Visiting Margaret River, Western Australia
Surf, swell, wineries, galleries, breweries, stunning beaches and lots more!
My children and I headed to Margaret River for 5 days when in Perth, Western Australia late September this year. We hired a 3 berth campervan which we could drive around in and had a toilet and bathroom, cooking facilities from a central location near the Perth Airport. It took us around 3 hours to get to our destination.
Margaret River is a small town south of Perth in Western Australia, and is best known for its craft breweries, boutiques and surrounding wineries. Do not miss out the beaches and surf breaks line the nearby coast, whose waters host migratory whales (Jun–Nov).
The stunning coastline stretches between 2 lighthouses north and south of the town, the long-distance walk, the Cape to Cape Track, fringes the limestone caves and sea cliffs of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.
I would suggest half a day walking around the Margaret River town to shop and eat. There are ample eateries and small boutique shops. We based ourselves at Gracetown Caravan Park for the 4 nights we stayed so we could power the camper. This caravan park is in the national park and a short drive 2 kms down the road to a stunning bay and surf breaks.
We would head to Surfers Point at Margaret River in the evening and BBQ at our camper. Watch those that were brave enough to surf the last of the big waves and wait for the sun to set.
Other highlights on our trip was a visit to Lake Cave. There are many to choose from and all accessible with regular tours. We chose Howard Wines as our stop for a tasting, in a truly magical setting, it was dream like the green fields and rambling vine yards over the acres.
We did head to Yallingup another must see beach and surf break and snorkeled in rock pools whilst my son paddled out and get some waves on the reef break. Smiths beach is the other side and houses some great sandy beach breaks and a long stretch of sand to go for a stroll along. We stopped at the Yallingup Maze and had a ball playing with the many challenging games and puzzles in the café area.
We drove down as far as Augusta and passed through Hamlin Bay. We walked up the cliffs at Gracetown to the end of the point and soaked in the sunshine and watched those brave enough to surf on the monstrous swell that day 😊
The lush green scenery throughout the region with long winding roads and wild lilies and native flowers was truly amazing to see. I highly recommend a visit whether you are into the surfing or not to visit this beautiful location.
Ample options for accommodation from powered or non-powered campsites throughout the region, lots of resorts with stunning apartments and beach views. There are also motels and houses you can hire via Air BNB. We chose our camper and there are places you can go off road – we chose the powered site as the kids liked the facilities ie. Tennis court, mini golf, outdoor cinema and campfire it only cost us $35 AUD per night!