10 things to do in Margaret River

Credit: Tourism Western Australia

Mia Woolrich

Posted December 15, 2021


From catching waves to drinking some of the country's best wine, here's how to spend time in Margaret River.

Surfing and wine…those are quite often the two things that spring to mind when most people hear the words ‘Margaret River’, in Western Australia.

And yes, while the area boasts some of the world’s best surf breaks and some seriously fine drops, there are also endless adventures, breathtaking vistas, and some wonderfully unique experiences that can’t be missed in the region.

Nestled in a stunning pocket of Australia’s south-west corner, Margaret River truly offers something for every traveller, and we’ve rounded down the top 10 must do’s in the region.

The top 10 things to do in Margaret River, Western Australia:

Check out the world-famous surf breaks

Don’t be surprised if you catch a pro in the azure waters of Margaret River - the breaks have long attracted surfers from around the world, and the annual Margaret River Pro competition held in April is a chance to witness the best of the best.

There’s something for everyone though - milder surf spots can be found at Redgate or Boranup beach, and Margaret River Surf School is always a fun option. There’s also nothing quite like a West Australian sunset, and Sunset Point is one of the area’s best spots to watch the sky light up as surfers (and maybe dolphins!) ride the waves. 

Sip some world-class wines, spirits and beers

We hope you’re thirsty, because Margaret River is home to some of Australia’s best wineries, breweries and distilleries.

There are experiences to suit all tastes here, whether you feel like cellar-door hopping between the likes of the world-renowned Vasse Feliz and Howard Park, or try your hand at blending your own gin at the Margaret River Distilling Co. Come with an appetite too - many of the wineries offer top-tier dining options.

The region is also gaining fame as a craft beer hub, so make sure you check out a local brewery or two or take a guided tour. RACV Members save more on a range of winery experiences in Margaret River. 

Tie up the walking shoes for some breathtaking vistas

Margaret River offers some breathtaking scenery, and what better way to experience it than by foot.

The Cape to Cape track features stunning coastal and forest scenery, with some unique rock formations and headlands. The trail stretches over an impressive 140 kilometres, but there’s plenty of short sections that are easily accessible for any fitness level. 

Drinking wine in the Margaret River, WA

Margaret River is home to world-class wine and spirits. Credit: Tourism Western Australia

Enjoy a lazy morning at the farmer’s market

Skip Saturday morning brunch and arrive hungry at the weekly farmer’s market.

Here you’ll find stall after stall of delectable eat-as-you-wander snacks, farm fresh produce and gourmet baked goods and cheeses.

This is also the perfect spot to pick up a little edible souvenir to take home- the local olive oil and chocolates are divine. 

Go caving

While Margaret River is truly stunning above ground, a trip to the region must include a little exploration of the phenomenal underground scenery.

With over 100 magical limestone caves, either a self-guided or guided tour will take you through this ancient wonderland that lies beneath the surface of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge. RACV Members save more on a range of caving experiences in Margaret River

Discover local artists

Make sure you check out Margaret River’s thriving art scene.

From independent small galleries, to ceramics studios, to some of the winery’s impressive art collections, all creative tastes can find some inspiring local art to enjoy or even take home.

Gaze up in awe

Just a short drive from town is the Boranup Forest, where you can gaze up at magnificent 60 metre high trees.

The senses are all stimulated here - breathe in the fresh smell of eucalypt while the native birds sing around you.

The Boranup lookout also offers views across the forest to the ocean, and there’s some lovely bush walks and picnic spots to enjoy.

Farmers Market, Margaret River. Credit: Tourism Western Australia
Caving, Margaret River. Credit: Tourism Western Australia

Have a whale of a time

Margaret River’s whale-watching season spans a whole six months, so from late May until December you have a good chance of spotting some of these magnificent creatures.

Hamelin Bay is a great spot to whale-watch from lookout points, or for a unique up-close experience, we recommend booking a sunset tour

Indulge in some R&R

If the fresh coastal air hasn’t already relaxed you enough, there’s always the option to take full advantage of the area’s bounty of spa options.

Whether it’s a facial, a deep-tissue massage, or a private yoga session, Margaret River has spots for everyone to get a little me-time.

And the holiday zen doesn’t have to end there - make sure to pick up some local soaps and natural beauty products to take home with you.

Splash in a natural spa

Located close to the nearby town of Yallingup is the unique Injidup Natural Spa.

Surrounded by impressive natural rock formations, this hidden rock pool can be an irresistible spot for a dip.

The waves crashing over the rocks create the most picture-perfect natural spa and waterfall experience. 

Whale watching,  Margaret River

Whale Watching, Margaret River. Credit: Tourism Western Australia 

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