Tucked away in the south-west corner of Western Australia, Margaret River is one of the country’s most famous wine producing regions — but it has so much more to offer.
With its wonderful restaurants, locally produced gourmet foods, stunning white beaches and ancient caves, Margaret River is an incredibly diverse travel destination, and perfect for a short break from Perth.
Here are some ideas for how to spend 48 hours in Margaret River.
Australia’s tallest mainland lighthouse, Cape Leeuwin is located at the southernmost point of Western Australia. Take in the breathtaking views of the Southern and Indian oceans. If you’re feeling fit, you might like to climb the many stairs to the top for a view as far as the eye can see.
With the beautiful aroma of fresh coffee hitting your senses the moment you walk through the door, Yahava KoffeeWorks is a must-visit for caffeine connoisseurs. The staff will gladly explain the story behind the origin of your choice of beans.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? So make sure you stop by the Margaret River Chocolate Company. At the company’s original factory in Margaret River, you’ll be greeted with free tasting bowls of white, milk and dark chocolate. There’s a café on site too and my tip is to try their hot chocolate — heaven in a glass!
The Cape to Cape Track is a 140 kilometre coastal walk through the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. It takes six days to do the whole track, but there’s a great two-hour option along a small part of the stunning coast. The trek is unbelievably beautiful. The deep blue of the ocean and the lush green landscape make you feel at one with nature.
The Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge is just as amazing underground as it is above! The Ngilgi Cave at Yallingup is steeped in Indigenous tradition and is one of the most popular caves to explore. Book a standard semi-guided tour or take things a step (or perhaps a crawl!) further on a fully guided caving adventure deep underground.
Margaret River’s beaches stretch all the way from Yallingup to Cape Leeuwin. There are lots of options for surfing lessons. If you are lucky enough to be around in April, check out the Margaret River Pro at Surfers Point.
For a cheeky brew, check out Cheeky Monkey Brewery. This has to be one of the most picturesque beer gardens anywhere. Not sure which beer to taste? Well, that’s easy — order a tasting paddle and try a bit of everything!
The fresh produce in Margaret River is nothing short of mind-blowing. If you want to meet some of the farmers and other producers responsible, head for the Margaret River Farmers’ Market. It happens every Saturday morning.
Those looking to taste some of the Margaret River region’s top drops will be spoilt for choice. There are around 180 wineries to choose from. Here are two recommendations.
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just love easy-drinking wine, add Leeuwin Estate to your Margaret River to-do list. As you walk in there’s a long wooden bar and friendly staff ready to help you choose the best drop to suit your palate. Wonderful food and wine tours of the estate are also an option.
The award-winning Sandalford Wines is one of the oldest family owned wineries in the region. With prices from only $14 a bottle, it’s affordable and there’s something to suit every taste.
If your prefer to leave the choice of cellar doors to the experts, there are excellent wine and gourmet food tours on offer that visit a variety of estates.
The Darby Park Serviced Apartments are located right in the heart of Margaret River township. The self-contained apartments are huge, with everything you could need for your time away — including a full kitchen. Request an apartment towards the back of the complex where you’ll overlook beautiful bushland.
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Rebecca Ruiz is a Perth-based freelance writer and life coach. She is passionate about travel and loves hitting the road to explore new places, try different foods and learn about different cultures. Rebecca has lived in Berlin, travelled solo around Europe, and explored much of Asia. She has also undertaken a three-month trip by 4WD through Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.