Select Page

Things to do in Margaret River

View Guides
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.
[Read More]

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

Margaret River Highlights



15th Annual Margaret River Art Auction

The Annual Margaret River Art Auction is now in its 15th year. This popular event continues to showcase diverse works from the region’s most prominent artists as well as talented emerging artists.

  • Dates:Oct 17
  • Time(s):6.00pm
  • Venue:The Heart Margaret River


  • Hosted By:15th Annual Margaret River Art Auction
  • Venue Address:47 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River 6285
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Art Exhibitions:Drawing,Painting,Photography,Sculpture
  • Type:Adults Only,Community
  • Music:Free


Our 2020 event will be held on Saturday 17 October at the exciting new venue, The Heart  from 6pm. Up to 200+ guests will bid on more than 60 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.
Monetary awards, kindly donated by our event sponsors, will be presented on the night to four exhibiting artists:
The Margaret River Art Prize $3000
 Brewhouse People’s Choice Award First Prize $1200
Witchcliffe Ecovillage Sustainability Prize $800
and NEW award - $1000 Packers' Prize

Margaret River Ultra Marathon 2020

Race past famous surf breaks, iconic wineries and charismatic coastal villages in a journey that is as magical as the Margaret River region is beautiful.

  • Dates:Oct 17


  • Hosted By:Rapid Ascent
  • Venue Address:Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery 4259 Caves Road, Wilyabrup, Western Australia, 6280
  • Ticket Price FROM:$293
  • Ticket price TO:$473
  • Sports:Running,Endurance


An incredible journey through the forests, trails, beaches and bluffs on the beautiful Cape to Cape coastline in South West Western Australia.

Tackle the race as a solo competitor and run the full 80-kilometre course or team up with a group of friends and complete the course as a relay team of up to five people doing one (or more) legs each.

Whether you're an ultra-marathon rookie or long-distance devotee, make The Margaret River Ultra Marathon your next goal!

IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton

IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton is returning on Saturday the 17th of October

  • Dates:Oct 17
  • Venue:Barnard Park Busselton


  • Hosted By:Triathlon WA
  • Venue Address:Barnard Park Busselton
  • Other:Health,Well Being
  • Sports:Endurance,Triathlon / Ironman


The IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton is returning to Barnard Park on Saturday October 17 and is inviting all athletes to join us! Swim alongside the historic Busselton Jetty, cycle through the picturesque Tuart Forest and then cap the day off with a run along the foreshore and through the event village to achieve that finish line feeling. Complete the distance yourself, or register as part of a team. To find out more or to register, please visit our website: www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au 


Funman Teams Triathlon

Participate in the Funman Teams Triathlon this year on October 18

  • Dates:Oct 18
  • Venue:Geographe Bay Foreshore


  • Hosted By:Triathlon WA
  • Venue Address:Geographe Bay Foreshore
  • Other:Well Being
  • Sports:Endurance,Triathlon / Ironman,Participation Sports


Head down to Barnard Park on Sunday 18 October and join us for the Funman Teams Triathlon, a short and fun filled triathlon which caps off a great weekend of racing. This is the perfect opportunity for families and friends who might want to participate together, or even against each other. The Funman Teams Triathlon includes a 200m swim, 4km cycle and 1km run. To find out more or to register, please visit our website: www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au  



SunSmart Kids Triathlon

Join our fun filled SunSmart Kids Triathlon taking place on Sunday October 18th

  • Dates:Oct 18
  • Venue:Geographe Bay Foreshore


  • Hosted By:Triathlon WA
  • Venue Address:Geographe Bay Foreshore
  • Sports:Endurance,Triathlon / Ironman,Participation Sports
  • Type:For Kids


Get the kids out of the house and head down to Barnard Park on Sunday 18 October for the SunSmart Kids Triathlon. We have two distances available – a short distance (100m swim, 2km cycle and 500m run) for kids aged 7-11 years and a long distance (200m swim, 4km cycle and 1km run) for kids aged 12-15 years. To find out more or to register, please visit our website: www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au 

Squid Fest

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
  • Type:Free


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.

A Spectacular Argyle Diamond Event at JahRoc

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 our 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 our 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 us now to arrange a private viewing and meeting with our 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.

Tour Of Margaret River

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
  • Other:Health


As the Australian Team Championships, 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.

Eagle Bay Epic

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
  • Sports:Cycling,Endurance,Running,Swimming


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
5km Paddle
7.9km Trail Run
300m Team Run
Event details…

Leeuwin Long Course
23km Mountain Bike
2km Ocean Swim
13.5km Paddle
12.5km Trail Run
300m Team Run

Deep Woods Estate 'Seafood x Chardonnay' Long Table Lunch

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.

Margaret River Readers And Writers Festival

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 @ Vasse Felix

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.