With over 150 world-class wineries, craft breweries, boutiques, gourmet food, and not to mention a stunning natural scenery and wildlife, it’s not surprising why Margaret River makes a perfect holiday destination. Margaret River, which serves as the name of a town, river and region, is something of a hidden gem on Australia’s west coast.

  

Discover the best of Margaret River as we share the top 10 things to do in one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations.

 

 

1. Visit the Wineries

 Vineyard at Margaret Valley

Grapes ready for harvesting at Margaret River, WA. Photo credit: Kieran Stone

 

As one of the best wine regions in Australia, a trip to Margaret Valley wouldn’t be complete without enjoying their premium wines. Go on a wine tour and take a long lunch. There are tours that offer sightseeing, tasting, history and off-road adventures all in one. Choose wines that tickle your fancy - Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin Blanc, Verdelho and more. Enjoy a sophisticated journey through one of the best wine regions in the world.

 

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2. Go Caving

 Lake Cave

 Breathtaking Lake Cave at Margaret River, WA. Photo credit: Terry Lewin

 

Descend a flight of 350 steps beneath the ground to discover the exquisitely beautiful Lake Cave, named because of its permanent lake within. It stands as a crystal, magical wonderland with a huge number of stalagmites and stalactites formed over a thousand of years. Be guided through the silent beautifully lit cave with torchlight and guide as you learn about its past, present and future.

 

 

 

3. Visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

 Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse stands as guardians of the oceans, tall and dignified.

Photo credit: MargaretRiver.com

 

Located on the headland of Cape Leeuwin which is the most south-westerly point of the mainland, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse will take your breath away. It is the tallest lighthouse in the mainland Australia standing at 39 metres, perfect for enjoying the majestic views of the coastline, ocean and sea cliffs. If you're lucky, you may even spot whales.

 

 

4. Relax at the Shores

 Gnarabup Beach

Beautiful and quiet Gnarabup Beach in Margaret River, WA. Photo credit: mumonthemove.com

 

With its pristine turquoise water and golden sands stretching for miles, relaxing along the shores of Margaret Bay’s is perfection. From Prevelly to Hamilton Bay and River Mouth, Margaret River is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the country, and some of the best waves in the world.  It is the perfect place to just soak up under the sun and enjoy the pristine waters lap gently on the shoreline.

 

 

 

5. See the Iconic Busselton Jetty

 Busselton Jetty

The longest wooden jetty in the world, Busselton Jetty, Margaret River, WA. Photo credit: coasttocountryweddings.com.au

 

Watching the rich and golden sunset colours at the iconic Busselton Jetty is an experience one should not miss. As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Western Australia, it is a must see for any visitor to the Margaret River region. It is the world’s longest wooden jetty, reaching almost 2 kilometres out to the open sea, giving you a plenty of space to relax, sit back and watch the glorious sunset.

 

 

6. Cuddle Animals at Sunflower Animal Farm

 Sunflower Animal Farm

Little boy feeding some goats at Sunflower Animal Farm. Photo: tanita776

 

Experience an exciting adventure with farm and native animals at Sunflower Animal Farm. With 300 friendly farm animals and activities such as baby animal bottle feeding and pony rides, it is a natural playground where both kids and grown-ups can connect with animals.  Cuddle baby animals including kangaroos and an emu. Have a conversation with the talking birds. It’s a great place to escape, where kids are free to run wild in open spaces and have an amazing time with these lovely creatures.

 

 

 

7. Shop for Chocolates at the Margaret River Chocolate Company

 Margaret River Chocolate Company

Mouth-watering and hand-made premium chocolates at The Margaret River Chocolate Company. Photo credits:  thingdoer.com, Kieran Stone, figure8.net

 

No trip to Margaret River is ever complete without a stop at the Margaret River Chocolate Company.  It’s impossible not to grab and trolley and happily shop for their award-winning products. Truffles, flavoured bars, chocolate sauces, themed products and even chocolate beauty products – the factory has it all! Drool over the delicious sweet treats. Choose from their large selection of quality chocolates which can be perfect gifts for your loved ones.

 

 

8. Have fun at the Amaze’n Maze

 Giant Hedge Maze on five hectares of botanical gardens at Amaze’n Maze in Margaret River, WA

Giant Hedge Maze on five hectares of botanical gardens at Amaze’n Maze in Margaret River, WA. Photo credit: margaretrivermail.com.au

 

 

One of Margaret River’s most unique experiences invites you to discover the birds and the bees, the butterflies and the bobtails amongst the 3-metre high giant hedge maze. It comprises of up to 2,000 Leightons Green plants creating 1.5 kilometres of paths. Not only is there a giant maze, but there are also 5 other mazes featuring  a variety of challenges for the entire family, as well as an 18-hole mini golf course and 5 hectares of lovely botanical gardens. 

 

 

 

9. Explore Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

  Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

One of Western Australia’s most loved and scenic holiday spots. Photo: gregnazvanov, www.margaretriver.com

 

 

Named after the two locations at both end of the park which have lighthouses, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is worth exploring when visiting the Margaret River Region. It stretches more than 120km in length, showcasing stunning beaches, more than 300 limestone caves, forest walks, camp grounds carved in bush and stunning ocean views from white limestone cliffs.

 

 

 

10. Enjoy Gourmet food

 Gourmet Food

Award-winning gourmet dining at Margaret River, WA. Photo: margaretriverstyle.com

 

 

Experience a gastronomic journey at Margaret River’s thriving food scene. With top-notch gourmet food and renowned wines, complemented by an ambience like no other, the area is highly frequented holiday destination by food lovers across the country and abroad. It has attracted and created world-class chefs that draw their inspiration from the abundant fresh local produce, stunning landscapes and the pristine environment.

 

 

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