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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

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OPT, MATTY B & OMAC

SBX & TPW present The Syllasquad Tour featuring Opt, Matty B & Omac.

  • Venue:Settlers Tavern
  • Dates:Jul 2
  • Time(s):9pm

Details

  • Music:Hip Hop,Free
  • Ticket Price:Free

Description

FRIDAY’S Legend Matty B is about to step out of the shadows and take centre stage once again. Flagged by the Godfather Optamus and Pysch Ward’s Omac get ready for Margs HIPHOP SHOW OF THE YEAR!

Ricky Green

Ricky Green is a singer/songwriter from Secret Harbour W.A. Don't miss his live performance at Settlers Tavern!

  • Venue:Settlers Tavern
  • Dates:Jul 3
  • Time(s):5pm - 6pm

Details

  • Music:Country & Folk,Gig Guide,Free
  • Ticket Price:Free

Description

Ricky picked up a guitar and started writing songs whilst traveling at 20 years old. Since then he hasn’t put it down, He’s spent the last 12 years playing all around the world and is known by many to be one of the most gigging Musicians in Western Australia. Known best for his silky smooth vocals and honest, imaginative song writing he’s supported some of the greats, musicians like John Butler, The Cat Empire and Russel Morris to name a few. When he’s not on stage performing somewhere in Perth, you might find him busking in Fremantle, live streaming on Facebook or writing and recording songs in his studio. With plenty of free time in 2020/21 after the covid 19 lockdown, Ricky has had a lot of time to record new music and he is gearing up to release his 3rd EP in 2022.

Banjo Lucia | The River

Banjo returns home from national tours with Stella Donnelly & San Cisco for two special intimate hometown shows in Margaret River & Fremantle.

  • Venue:The River
  • Dates:Jul 7
  • Time(s):7pm

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  • Music:Indie & Alternative,Gig Guide
  • Ticket Price:$12.25

Description

Banjo Lucia is a passionate singer-songwriter steeped in a deep love for the craft and tradition. Her songs reveal a wisdom and sophisticated turn of phrase that belie her age, revealing an insight into the human condition that is at once heartbreaking and uplifting. Her ability to turn mundane details into profound familiarity and transport the listener into the centre of her experience as if it was their own, is the mark of a truly gifted writer. The metamorphosis of this is evident, as well as drawing influence from luminaries such as Frank Ocean, Björk and Julia Jacklin, in her debut EP 'Peccadilloes'; a collection of songs that detail various intimate facets of her own experience with grief, love and growth.

Sly Withers

Sly Withers are back and have mates Ra Ra Viper and Paint in tow for a very special show on July 9 at The River.

  • Venue:The River
  • Dates:Jul 9
  • Time(s):7pm

Details

  • Ticket Price:$44.90
  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

Ahead of their appearance at Splendour in the Grass this July, the band are bringing their new festival set to Margaret River. Catch new songs and all your favourites before east coast audiences get a chance!

Skeggs at The River

Joining Skeggs at The River will be Pretty Ugly's and Fat Face!

  • Venue:The River
  • Dates:Jul 10
  • Time(s):6pm

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  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

Get ready Margaret River! To celebrate the release of their #1 album ‘Rehearsal’, rock trio Skegss announce they will be hitting the road for a massive tour across the country, playing The River on Sunday 10 July 2022!

Cabin Fever Festival 2022

Keep toasty with 10 days of wintry goodness from 15 to 24 July 2022.

  • Dates:Jul 15 - 24

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  • Type:Festivals

Description

The kind of fever you want in 2022 is back and we’re bringing back all the fire, food and fun you know and love, bigger than ever with over 40 events from Busselton to Margaret River and everywhere in between.

Dear Sunday | The River

WA fav's Dear Sunday are hitting the road and playing some of their favourite spots across Western Australia to celebrate their second birthday.

  • Venue:The River
  • Dates:Jul 15
  • Time(s):7pm

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Description

Parties & celebrations are what the boys do best, so buckle up & get your tickets now!

Mama Kin Spender | The River

Mama Kin Spender is a rattle and hum call across the desert plains, and they are hitting the West Coast of WA for their 'Northern Magnetic' tour.

  • Venue:The River
  • Dates:Jul 21,Jul 21
  • Time(s):7pm,7pm

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  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

An ARIA-nominated duo of mischief-makers, MKS is Mama Kin (aka Danielle Caruana), a storyteller and dream weaver with a penchant for soul-baring; and Dingo Spender, a producer, songman and instrumental wizard. Long-time friends and collaborators, MKS combine drums, percussion and blistering guitar with lightning arrangements underpinned by harmonies that shimmer and smoulder.

Hollow Coves

After a forced break from touring, and now with a bunch of new music in the oven, the band is eager to return to stages across Australia!

  • Venue:The River
  • Dates:Jul 30
  • Time(s):7pm

Details

  • Music:Indie & Alternative,Gig Guide
  • Ticket Price:$28.60

Description

Off the back of their EPs ‘Wanderlust’ and 'Blessings' as well as debut album ‘Moments’, Hollow Coves have amassed over 300 million streams on Spotify, played sold out shows across the world and earned their first Gold Single in Australia with their breakout hit ‘Coastline’. Quoting influences such as Angus & Julia Stone, Coldplay, & The Paper Kites, the band carry light within an eloquent, engaging, and entrancing take on indie folk.

The Witchy Djypsies w/ The Copper Leaves

The Witchy Djypsies will share the stage with ‘The Copper Leaves’ for one huge and groovy Saturday evening.

  • Venue:Settlers Tavern
  • Dates:Jul 30
  • Time(s):9pm

Details

  • Ticket Price:$23.50
  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

Casting their musical spells, The Witchy Djypsies take you on a journey by skillfully fusing soulful latin beats, cheeky gypsy jazz and brass-infused ska rhythms to tear down genre borders.

Dulcie & Supathick

Following on from the release of 'Nothing Left' and the pop banger of 'tell ur friends', Dulcie are on the move upward again, get your tickets quick!

  • Venue:The River
  • Dates:Aug 12
  • Time(s):7pm

Details

  • Music:Indie & Alternative,Gig Guide
  • Ticket Price:$17.35

Description

Dulcie play a handful of their own headline shows after high-profile support tours with Ocean Alley & Amy Shark has kicked off 2022 with a bang.

CinefestOz Film Festival

CinefestOZ premieres feature films and events in the region’s cinemas and picturesque venues, making it a feast for the senses and an unforgettable six-day getaway.

  • Dates:Aug 24 - 28
  • Venue:Various Venues

Details

  • Type:Festivals
  • Movies:Film festivals

Description

CinfestOZ is in its 15th year and showcases the best of Australian and French films over a 5 day event. Experience Australia’s premier destination film festival set against the stunning backdrop of Western Australia’s iconic South West region. Film lovers, filmmakers and stars are drawn this year to Busselton and the Margaret River wine region to immerse themselves in film experiences at the region’s cinemas and various venues. Set in the seaside centre of Busselton and the Margaret River wine region, CinefestOZ premieres feature films and events in the region’s cinemas and surrounds making it a feast for the senses and an unforgettable getaway. 2022 will be an exciting year, so be sure to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment, see you at CinefestOZ.

Tijuana Cartel | Settlers Tavern

Tijuana Cartel’s new release, ACID PONY, could be the soundtrack for the new age that is emerging from the dust of 2021.

  • Venue:Settlers Tavern
  • Dates:Sep 16
  • Time(s):9pm

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  • Music:Indie & Alternative,Gig Guide

Description

It’s got the driving guitar, euphoria, fat beats and heavy, bass-fuelled electronica you expect from Tijuana Cartel’s duo of writers, Paul George and Carey O’Sullivan. There is still a deep current of musicianship and trippy interludes that take listeners into other-worldly realms and there’s something else, something new. A new level of beauty, or joy, that holds you in its arms even while you fly. O’Sullivan says, ‘I think we are coming into this century’s version of the roaring 20’s. When restrictions lifted, people were as keen as a technicoloured acid pony to party. Fashion and music are going to reflect the feeling of newfound freedom.’ Tijuana Cartel honed their live set at venues across Australia and on the international festival circuit, playing stages across Europe and the USA as well as Australia’s most loved events including Peats Ridge, Rainbow Serpent, Wave Rock, Splendour in the Grass, Bluesfest, Woodford, Falls Festival and many more. The band managed to slip into WA in between border closings earlier this year and sold out every show so don’t wait to get your tickets!

Sydney Male Choir

The Sydney Male Choir will excite and delight you with their soaring harmonies, wonderful voices, energy and sheer joy.

  • Dates:Sep 18
  • Time(s):3pm
  • Venue:St Thomas More Catholic Church

Details

  • Music:Concert Tours,Choral
  • Hosted By:Arts Margaret River
  • Ticket Price:$35 adults, $30 Arts MR Members, $20 Youth

Description

The Sydney Male Choir was established in 1913 and over the ensuing 109 years they have become an iconic part of the Sydney music scene. With musical director Warwick Tyrrell leading the Choir, audiences will delight in the sheer range and variety of the concert program. The Choir has spanned generations of singers over its long history and the music is always fresh and relevant as it engages its audiences in a wonderful embrace of energy, soaring harmonies, – and sheer joy. Presented by Arts Margaret River, this special performance will be held in the St Thomas More Catholic Church with soaring ceilings and wonderful acoustics. Afternoon tea/cakes will be available for purchase during intermission.

Good Day Sunshine Festival

Almost 2 years on from the last Good Day Sunshine Festival comes our biggest line up yet. It's time to dust off your favourite boots and pack your bags for the festival of the year!

  • Dates:Sep 24
  • Time(s):1pm
  • Venue:Barnard Park

Details

  • Type:Festivals
  • Music:Music Festival
  • Hosted By:Macro Music, Knucklehead Shipping Co and Dillinger Optics

Description

Taking over the Busselton Foreshore on Saturday 24th September 2022, Good Day Sunshine is all about good times by the ocean, listening to music that feeds your soul whilst sipping some of the WA's finest beverages and tasting some of the South West region's delicious food – all the things best enjoyed with friends and family. ## FEATURING LEON BRIDGES • THE TESKEY BROTHERS • THELMA PLUM • JOSH PYKE • ABBE MAY • LITTLE QUIRKS • SIOBHAN COTCHIN & MORE