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Things to do in Margaret River Central

Set on the paperbark-lined banks of the river of the same name sits the once-sleepy town of Margaret River, known the world over as a bucket-list holiday destination, surfing mecca and food & wine destination par excellence. Just outside of town lies the ‘ah-hah’ point, where the blood pressure lowers, the pace slows, and you’re welcomed by a canopy of tall karris and jarrah, the remains of an ancient rainforest that once stretched to Queensland.

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The town itself is a cosy tree-lined stretch that sweeps up the small hill from the river, packed on both sides with wine bars, pubs, gift shops, art galleries, gourmet delis, cafes and fantastic restaurants.

While some parts of the region have gone upmarket, the centre of Margs is down-to-earth. If you arrive during the day, the smell of good coffee permeates the main drag. After dark, restaurants and bars bustle with chatter and live music.

So what makes this little town such an epic destination? As the heart and soul of a diverse region, Margaret River has some very special features. For a start, it’s a coastal wonderland of world-famous surf breaks and ancient caves. Then there’s the chance to visit welcoming cellar doors, and no fewer than ten boutique breweries and four chocolate factories, three of them open for tastings.

You may be thinking this holiday sounds hard on the waistline… but it doesn’t have to be. If surfing is not your thing, Margs is a great place to be active, with mountain bike and walking trails in the forests outside town, and loads of activities like kayaking, canoeing and rock-climbing.

There are specialised meditation, yoga and wellness retreats, or casual classes you can join. Pamper yourself at a day spa with a massage, body scrub, facial or beauty therapy.

Hedonistic pursuits and rugged untouched natural beauty aside, the relaxed atmosphere is what makes Margaret River. Locals embody a coastal lifestyle and laid-back attitude, and while they are fiercely protective of their home, they are also welcoming, warm and open to sharing their surreal, enviable existence with visitors. Everywhere you go you’ll hear different languages and marvel that so many travellers journey to experience Margs. But then why wouldn’t they? The good vibes, fresh ocean air and magical sunsets (not to mention the wine!) will keep you coming back year after year.

Wheel Chair Access

Most wineries, cafes, restaurants and shops are accessible for wheelchairs and prams. It’s worth calling ahead and double checking, especially if you’re heading to an out-of-the-way location. For a coastal adventure, there is a great sealed track from River Mouth beach to Surfers Point, and down to Rifflebutts Park near Gnarabup. Mammoth Cave’s first chamber also has wheelchair access.

Places to stay

In town

There are hotels, townhouses and executive rentals right on the main strip. Central to everything, you can stroll to markets or to get your morning coffee. Take your pick of dinner spots and wine bars without having to get in the car. Most surprising, much of the town accommodation is in walking distance of a backdrop of forest and trails.

The Coast

Wake up to the sound of the ocean, and head out for an early morning surf or walk on the coast, then head back to your beach house or chalet for a cuppa.

The Countryside

For the ultimate escape, awaken to the tranquil sounds of bushland birds and the scent of eucalypts. Immerse yourself in forest, bushland or vineyard settings with a blazing fi replace – choose from a cosy transformed barn, cottage or homestead, or the luxury of a winery estate.

Tip: Make sure to book well in advance for peak seasons (end of December, January, April school holidays and long weekends). Mid-week, winter and longer stays offer extra value. If you’re not attending the Gourmet Escape or Leeuwin Concert, try to avoid these weekends, because prices usually sky-rocket.

About Margaret River Central

Things to do in Margaret River Central

Things to do in Margaret River Central

There's never a shortage of things to do in Margaret River Central, whatever the season. Although famous for its wineries...
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Places to go in Margaret River Central

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Guides


A Maze'n Margaret River

GIANT HEDGE MAZE on 5 ha of stunning landscaped gardens, playground, free gas barbeque, sheltered picnic areas, games and puzzles.

  • Suited For:Families
  • Open days/Times:Open 7 Days
  • Activity:Maze,Minigolf
  • Type:Attractions

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Our Amazing maze was planted in 1994. Since then gardens have been planted, rock walls erected, a pond completed, cafe, formal paths, other mazes and puzzles and a playground have been established.

Something for everyone in our Family Friendly venue. The park area is approx 5 ha. There are several mazes; the main hedge (Leighton’s Green) has 1.5 km of pathways and encompasses 1/2 ha of land.

Facilities include:
• free gas barbeques
• shaded picnic area and tables
• playground
• more mazes, ground puzzels and games - noughts and crosses, hopscotch, bocce, quoits
• outdoor table puzzels - snakes and ladders, chess, draughts and more...
• cafe - 5 Sense Coffee, Simmo's icecream, BBQ packs for sale
• landscaped gardens for relaxation

5ha of stunning gardens with proteas, camellias, hibisus, native - too many varieties to name with something in flower all year round and birds and butterflies abundant.

All paths have been designed for easy wheelchair access. Due to a potential fire risk we have a non smoking policy on our property. Sorry, no dogs.

Spacious café with great food & coffee overlooking maze and gardens, wheelchair accessible, parties & gift vouchers available. Open daily

Access After Hours Private Vineyard Tour

This is your Backstage Pass to Arlewood's family run vineyard in Margaret River. Enjoy an intimate wine tasting with the growers amongst the vines, grazing sheep & horses! $25pp, 4.00-5.30pm Oct-March

  • Type:Tours,Attractions
  • Activity:Food & Drink
  • Suited For:Adults (18+),Adults Only
  • Open days/Times:Thursday- Sunday from 4.00-5.30pm or 9.30am-11am can be arranged
  • Tour Duration:1.5 hours minimum
  • Tour Price:$25 per person

Details

  • Open Days:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Tour Capacity:4 people max
  • Tour Locations:Arlewood Estate Vineyard

Description

Grab your boots and your friends and meet me (and Pippin the lamb) at the farm gate for your private vineyard experience, after hours! 

What's involved?

You'll learn about our trials and tribulations in the vineyard! How our northern Italian winemaking history has shaped the decisions we have made in the vineyard. And what we get up to during the growing period (secret vineyard business). 

Bookings are available from October (budburst) to March (harvest time). 

It's not all about walking and talking.. We are a working farm and you will encounter some friendly sheep, horses who love a scratch and some rogue geese that love to honk. 

We finish up in the comforts of the cellar door with a fun and surprising chocolate pairing. The chocolate is produced by Margaret River chocolate wizards Temper Temper, using local ingredients. 

The vineyard tour can also be enjoyed before open hours on request. 

Looking forward to catching up, 

Paris from Arlewood 

 

Bushtucker River And Winery Tours

Bushtucker River and Winery Tours are owned and guided by Helen Lee, a West Australian with an education in anthropology and botany and teaching.

  • Tour Price:$40 - $90
  • Type:Tours

Details

  • Tour Locations:Margaret River

Description

In 1990, Helen Lee opened her Bushtucker Canoe Tour on the Margaret River, and guided every tour 360 days of the year, for the next 6 years. Having a passion for Aboriginal and natural history, Helen discovered medicinal plants native to the river and coast. Using these plants and natural bush foods, Helen concocted 25 interesting gourmet foods for the traveller to experience. The river and cliffs provide a natural adventure path as travellers follow Helen and her specialist guides through wildflowers, crystal waters in the huge wallcliffe! Aboriginal heritage and  forested islands reveal unique Australian flora and fauna. The pioneer hardships and native foods, plus Aboriginal bush remedies are demonstrated against the backdrop of magnificent Wallcliffe House, 1828-1862. The story of how the river formed 60,000 years ago unfolds as the traveller enjoys food collection, medicine use and a gourmet picnic prepared from all Helen’s collected “Bushtuckers”. Between each river site  and the gourmet picnic, travellers canoe in 2-5 seater eco canoes, stable and silent, in the pristine forest surrounding Margaret River! Swimming is a must,October to May each year!

Helen and her guides’ story telling ability and their passion for the environment bring to life the cultural world of Aboriginal and outdoor Australian life. The tour is fine for active and inactive visitors. Awards in 1996 for excellence in heritage and cultural tourism, and again in 1999 and 2002 have provided strong motivation for Helen to maintain quality, informed and professional tour guiding on the beautiful Margaret River.

Bushtucker Tours

See more, taste more, enjoy more on a Bushtucker tour. Departs daily from Margaret River, Busselton, Bunbury, Dunsborough and Yallingup.

  • Tour Price:$95-$140
  • Activity:Kayak/Canoe/Raft,Food & Drink
  • Type:Tours
  • Course Duration:Various day tours available

Details

    Description

    Margaret River Winery and Brewery Tour

    The tour includes visiting 5 wineries / brewery, Margaret River Chocolate Company and Margaret River Dairy Company. Lunch is provided by our Bushtucker Guide at one of the wineries chosen on the day with quality service, cutlery, crockery, glassware, and chilled water. You will be seated comfortable by the cellar, lake, balcony, rose gardens or fireside! We pick you up from your accommodation in the morning and at the end of the day, we drop you back home. The cost is $90 per adult and $40 per child (4 to 17 years).

    Bunbury-Ferguson Valley Winery and Brewery Tour

    Tour departs daily from Bunbury, Australind and Eaton. During the full day tour take in 7 Ferguson Valley attractions including intimate and corporate wineries, breweries, taste cheeses, see galleries and or hilarious Gnomesville. Enjoy lunch served at a winery, which provides the opportunity to taste wild foods of Australia.
    Cost is $90 per adult and $40 per child.

    The Bushtucker Cave and Canoe Tour

    The river tour departs daily from the Margaret rivermouth, Prevelly Beach at 9.45am. You will enjoy flat water canoeing in Canadian canoes, paddling up-stream to visit a number of scenic spots along the riverbank. You will then explore the bush, walking along the ridge to a cave within the cliff-face. The Bushtucker lunch is a unique Australian taste of 20 wild dishes! (includes gourmet food).

    Also learn about the medicinal properties of plants found within the area. A great experience is completed with historical tales concerning original settlers and indigenous tribes. A swim in clear fresh water and cave adventure are optional on the day. Finish the day with a canoe race back to the rivermouth – the winner is awarded with a Margaret River Wine! Return at approximately 2.00pm. The cost is $90 per adult and $40 per child (4 to 14 years). Wear open or closed shoes, leisure clothes, a hat, sun-screen, and bring along water and of course your camera.

    The Deluxe Winery and Brewery Tour

    The tour departs daily from Margaret River, Busselton, Dunsborough and Yallingup. If you want a small-personalized tour then this is the one for you! Start the day later with pick up from most accommodation at approximately 10.30am. You will enjoy a day of luxury in our Silver Service vehicle with large comfortable seats and a fully qualified local guide.

    The tour includes visiting four wineries in the Margaret River Region. We also include a delicious a la carte lunch at a Gold Plate Winery (different menus are available to suit). The Cheese Company and Chocolate Company can be visited OR a gallery OR photographic coastal site. Your Guide will return you back to your accommodation at approximately 5.30pm.

    Please contact one of our friendly staff on 08 9757 9084 to make a reservation. When doing so we require payment with either credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or bank transfer. The cost is $120 per person.

    Calgardup Cave

    Discover colourful crystals, stalactites, stalagmites and walls of flowstone.

    • Activity:Caving
    • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)
    • Open days/Times:9:00am - 4:15pm
    • Tour Price:From $9
    • Type:Tours

    Details

    • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,School holidays

    Description

    Take a stroll 27m down into Calgardup Cave’s magnificently decorated chambers.

    Discover colourful crystals, stalactites, stalagmites and walls of flowstone. Relax on seating throughout the 300m long cave and watch seasonal stream water flowing into the lake from winter to spring time, creating breath-taking reflections.

    Easily accessed on boardwalks and stairs, all with handrails, Calgardup Cave is suitable for all ages.

    Helmets, torches and a briefing by friendly staff are provided. Bring your own enclosed footwear.

    9am – 4.15 pm every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

    Candy Cow

    Margaret River region's finest makers of Butter and Cream Fudge, Adult Fudges, Fudge Sauces and "Real" honey Honeycomb using Western Australian and local honeys from the Margaret River Region.

    • Open days/Times:Open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm
    • Activity:Lolly Shop
    • Type:Attractions

    Details

      Description

      Candy Cow is a Victorian style fudge and lolly shop where free samples are available as well as fine coffee and tea. Listed as a tourist attraction for families and the "young at heart" where you may see delicious crunchy Honeycomb or smooth rich Fudge being handmade. A range of "Adult Fudges", Chocolates, Fudge Sauces as well as Lollies are also available. Free confectionery demonstrations may be viewed through large glass windows, as well as talks given on the confectionery being manufactured. Families are always welcome. Air conditioned.

      Cape to Cape Explorer Tours

      We offer customised tours of the Cape to Cape Track to suit your needs. Locally based, highly qualified guides with a wealth of knowledge and experience in interpreting the Track. Half day, full day, weekend and end-to-end walks, catering to couples, small groups, conferences and corporate groups. We also offer Cape to Cape Experiences for school groups of all ages. We can assist with logistics and planning, provide track transfers and offer a comprehensive hiking gear hire service.

      • Course Duration:Various Tours
      • Tour Price:Various
      • Activity:Bush Walking
      • Type:Tours

      Details

        Description

        Cape to Cape Explorer Tours specialise in offering tours and services centred around the Cape to Cape Track. We are locally based with highly qualified guides with a wealth of knowledge and experience in interpreting the track, local environment and culture.

        Each year we offer a number of fully guided ‘end to end’ walks, staying in well appointed accommodation and enjoying high quality food and service. We specialise in interpreting the Track’s geology, flora and fauna, culture, coastal and marine features so that participants leave with a deep understanding of the area. We are also able to assist groups organise their own trips with our guides, meals, accommodation and planning.

        Cape to Cape Explorer Tours have assisted large corporate groups to experience the Track by offering leadership and teambuilding exercises designed to bring out the best in team members. In 2011 the team facilitated several three day expeditions for 50 emergency response personnel from one of Australia’s leading mining companies. The team members crossed rivers at midnight, performed vertical cliff rescues, built bridges and catapults, cut crash victims out of vehicles with the jaws of life and walked and kayaked 32kms on their final day to finally reach Cape Naturaliste.

        Cape to Cape Explorer Tours supports self guided walkers and groups who are attempting the Track, assisting with logistics and planning, organising accommodation and meals, a hiking hire gear service, a track transfer service and safety tracking service using satellite technology.

        The team also provides educational tours, support and planning for a number of school groups to use the Cape to Cape Track to expose the students to outdoor and environmental education.

        What’s your favourite stretch of the Cape to Cape, and why?

        Redgate Beach to Contos Cliff – It is a seven kilometre stretch and takes about two and a half hours if you are cruising. We love the diversity of terrain, the beach, the granite headlands, the limestone cliffs, the towering caves, the sensational lookouts and the winding hidden coastal track.

        We love this stretch of the track so much we adopted the stretch from Bob’s Hollow to Conto’s Cliff. As an adoptee we are responsible for pruning the track, making sure the Track markers are in place and that there is not rubbish around.

        Which parts of the track would you recommend for families, or those of a lower fitness level?

        There are some fantastic short walks suitable for those of a lower fitness level and even those in a wheelchair.

        The first three kilometres of the Track from Cape Naturaliste to Sugarloaf Rock is ‘access for all’ and features quality wooden boardwalks and bitumen pathways. Some final touches are underway as part of an upgrade for the recreation area at Sugarloaf Rock. The walk here features outstanding vistas of Sugarloaf Rock and the ‘Windmills’ surfbreak, stunning wildflowers and is great for spotting migrating humpback whales in the springtime.

        Smith’s Beach to Mitchell Rocks is another favourite section of the Track due to its high vantage points and amazing topography. This path heads up and over the granite gneiss bedrock and then up again over the limestone ridge at Rotary Lookout. Although short, at about 5kms, this stretch does have steep and rocky sections, great for young families with adventurous kids. Contact Cape to Cape Explorer Tours to experience this journey with an enthusiastic guide, fantastic morning tea and a few hidden surprises!

        How about for people seeking a longer, more challenging journey?

        For a longer, more challenging journey and the true Cape to Cape Track experience you can’t go past the ‘end to ender’. It does not matter if you begin at the northern end at Cape Naturaliste, or the southern end at Cape Leeuwin, the 135km coastal track is enough to challenge the most experienced hiker. The main challenges encountered include frequent sandy beach sections, rocky uneven climbs and compounding fatigue. Some prefer to carry all their gear and camp out on the track, while others prefer a guided tour where they to stay in ‘off track’ accommodation, ranging from caravan parks right up to five star luxury retreats.

        Time taken to complete the entire walk ranges from five days (averaging 27kms a day) up to ten days (average of 13.5kms a day), depending upon group fitness, ability and desire to experience swimming in the pools and other delightful distractions!
        Highlights from Cape to Cape Explorer Tours latest guided end to ender in October, straight from the participants themselves, included the flowers (amazing), the food (wow!), the physical challenge, the mental challenge, personal insights and group bonding, the breathtaking scenery, the level of guide local knowledge and quality interpretation. It truly is a fantastic experience and a real challenge.

        For corporate or team groups we offer a two to seven day ‘Cape to Cape Challenge’, incorporating some of the best parts of the track, fully catered wilderness style camping, rock climbing, abseiling, sea kayaking and extra activities to suit the group including team building, leadership and planning activities along the way.

        What are the best campsites along the track?

        As far as wilderness campsite go that are away from roads and facilities my favourite campsite is Moses Rock South. It is situated high on a hillside and has great views south, yet totally sheltered because it is nestled into the coastal tee tree. When camping here you see no signs of humanity and you can’t hear any cars, total bliss!

        Cape to Cape Explorer Tours is running a two day highlight tour in 2012 that features a night of luxury staying in the national park, camping with all the comforts and no packing, not to be missed!

        Are there any good places to swim?

        There are some stunning stretches of the coastline perfect for a swim depending on the swell, tide and wind. Options include Yallingup Lagoon, southern end of Smith’s Beach, Main Beach at Gracetown, Kilcarnup snorkelling in the mermaid holes, Prevelly for a swim and icecream at Gnarabup, Hamelin Bay, Cosy Corner, Deep Dene and a victorious dip at Quarry Bay near the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse. There is a plethora of other secret swimming holes that are only suitable in certain conditions… let our guides show you them all.

        Caveworks

        Vast delicate chambers, shoal and stalactite formations and crystals await you beneath your feet in an underground world of natural beauty. And aboveground, the educational experience will compliment the awe you'll feel down below.

        • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)
        • Activity:Caving
        • Type:Tours

        Details

        • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

        Description

        The interpretive centre features a life-sized walk through model cave with video presentations, touchscreens and a viewing platform. Learn the hardships endured by early cavers and how we can enjoy them today.

        Cheers Wine Tours

        Great day out enjoying Margaret Rivers wines, cheese chocolate, venison and beer.

        • Type:Tours
        • Activity:Food & Drink
        • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)
        • Tour Price:$70-$100pp

        Details

        • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,School holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
        • Tour Locations:Margaret River

        Description

        Hop on board for a fun filled day of touring around the Margaret River region in luxurious comfort.

        Experience a day of laughter and learning - from the planting of the vines to the bottling of the wine and of course you get to taste it all too!

        We offer a choice of either full day or half day tours, covering wineries, breweries, the chocolate factory, cheese factory and the venison farm. Great value and Great fun!

        Climbing at Bob’s Hollow

        15km south of the town of Margaret River is a little corner of paradise called Bob's Hollow, one of WA’s best sport climbing crags, offering steep limestone walls and more than 20 established routes.

        • Activity:Abseiling,Climbing
        • Type:Sites & Trails

        Details

        • Open Days:Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

        Description

        Bob’s is famous for steep limestone walls, strange stalactite formations and white sandy beaches. Mostly climbs of 15-20m. Reach the top and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the ocean and surrounding bushland. It is not a sea cliff though; the crag is around 100m inland from the beach.

        The crag is a beautiful limestone cliff with vertical to steep overhanging walls. The limestone is generally very solid, although it has only a hard outer crust. Some parts of the cliff, such as the large open cave in the southern section of the crag, show the soft sandy material that lies behind the crust. Be warned that limestone caves and overhangs are potentially dangerous – there have been instances of limestone caves collapsing along the coast.

        Almost all climbs are equipped with glue-in bolts and lower-off anchors so you can leave the rack at home: all you’ll be needing is a set of draws, although, a few climbs require bolts plates so check the route descriptions.

        Bob’s Hollow can be climbed at all year round. Although it gets very hot in summer, the cliff faces east so it gets morning shade, with the northern most section being in shade until around 2pm. In other seasons, the crag can be climbed at all day, even if there is light rain although high humidity will make all the holds very greasy.

        WARNING

        The Bob’s Hollow crag is situated in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Nation Park and is managed by WA’s Conservation and Land Management (CALM) body. The CALM management plan for the park states that climbing is not permitted on any limestone cliffs within the national park. Therefore, you climb at Bob’s Hollow at your own risk. Camping is not permitted here – at the car park or in the cave. CALM will fine you if they catch you.

        ACCESS

        There are a number of options for getting to Bob’s Hollow. If you have a 4WD you can drive to the crag via a rocky track. From Margaret River, travel south along Caves Rd. Approximately 2.5 km south of the Redgate Rd intersection, turn right (west) onto an unsealed track (Bob’s Hollow Rd), which is opposite the Calgardup Cave car park. The drive to the crag along the track takes around 15 min. The track is pretty rough with some tricky rocky sections to negotiate and thick scrub close to the track on either side just waiting to put scratches in your paintwork. A 4WD with decent clearance and low range is required here – no Subaru’s or Honda’s unless you’re happy to collect a few dents and potentially more serious damage on the under-body. At the car park, walk down the gully to the north and follow the base of the cliff, past the cave, for around 200m to the first routes (Northern End).

        If you don’t have a 4WD or don’t want to risk any damage, you’re going to have to walk around 45 mins. You can walk along the 4WD track however it is much nicer to walk in along Conto’s Beach from the south. Follow Caves Rd past the 4WD track entrance and turn right at the Lake Cave entrance. After several hundred metres turn left into Conto Rd and continue for approximately 4 km before turning right at the Conto Spring Beach sign. Proceed to car park. From the car park walk north along the beach for about 45 minutes to Bob’s Hollow. You will walk past Split Rock, a rocky point and from there you will have a further 300m before you see the Bob’s Hollow cliffs a couple of hundred metres inland. There are several tracks into Bob’s from the beach.

         

        Climbing at Wallcliffe

        The sweep of limestone stretches along the southern bank of the picturesque Margaret River.

        • Activity:Climbing
        • Type:Sites & Trails

        Details

        • Open Days:School holidays,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday

        Description

        Wallcliffe | A sport climbing area with almost 20 established routes, Walcliffe is located near Prevelly Park and accessed off Caves Road via Surfers Point Road. The deceptively steep sweep of limestone stretches for 100m along the southern bank of the picturesque Margaret River. There is an interesting bouldering area on the right-hand end of the cliff with safe landings, featuring numerous edges, pockets and slopers, plus a long traverse with many variants.

        Climbing at Wilyabrup

        The cliffs are well worth the rock climbing and abseiling if that’s your thing, or just explore around and admire the incredibly beautiful and dramatic coastal views.

        • Activity:Abseiling,Climbing
        • Type:Sites & Trails

        Details

        • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays

        Description

        Wilyabrup | The largest and best-known climbing spot in the region, this is superb, sun-drenched granite stretching over 500m along the ocean front. There are many climbs for various grades, and options for traditional climbing. One of the most famous climbs has a resident carpet python on it (we won’t tell you which one!). Access is off Wilyabrup Road and a short but beautiful hike in. Follow the sound of crashing waves. 

        Dirty Detours Mountain Bike Adventures

        Enjoy a casual ride through Boranup Forest, an exhilarating cross country bush excursion or a winery tour with a difference on a cycling adventure in Margaret River.

        • Tour Duration:1-4 day tours
        • Wheelchair Access:None
        • Activity:Biking
        • Suited For:Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+)
        • Type:Tours

        Details

        • Tour Locations:Margaret River

        Description

        Dirty Detours Mountain Bike Adventures is a small friendly Mountain Bike Adventure touring company, local to Margaret River. Established in 2003 and now in 2009 has new owners. Being avid travelers and insatiable riders ourselves, we take having fun very seriously, and showing you a good time is our profession.

        Rob Oostdam started mountain biking in the Scottish Highlands in 1994. He worked as an adventure tourism guide in Alberta Canada before returning home to the Southwest. His passion started with building trails and freeriding. He now uses his knowledge to develop the local trails and encourage people to get outdoors and active while showing respect to the environment.

        Tamara Oostdam has travelled extensively and has a passion for the outdoors. She enjoys working with people and encouraging them to achieve the most out of their tour experience. As your Sip n' Cycle tour guide, she has worked in the wine industry and will be sharing local wine and vine knowledge with you along the ride. Tam will provide invaluable information on our Sip n' Cycle winery tour.

        Dirty Detours provides mountain bike tours through the most scenic locations Margaret River has to offer. We cater to all rider levels and groups of all sizes. We provide a diverse range of top level all inclusive tours at “send us broke prices”. We ride locations no one else can access, and tailor the rides to suit the group.

        Our forest adventure encourages you to lose yourself as you pedal through a diverse variety of terrain and landscapes. The scenic backdrop creates a motivating atmosphere to ride in. It’s an exceptional day with immense rewards and is comfortably in reach of most active people.

        For the experienced riders and those who prefer their scenery to be blurry. We have trails that are purpose built as a challenge for advanced riders. Steep, winding and technical. This is a dirty day out.   

        And for those looking for an active way to explore our local vineyards we offer a Sip n’ Cycle winery tour…. Enjoy the natural sights and sounds of the Australian bush while cycling at a relaxed pace along tree lined forest paths and admiring the seasonal change of the fragrant vineyards. On some tours all you get is a blur as you speed past. On this tour you get the full sensory experience. This is the perfect balance of spectacular scenery, active exploration and an exceptional standard of our local Margaret River wines to sample. We visit our personally selected choice of Margaret River’s prestigious cellar doors for tastings at your own relaxed pace, in intimate group sizes. Your day is complete with a platter of local produce in harmonious vineyard surroundings.

        Tell us what you want! A laid back exploration of beautiful Boranup forest with friends? An advanced cross country thrashing through technical single track? A mountain bike winery tour? Or anything in between.

        Now offering guided multi day  cycling tours on the Munda Biddi Trail.

        We pride ourselves on providing the best equipment, locations and service, and its all in the name of a good time. So take a dirty detour from that well worn tourist route and see the bits the mainstream miss. It’s a whole new view.

        Contact Rob & Tam for all your Dirty Detours needs…..

        mob 0422343341  ph 97588312 www.dirtydetours.com  [email protected]

         

         

        Eagles Heritage Raptor Wildlife Centre

        One of Australia's largest specialty collections of birds of prey.

        • Suited For:Families
        • Activity:Wildlife Park/Centre,Bird Watching
        • Open days/Times:Open Daily 10am - 5pm
        • Type:Attractions

        Details

        • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,School holidays

        Description

        Come to Eagles Heritage and marvel at the unique relationship between birds of prey and their handlers in our twice-daily flight displays.

        In this natural bushland setting in the heart of the beautiful Margaret River wine region you will see the largest collection of Eagles, Hawks, Falcons and Owls in Australia.

        At Eagles Heritage see these magnificent birds at close quarters - put on a glove and have a bird of prey sit on your arm at our twice daily flight displays.

        Edgewalkers

        Explore your self-expression or simply reconnect with nature during one of our exciting walks or transformative retreats… and maybe discover just how creative you really are.

        • Type:Tours

        Details

        • Tour Locations:Margaret River

        Description

        It was during a long coastal hike, along the famous Cape to Cape track, immersed in scented Boronias and Honey Myrtle, surrounded by swishing Peppermint Eucalyptuses and low lying prickly Acacias (names I did not know then) that I came to realise two things.

        First, I realised that in spite of loving being out in nature I knew very little about the natural world that surrounded me. When I looked at trees I saw, well, trees; when I looked at flowers, I saw colours, red ones, purple ones, yellow ones.

        I wondered if other people also felt the same. Whether they were also yearning for a more profound connection and understanding of the natural world, yearning to move like Edgewalkers, effectively across the edge between the structured and the untamed, between the sophisticated and the primal.

        Second, I realised that walking, but especially in nature, was, and is, an integral part of my creative process…that I have been doing it for a long time.

        I realised that I hiked the mountains around Almaty, Kazakhstan trying to find a way to finish the first draft of my first novel in 1999, and that I regularly traversed King’s Park, Perth, while solving production issues with my first play Trollop(e) in 2002. I understood that I had walked my way out of every single challenge in all the theatre-based projects I created with Act Out www.actout.com.au from 2007 – 2014 and that I am still bushwalking now as a way to solve problems, to let my mind expand and my imagination soar.

        I understood, that day on the Cape to Cape with the Southern Native Roses dangling red above the limestone outcrops of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, with Western Spinebills fluttering among the Melaleuca and the Cockies’ Tongues, that walking is how I negotiate the edge between the world of what is and the world of what is yet to be; between the world of the created and what is yet to be created. I wondered whether others also felt a desire to move more freely between these two realms. 

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