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Explore over 120km of stunning coastline from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin, pristine beaches, epic surf, world famous vineyards and 120+ cellar doors and superb locally grown and caught food. Summer or winter, on the perfect day, you can still be the only one on the beach. It doesn’t get any better than this, and it all starts just 2.5 hours south of Perth.
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Food & Wine

Enjoying a Mediterranean climate, the Margaret River region is internationally renowned for its premium grape-growing, and is peppered with more than 215 wine producers and 120 cellar doors.

With great wine comes great food. The region’s seasonal bounty is served in eateries from Busselton to Augusta – from homegrown and artisan delights at weekly farmers markets, to fine dining in gold-plate winery restaurants. Beer lovers can go to town at nine boutique breweries, most with gourmet pub grub. The Margaret River Gourmet Escape in November is a must-do for foodies, with celeb chefs and pop-ups galore.

Things to do

Part of the southwest’s biodiversity hotspot, the region is ideal for nature lovers, and home to many endemic plant species found nowhere else on earth. Whale-watching, birdwatching and wildflowers are just some of Mother Nature’s offerings.

Explore on foot or mountain bike – choose from the diverse 135km coastal Cape-to-Cape Track or the Meelup Reserve Trail, or there are walks and rides through the Boranup Forest, and along the dual-use Rails to Trails network.

Along the coast, there are spectacular sights at every stop. Gorgeous views of giant granite rocks, rugged cliffs, and pretty sandy beaches fringed by peppermint-tree heath abound. You might spot frolicking dolphins or the occasional seal in the water.

If indulgence is your idea of a holiday, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with day spas and retreats sprouting from a strong wellness culture.

Lavish architecture and a flourishing art scene draw culture cultures in droves – literature, film and music festivals ensure there’s always something on. Margaret River’s nationally acclaimed painters, sculptors, furniture makers, metal and wood artisans, jewellery designers, and glass artists draw inspiration from their surroundings, and show at the many local galleries and studios.

Beyond its wine, produce, beauty and activities, the Margaret River region has an irresistible energy that radiates from the ocean and ancient landscape, captivating visitors time and time again. It’s something visceral, and simply must be experienced.

When to go

Summer is busiest, and it’s all about the beach. The surf is spectacular in early autumn, while winters are cool and great for cosy fires, red wine and whale spotting. Spring is perfect for bush walking, with the wildflowers in full bloom.

Tip: Pack a jumper for cool nights.

Where to stay

There are more than 160 places to stay in Margaret River, not including Air B&B and the various luxury holiday homes for hire. The region is huge, so the first decision to make is which part of Margaret River you want to spend your time, and then select your accommodation from there. Summer and holiday periods are often booked in advance.

Image Credit(s): Hiking beach view – Tourism WA, Vineyards & beach – Shutterstock

Margaret River Highlights

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The Drop Festival 2020 Busselton (CANCELLED)

Slap on your sunscreen and get set to party with Boy & Bear, The Presets, Ball Park Music, Allday, DZ Deathrays, Kita Alexander and Graace - this is a day not to be missed!

  • Dates:25 April
  • Time(s):1:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Venue:Barnard Park
  • Festivals:All Festivals

Details

  • Hosted By:The Drop Festival
  • Venue Address:Marine Terrace Busselton, WA 6280
  • Ticket Price:$115.80
  • Type:Festivals,Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Music Festival

Description

The Drop Festival is back for a third tour that's set to be bigger & better! Grab your mates, we're heading to Busselton in April.

About this Event

Slap on your sunscreen and get set to party with Boy & Bear, The Presets, Ball Park Music, Allday, DZ Deathrays, Kita Alexander and Graace - this is a day not to be missed!

 

IMPORTANT TICKET INFORMATION:

  • We require all names on tickets to match ID. Security will be checking on the day. Changing names later will cost an admin fee.
  • Everyone must provide valid ID to enter the event. Check the FAQ’s to make sure you’re covered.
  • This is an all ages event.
  • All attendees aged 15 and under must be accompanied by a responsible parent and/or guardian holding a valid Adult (18+) Event ticket. An adult can accompany maximum 2 minors. Full details here.
  • Children 10 and under are free but must be registered for a ticket.

For more info and conditions of entry please visit our website.

 

FESTIVAL BUSES

Gannaways Bus Charters are running four bus services to get you to & from the festival without the stress. Return bus services run from these centres, making stops along the way:

BUS 1 : BUNBURY / AUSTRALIND

BUS 2 : PREVELLY / MARGARET RIVER

BUS 3 : YALLINGUP / DUNSBOROUGH

Tickets for these services are only available from Eventbrite and must be bought online in advance. There are no sales on the day.

Visit our website under GETTING THERE for bus times.

BUS 4: BUSSELTON SHUTTLE BUS is a shuttle service from Vasse, along the Busselton Hwy towards Barnard Park. Tickets are $5 and can only be bought when boarding the bus each way.

Please note: children need a bus ticket to use this service.

Emergence Creative Festival (POSTPONED)

Creativity is everyone's business, so come get amongst it in Margaret River this March, 25th-27th.

  • Dates:Postponed indefinitely
  • Venue:HEART Margaret River
  • Festivals:All Festivals

Details

  • Hosted By:Emergence Creative
  • Venue Address:47 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River
  • Type:Festivals,Music,Talks & Lectures,Technology,Winery Events

Description

Dubbed the 'anti-conference', Australia's South West's own idea's fest is an influential celebration of creativity where ideas get off the ground. Held each year in the magical town of Margaret River, marketers, content-makers, innovators, futurists, leaders and artists across music, film, advertising, photography, digital, experiential and visual arts come to Emergence to collaborate and share knowledge in a unique brains trust. Whether it's ideas, inspiration, networking, industry insights or emerging trends you're after, The Emergence Creative Fesitval brings it all together in a wild few days. 

This year's festival theme is 'Human Connection in a Post-Digital World,' the question being, is our digital attachment as consumers and businesses detaching us from human experience? Our keynotes and workshops will explore how we can harness the benefits of new tech, dodge the pitfalls and connect as people in a post-digital landscape. 

Alongside many keynotes and hands-on workshops are satelite events and pop-ups that celebrate the beautiful region of Margaret River and allows you to network and connect with other like-minded individuals. 

Check out our website, Facebook and Instagram for all the ticketing info, this years speakers and what we have in store for 2020. 

IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton

IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton is returning on Saturday the 17th of October

  • Dates:Postponed from May 2 to Oct 24
  • Venue:Barnard Park Busselton

Details

  • Hosted By:Triathlon WA
  • Venue Address:Barnard Park Busselton
  • Type:Health,Sports,Well Being
  • Audience:Adults
  • Sports:Endurance,Triathlon / Ironman

Description

The IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton is returning to Barnard Park on Saturday October 17 and is inviting all athletes to join us! Swim alongside the historic Busselton Jetty, cycle through the picturesque Tuart Forest and then cap the day off with a run along the foreshore and through the event village to achieve that finish line feeling. Complete the distance yourself, or register as part of a team. To find out more or to register, please visit our website: www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au 

 

SunSmart Kids Triathlon

Join our fun filled SunSmart Kids Triathlon taking place on Sunday October 18th

  • Dates:Postponed from May 3 to Oct 18
  • Venue:Geographe Bay Foreshore

Details

  • Hosted By:Triathlon WA
  • Venue Address:Geographe Bay Foreshore
  • Type:Sports
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Sports:Endurance,Triathlon / Ironman,Participation Sports

Description

Get the kids out of the house and head down to Barnard Park on Sunday 18 October for the SunSmart Kids Triathlon. We have two distances available – a short distance (100m swim, 2km cycle and 500m run) for kids aged 7-11 years and a long distance (200m swim, 4km cycle and 1km run) for kids aged 12-15 years. To find out more or to register, please visit our website: www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au 

Funman Teams Triathlon

Participate in the Funman Teams Triathlon this year on October 18

  • Dates:Postponed from May 3 to Oct 18
  • Venue:Geographe Bay Foreshore

Details

  • Hosted By:Triathlon WA
  • Venue Address:Geographe Bay Foreshore
  • Type:Sports,Well Being
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Sports:Endurance,Triathlon / Ironman,Participation Sports

Description

Head down to Barnard Park on Sunday 18 October and join us for the Funman Teams Triathlon, a short and fun filled triathlon which caps off a great weekend of racing. This is the perfect opportunity for families and friends who might want to participate together, or even against each other. The Funman Teams Triathlon includes a 200m swim, 4km cycle and 1km run. To find out more or to register, please visit our website: www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au  

 

 

Eagle Bay Epic

The Eagle Bay Epic is the ultimate mix of off-road adventure racing: mountain bike, ocean swim, kayak and trail run traversing the rugged and pristine coastline in south western WA.

  • Dates:Nov 7 & 8
  • Venue:Eagle Bay

Details

  • Hosted By:Rapid Ascent
  • Venue Address:Eagle Bay, WA 6281
  • Type:Sports
  • Audience:Adults
  • Sports:Cycling,Endurance,Running,Swimming

Description

The Eagle Bay Epic has been designed as the ultimate mix of off-road adventure racing. Imagine a mountain bike, ocean swim, kayak and trail run traversing the rugged and pristine coastline in south-west, Western Australia.

The Eagle Bay Brewery is the official event venue offering sweeping views out to Cape Naturaliste in Geographe Bay. Indulge in a refreshing beer for post-race celebrations.

Step up to the challenge solo or team up with your friends and be a part of the maiden Eagle Bay Epic Adventure Race in November 2020.

Event Options For Everyone:
Naturaliste Short Course
13km Mountain Bike
1.2km Ocean Swim
5km Paddle
7.9km Trail Run
300m Team Run
Event details…

Leeuwin Long Course
23km Mountain Bike
2km Ocean Swim
13.5km Paddle
12.5km Trail Run
300m Team Run

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