From spectacular riverside scenery and beaches to award-winning wineries and delicious gourmet delights, the wonderful Margaret River region has long been a favourite and sought-after holiday destination for couples, families and groups. Tucked away in the southwest corner of Western Australia, and only a three-hour drive south of Perth, this incredibly diverse region is filled with stunning white sandy beaches, rolling green countryside, and some of the best wineries in the country.
With a host of natural attractions to discover and a plethora of exciting activities on offer, it can be difficult to decide what to see and do on your getaway. To help with your planning, we’ve put together some of the best things to do in the region and handpicked the best luxury accommodation available that will inspire you to plan your Margaret River getaway.
Things To Do
As Western Australia’s most popular holiday destination, there is no end to the fun things you can do all over the Margaret River region, including whale watching, fishing, surfing, and other water sports. You can also climb historic lighthouses, go horseback riding or stroll along the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere in Busselton.
Endless white sand beaches and sensational surfing waves can be found near the township of Yallingup, including Yallingup Beach, Smiths Beach and Injidup Beach. The sparkling lagoon at Yallingup Beach is not just one of the main attractions, but also a lovely spot for snorkelling and swimming. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can see amazing cave formations on an underground tour of nearby Ngilgi Cave.
Take a 15 minute drive to the resort town of Dunsborough and explore wonderful boutiques, coffee shops, and surf stores. You can catch your breath at neighbouring Eagle Bay, where you can swim in vivid turquoise waters and discover unique marine life. Be sure to also add the HMAS Swan Wreck dive on your ‘to-do’ list.
Head further north of Eagle Bay and check out the amazing views from the top of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. From here you can also watch the whales frolic in Geographe Bay during whale season or take on the Cape to Cape Track and hike along the bay.
Wine & Dine
With a sumptuous selection of award-winning wineries and restaurants dotted throughout the region, you are spoilt for choice on where to wine and dine. For an exceptional dining experience, Voyager Estate, just outside of Margaret River township, offers the ultimate long lunch for foodies and wine lovers. The estate is also one of Australia’s most ambitious and innovative producers of world-class Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cullen Wines in Wilyabrup is one of the pioneers in the Margaret River region and presents delicious dishes prepared from fresh, biodynamic and organic produce that is sourced from local producers and their very own garden. Another great find is Vasse Felix, a founding wine estate where you can indulge your senses with internationally acclaimed wine and cuisine.
Where To Stay
We’ve hand-picked a collection of the best accommodation options in the Margaret River region to complete your getaway. Each of these self-contained villas and holiday homes promises a tranquil escape while providing easy access to the region’s pristine beaches and world-class wineries.
Enjoy scenic countryside views at Sophie’s Vineyard or Sky View Yallingup which are both ideal retreats for large families or groups. For something more intimate, both Chandeliers on Abbey and Losari Retreat offer the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway.
Perched high on the hillside of Eagle Bay with panoramic views of the blue ocean are The Grand and Inspiration on Wedgetail. Both of these homes offer incredible facilities that are perfect for larger groups. And finally, Aqua Resort or Southerly Ashore are great options for those looking for a tranquil beachside holiday.
Looking for more options? Browse our collection of luxury accommodation in Margaret River & South West or get in touch with one of our Getaway Specialist who can help you plan your getaway or special event in the Margaret River region.
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