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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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Blend It Like Bordeaux

Learn your wines in an intimate setting.

  • Dates:Oct 16, 23
  • Time(s):11:00am-12:30pm and 3:00pm-4:30pm
  • Venue:Cape Grace Wines

Details

  • Hosted By:Cape Grace Wines
  • Ticket Price:$50

Description

Get to know the intricacies of blending Bordeaux-style wine at Cape Grace with winemaker Conrad Tritt. Learn the structure and style traits of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec before creating a wine to suit your palate under Conrad’s astute guidance. Walk away with a new understanding of how these supporting varietals give prominence to the Margaret River Region king, Cabernet Sauvignon. This is an intimate event with limited spots available.

Cape to Cape MTB

Cape to Cape is a 4 day mountain bike stage race held in Margaret River, WA in October each year. Riders come from to enjoy fun trails, with great mates, and with cold beers at the finish line!

  • Dates:Oct 21-24
  • Venue:Margaret River

Details

  • Hosted By:Cape to Cape MTB
  • Type:Community,Adults Only
  • Sports:Cycling

Description

Cape to Cape, Australia’s largest, longest running and most popular four day MTB stage race. Based in Margaret River Western Australia, this iconic riding experience includes access to stunning private trails, vineyard visits, brewery finishes and some of the warmest hospitality the region has to offer. Starting at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta, and finishing four days later at the fabulous Margaret River Distillery, the course makes its way through a network of trails along the coast, through National Parks, forest, farm lands, mountain bike parks, and bush. Roughly 205km and 2,500m of climbing in total, each day’s riding is between 37km and 72km and has its own special terrain and environment to keep things interesting with a mix of fast flowing single trail, farm tracks, groomed downhill trails and fire trails – many through private land that can only be ridden while racing the Cape to Cape. There’s nothing too technical and it's ridable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and MTB skills.

Distilling the Wise Winery Essence

An extensive tasting of Margaret River Chardonnay, Pisco, Wise gin and Wise brandy, followed by lunch with wine.

  • Dates:Oct 21
  • Time(s):12:00-4:00
  • Venue:Wise Wine

Details

  • Hosted By:Wise Wine
  • Ticket Price:$150 plus fees
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Food & Drink:Spirits,Wine,Food Event

Description

Maturing of the region’s wine industry has meant growth in boutique distilleries. An intimate tour of the Wise Wine Distillery in Eagle Bay puts you at the heart of one such operation, with a tasting and distillery tour with the distillery team, featuring Wise Pisco, Wise Gin, but highlighting the new, yet to be released, Wise brandy, – including tastes of brandy at varying maturity levels from different barrel selections. Your experience concludes with an intimate lunch prepared by the Head Chef matched to premium Wise Wine and an opportunity to purchase brandy pre-release. Bus transfers from Margaret River or Dunsborough are also available upon request.

Elvis: If I Can Dream Tribute Show

Come and Celebrate the magical hits of The King Of Rock n Roll in a sensational 2 hour Concert Spectacular.

  • Dates:Oct 21
  • Time(s):7:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Venue:Margaret River HEART Main Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Margaret River HEART
  • Ticket Price:from $52.40
  • Music:Tribute Band

Description

All of Elvis’ No 1 hits will be performed in the original style that made Elvis the greatest performer that ever lived. Internationally acclaimed sensation Mark Anthony, one of the most dynamic Elvis tribute artists in the world today, brings this unique period to life – the songs, the costumes, the emotion, the energy, the raw power – all brought together in a two hour concert spectacular. With over 600 million record sales worldwide, 3 time Grammy Award Winner Elvis Presley will always be known as “The King of Rock n’ Roll” Come and relive and experience what it would have been like to see Elvis Presley Live In Concert. You will be transported to that very time when Elvis Presley ruled the world and dominated the record charts in the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s with his unique raw energy, dynamic voice and sensational stage presence.

Fine Vines Festival

Exceptional wine, extraordinary experiences. Fine Vines Festival brings together a selection of more than 30 unique events showcasing the quality and depth of the Margaret River region's wine offering

  • Dates:Oct 15-24
  • Venue:Multiple Venues

Details

  • Ticket Price:Prices vary
  • Food & Drink:Wine,Winery Events

Description

For the aficionados and the occasional drinkers alike, Fine Vines invites you to explore all aspects of our wine region through tastings and tours, masterclasses and exclusive museum wines. Over 10 days this Spring, you’ll get insider access to the vines, experts and wines that have shaped the Margaret River region over the past 50+ years.

Sip n Cycle

A two-wheel wine tour of Dunsborough

  • Dates:16/10/21, 23/10/21
  • Time(s):2:30pm-5:00pm

Details

  • Hosted By:Bike, Swim, Hike Dunsborough
  • Ticket Price:$130
  • Food & Drink:Wine

Description

Leave your lycra at home on this two and a half hour tour that meanders from one stunning private outdoor location to the next on Dunsborough’s pristine foreshore, led by Richo from Bike Swim Hike. You’ll get to meet-and-greet the Hutton Brothers of Hutton Wines and Rhys from Vallee Du Venom, some of the region’s excellent wine producers, on a private outdoor wine tasting. A minimum of six wines are included in the adventure, along with all equipment including bikes, helmets, and the presence of a tour guide happy to share all of the local secrets

A Taste of Sea and Chardonnay

Enjoy a night of local wines paired with excellent seafood.

  • Dates:October 22
  • Venue:Shelter Brewery

Details

  • Ticket Price:$115
  • Food & Drink:Seafood,Wine

Description

Credaro Family Estate, celebrating 100 years next year, is a pioneering family within the Margaret River Region. What better way to pre-emt celebration than at Shelter in Busselton, sharing two of the best things the region has to offer, both seafood and Chardonnay. For one night you can experience both at a dinner showcasing the award winning wines of Credaro paired with the local catch. Expect beer and sparking on arrival, a seafood themed dinner and a host of Chardonnay – with a few reds as the dinner draws to a close.

Howard Park Sparkling Sundowner Fine Vines Festival

As part of the inaugural Fine Vines Festival join us on International Champagne Day for a taste of all things Sparkling!

  • Dates:Oct 22
  • Time(s):5.30pm
  • Venue:Howard Park & MadFish Wines

Details

  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Food & Drink:Winery Events

Description

Enjoy a glass of Howard Park Petit Jeté on arrival before choosing your own journey from our extensive range, including wines by the glass from Champagne House Franck Bonville. Oysters will be freshly shucked by local favourites Get Pickled and Get Shucked plus other delicious food options available. Sip sparkling while the sun sets over the vines and Margaret River’s DJ Erik brings the good time vibes.

Syrahcentric

An exploration of Shiraz and Syrah.

  • Dates:22/10/2021
  • Time(s):5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Venue:Domaine Naturaliste

Details

  • Hosted By:Domaine Naturaliste
  • Ticket Price:$80
  • Food & Drink:Wine

Description

Lovers of Syrah and Shiraz can dive deep into the similarities and differences of these two wine styles with trophy-winning winemaker Bruce Dukes of Domaine Naturaliste. Take a tasting tour of the Rhone Valley, South Australia and return to Margaret River with six wines showcasing classic examples of these two wine styles, accompanied by a selection of charcuterie.

Busselton Wine Walk

Stroll and sip as you see the best of Busselton

  • Dates:Oct 23
  • Time(s):12-4
  • Venue:Multiple Venues

Details

  • Hosted By:Fine Vines Festival
  • Ticket Price:$75
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Food & Drink:Wine

Description

This curated wine walk through Busselton’s city centre puts you in the driver’s seat to experience a swag of Margaret River Region wineries on a multi-stop self-guided wander. Rocky Ridge Cellar Door, Shelter Brewing Co., The Fire Station, Art Geo Cultural Complex and Bodega? will play host to several small scale producers, each on hand to share their wine and passion. Accumulate wine knowledge, taste and compare, or just enjoy a lo-fi day of vino and fresh air and some of Busselton’s best spots. ?Wineries include Credaro, LS Merchants, Whicher Ridge, La Kooki, Marri Wood Estate, Skigh Wines, Cape Grace, Oates End, Bettenays, Flying Fish Cove, Churchview, Woody Nook, Wines of Merritt and Small Things Wine.

Dance of Life

Celebrate the joy of dance with a specially choreographed performance by some incredible local dance talent.

  • Dates:Oct 23 - 24
  • Time(s):7.30pm - 8.15pm Saturday 23 October; 4pm - 5.30pm Sunday 24 October.
  • Venue:Old Dunsborough Hall

Details

  • Ticket Price:$25 Adults, $10 children
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Ballet

Description

Dance of Life is a performance celebrating the art of Dance in many different forms - from classical ballet and Spanish dancing to more contemporary expressions. World renowned dance choreographer Seamus (Jim) Hughes has choreographed dedicated works for mature dancer performers and teachers Caroline Jensen, Danielle Phipps and Lynn Boon as well as himself. Seamus is a choreographer, visual artist and educator. After a professional classical ballet dance career in Europe he performed and taught contemporary dance, art and theatre and was artistic director of Fieldworks Performance Group in Perth. He now calls Dunsborough home. Lynn Boon discovered contemporary dance at age 20 in London and enjoyed 15 years of dancing, teaching and choreographing in UK and Europe. She has had her own dance and music company and after a long hiatus after moving to Australia, she returned to dance 5 years ago, performing in Perth and Albany-based ensembles. Danielle Phipps donned her first dance shoes at 4 and has enjoyed 30 years as a student, teacher and professional Spanish dance performer. She has studied and performed with numerous internationally renowned artists. Danielle runs Naturaliste Spanish Dance and teaches Pilates in Dunsborough. Caroline Jensen’s love for ballet began in South Africa at age 3. She has trained professionally in ballet, contemporary, Spanish and National Dance. She ran a large studio in South Africa before moving to Australia and began Dunsborough School of Ballet in 2006. She is also a keen yoga practitioner. The event is made possible thanks to Bay Gallery and Happs Wines.

Houghton's 185th Anniversary Party

Celebrate with Houghton Wines on its 185th anniversary.

  • Dates:Oct 23
  • Venue:Flutes Restaurant

Details

  • Hosted By:Houghton Wines
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Food & Drink:Winery Events,Wine

Description

Enjoy a relaxed day of music and gourmet food, sprawled across the beautiful lawns of Brookland Valley, as Houghton Wines celebrates its 185th anniversary and special place as one of the State’s oldest wineries. Set on the banks of Wilyabrup Brook and surrounded by parklands, the free event will have a range Houghton and Brookland Valley wines, and gourmet grazing plates available to purchase from the award-winning Flutes restaurant.

16th Annual Margaret River Art Auction

The Annual Margaret River Art Auction is now in its 16th year. This popular event continues to showcase diverse works from the region’s most prominent artists as well as talented emerging artists.

  • Dates:Nov 6
  • Time(s):6.00pm
  • Venue:The Heart Margaret River

Details

  • Hosted By:16th Annual Margaret River Art Auction
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Art Exhibitions:Drawing,Painting,Photography,Sculpture,Other Visual Arts,Aboriginal
  • Type:Adults Only,Community
  • Music:Free
  • Food & Drink:Wine,Beer,Food Event
  • Other:Arts & Crafts

Description

Our 2021 event will be held on Saturday 6 November at the exciting new venue, The Heart from 6pm. Up to 300 guests will bid on more than 100 items of fabulous art. Tickets are $25 and include complimentary supper and a free glass of Margaret River Wine. There will be live music and a Mark Heussenstamm `original` door prize.$7000 WORTH OF ARTISTS' AWARDS ON OFFER. Monetary awards, kindly donated by our event sponsors, will be presented on the night to four exhibiting artists:The Margaret River Art Prize $3500; Brewhouse People's Choice Award First Prize $1200; Nature Conservation Margaret River Sustainability Prize $800; $1000 Packers` Prize and NEW award -Emerging Artist Prize $600. There will also be an exciting new development - A showcase of rare and distinguished wines from the region for auction will be up for auction.

Eagle Bay Epic Adventure Race

An awesome adventure weekend for everyone with the ultimate mix of mountain biking, ocean swimming, kayaking and trail running through a pristine playground.

  • Dates:Nov 6 - 7
  • Venue:Eagle Bay

Details

  • Hosted By:Rapid Ascent
  • Sports:Swimming,Paddling,Running,Cycling

Description

The event weekend will feature three off-road adventure races in south-west Western Australia with each course traversing in and around Eagle Bay, Dunsborough, Meelup Regional Park and Geographe Bay. The Leeuwin Long Course will headline the weekend with a non-stop course covering a gruelling 23km mountain bike, 2km ocean swim, 13.5km paddle, and 12.5km trail run which takes competitors along the breathtaking coastline. The run leg also includes a water jump and 50m swim mid-way through. The Naturaliste Short Course offers a steppingstone into adventure racing with a 13km mountain bike, 1.2km ocean swim, 5km paddle and 7.9km trail run. The Kids Adventure Challenge is very popular with kids aged up to 13 years as they tackle a 4km running and obstacle course. Each event will start and finish at the Eagle Bay Brewing Co which offers sweeping views out to Cape Naturaliste in Geographe Bay, and provides the perfect venue for the all-important post-race celebrations. Close to 5,000 competitors and supporters are expected over the two-day event, from adventure racing stalwarts and previous participants, to local community members, families, first-timers and hundreds of local primary school kids.

Perth International Jazz Festival: 'On Tour' in Busselton

Presented as part of the Perth International Jazz Festival. An afternoon of swingin’ jazz at the Busselton Amphitheatre as part of our new PIJF ‘On Tour’ series.

  • Dates:Nov 13
  • Time(s):1pm - 6pm
  • Venue:Busselton Foreshore Amphitheatre & Stage

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Music:Jazz
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

PIJF hits the road for its new ‘On Tour’ series and first stop is a day of swingin’ jazz on the Foreshore. Expect world-class jazz from WA’s finest spanning swing to modern jazz and traditional New Orleans as well as a dedicated stage set up for swing dancing. We invite you to bring a rug and a picnic and/or treat yourself to local delights from Rocky Ridge Brewing Co or the permanent food offerings in the area like Shelter Brewing Company, Equinox Restaurant & Bar, Busselton Beach Shack or make a night of it at Amalfi Resort. FEATURING: The Love Rats • Gemma Farrell Quintet • OZ Big Band • Libby Hammer Quartet This free event is courtesy of Lotterywest & City of Busselton For more info, go to: perthjazzfest.com/event/pijf-on-tour-in-busselton