Known for its wine, caves, and surfing, the Margaret River region in southwestern Australia is the perfect vacation getaway. Located three hours from Perth, there are plenty of things to do and places to explore. Dig deep into history by exploring ancient caves, or learn to surf on its famous beaches. With so many attractions, there is no way you’ll ever be bored. Here is a list of the best things to do on your Margaret River adventure.
1. Descend into the caverns of Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave is undoubtedly one of the top attractions in Margaret River. With over 10,000 fossils buried in its rocky, limestone walls, this cave is family friendly and has a wheelchair accessible first chamber. Another unique feature of Mammoth Cave is its self-guided tour. Visitors are can truly explore the underground tunnels at their own pace while listening to the informational mp3 recordings with ambient sounds. After a visit to Mammoth Cave, you can bask in the beauty and dense vegetation of the marri tree forest that surrounds it.
Address: Caves Road, Forest Grove, WA, 6285, Australia
Opening Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm. Last entry is 4:00pm
Price: From 22.50 AUD (17 USD). Discounted rates available for families, children, and senior citizens
Website: Mammoth Cave
2. Learn to surf with the locals
Take a walk on the wild side and ride the waves with Margaret River’s local surfers. Margaret River Surf School offers classes for children and adults of all levels. Lessons are held at Redgate Beach which is just fifteen minutes from Margaret River town. You will be taught by accredited surf instructors with Surf Rescue and Senior First Aid training. Another benefit of this particular surf school is that there is no need to supply your own equipment. Margaret River Surf School has everything you need to start learning.
Margaret River Surf School
Opening Hours: 7:00am-7:00pm
Price: Group lessons from 50 AUD (38 USD)
Website: Margaret River Surf School
3. Taste wine at a world renowned winery
A trip to Margaret River wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a winery. Leeuwin Estate Winery is a family owned business located south of Margaret River town. Daily tastings at the Cellar Door provide guests with an inside look at the process of making wine from vine to bottle. While you’re there, have dinner at the restaurant which features seasonal menu items with a corresponding Leeuwin wine catalog. Wine can be enjoyed by the bottle or by the glass.
In addition to fine wine, Leeuwin Estate Winery also has a fine art gallery on the premises. The gallery, which will reopen in August 2017, features the “Art Series” wine label collection with paintings from famous artists.
Leeuwin Estate Winery
Address: Stevens Rd., Margaret River, 6285, WA
Opening Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm
Price: Tours and tastings from 25 AUD (18 USD)
Website: Leeuwin Estate Winery
4. Relax at Gnarabup Beach
Gnarabup Beach is located 10 minutes outside of Margaret River in the town of Prevelly. It is the longest beach in town and is a great place to mingle with locals. Take a stroll down the walking path, relax on the sand, or swim in the ocean. The waves at Gnarabup Beach are actually relatively calm. After some time on the beach, be sure to enjoy a coffee and a delicious snack at the beach cafe.
Address: WA 6285, Australia
Website: Gnarabup Beach
5. Go mountain biking
For those mountain biking enthusiasts, Margaret River is one of the prime locations. With a number of dirt and gravel mountain trails, there are options for bikers of all levels. If you are a more advanced biker, the trails include countless jumps, logs, and roll overs. Mountain biking is a wonderful opportunity to explore the lush, green, Australian vegetation while having fun in the mud. The Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association, or MRORCA will tell you which trails are best and can also help you design your own personal trail experience.
6. Learn to make cheese at Yallingup Cheese Company
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Yallingup Cheese Company produces artisan cheeses made with milk from a local dairy farm. Reserve a spot in their classes to learn how to make a variety of cheeses including camembert, brie, mascarpone, vache curd, and mozzarella. If you’re not lucky enough to book a class, go to a cheese tasting on the premises. Yallingup Cheese Company offers a wide variety of cheeses for sale including special cheese cakes for weddings. Yallingup’s version of the cheese cake is not a dessert, it is a beautiful display of cheeses paired with various fruits, olives, jellies, breads, and cured meats. It is a cheese lover’s dream.
Yallingup Cheese Company
Address: 1071 Wildwood Road, Yallingup
Website: Yallingup Cheese Company
7. Spot whales at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
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Located at the point where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet, Cape Leeuwin is the tallest lighthouse in Australia. This makes it the perfect place to spot dolphins and whales. The chances of seeing a whale increase during the months of May to September due to migration. Since its construction in 1985, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is still in operation. Visitors who come to the lighthouse have the option of following the self guided tour before taking the stairs to the top.
Address: Leeuwin Road, Augusta, WA 6290, Australia
Opening Hours: 8:45am to 4:30pm
Price: From 20 AUD (16 USD)
Website: Leeuwin Lighthouse
Great coastal region
If you enjoy nature, Margaret River, Australia is the place for you. From the lush forests to the crashing waves on the shoreline, the excitement never ends. Visit this breathtaking coastal region and create your own storybook adventure.