses. But keep your hands off the Camembert. That’s mine.


Kayak Time in the River 

Flex that upper body of yours with a kayak in the Margaret River. The tame waters will make it fun for the whole family in the picturesque surroundings, but always handle the water with care and no what you’re doing.


Retail Therapy is alive 

Take a look through the magnificent tourist strip of the Margaret River town centre, because there is lots of good stuff for sale and the women will love it. Expensive place to shop, but free to wander. Men can stop in at a local pub if bored.


Did someone say brewery? 

The number of breweries doesn’t come with the same amount as wineries, but Breweries are still a large part of Margaret River that serves fresh beer off the tap and delicious food.


Look for a bargain at the Farmers Market

The farmers market is just a little bit out of the town, which is on every Saturday morning and is suitable for fresh produce, coffee, and delicious crepes, yummy.


Camp out in the woods

Rough it under the stars or elect to go luxury camping with electricity at a number of tourist park. You will find a suitable spot to pitch a tent and be at one with nature and tell [amazon_textlink asin=’0762778040′ text=’camp stories’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’fdt0c-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7dcb2928-e313-11e8-9b96-a7eedcc717b4′] to the kids at night.


Go on a Picnic Lunch

Enjoy a picnic lunch with a bottle of wine, because life won’t get much more relaxing than that. You don’t need to worry about finding a suitable place to stop for Lunch. There are loads of places to get out the old picnic rug. Prevelly Beach is a favourite of mine.


Get out the Rod and reel 

If fishing is your thing, Margaret River won’t let you down. Whether it is freshwater or[amazon_textlink asin=’B01MFFEQWS’ text=’ seawater fishing’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’fdt0c-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fb040b74-e313-11e8-ba4f-0d059a768806′][amazon_textlink asin=’B01MFFEQWS’ text=’ seawater fishing’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’fdt0c-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fb57f722-e313-11e8-a2bc-e91261194282′], you will find a suitable spot to throw in a line. Just make sure you obtain a licence as the rangers do come out and check.


When little ball golf is too hard to hit 

Big balls, big clubs, it is golf for the absolute beginner and the whole family, and you will have a ball, literally, at the Big Ball Golf. And if you still can’t get the grip of it, have a go at supa putt instead.


Take a drive, for a scenic adventure awaits.

Whether it’s taking a cruise down Bussell Highway or the scenic route of Caves road, you’ll love the drive into and around Margaret River. Go to the speed limit and enjoy what’s around you. There is no need to rush when in Margaret River.


Enjoy Lunch in style

Options are aplenty in Margaret River when choosing a place to sit down for a decent meal. Wineries, pubs and classy restaurants are all on offer in the region. So settle in. Margaret River will be a fun-filled trip. Drink responsibly.


Explore the Neighbouring towns 

The neighbouring towns nearby never run dry with Dunsborough, Busselton, Yallingup, Augusta, and a few of the Southwest Region’s great neighbouring cities. Each town is as beautiful as the next, with many fun-filled family activities on offer. Excellent beaches too to explore and sightsee.


Drive with care in the South West

Let’s leave you with a friendly but severe reminder when driving on Western Australia roads. It’s easy to get distracted driving in the Margaret River region. The nature is stunning. Make sure you go with care by sticking to the speed limit and not overtaking until you reach the overtaking lanes. Significantly drive with care on the bending roads on the scenic Caves road if you need to have a good look at something you like, pullover and take it all in.

That just about wraps it up when it comes to awesome things to do in Margaret River. A region that is full-on fun for family and romantic couples alike. Margaret River Activities are aplenty, the wine is flowing, and the food is simply delicious. Relaxing is not an option in the region; it’s compulsory.

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Margaret River

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