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50 Of The Best Things To Do In Margaret River

By Cassandra Charlick
7th Sep 2018

Margaret River. Margies. Margs. Call it what you like, but there is no question, it’s a home away from home for most Perthites and probably the number one destination for those of you visiting WA from interstate or overseas.

There’s heaps to choose from; whether it’s the annual holiday with the fam, a girls trip before the silly season hits or a last minute romantic getaway.

From the quintessential activities you've almost certainly done already to the hidden gems you're yet to discover, here are 50 of the best things to do in Margaret River, according to someone who actually lives there. Be sure to check them out on your next trip “douth”.

  1. Start your day in Eagle Bay with a stroll on Meelup Beach and a bite to eat at Meelup Farmhouse

  2. Fix that appetite with brekky overlooking the bay at the locals' fave spot The White Elephant.

  3. Drink a glass of Cape Mentelle Cab Sav while watching the sunset over the coastal views of the actual Cape Mentelle.

  4. Hire a SUP and cruise the turquoise waters of Prevelly beach or Meelup Beach.

  5. Sugarloaf Rock. Yes, it is a rock in the ocean. It’s a spectacular one though.

  6. Learn the principles of permaculture and have a delish lunch at the same time at Fair Harvest Permaculture.

  7. Learn the ins and outs of matching wine and food at Voyager Estate or Hay Shed Hill

  8. Outdoor movies are a summertime ritual. Enjoy the magic of the movies by starlight at Cape Mentelle and Caves House in Yallingup.

  9. Become a master of gin blending your own bottle with Giniversity at the Margaret River Distilling Co.

  10. Fight the locals for a table at Pizzica, the most authentic pizza joint you will find outside of Italy.

  11. Bring an empty basket and an empty belly to the Margaret River Farmers Market. Every Saturday morning it’s full of local produce and won the title of Australia’s top Farmers Market.

  12. Get a history fix at the first winery in the Region. Vasse Felix can’t be missed on a wine tour of the region and has a fab art gallery and restaurant for those that have time to spare.

  13. One for kids—big and small. Hang about in the tree tops and conquer your fear of heights at Forest Adventures South West.

  14. Take a trip down under…ground that is! Take your pick from one of the many caves in the region. Each with its own special features. Lake Cave has an etheral beauty while Ngilgi plays an important part in the history of the area.

  15. Take a tour with a difference. Dirty Detours combine cycling and wine on their Sip’n Cycle Winery Tour.

  16. See things from a different perspective. Scenic Helicopters will give you a trip to remember and a totally different viewpoint of Margies.

  17. Get on ya bike! Margaret River is home to some of the state’s top mountain biking routes. Bring your own or hire one at The Hairy Marron. The staff are super helpful if you need tips for you ride too.

  18. Raise a glass at Settlers Tavern with one of the best wine lists in the country. P.S They make a mighty fine bloody mary as well for the morning after.

  19. Sink into a vintage couch at the Margaret River Bakery and try to take your pick from their menu. Warning: you will need to save room for a sweet treat after the main deal.

  20. Bored? Grab a board. Learn to surf with the Margaret River Surf School. You can’t knock it until you’ve tried it. There’s a reason that it becomes a way of life down here.

  21. Soup secrets. Get in line early on Mondays and Wednesdays, for ‘soupie’, or the Margaret River Soup Kitchen for those that haven’t discovered its joys yet. Some of the freshest vegan food in town and one of the community highlights.

  22. Get sweaty. In a town full of yogis there are all sorts of classes for yoga bunnies and fitness junkies alike to flex their muscles on holiday.

  23. Sip on some seriously, seriously tasty and natural drops of vino at Si Vintners

  24. Chocaholics will get their fix at Gabriel’s handcrafted sweet treats or the classic Margaret River Chocolate Company.

  25. Indulge in a cheese fest at Yallingup Cheese Company.

  26. Woodfired bread you say? Only the best at Yallingup Wood Fired Bread.

  27. Fish and Chips on the beach can’t be beat. Hooked Up is found up at Surfers Point on select nights.

  28. Dumplings, roast duck and Dim Sum. Oh my. Check out Chows Table, the newest kid on the foodie block.

  29. Car lovers should check out the collection at Aravina Estate while grommets can gaze at the WA Surf Gallery.

  30. Learn all about the art of wine at Leeuwin Estate with a food and wine flight. Be sure to check out the gallery downstairs while visiting.

  31. Bring the fur baby along on your next wine tour with Pawesome Tours.

  32. Get your dancing shoes on for a boogie at The River’s monthly silent disco.

  33. Buy literally anything you could ever want at Gracie’s General. It’s got a cafe, post office, groceries, bait and tackle, and a newsagents all in one. P.S. they do amazing brekkie rolls. 

  34. Walk off the carb fest with a stroll through Boranup Forest and take a minute to breathe in the serenity.

  35. Get lost! In A’Mazen Margaret River that is. Let the kids (and kidults) loose in their half hectare hedge maze and set the timer.

  36. Smell as fresh as a daisy by creating your own signature scent with a perfume workshop at Vasse Virgin.

  37. Enjoy a dip with a difference at the Injidup natural spa. Enjoy a massage from mother nature in the secluded rock pool.

  38. Or let others pamper you with a treatment at Bodhi J @ Injidup Spa Retreat just up the road.

  39. Have some beats with your brews at a Sunday sesh at the Brewhouse Margaret River.

  40. Enjoy a stroll in the garden and learn about biodynamic winemaking at Cullen. Of course, it goes without saying you will sample their award winning wine too!

  41. Lighten up with a trip to a lighthouse. Pick from Cape Leeuwin or Cape Naturaliste.

  42. Watch some oceanic acrobatics on a whale watching tour with Naturaliste Charters.

  43. Paddle down the actual Margaret River on a day trip to remember with the Margaret River Discovery Co.

  44. Spend an afternoon filled with hot air and walk away with an exquisite creation from Melting Pot Glass Studio. Or, hit up a pottery spot.

  45. Take a break from wining and dining and indulge in a feast for the eyes at one of the many art galleries in and about town.

  46. Camping for those that don’t do camping. Try a luxe glamping experience at Olio Bello amongst the olive groves.

  47. Rummage amongst the vintage gems at The Flying Wardrobe in Witchcliffe.

  48. Take a walk on the wild side. Park your car, pull on your boots and trek some of the Cape to Cape Track.

  49. Take your shoes off and get the beachy sand between your toes. We personally love seeing the stingrays at Hamelin Bay beach. It’s not a trip to Margs if you don’t head home with a bottle of wine and sand on the car mats.

  50. If you're still stuck for ideas, visit the Margaret River Visitor Centre for top tips from their legendary staff.

    Want more? Check out the best new things to do in Margaret River.

    Image credit: Louise Coghill

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