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
About Margaret River
Margaret River Highlights
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
- Hosted By:Squid Fest Busselton
- Venue Address:Busselton Foreshore
- Ticket Price:Free
- Food & Drink:Festival,Food Event,Seafood
- Sports:Other Sports & Fitness
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.
Be captivated by breathtaking diamonds during JahRoc’s spectacular Argyle diamond event.
- Dates:31st October - 16th November 2020
- Time(s):10am - 5pm
- Venue:JahRoc Galleries
- Hosted By:JahRoc Galleries
- Venue Address:83 Bussell Highway Margaret River, WA, Australia 6285.
Presenting an exclusive collection of Argyle Pink Diamonds & Jewellery at JahRoc Galleries
The opportunity for you to own an Argyle pink diamond is coming to a grinding halt with the impending closure of the Western Australian Argyle mine.
JahRoc Galleries are excited to be bringing to the Margaret River region this truly breathtaking collection of loose investment pink diamonds and stunning pink diamond jewellery. Working together with their diamond merchant in Perth, all Argyle diamonds are supplied with a certificate of origin giving you reassurance of the provenance of your pink diamond investment.
Sparkling wine will be flowing on Saturday 31st October and all are welcome to drop into the gallery to view the collection. Meet the Argyle diamond specialist who is in the gallery for one day only and will be available between 10am – 5pm.
Private viewings are available on the evening of Friday 30th October. Appointments are very limited and bookings are essential, so please call now to arrange a private viewing and meeting with the Argyle diamond specialist. +61 8 97587200.
This spectacular array of sparkling jewels is on show until the 16th November. It is a case of first in first served as the availability of Argyle pink diamonds is decreasing constantly.
To own an Argyle Pink Diamond is to own a piece of Australian history. Make your way into JahRoc Galleries to add a “pink” to your investment portfolio now!
JahRoc Galleries, 83 Bussell Highway, Margaret River.
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- 08 9756 6735
Swings in Yallingup are throwing their first Melbourne Cup – Rosé all Day event at our newly renovated cellar door & restaurant on Caves Road.
- Dates:3 November
- Venue:Swings & Roundabouts
- Hosted By:Swings & Roundabouts
- Venue Address:2807 Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
- Ticket Price:$110
- Type:Adults Only
- Food & Drink:Wine,Winery Events
An event not to miss, at the newly renovated cellar door & restaurant on Caves Road. There will be bubbles on arrival, gourmet canapés, live music from local legends Bunny Juice, a live screening of The Melbourne Cup, epic prizes for best dressed male & female, a dedicated Rosé all day Bar in the tipi lounge, beers on tap exclusively from The Beerfarm, pink candy floss, sweepstakes meaning an exceptionally good time!
The largest competitive road cycling event in Australia - Tour of Margaret River
- Dates:November 6-8
- Venue:Margaret River
- Hosted By:Tour of Margaret River
- Type:Adults Only
- Sports:Cycling,Participation Sports
The Tour of Margaret River is the ultimate experience for your cycling team. The unique format of the Tour means that amateur cyclists can compete directly against riders from the pro tour peloton. With picturesque scenery as far as the eye can see, it is more than just a race. With open, mixed, and all-women racing categories – and a participation category, meaning that there are options to suit all.
- [email protected]
- 03 5261 5511
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
- Hosted By:Rapid Ascent
- Venue Address:Eagle Bay, WA 6281
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
7.9km Trail Run
300m Team Run
Leeuwin Long Course
23km Mountain Bike
2km Ocean Swim
12.5km Trail Run
300m Team Run
- [email protected]
- (08) 9282 5417
Bunkers Beach House invites you to an intimate long table lunch featuring eight elegant wines & five courses showcasing WA’s finest seafood.
- Dates:Nov 22
- Time(s):Doors open 12pm
- Venue:Bunkers Beach House
- Hosted By:Bunkers Beach House
- Venue Address:Farm Break Lane, Naturaliste, WA 6281
- Ticket Price FROM:$120
- Ticket price TO:$140 (inc. transport)
- Type:Adults Only
- Food & Drink:Food Event,Restaurant Events,Seafood,Wine,Winery Events
Bunkers Beach House is located at stunning Bunker Bay in the world-renowned Margaret River Wine Region of Western Australia. Nestled in the dunes, Bunkers Beach house blends in with its natural surrounds and takes full advantage of the spectacular vistas of the turquoise waters and white sands of Bunker Bay. It’s one of the few absolute beachfront restaurants in WA, complete with boardwalk access to the Indian Ocean.
Executive Chef, Guy Jeffreys, and Head Chef, Jason van Druten, are crafting a menu that celebrates sustainably caught, seasonal Western Australian seafood. Each course is paired with Deep Woods Estate wine, with a focus on the ultimate seafood pairing – Chardonnay.
Hosted by Julian Langworthy, Deep Woods Estate's Chief Winemaker and James Halliday Winemaker of the Year 2019, this is a unique opportunity with one of WA's most recognised and awarded wineries.
- [email protected]
- 0413 629 969
James Abberley, with his warming, coastal acoustic sounds and gently pulsing minimalistic beats, has released his new single 'You're The One'
- Time(s):7.00pm to 11.59pm AWST
- Venue:Little Village, Margaret River
- Dates:Nov 21
- Music:Country & Folk,Indie & Alternative,Gig Guide
- Hosted By:James Abberley
- Ticket Price FROM:30.63
- Ticket price TO:38.01
- Venue Address:Location TBA
Over the past number of years, Abberley has hit impressive milestones throughout his career which include supporting the likes of Xavier Rudd, The Waifs, Paul Dempsy, Ash Grunwald and Kim Churchill. Abberley's also performed at a number of WA festivals including Nannup Festival and Into The Sun Festival to name a few.
In January this year, Abberley made his way to New Zealand for the first time where four of the six shows sold out. This trend has continued with the return of live music in WA with Abberley selling out his last 5 shows.
Now in quick succession to follow up his most recent single 'Drifting' (released in August) is 'You're The One'. With a "from the heart" passion and seriousness, this weighty number is indicative of the heart-pounding emotions tied to a yearning for the one as the title suggests. Abberley states:
"'You're The One' is about that moment when you are trying to fall asleep, but no matter what you do, you just can't get that person that you love or want out of your head. It's amazing to me that you can feel like a slave to your own thoughts."
Generating this feeling is Abberley's easy listening blend of acoustic-folk, minimalistic beats and his tender vocal tone that is laced with a soft Australiana accent.
Abberley's music imbues a sense of tranquillity and meditative space for introspection.
Nov 6 - The Aardvark, Freemantle.
Nov 13 - Vancouver Arts Center, Albany.
Nov 21 - Little Village, Margaret River.
All tickets via Eventbrite.com.au
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
- Venue Address:47 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River WA
- 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.
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
- Venue Address:Cnr Tom Cullity Dr & Caves Rd, Cowaramup
- 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.