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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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Art in the Garden

High Tea, Live Music, Art Auction, Garden Tour, Plant stall and more

  • Dates:30 January 2022
  • Time(s):2pm to 5pm
  • Venue:Tanah Marah


  • Other:Arts & Crafts
  • Type:Adults Only,Charity and Fundraising
  • Art Exhibitions:Painting,Photography,Sculpture
  • Hosted By:Arts Margaret River
  • Ticket Price:$70


Frock up in your best Blanc de Blanc (all white) outfit and join us for a delightful afternoon of delicious food and drinks, live music, stunning artworks and delightful company in a beautiful lakeside setting. A large selection of artworks will be silent and live auctioned on the day plus there will be a large selection of small 9x5 works for sale. Artworks by Leon Pericles, Alice Linford-Forte, Kay Gibson, Peter Moir, Carmen McFall and many more local artists will be featured. Cost: $70 | $60 ArtsMR Members Includes high tea, glass of wine on arrival and live entertainment. All proceeds support Arts Margaret River to present art and events for our community.

Busselton Jetty Swim

A 3.6 km open water swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty plus family fun, entertainment and activities all weekend long.

  • Dates:Feb 12 - 13
  • Venue:Busselton Jetty Beachfront


  • Type:Community
  • Hosted By:Busselton Allsports Inc
  • Sports:Swimming


The premier ocean swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty, in the south west of Western Australia. Since 1996, the Busselton Jetty Swim has grown from a local event to an internationally recognized event. The SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim 2022 event will be our 27th year and we will celebrate over 2 days with entertainment, activities and family-friendly fun, with the swim taking place on the morning of Sunday 13th February 2022.

South West Craft Beer Festival 2022

Escape the hustle and embrace chill Busselton vibes as the South West Craft Beer Festival makes a welcome return. Signal Park, March 5 2022

  • Dates:Mar 5
  • Time(s):Day session 11am - 4pm; Night session 5pm - 10pm
  • Venue:Signal Park


  • Type:Adults Only,Festivals
  • Ticket Price:$15.78 – $53.56
  • Food & Drink:Food Festival,Beer,Cider,Wine,Food Markets


After a sell-out 2021, the South West Craft Beer Festival is BACK for 2022! We'll be tapping kegs and pouring pints at our new home, Signal Park - nestled right on the stunning Busselton foreshore - on the long weekend of Saturday March 5. Back by popular demand, we will have a day and night session, plus a huge range of our South West brewers' best to quench your thirst. We'll have ales, pales and everything in between for you to sample. And if you find yourself in the awkward position of being at a beer festival and suddenly remember you don't like beer, we'll have you covered with a tidy selection of ciders and wines! Frothie lovers will rejoice at the incredible range of 150+ brews to try from 25 craft breweries and cideries such as Rocky Ridge, Colonial, Eagle Bay, Boston and Brewhouse Margaret River, including some crazy, delicious, mind boggling special and new release brews showcased by each brewer at their bar. Throw in some local gourmet bites and some of the best live acts and DJ’s from the region, and the South West Craft Beer Festival is a real highlight of WA’s Summer calendar

Busselton Festival Of Triathlon 2022

'Feel that Busselton Buzz' and choose from four races; the Fun Run, the Busselton 100, the Foreshore Triathlon or the Kids triathlon, each with a range of distances to pace yourself to your liking!

  • Dates:April 29 & May 1, 2022
  • Venue:Busselton


  • Sports:Endurance,Triathlon / Ironman
  • Hosted By:Busselton Festival of Triathlon


The SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon is entering into its 21st year and is an event that is much loved by the triathlon community. It is an event with long standing history, originating in Collie before moving to Rottnest Island, Margaret River and finally settling in the town of Busselton where it has been welcomed by the community since 2002. The event also offers a range of festival events for those upcoming athletes looking to kick start their triathlon career in a fun and exciting way. This includes the Teams Triathlon, perfect for those who a new to triathlon and are looking for a lighthearted introduction on what it has to offer. There is also the SunSmart Kids Triathlon, great for the little ones who have watched everyone else cross the finish line over the weekend and are eager to give it a go themselves.

Margaret River Region Open Studios

Margaret River Region Open Studios, one of WA's greatest arts events, is back from 10-25 September 2022.

  • Dates:Sep 10 - 25
  • Time(s):10am - 4pm
  • Venue:Various Venues in the Margaret River Region


  • Type:Free
  • Art Exhibitions:Photography,Craft
  • Hosted By:Margaret River Region Open Studios
  • Ticket Price:Free


Art lovers mark your diaries for two incredible weeks of immersive and interactive personal art experiences in the Margaret River Region. During Margaret River Region Open Studios, more than 100 artists across a rich array of mediums throw open the doors of their private studios and invite you in to meet, chat, be inspired and possibly purchase a piece for your collection. Create your own artistic adventure from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin following a trail of your favourite artists, styles, or discover new talent. The event features, painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramicists, printmakers, mixed media artists plus there’s always some creative surprises. Springtime is the perfect time to visit the Margaret River Region and experience something new, road tripping the quiet back roads to discover studios on farms, on rural properties, in quaint towns, in the forest and by the beach. There’s a depth of artistic talent in the region and this event is a celebration of its artists and their works, providing the opportunity to visit their working studios, talk to them about their craft and process. Pick up a guide closer to the event from your nearest Jackson’s Drawing Supplies or Visitor Centre and visit www.mrropenstudios.com.au for more information and inspiration. Studios typically open from 10am to 4pm daily, but please check the website or event guide for details.

Vance Joy: The Long Way Home

Busselton is in for an absolute treat with Van Joy pumping up the volume along with special guests The Rubens, Thelma Plum, Middle Kids, Mia Wray and more.

  • Dates:Nov 12
  • Time(s):3.00pm
  • Venue:Barnard Park


  • Music:Pop,Indie & Alternative
  • Hosted By:Frontier Touring
  • Ticket Price:$99.90- $269.90


Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce Vance Joy’s The Long Way Home Tour. Multi award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy is ready to embark on the tour he's been waiting his whole career for. Joined by his full band, and some very special guests, the tour will see Vance travelling across Australia for more than two months, playing regional towns and major cities from early September to late November 2022. 

Movies at Cape Mentelle

Winery by day, outdoor cinema by night.

  • Dates:Nightly Friday to Tuesday - From 17th Dec 2021 to 1st Feb 2022
  • Time(s):6.00pm-12.00am


  • Hosted By:Cape Mentelle Vineyards
  • Movies:Outdoor cinemas


As the sun goes down and the stars come out, the Cape Mentelle gardens transform into an outdoor cinema beside our vines. With cult favourites and box-office hits projected onto the big screen, the natural open setting of the lawns and night sky provide the perfect environment for a West Coast summer evening. Arrive early to experience the stunning sunset and match it with great food and your favourite Cape Mentelle wine.

Gecko Ensembles Margaret River – Weekly Drama Classes with Barking Gecko Theatre

Margaret River Gecko Ensembles are on sale for Term 1! Gecko Ensembles are Barking Gecko Theatre's weekly drama classes for children. It’s where self-expression leads to self-confidence, as children stretch their imaginations in exciting directions. Available for Little Geckos (5 - 7), Juniors Geckos (8 - 12) and Senior Geckos (13+) across WA.

  • Dates:Feb 8 - Apr 5
  • Time(s):4pm - 5.30pm
  • Venue:Margaret River Community Centre


  • Produced By:Barking Gecko
  • Type:Kids,Workshops
  • Hosted By:Barking Gecko Theatre
  • Ticket Price:$180 - $200


Gecko Ensembles are Barking Gecko Theatre's weekly drama classes for children. It’s where self-expression leads to self-confidence, as children stretch their imaginations in exciting directions. Gecko Ensembles focus on the learning that comes from engaging with drama processes. Children question, explore, imagine and create. Through exploring some of life's big questions children develop collaboration and communication skills and build resilience and empathy. They challenge themselves, listen to each other, learn new skills and most importantly, have fun! Gecko Ensembles celebrate children’s diverse ideas, interests and imagination. Children act as our creative consultants, exploring the same content as Barking Gecko’s artistic teams are exploring in our rehearsal rooms. Classes are facilitated by our Teaching Artists, who are accomplished industry professionals, passionate in helping young people discover their potential through drama. Available for Little Geckos (5 - 7), Junior Geckos (8 - 12), Senior Geckos (13+) at a number of locations across metropolitan Perth and regional WA. At Barking Gecko Theatre we believe when children’s creativity is nurtured, their potential is endless! Junior Geckos (ages 8-12) 8 February – 5 April Tuesdays 4pm – 5.30pm To enrol or for more information about Gecko Ensembles, and other Barking Gecko Theatre workshops and productions visit www.barkinggecko.com.au or email gecko@barkinggecko.com.au