• July 13, 2020

10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Margaret River this Winter


Have a whale of a time with these 10 reasons why you should visit the Margaret River Region this winter.

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Published: 13 July 2020


1. Explore the rugged cliffs and Margaret River coastline

The Cape to Cape track connects Cape Naturaliste in the north to Cape Leeuwin in the south with spectacular ocean views from both ends. There are walking and hiking opportunities which pass through the iconic Sugarloaf Rock and the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs. Keep an eye out for dolphins and migrating whales as you walk and explore the region!

2. World Class Food and Wine
Margaret River boasts internationally recognised food and wine with access to amazing local produce. The region is best known for it’s Chardonnays and Cabernets with cellar doors open for tastings throughout the week. Sink your teeth into local produce with marron and freshwater crayfish in season for winter with exclusive dining experiences available. Although modern Australian cuisine dominates the region, there’s also Japanese, Mediterranean tapas and Italian food to keep everyone salivating and satisfied. See here to see which wineries and restaurants are currently open in WA.
If you’re in Margaret River in November, don’t miss the annual Western Australia Gourmet Escape festival which showcases all the best the region has to offer in an event filled weekend.
3. Adventure Awaits…
There’s adventure available around every corner in Margaret river with unique and diverse experiences available throughout the region. From a cape to cape helicopter ride to zip lining throughout the tall karri forests or taking a sip ‘n’ cycle tour, visit the margaretriver.com to view which adventure is waiting for you.
4. Local Truffle Season
Winter equals local truffle season and the top chefs in region hero these local prized treasures in specials across restaurants including Vasse Felix, Cape Lodge and Yarri, just to name a few. Taking the classic truffles and pasta combo, you’ll find a generous amount of truffles on top of papperdelle tossed through a burnt butter and pecorino emulsion at Vasse Felix and a French take on gnocchi highlighting truffles at Cape Lodge.


5. Have a Whale of a Time

Between Augusta and Busselton, you’ll find 35,000 whales migrating throughout the year. June to December is the prime whale watching season with many whale watching charters taking visitors out to see these majestic creatures breaching and flicking their tails to the delight of onlookers. There are also many vantage points throughout the coastline including the Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouses on either end.


6. Go and Explore Underground Caves

There are an abundance of cave tours to embark on to explore the underground caves in the Margaret River region. Learn about Aboriginal legends in Yallingup’s Ngilgi Cave or take it easy on a self-guided Mammoth Cave tour. All tours range from ones that are self-guided where you can go at your own pace, to walking tours to adventure tours. Visit the margaretriver.com to see the different cave tours available to book.


7. Grab a Bike and Hit the Trails

Home to biking trails and tracks which cater to all levels, grab a bike, your sense of adventure and explore the bike routes in the Margaret River Region. There are facilities available en-route along Geographe Bay to stop for a pick me up coffee or some whale watching or head towars Augusta and follow the coastline towards the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.


8. Catch an Indian Ocean Sunset

There’s not a view more incredible than watching the sunset over the ocean with many vantage points across the Margaret River Region. Grab a picnic and a bottle of wine from the wineries you visited earlier in the day with a seat in the sand and watch as the orange, pink and purple hues light up the sky ans the sun slowly dips below the horizon. Vantage points include Indijup Beach, Sugarloaf Rock and Surfer’s Point.


9. Spend Your Night Under the Stars

Grab your camping gear or for a touch of luxury, book in your glamping experience for a night under the stars in Margaret River. Mile End Glamping and Olio Bello’s both offer glamping experiences in the region with all the amenities you’d find at a hotel. 


10. Learn About Local Aboriginal Culture

The region is home to the Wadandi and Bibbulmun people of the Noogar nation where today, Aboriginal people are sharing their knowledge and culture through tours available to visitors. From traditional meeting places and landmarks to food sources and traditional techniques, these tours are a unique way to connect and gain insight into traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture.


This article by Emma Pegrum has been edited and republished here with permission from margaretriver.comClick here to view the original article. 

Image credit: margaretriver.com