A visitor's guide to Margaret River

Indulge from Cape to Cape in Western Australia’s best food and wine region.

Sandy beaches, world-class wineries and surf – what more could you want this summer? Just three hours’ drive south of Perth, is the hidden seaside town Margaret River, known for its craft breweries, surf, boutiques and wineries.

Margaret River stretches between two lighthouses from Cape Naturaliste in the north to Cape Leeuwin in the south. The region offers a full platter of summer sensations and scenery perfect for a holiday. To ensure you make the most of your stay, here’s a visitor’s guide of things to do in region.

Visit the wineries

Margaret River is well-known for its world-class wineries, with more than 120 wineries to explore. Flinders Bay Wines, Flying Fish Cover and Evans & Tate are just some of the leading cellar doors to visit. Book a vineyard tour, barrel room testing or couple a bottle of wine with a long lunch.

Attend an event

The Margaret River Great Escape is a three-day food and wine festival held annually in November. The event attracts foodies, world-class chefs and food critics. The festival has won multiple tourism awards for its unique local flavours and fun atmosphere.

Explore the underground caves

One of the most popular attractions in the region is Lake Cave, the most ‘actively dripping’ cave in the south-west. Inside the cave you will see the renowned ‘suspended table’ – a seven-tonne crystal decoration which hangs from the ceiling of the cave and almost touches the water of the lake.

Visit the Underwater Observatory

Take a ride on the electronic Jetty Train at the Busselton Jetty, the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Book a tour through the Underwater Observatory. The observatory descends eight metres beneath the water’s surface where you can see  natural wonders including the reef and marine life. 

Go for a surf

Competitive surfers from around the world travel to the Margaret River region in search for the perfect wave. Top guns Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson and Taj Burrow are just some of the big names who have surfed at Margaret River’s North Point or Surfers Point. Newbies can book a surfing lesson with the Margaret River Surf School.

Try a micro-brewery brew

Margaret River has become a huge tourism success with its increased number of wineries, boutiques, gourmet restaurants, breweries and micro-breweries all located close to the beach. Over the years there has been a boom in the craft beer industry, particularly for this small surf town. Visit Settlers TavernBrewhouse Margaret River, Colonial Brewing Co., Cowaramup Brewing Company or Cheeky Monkey Brewery.


Visit one of Margaret River’s most-unique attractions- Amaze’n. Here you can explore a 24-year-old giant hedge maze, 18-hole mini golf course, outdoor games and puzzles and a stunning botanical garden. 


Discover and indulge in this unique part of Australia when you join the Western Wonderland guided holiday with AAT Kings. Visit RACQ Travel for more information, or contact one of our travel consultants on 1300 096 166.