Just three hours’ drive south of Perth and 110km from end to end, The Margaret River Region is one of Australia’s most compact, yet strikingly diverse destinations stretching from Busselton and Dunsborough in the north of the region, down to Augusta in the south.

Fun Facts

  • The region produces just three percent of total Australian grape production, but commands over 20 percent of the Australian premium wine market.
  • Stretching some 100 kilometres (60 mi) from north to south and about 27 kilometres (17 mi) wide in parts, the region is bounded to the east by the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, and to the west by the Indian Ocean.
  • The principal grape varieties in the region are fairly evenly split between red and white; Cabernet sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin blanc and Verdelho 
  • A local cardiologist named Dr. Tom Cullity planted the first grape vines and started the first winery in 1967. His family’s winery, Vasse Felix, has become one of the most highly visited and well-reviewed wineries in the region.

Local Attractions 'TOP 10'

Beaches

  •  Castle Bay - Dunsborough
  •  Meelup Beach - Dunsborough
  •  Eagle Bay
  •  Bunker Bay
  •  Yallingup
  •  Busselton Foreshore 
  •  Dunsborough Foreshore 
  •  Flinders Bay - Augusta
  •  South Beach - Margaret River
  •  Smiths Beach - Yallingup

Wildlife and Wildflowers -  

  • Whales - With a 6-month season , from June to early December, The Margaret River Region is one of the best places to whale watch in Australia. Humpback, southern right, minke and blue whales all make the epic journey. 
  • Seals
  • Kangaroos
  • Stingrays - Hamelin Bay
  • Wildflowers - The main wildflower season, in this area, runs from mid-August until the end of October
  • Killer Whales
  • Sunflower Animal farm 
  • The Shearing Shed 

Scenic spots

  • Castle Rock - Dunsborough
  • Sugarloaf Rock
  • Yallingup Lookout
  • Canal rocks - Yallingup 
  • Boranup Forest
  • Caves - Open to the public in the area are Jewel Cave, Lake Cave, Ngilgi Cave, Calgardup Cave and Giants Cave. Many other caves can be accessed with a permit by experienced cavers.  
  • Injidup Spa 
  • Hamelin Bay  
  • Quinninup Falls  
  • Busselton Jetty 

Surf Spots:

  • 3 Bears
  •  Windmills
  •  Guillotines
  •  Gallows
  •  Smiths
  •  Supertubes
  •  Surfers point
  •  Yallingup Mainbreak
  •  Rabbits
  •  Inji carpark 

Wineries:

  • Voyager Estate
  • Leeuwin Estate
  • Vasse Felix
  • Cullen Winery
  • Woodlands Estate
  • Amelia Park
  • Fraser Gallop
  • Cape Mentelle
  • Wills Domain
  • Howard Park

Breweries:

  • Black Brewing Co - Wilyabrup
  •  The Beer Farm - Cowaramup
  •  Brewhouse - Margaret River
  •  Eagle bay Brewery - Eagle Bay
  •  Swings Taphouse - Margaret River 
  •  Colonial Brewery - Margaret River 
  •  Bootleg Brewery - Margaret River

Restaurants and Cafes:

  •  Piari and co - Dunsborough
  • Studio Bistro - Yallingup
  •  Little Fish - Yallingup
  •  Barnyard - Yallingup
  •  Morries  - Margaret River
  •  Mikis Japanese - Margaret River
  •  White Elephant Cafe - Gnarabup - Margaret River 
  •  Wild and Woods - Dunsborough  
  • The Black Sheep - Cowaramup 
  • Studio Bistro

Events:

  • Gourmet Escape
  • Margaret River Pro
  • Ironman
  • Adventure Race 
  • Leeuwin Estate Concert 
  • Jazz by the Bay 
  • Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival 
  • Cinefest 
  • Festival of Busselton 
  • Southbound Festival

See What's On page for further information