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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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Margaret River Region Open Studios

Margaret River Region Open Studios turns the South West into art lovers paradise, giving you the opportunity to visit the artists you know and love, and ones you're yet to discover!

  • Dates:September 12 - 27
  • Time(s):Approx. 10am to 4pm daily
  • Festivals:Margaret River Open Studios

Details

  • Hosted By:Margaret River Region Open Studios
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Art Exhibitions:Craft,Drawing,Other Visual Arts,Painting,Photography,Sculpture
  • Type:Free

Description

One of WA’s most popular arts events, Margaret River Region Open Studios, will return in September after being forced to postpone due to COVID-19.

103 artists from around the region will be opening their studio doors to welcome in art lovers and share their passion.

The event, now in its seventh 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 from Perth 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 participating include Leon Pericles, Rachel Coad, Lauren Wilhelm, Ian Mutch, Patricia Negus, Mary-Lynne Stratton and Christian Fletcher.

Long Weekend wood-fired pizza and magnums at Juniper Estate

Wood fired pizzas and special magnums are being offered on the lawns at Juniper Estate over the Queen's Birthday long weekend

  • Dates:Sep 26 - 27
  • Time(s):11am - 4pm
  • Venue:Juniper Estate

Details

  • Hosted By:Juniper
  • Venue Address:Juniper Estate, 98 Tom Cullity Drive, Cowaramup, WA 6284
  • Ticket Price:Pizzas from $16, glasses of wine from $10
  • Food & Drink:Food Event,Wine,Winery Events

Description

Juniper are going to fire up the pizza oven over the Queens B'day weekend on Saturday September 26th and Sunday 27th from 11am – 4pm  (weather permitting). They'll be using the choicest ingredients, opening some special magnums and featuring the deft touch of Tom Hill who'll be shaking the pizza paddle. Hungry patrons will find the event in the picturesque gardens in front of Juniper's cellar door. Bookings are recommended either via phone: 08 9755 9000 ext 2, or email: sales@juniperestate.com.au.

Fraser Gallop Estate Barrel Hall Pop Up

FRASER GALLOP ESTATE BARREL HALL POP-UP

  • Dates:26 - 27 September 2020
  • Time(s):11am - 4pm
  • Venue:Fraser Gallop Cellar Door

Details

  • Hosted By:Fraser Gallop Estate
  • Venue Address:Fraser Gallop Cellar Door, 493 Metricup Road, Margaret River
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Food & Drink:Wine,Winery Events

Description

Margaret River's most anticipated wine sale. Award-winning current & back vintages, limited release and large format wines at exceptional prices. 

IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton

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

  • Dates:Oct 24
  • Venue:Barnard Park Busselton

Details

  • Hosted By:Triathlon WA
  • Venue Address:Barnard Park Busselton
  • Other:Health,Well Being
  • 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:Oct 18
  • Venue:Geographe Bay Foreshore

Details

  • Hosted By:Triathlon WA
  • Venue Address:Geographe Bay Foreshore
  • Sports:Endurance,Triathlon / Ironman,Participation Sports
  • Type:For Kids

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:Oct 18
  • Venue:Geographe Bay Foreshore

Details

  • Hosted By:Triathlon WA
  • Venue Address:Geographe Bay Foreshore
  • Other:Well Being
  • 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  

 

 

Squid Fest

Squid Fest will celebrate all the best bits about this intriguing Cephalopod with a program of events themed around water, wind, earth and fire on and around the Busselton foreshore.

  • Dates:Oct 23-24
  • Time(s):4pm Friday and 9am Saturday
  • Venue:Busselton Foreshore
  • Festivals:All Festivals

Details

  • Hosted By:Squid Fest Busselton
  • Venue Address:Busselton Foreshore
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Food & Drink:Festival,Food Event,Seafood
  • Sports:Other Sports & Fitness
  • Type:Free

Description

Ink your diary for 23rd and 24th October when a new festival celebrating the humble Squid jigs into Busselton.

Expect squid fishing competitions (with a cash prize), education and clinics, giant sea creature kite flying, south west sea and land food and wine sampling and demonstrations featuring cooking over fire, squid kids’ activities, live entertainment and more.  

The program will feature Friday night food and wines events, entertainment and learn-to-squid clinics; and on Saturday, visitors will enjoy a cheery south west culinary marketplace and entertainment on the Busselton Foreshore, squidding contests for kids and adults, and a colourful sea creature kiting display.

This is a free event, running from 4pm on Friday the 23rd and 9am Staurday the 24th.

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
  • 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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