Set 9 kilometres from the coast, Margaret River offers a versatile location for a holiday in Western Australia. This destination is located just 270 kilometres south of Perth, in the heart of one of the leading wine regions of Australia. Margaret River is home to some of the most beautiful countryside panoramas and some of the greatest coastlines views on the West Coast, and this provides visitors with a plethora of opportunities for entertainment during their holiday. Attracting over 500,000 visitors each year, Margaret River features holiday rentals and accommodations for all types of groups and to suit any budget.
Margaret River boasts well over 200 wineries and over 90 vineyards, many of which enjoy multiple accolades for their wines. Cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and Shiraz are just some of the famous varieties harvested and bottled in the Margaret River area. Take part in one of the many tours that are given by the wineries and vineyards for a behind-the-scenes look at how these award-winning wines are produced. Alternatively, set up a tasting to find the perfect wine to suit your palate. Schedule your holiday during the annual Margaret River Wine Region Festival to brush elbows with vintners from around the world.
No trip to Margaret River is complete without visiting the pristine beaches in the area. Swimmers, sun bathers and children feel most comfortable at the calmer beaches, such as Gnarabup Beach, which is tucked into a cove. Meelup Beach is also ideal for a calm day of swimming and picnicking, while Hamelin Bay is an ideal destination for snorkelling to spot giant stingrays and even historic shipwrecks.
Of course, Margaret River is known for its world-class surfing and even plays host to multiple annual surfing events, such as the Margaret River Pro and the Margaret River Classic. The best place to catch a wave or two is Surfer's Point, which is just 10 kilometres from Margaret River.
Margaret River is home to many native species and the best way to get in touch with Australian wildlife is at one of the many animal parks and sanctuaries. Stroll through Eagles Wildlife Heritage Centre to come face-to-face with majestic birds of prey. Learn about alligators, turtles, snakes, lizards and more by visiting Naturaliste Reptile Park in Margaret River. If you are feeling adventurous, Prevelly Park is a great place to see kangaroos in their natural habitat while you camp, look over the surf or enjoy a great meal.
Whether you are looking for an exciting activity or for leisure, there is something for you in Margaret River. Golfers can enjoy a beautifully maintained course at Margaret River Golf Club. In addition to the well-kept grasses and the serene location, beautiful scenery abounds. If exploration tickles your fancy, head into Giants Cave, Mammoth Cave or Lake Cave for amazing stone formations and the opportunity to discover every nook and cranny of Margaret River. Child-friendly activities, such as whale watching out on the water, scenic driving routes and even a maze called Amaze'n Margaret River, are available to you, as well.
Getting to Margaret River is a simple task, thanks to the numerous airlines—Emirates, British Airways, Qantas and more—that fly directly into Perth, where you have the opportunity to hire a car for the remaining drive to Margaret River. There is no bad time to holiday in this location, as the weather is comfortable throughout the year. However, you must note that the winter months are often a bit soggy, so bring along your umbrella.