Majestic, ancient and a little bit wild; beneath Margaret River’s wineries and beaches are some of the world’s most awe-inspiring cave chambers just waiting to be explored. See the megafauna fossils in Mammoth Cave or walk beneath the ‘suspended table’ of spectacular crystal stalactites in Lake Cave or visit the stalactite star of Jewel Cave Augusta which houses some of the largest formations in the known world.
Experience the Best Bays
There’s no shortage of stunning coastal in Western Australia but Margaret River region lays claim to some 75 renowned surf breaks along 130km of pristine white sand. But those looking for low-key waves will love the protected Hamelin Bay Beach, which is home to a multitude of marine life including friendly sting rays slowly soaring through the tranquil turquoise waters. Castle Rock Bay is another popular spot for families, offering wheelchair access and gas BBQs providing a perfect spot for a day of swimming, whale watching and relaxing.
Walking & Hiking
From easy eye-opening strolls along the coast to majestic multi-day marches, arguably the best way to get up close and personal with Margaret River’s natural beauty is to walk amongst it. Big Brook Trail, Pine Tree Trail and Old Chimney Trail circuits each begin at Carters Road Trail Head and explore the lush jarrah woodlands that surround the town. While the Cape Naturaliste to Sugarloaf Rock track covers a 3.5km portion of the famous Cape To Cape Trail and showcases some of the most scenic coastline in the region (as well as uninterrupted of views of whale migrations from June to October each year).
Wine & Dine Yourself Silly
There are about 215 vineyards in Margaret River and some 187 wineries serving up awarded Rieslings, Rose and Chardonnay and everything in between. Enough for multiple return visits, we say. Start with the regions founding estate Vasse Felix, which has more to show off than it’s Sauvingnon Blanc, including an art gallery, award-winning restaurant and modern minimalist architecture. The main course in Margaret River’s calendar is served up each November when some of the world’s top chefs gather for the Margret River Gourmet Escape. This three-day foodie extravaganza which has seen the likes of Noma’s Rene Redzepi and Momofuku’s David Chang serve up sumptuous feasts along the sand.
Soak Up The Surf Scene
You don’t need to know your Blue Crush from your Point Break to revel in Margaret River’s spectacular surfing culture. From around April to June (depending on competition dates) the town plays host to the best of the surfing world for the Margaret River Pro, the third stop on the World Surf League Championship Tour. The event sees the region swell with fans delighted to be sitting next to the likes of Kelly Slater during lunch at Morries.