Things to do in Margaret River
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
- 08 9756 6999
Live music by talented local WA musos, exquisite seafood and beach club style cocktails whilst overlooking Yallingup Lagoon. What more could you want?
- Dates:Jan 24
- Time(s):3pm - 6pm
- Venue:Lagoon Yallingup
- Food & Drink:Restaurant Events
- Hosted By:Lagoon Yallingup
Summertime at Lagoon Yallingup, a series of afternoons from 3pm – 6pm this summer featuring live music, a seafood focused snack menu and cocktails alongside a beatiful view of the Yallingup Lagoon.
Walk ins welcome, however, bookings recommended for tables of 8 or more with a max capacity of 40 pax upstairs.
Dinner bookings available from 6pm onwards via www.lagoonyallingup.com.au.
27th December – DJ Eve Malo
3rd January – DJ Mandy B
8th January – DJFD Claire O’Shea
17th January – Mitch Baker
24th January – Brayden Sibbald
Offering a unique blend of both pilates and yoga, join Flametree Wines on the first Sunday of every month for a summertime stretch and a drink of wine afterwards.
- Dates:Feb 7, Mar 7
- Time(s):9.00am - 10.00am
- Venue:Flametree Wines
- Hosted By:Flametree Wines
- Ticket Price:$20
- Type:Adults Only
- Food & Drink:Wine,Winery Events
Join us from 9-10am on the first Sunday of every month through Spring and Summer to stretch your body with Sue from Yin Pilates Southwest. You'll love the unique mix of yoga and pilates that Sue offers, as well as the complimentary glass of Flametree bubbles afterwards! $20 per person. BYO mat and bottle of water.
- 0405 472 602
The premier ocean swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty, in the south west of WA. Since 1996, the Busselton Jetty Swim has grown from a local event to an internationally recognized event.
- Dates:Feb 13-14
- Venue:Busselton Jetty and Foreshore
- Hosted By:Busselton Jetty Swim
The SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim 2021 event will be the 26th year and they are planning to celebrate over 2 days with entertainment, activities and family-friendly fun, with the swim taking place on the morning of Sunday 14th February 2021.
Solo and Teams: The course is a swim of 3.6 km around the Busselton Jetty, solo swimmers and relay teams of two and four are welcome. The swim starts on the eastern side of the Jetty, heading out and around the end, and back to shore on the western side.
One Mile - Swim to Shore: There wouldn't be many swims anywhere that you could start at 1 mile out to sea to swim back to the beach, that's jumping in at the deep end! Swimmers will enter the water at the end of the Busselton Jetty on the western side and swim to shore, a distance of 1.6km or 1 Mile.
SunSmart Busselton Jetty Kids Swim. Junior swimmers can participate in the 222 metre Kids Swim for 8 to 12 year olds around the outside of the Swimming Jetty. This will be held at 11:30 on Sunday 14 February 2021 (after the main swim).
Be a part of the atmosphere and enter the best jetty swim in the world.
- (08) 9780 5911
With over 60 stall holders, local artisan retail, community stalls, and children’s activities, this family-focused event is held on the banks of the beautiful Blackwood River.
- Dates:Feb 28
- Time(s):9am - 8:30pm
- Venue:Blackwood River Banks
- Hosted By:Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
- Other:Arts & Crafts,Markets
It’s an exciting day, where you will find a packed program of events rolling out, including plenty to keep the kids entertained. A licensed Lion’s area adjacent allows the adults to sit back and relax too!
The famous Blackwood Regatta will make a return, with a focus on sustainability using recycled materials to build water rafts. On top of all the water-based action, a fantastic line up of music and entertainment is on offer, and don’t miss out on the fireworks set against the stunning Blackwood River – a truly spectacular display.
- 03 5261 5511
Australia's largest off road triathlon with courses for racers of all abilities in a stunning location.
- Dates:Apr 10 - 11
- Venue:Dunsborough Country Club
- Sports:Triathlon / Ironman
X-Adventure is the ultimate mix of triathlon and adventure racing featuring an ocean swim in the clear waters of Geographe Bay, trail run along the stunning granite coastline and mountain bike through the single tracks of Meelup Regional Park.
After the 2020 version of the event was cancelled earlier this year due to COVID-19, organisers Rapid Ascent are calling on triathlete and adventure racing enthusiasts along with Dunsborough locals to make up for lost time and get behind the 2021 event.
“We genuinely love what we do here at Rapid Ascent – conducting events that put smiles on people’s faces in some beautiful parts of the country,” said Sam Maffett, Rapid Ascent’s General Manager. “To have had to cancel this fan-favourite event three weeks out from the 2020 race was devastating; not just for us as a business, but for the participants who put their heart and soul into training and planning their weekend away. We could not be happier to see events going ahead in Western Australia and we can’t wait to deliver an even bigger and better X-Adventure next April!” said Maffett.
Conducted in a friendly and welcoming race atmosphere, the weekend features five different off-road races attracting more than 1,500 competitors and many more spectators. Athletes of all abilities are welcome with a race to suit everyone.
Held over two days, the premier Long Course race is included in the 2021 Triathlon WA State Championships.
The X-Adventure Long Course includes 34 kilometres of action with a 1500m ocean swim, 12km trail run, and 20km mountain bike ride. The course attracts racers from corporate relay teams through to weekend warriors and elite athletes.
Frenchman, Simon Billeau, a renowned triathlete and multiple X-Adventure competitor has nothing but praise for the course. “This is a fantastic course, even though it is tough. It’s a great race in such a stunning location like Dunsborough. We are very lucky to have this race here,” Billeau said.
The weekend also includes a Short course option (700 metre ocean swim, 6km coastal trail run and 11km mountain bike), an Aquathlon-X (1km swim, 5km trail run) event and other events designed especially for kids. This ensures sporting stars of tomorrow have a chance to join in the fun.
Located in the majesty of Geographe Bay, Dunsborough is renowned for its stunning coastal trails, beautiful blue water and awe-inspiring scenery. The courses stretch into the sacred Meelup Regional Park with all races taking in sculpted granite coastline, running tracks peaking with wildflower and free-flowing single-track for the mountain bike leg.
Entries to the 2021 X-Adventure Dunsborough are OPEN ONLINE at XAdventure.com.au.
- 9758 7316
A not-to-be-missed event for book lovers, with the chance to hear from your favourite authors while enjoying some of the Margaret River's best food and wine experiences.
- Dates:May 14 - 16
- Venue:Margaret River HEART
- Other:Literature,Author Talks,Writers Festivals
Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival is the biggest regional literary event in Western Australia (WA). Each year it brings an array of thought-provoking writers to the region including novelists, journalists, academics and established and emerging storytellers from WA, interstate and overseas.
Themed ‘Future Tense’, the festival will look at both possible and highly imagined futures through a literary lens, to explore and share visions for the future from some of Australia’s most renowned writers, speakers and thinkers.
One of WA's most popular visual arts events, Margaret River Region Open Studios, returns in September! Make a holiday of it and plan a colourful journey through this beautiful region.
- Time(s):Most studios open from 10am to 4pm and some by appointment on certain days. Visit the website for details.
- Dates:Aug 11 - Sep 26
- Festivals:All Festivals,Margaret River Open Studios
- Ticket Price:Free
- Art Exhibitions:Craft,Drawing,Painting,Photography,Sculpture,Other Visual Arts
- Other:Arts & Crafts,Travel
- Hosted By:Margaret River Open Studios
One of WA’s most popular arts events, Margaret River Region Open Studios, returns in September following the popularity of a Springtime event in 2020.
Open Studios promises to be more vibrant than ever, capturing the colours of spring and wildflower season and providing an opportunity for you to enjoy the Margaret River region in all its glory.
More than 100 artists from Busselton to Augusta will be opening their studio doors to welcome in art lovers and share their passion.
The event, marking its eighth year, features painters, sculptors, illustrators, jewellers, printmakers, glassblowers, ceramicists, potters, photographers, furniture makers, woodworkers, textile artists, metalworkers, mixed media artists and upcyclers who share a love of this beautiful part of the world.
Roadtrip to the region and make a holiday of it, going off the beaten path to visit studios of artists you know and love, and some new talent who might just be the next big thing! Renown artists who regularly participate include Leon Pericles, Rachel Coad, Lauren Wilhelm, Ian Mutch, Rebecca Cool, Mary-Lynne Stratton and Christian Fletcher.
A must attend film festival, with an array of great films set against the stunning backdrop of Western Australian iconic south west region.
- Dates:Aug 25 - 29
- Venue:Australia's South West
- Hosted By:CinefestOZ
- Ticket Price:TBA
- Other:Film Festivals
Celebrating great films, the festival incorporates some of Australia's most beautiful locations, world-class Margaret River wines and gourmet fresh foods.
Visitors, filmmakers and film-lovers converge to enjoy premiere events, in conversation lunches, general screenings, family activities and free community events over six days in August.
Live events are to be held from August 25-30. This makes CinefestOZ the first Australian film festival to host screenings for live cinema audiences in Western Australia’s South West since the easing of restrictions.
Special guests who have enjoyed the film festival dubbed "Australia's friendliest" include David Wenham (Patron), Sigrid Thornton, Ben Elton, Jack Thompson and Hugo Weaving.
Tracing the Swan follows the story of the settlement of the Swan River Colony with the swan as the central character in artworks about race, difference and the unexpected.
- Dates:Sep 28 - Feb 7
- Time(s):Daily | 10am - 5pm
- Venue:Vasse Felix Winery
- Art Exhibitions:Historical,Painting,Photography
- Ticket Price:FREE
In a play between fiction and reality, the black swan is traced throughout the history of the colonisation of Western Australia up to the present day. From historical to contemporary artworks, the exhibition explores how WA was presented to potential settlers, how its landscape was impacted and has changed over time and how the swan stands as emblem of WA against this tide of changes in its real environment.
- 08 97514651
See some of the best contemporary artwork from throughout Western Australia.
- Dates:Dec 5 - Jan 27
- Venue:ArtGeo Gallery
- Hosted By:City of Busselton
- Art Exhibitions:Drawing,Other Visual Arts,Painting,Photography,Sculpture
See some of the best contemporary artwork from throughout Western Australia and vote for your favourite piece for the People’s Choice Award. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, printmaking, drawings, textiles and photography. 5 December to 27 January, open daily 10am to 4pm, free entry.
- 08 6757 0888
Set in a Margaret River vineyard, enjoy a summer of cinema outdoors. Watch latest screenings whilst you sample Cape Mentelle wines, Margaret River Burger Co. nibbles or bring a picnic of your own.
- Dates:Dec 11 - Mar 13
- Time(s):Screenings begin at 6.00pm
- Venue:Cape Mentelle Vineyards
- Hosted By:Cape Mentelle Vineyards
- Ticket Price:Adults $22.50, Children/Concession $16.00
- Food & Drink:Winery Events
- Other:Outdoor Movies
The new release movie schedule includes family comedy, arthouse, romance, thrillers, Western, drama, music, documentaries and foreign films. This year Cape Mentelle Vineyards partnered with the Margaret River Burger Co. in offering tasty beef, chicken and veggie burgers that can be enjoyed lying back under the stars, or from the comfort of a hired beanbed. A selection of Cape Mentelle wines by the glass and the bottle, non-alcoholic beverages and coffee are available. You are welcome to bring your own picnic but no BYO alcohol.
- 0488 990 154
This small, family-owned brewery built upon property in the Yallingup Hills is hosting a recurring event every Sunday that supports WA musicians in a community setting.
- Dates:Dec 13 - Mar 28
- Time(s):3.00pm - 5.00pm
- Venue:Wild Hop Brewing Company
- Hosted By:Wild Hop Brewing Company
- Ticket Price:Free
- Food & Drink:Beer
Join Wild Hop Brewing Co for live music on the deck. Every Sunday 3-5pm from December to March. They are upping the ante on summer Sunday vibes, and supporting some awesome WA musicians. Bookings are recommended although the event is free entry, and there is no change to their normal trading hours.
- 08 9750 1888
Set in one of Yallingup's historic buildings, the outdoor movies are returning for families and the community to enjoy. Eat at the hotel's restaurant or bring your own picnic.
- Dates:Dec 15 - Feb 25
- Time(s):Gates open at 6.00pm and movies begin at 8.00pm
- Venue:Caves House Hotel
- Hosted By:Caves House Hotel
- Ticket Price:Adults $17, Children (5-15) $10, Children (under 5) Free, Family (2 adults, 2 kids) $50
- Other:Outdoor Movies
Outdoor Movies start Tuesday December 15th 2020 and run every Tuesday & Thursday (excluding New Years Eve) until February 25th 2021. Movies begin at 8:00pm (Can buy ticket from 6:00pm) Bring your own picnic blankets and rugs. Food and Drinks available from the main bar & pizza shack.
- 08 9750 1888
Come down and enjoy the live local musicians whilst you peruse beautiful wares from a variety of stalls.
- Dates:Every Wednesday; Dec 23 & 30, Jan 6, 13, 20, 27
- Time(s):5:30pm - 8:30pm
- Venue:Caves House Hotel
- Ticket Price:Free
- Hosted By:Caves House Hotel
The Twilight Markets are held every Wednesday night from 5.30pm to 8.30pm in the stunning Caves House Hotel ground.
Start your Sunday morning right with a cup of coffee and a bite to eat, browse stalls with local arts and crafts, fruit and veg.
- Dates:Every 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month.
- Time(s):7am - 12:30pm
- Venue:Signal Park, Busselton
- Ticket Price:Free
The Busselton Rotary Markets are held every 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month, at Signal Park near the Busselton Foreshore.
For stallholder enquiries contact Lawrie Walter on 0428 354 017 or visit the Busselton Rotary Markets Facebook page.