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Things to do in Margaret River

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

About Margaret River

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

Places to go in Margaret River Central

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Annual Events in Margaret River Central

Annual Events in Margaret River Central

The town of Margaret River is home to the region’s biggest events
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Margaret River Highlights

A romantic, eco-friendly glamping getaway in the Australian outback

A romantic, eco-friendly glamping getaway in the Australian outback

The deliberate separation of three eco-tents across 132 acres of ex-farmland means that you really feel like you are off...
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Shopping in Margaret River

Shopping in Margaret River

Enjoy a diverse range of local design and international fashion
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Things to do for kids in Margaret River

Things to do for kids in Margaret River

Margaret River is an indoor & outdoor paradise for kids and families
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Eating & drinking in Margaret River

Eating & drinking in Margaret River

Superb local produce & renowned chefs combine in foody’s paradise
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Caving in Margaret River

Caving in Margaret River

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Breweries & distilleries in Margaret River

Breweries & distilleries in Margaret River

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Art galleries of Margaret River

Art galleries of Margaret River

Explore 100+ art galleries in WA’s home of fine art
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Surfing in Margaret River

Surfing in Margaret River

Once a sleepy surfing village, Margaret River is now an international surfing Mecca with a reputation as having the most...
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Whale Watching in Margaret River

Whale Watching in Margaret River

Spot one of 35,000 whales passing the coast from June to Dec each year
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Guides


enigmas of the outback

This exhibition presents different responses to and perceptions of the Australian outback as an enigmatic, mysterious, spirited and haunted terrain.

  • Dates:29 September 2019 - 9 February 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Holmes à Court Gallery @ Vasse Felix
  • Venue Address:Cnr Tom Cullity Dr & Caves Road, Cowaramup
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Art Exhibitions

Description

It explores the dark undercurrents that inform mythologies of the Australian landscape across contemporary indigenous and non-indigenous art works. The selection of photographic, paint and sculptural works reflect upon how the outback triggers the imagination in unsettling ways. It is at once darkly evocative, psychologically compelling and peppered with spiritual and mythological stories of the land.

 

ARTISTS: Brook Andrew, Jane Burton, Rebecca Dagnall, Eva Fernandez, David Downs Jarinyanu, Nigel Hewitt, Janet Laurence, Rosslynd Piggott, Polixeni Papapetrou, Brad Rimmer, Jacqui Stockdale, Monique Tippet, Paul Uhlmann, Paddy Fordham Wainburranga, Toni Wilkinson.

 

For interviews, further information and images available for reproduction, contact Laetitia Wilson, P. +61 8 6217 2641  or email [email protected]

 

Southern River Band

The boys from The Southern River Band are back with another wild tour to celebrate the release of their long-awaited second record - Rumour & Innuendo.

  • Dates:Oct 26
  • Time(s):Opens 7:00pm
  • Venue:The River Hotel

Details

  • Venue Address:40 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River WA 6285
  • Ticket Price:$22.45
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Concert Tours,Gig Guide

Description

<p> Hailing from Thornlie, Perth, the lads from The Southern River Band have seen massive success this year, touring around the country, recording music and performing at multiple festivals across the nation, including SOTA and the Caloundra Music Festival. Their last tour saw sold out shows and left fans screaming for more, and this tour will be no exception. </p> <p> Tickets are on sale now.</p>

Kyle Lionhart - 'Too Young Tour'

Don’t miss the chance to see Kyle’s renowned live show when he tours his exceptional debut album, Too Young, in November.

    Details

      Description

      Singer/Songwriter, surfer, young father & environmental enthusiast, Kyle Lionhart honed his craft busking on the streets and beachfronts of Byron Bay and has built a sizeable and extremely loyal fanbase.

      Over the past few years, Kyle has released two highly acclaimed eps, garnering close to 20 Million streams, has had sold-out headline shows and tours throughout Australia & UK, played at Splendour In The Grass and Byron Bay Blues festival as well as shows alongside the likes of Foy Vance, Xavier Rudd, & Niall Horan.

      This is an 18+ event. 

      Augusta Adventure Fest

      The Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Adventure Fest is the biggest adventure race in the world, and it's back even bigger and better in 2019.

      • Dates:Nov 2 - 3
      • Venue:Augusta Region

      Details

      • Sports:Cycling,Endurance,Swimming,Other Sports & Fitness

      Description

      The Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Adventure Fest annually attracts over 3,000 competitors to tackle the demanding off road courses that include a mixture of ocean paddling, coastal running, swimming and mountain bike legs through this pristine landscape.

      The weekend includes the full distance adventure race on Sunday with a 57km course and half distance MINI adventure race with an easier, but no less spectacular 27km course.

      The off-road adventure courses for both events have been refreshed for 2017 with a new leg order and changes to each discipline set to provide a new challenge for event participants.

      As part of these changes, both races will start with a spectacular mass paddle start on Hardy Inlet that will see over 600 competitors start racing on their kayaks at the same time.
      Sam Maffett, Rapid Ascent General Manager - the event managers, said he was excited to be bringing the 12th edition of the race to Augusta.
      “Our mission is to create races on iconic courses that are both challenging and enjoyable for the go-fast athletes through to weekend warriors who simply love a competitive adventure. We believe the Augusta Adventure Fest offers all this and more.
      “We love seeing the competitive rivalry, the accomplishment and the pure fun that adventure racing brings to people of all ages and backgrounds. Bring on November!”
      The festival also includes the Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Junior Survivor, a 4km super fun running and obstacle adventure challenge designed especially for children aged up to 13 years of age. Every year sees a sell-out field of 900 kids who have an absolute blast as they make their way around the course, which for some is their first race.

      The Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Adventure Fest is proudly presented by Healthway with the support of Mentally Healthy WA, and the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions.
      Augusta is an adventure paradise and the Augusta Adventure Fest is the ultimate race experience for any outdoor enthusiast and those looking for their next adventure.

      Dunsborough Songfest

      A festival of song with community singing at its very heart.

      • Dates:Nov 8 - 10
      • Venue:Dunsborough
      • Festivals:All Festivals

      Details

      • Hosted By:City of Busselton
      • Type:Festivals,Music
      • Audience:Family-Friendly
      • Music:Music Festival,Other Music

      Description

      Proudly supported by the City of Busselton. 

      Margaret River Gourmet Escape

      In 2019 we are coming back bigger and better for Western Australia Gourmet Escape presented by Westpac from 8-17 November.

      • Dates:Nov 8 - 17
      • Venue:Margaret River Region

      Details

      • Type:Food & drink
      • Audience:Adults
      • Food & Drink:Festival,Wine

      Description

      What you can expect is ten days of extraordinary events which will be taking place across 3 of Western Australia’s most renowned regions. The food and wine adventure will begin in the Swan Valley, extending to Perth and ending the Margaret River Region.  A truly magical showcase of Western Australia’s premium produce and wine, with celebrated international and Australian culinary talent.

      In the past seven years, some of the biggest names in the culinary world have visited Margaret River including the likes of Nigella Lawson, Heston Blumenthal, Marco Pierre White, Curtis Stone, and Rick Stein to help us showcase the region’s finest wines, craft beers, and amazing local produce. This once-a-year chance to feast, sip and party your way through an array of new fine dining and casual events plus the old favorites, including the Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ and the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate will be here before you know it! 

      Hands Like Houses | Margaret River

      This November, Hands Like Houses are winding up their whopping 20-stop regional Australian tour to celebrate a stunning new version of their track 'Through Glass'.

      • Dates:Nov 14
      • Time(s):9.00pm
      • Venue:Settlers Tavern

      Details

      • Music:Concert Tours,Gig Guide,Popular Music
      • Type:Music
      • Audience:Adults
      • Hosted By:New World Artists & Myriad MGMT
      • Venue Address:114 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
      • Ticket Price:$34.70

      Description

      Homegrown rock favourites Hands Like Houses have lifted the lid on a stunning new version of their track 'Through Glass' – taken from from their critically acclaimed 2018 album - Anon. – this time with rising Melbourne pop artist Samsaruh adding vocals. If the original of 'Through Glass' wasn't enough of a modern rock earworm already, Samsaruh breathes new life into the track with her delicate vocals and pop flavour.

      Alongside the new music comes the announcement that Hands Like Houses will embark on a whopping 20-stop regional Australian tour through October and November. A year on from bagging the coveted triple j Feature Album packet and peaking at #4 on the ARIAs with - Anon., the band are hardly leaving a corner of the country unturned and will trek as far as Margaret River, Cairns and Hobart as part of the tour.

      Hands Like Houses vocalist Trenton Woodley explains that since its very inception, 'Through Glass' felt like a two person narrative, and the band were keen to bring someone from outside of the "rock" sphere to take on the other side of the story.

      "[We wanted] someone that would bring their own style and flavour to a song we were already immensely proud of," he adds. "We were lucky enough to cross connections with Samsaruh, an incredible emerging artist in her own right, and she was an absolute gem to work with, bringing a new sense of urgency, passion and atmosphere that made 'Through Glass' feel like it was always meant to be this way.”

      Fraser Gallop Estate Friday Long Lunch

      • Dates:November 15
      • Time(s):12pm
      • Venue:Fraser Gallop Estate Winery

      Details

      • Hosted By:Gourmet Escape
      • Type:Food & drink
      • Audience:Adults
      • Food & Drink:Food Event

      Description

      After three years at Rene Redzepi’s world-renowned Noma, Hugh Allen is back on Australian soil and wowing diners at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde.

      Who says youth is wasted on the young? Despite being just 24 years of age, Hugh Allen has squeezed plenty into his career, not least spending three years at Rene Redzepi’s multiple World’s Best Restaurant winner, Noma. As head chef of Vue de Monde, he’s taken everything he’s learned in Copenhagen and applied it to Australian food culture and ingredients. This November, it’s Margaret River’s chance to clock one of the country’s hottest rising talents when the spectacular Fraser Gallop Estate private residence opens its lawns for a Friday lunch with a difference.

      In addition to the spectacular setting, forward-thinking food and matched estate wines, respected international drinks journalist Mike Bennie will host the lunch, discussing the paired wines from Fraser Gallop Estate whilst delving into the winery’s status as one of Margaret River major players.

       

      Ticket includes:

      • Four Course Long lunch overlooking the beautiful Fraser Gallop Estate 
      • Matched award-winning wines from Fraser Gallop
      • Wine commentary from Mike Bennie

      YogaVino at Happs Wines

      Yoga + Wine = YogaVino! Join us in the beautiful gardens at Happs Wines for a half-day retreat of yoga, meditation, wine tasting, and lunch.

      • Dates:Friday 15 November 2019
      • Time(s):9am to 1:30pm
      • Venue:Happs Wines

      Details

      • Hosted By:Happs Wines
      • Venue Address:575 Commonage Road, Quindalup, WA, 6281
      • Ticket Price:$65
      • Type:Food & drink,Health,Well Being,Winery Events
      • Audience:Adults
      • Food & Drink:Wine
      • Sports:Other Sports & Fitness

      Description

      This blissful event offers an opportunity to grab a group of friends and enjoy a few hours of pampering; physically, mentally and hedonistically. Local instructors will guide you through two different styles of yoga classes and two different meditation sessions. After you are feeling stretched and relaxed, you will enjoy a wine tasting and tutorial on the health benefits of wine (when consumed mindfully), finished off with a light & healthy lunch from Health Freak Cafe. 

      The event is on Friday the 15th of November from 9am to 1:30pm and is an official event of the Gourmet Escape Fringe Program, as listed here: https://gourmetescape.com.au/events/fringe-event-yogavino/

      Please call us if you have any questions on the event and we hope to see you on the day!

      Lots of love and light from the team at Happs Wines 

      Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ

      Held at postcard-perfect Castle Rock Beach, the Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ is a signature Gourmet Escape event for good reason.

      • Dates:15-17 November
      • Venue:Castle Rock Beach, Dunsborough

      Details

      • Hosted By:Gourmet Escape
      • Type:Food & drink
      • Audience:Adults
      • Food & Drink:Food Event,Food Market Events

      Description

      A world-class waterside setting. Top-notch produce and drinks. International and local culinary firepower: this signature festival event redefines the possibilities of a beachside barbecue.

      Held at postcard-perfect Castle Rock Beach, the Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ is a signature Gourmet Escape event for good reason. As always, this year’s line-up has something for everyone.

      On Friday, David Chang from New York’s legendary Momofuku restaurant empire will be bringing a taste of Momofuku to the beach.

      Saturday, meanwhile, is all about home-team love as renowned West Australian fire starters Kenny McHardy (Manuka Woodfire Kitchen), Scott Bridger(Bib & Tucker) and Brenton Pyke (Market Eating House) swap their wood-ovens for an open-air kitchen.

      To finish, Monty Koludrovic from Bondi institution Icebergs Dining Room and Bar will cater a Sunday Sesh brimming with Sydney cool.

       

      Ticket includes:

      Canapés on arrival

      • A gourmet barbecue feast
      • Beer and wine to compliment the menu throughout your lunch or dinner session
      • A stunning view of the Indian Ocean

      Safari Club Cookout

      • Dates:15 - 17 November
      • Venue:Leeuwin Estate Winery

      Details

      • Hosted By:Gourmet Escape
      • Food & Drink:Food Event

      Description

      Thai, Indian, Australian: the flavours of the world come together at a secret woodland hideaway where good friends, food and drink come together under the trees. 

      Surrounded by soaring jarrah and marri trees and hidden deep inside Leeuwin Estate, the Safari Club is one of Margaret River’s most unique locations and the perfect setting for a one-of-a-kind barbecue.

      Held across three days, the Safari Club Cookout is a theatrical, moveable feast over fire celebrating the diversity and similarity of the world’s cuisines. Guests will wander the site, grazing on canapés from live cooking stations, sipping on Leeuwin Estate wines and enjoying live entertainment.

      On Friday, Matt Stone (Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley) and Jock Zonfrillo (Orana, Adelaide), will celebrate their shared passion for indigenous Australian flavours at a unique Native BBQ.

      The following night, chef Prateek Sadhu (Masque, Mumbai) will be orchestrating an Indian Takeover of the Safari Club complete with bold spice.

      To finish, Asia’s Top Female Chef Garima Arora (Gaa, Bangkok) and celebrated Thai food authority David Thompson (Long Chim) will prepare a Thai feast big brimming with chilli and flavour. 

      Ticket Includes:

      • A gourmet feast cooked in front of you by world class chefs
      • Leeuwin Estate wines throughout the evening
      • Live entertainment 
      • A unique woodland dining experience

      Gourmet Village Margaret River

      A gourmet celebration of fresh food and fine wine, featuring celebrity chefs, immersive experiences and exclusive culinary delights. Join us in the Margaret River Festival hub.

      • Dates:16-17 November
      • Venue:Leeuwin Estate Winery

      Details

      • Hosted By:Gourmet Escape
      • Type:Festivals,Food & drink,Winery Events
      • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
      • Food & Drink:Food Event,Food Market Events

      Description

      Enjoy a weekend in the Gourmet Village, the Margaret River Festival Hub of Western Australia Gourmet Escape. Held in the beautiful grounds of Leeuwin Estate Winery, this weekend-long celebration brings together world-class chefs (including Colin Fassnidge, Jock Zonfrillo, Danny Bowien, Amanda Cohen and more), exclusive pop-up bars and restaurants, and more than 150 local producers and wineries for an unmissable celebration of food, wine and friends. 

      Sample artisan produce, join hands-on cooking workshops, enjoy local cellardoor tastings and be inspired by some of the most influential ‘foodie’ talent across the globe. 

       

      Options for Singapore Airlines Escape Garden VIP and Westpac Leeuwin Estate Platinum Lounge VIP are available via separate tickets. 

      Brunch de récupération

      Recovering from an indulgent weekend or preparing for an afternoon at the Gourmet Village? We have the ultimate cure-all: the Vasse Felix take on a recovery brunch.

      • Dates:Sunday 17th November 2019
      • Time(s):10:30am-12:30pm
      • Venue:Vasse Felix

      Details

      • Hosted By:Vasse Felix
      • Venue Address:Caves Road (Corner Tom Cullity Drive)
      • Ticket Price:90
      • Type:Food & drink,Winery Events
      • Audience:Adults
      • Food & Drink:Coffee,Food Event,Restaurant Events,Wine

      Description

      Enjoy a European inspired, share-style brunch served in the beautiful surrounds of the Vasse Felix Restaurant. Let Head Chef Brendan Pratt coax you to life with delectable dishes and scrumptious pastries, paired with our grower style, méthode traditionelle Blanc de Blancs. The perfect start to your Sunday.

      The Official Gourmet Escape Closing Party

      • Dates:November 17
      • Time(s):6:30pm
      • Venue:White Elephant Cafe

      Details

      • Hosted By:Gourmet Escape
      • Type:Music
      • Audience:Adults
      • Music:DJs
      • Food & Drink:Festival

      Description

      Soak up an iconic Margaret River sunset while sipping on wines from new-wave producers, party anthems from Perth’s best DJs and snacks from one of Australia’s most exciting Melbourne restaurants. 

      Leaving so soon? But that would mean missing out on the final event on this year’s calendar and toasting another successful Gourmet Escape.

      The White Elephant Cafe will again host the festival’s closing party which brings together an Instagram-perfect sunset, new-wave wines, great tunes and plenty of good times with fellow revellers and world-class chefs.

      Speaking of world-class, Jerry Mai from cult Melbourne restaurant Annam will crafting this year’s closing party menu! Taking influence from the tastes and kitchens across Asia, it will be the perfect end to this year’s festival.

       

      Ticket includes:

      • A generous selection of bite-sized food prepared by Jerry Mai
      • A glass of wine (additional drinks are available for purchase)
      • Music from Perth’s best DJs.

      The Teskey Brothers Run Home Slow Tour- Margaret River

      To celebrate the release of The Teskey Brothers’ new album, Run Home Run, the band have announced their highly anticipated album tour for this November and December.

      • Dates:Nov 30
      • Time(s):8pm
      • Venue:The River

      Details

      • Hosted By:The Teskey Brothers
      • Venue Address:The River, 40 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285
      • Ticket Price:TBA
      • Type:Music
      • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17
      • Music:Concert Tours,Popular Music,World

      Description

      Since the announcement of Run Home Slow in May, The Teskey Brothers have barely come up for air, having played to sold out crowds across Melbourne, Sydney, New York, LA, San Francisco, Denver, Toronto and more, as well as mammoth crowds at Latitude Festival (UK), Firefly (US), Bonnaroo (US) and most recently, arriving home to play at Splendour in the Grass.

      In Run Home Slow, The Teskey Brothers have made an album that honours their past, resonates wonderfully in the present and looks forward to a continually brighter future. With their live show widely celebrated, fans eager to catch the band bringing Run Home Slow to like, are urged to get in early when tickets go on sale.

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