Margaret River

Leeuwin Estate concert, Leeuwin Estate

Population 5581

One of the best known towns in Western Australia, Margaret River is synonymous with world-class wines, magnificent coastal scenery, excellent surf breaks and spectacular cave formations. In addition, the region boasts a thriving arts scene, boutique breweries, gourmet food outlets, and restaurants with views of sweeping vineyards or the sparkling ocean. The bustling township lies on the Margaret River near the coast, 280 kilometres south-west of Perth.

Visitor Information

100 Bussell Hwy; (08) 9780 5911

Nearby national parks

  • Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park

    This long, narrow park hugs the south-west coast of Western Australia for 120 kilometres between two prominent capes, Cape Naturaliste in...more

  • Yalgorup National Park

    Located just south of Mandurah in a long, narrow strip between the Old Coast Road and the Indian Ocean, and protecting a wetland system...more

  • Shannon National Park

    Shannon National Park, between Manjimup and Walpole in Western Australia’s southern forest region, encompasses the Shannon River as it...more

Nearby towns

  • Yallingup

    Yallingup, known for its limestone caves and world-class surf breaks, is also an ideal location for swimming, fishing and beachcombing....more

  • Dunsborough

    Dunsborough is a picturesque coastal town on the south-western tip of Geographe Bay. Just west of the town is Leeuwin–Naturaliste National...more

  • Augusta

    The town of Augusta lies in the south-west corner of Western Australia. The state's third-oldest settlement sits high on the slopes of...more

In Town

Wine Tourism Showroom Although the first grapevines were only planted in the area in 1967, Margaret River is now considered to be one of the top wine-producing regions in Australia. A huge 20% of Australia's premium wines are made here. The 'terroir' is perfect for grape-growing: cool frost-free winters, good moisture-retaining soils and low summer rainfall provide a long, slow ripening period. These conditions produce greater intensity of fruit flavour, the starting point for all great wines. There are now some 150 wine producers in the region, many of which are open to the public for tastings and cellar-door sales. Others have restaurants and tours of their premises. A good place to start a wine tour is the Margaret River Wine Tourism Showroom at the visitor centre. It provides information about the regional wineries and vineyards, an interactive wineries screen, videos, a sensory display and wine-making paraphernalia. 100 Bussell Hwy.

Rotary Park: picnic area on the riverbank with a display steam engine; Bussell Hwy.

St Thomas More Catholic Church: one of the first modern buildings built of rammed earth; Wallcliffe Rd.

Fudge Factory: fudge and chocolate made before your eyes; open 10am–5pm Mon–Sun; 152 Bussell Hwy; (08) 9758 8881.

Arts and crafts: many in town, including Margaret River Gallery on Bussell Hwy; contact visitor centre for details.


Margaret River wine region One of Australia’s top wine regions, with cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay at the core of its reputation. Read more For a one-stop centre for tastings and sales, offering in-depth information on local wines and wineries head to the Margaret River Regional Wine Centre9 Bussell Hwy, Cowaramup; (08) 9755 5501; 10am–7pm Mon–Sat, 12–6pm Sun.

Mammoth and Lake caves, Leeuwin–Naturaliste National Park Lying beneath the Leeuwin–Naturaliste Ridge that separates the hinterland from the coast is one of the world’s most extensive and beautiful limestone cave systems. Mammoth Cave is home to the fossil remains of prehistoric animals. An audio self-guided tour lets you travel through the cave at your own pace (21 km SW). Only a few kilometres away is Lake Cave, with its famous reflective lake and delicate formations. Book your guided tour at the adjacent interpretive centre, CaveWorks, which also features a walk-through cave model, interactive displays and a boardwalk with spectacular views of a collapsed cavern (25 km SW). Further south, also in the national park, are Jewel and Moondyne caves; see Augusta and Dunsborough.

Amaze’n Margaret River: family-friendly venue with giant hedge maze, ground puzzles, outdoor games and picnic area; Cnr Bussell Hwy and Gnarawary Rd; (08) 9758 7439; 4 km S.

Eagles Heritage: the largest collection of birds of prey in Australia, with free-flight displays at 11am and 1.30pm daily; Boodjidup Rd; (08) 9757 2960; 5 km SW.

Surfer's Pt: the centre of surfing in Margaret River and home to the Margaret River Pro; 8 km W, just north of Prevelley.

Candy Cow: free tastings of fudge, nougat and honeycomb, with demonstrations at 11am Wed–Sun; 3 Bottrill St, Cowaramup; (08) 9755 9155; 13 km N.

Miller’s Icecream: Operating dairy makes fresh ice-cream, ‘from cow to cone’; 314 Wirring Rd, Cowaramup (08) 9755 9850; 13 km N.

Gnarabup Beach: safe swimming beach for all the family; 13 km W.

Margaret River Dairy Company: free tastings of cheese and yoghurt; Bussell Hwy, Cowarumup; (08) 9755 7588; 15 km N.

The Berry Farm: jams, pickles, naturally fermented vinegars, fruit and berry wines; 43 Bessell Rd; (08) 9757 5054; 15 km SE.

Ellensbrook Homestead: this wattle-and-daub homestead (1857) was once the home of Alfred and Ellen Bussell, the district’s first pioneers; open Sat–Sun; (08) 9755 5173. Nearby is the beautiful Meekadarabee Waterfall, a place steeped in Aboriginal legend; 15 km NW.

Olio Bello: boutique, handmade olive oil, with tastings available; Armstrong Rd, Cowaramup; (08) 9755 9771; 17 km NW, at Cowaramup.

Grove Vineyard: Margaret River’s only liqueur factory also boasts a winery, distillery, nano-brewery and cafe; tastings available; Cnr Metricup and Carter rds, Wilyabrup; (08) 9755 7458; 20 km N.

Arts and crafts: many in area, including Boranup Galleries; 20 km S on Caves Rd; contact visitor centre for details.

Margaret River Chocolate Company: free chocolate tastings, interactive displays and viewing windows to watch the chocolate products being made; Cnr Harmans Mill and Harmans South rds, Metricup; (08) 9755 6555; 30 km NW.

Bootleg Brewery: enjoy naturally brewed boutique beers in a picturesque setting; Puzey Rd, Wilyabrup; (08) 9755 6300; 11am–6pm Mon–Sun; 45 km NW.

Bushtucker River and Winery Tours: experience the Margaret River region through its wine, wilderness and food; (08) 9757 9084.

Land-based activities: abseiling, caving, canoeing, coastal treks, horseriding and hiking; contact visitor centre for details.

Heritage trails: including the Rails-to-Trails and Margaret River heritage trails; contact visitor centre for maps.

Fishing spots near town

Dunsborough 39 km

Dunsborough is about three hours’ drive south of Perth, and offers beach, rock and boat fishing. Local fishing store operator Damien Lane says the rock ledges produce salmon in autumn and winter, Samson fish,... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Margaret River canoe tour 1 km

Bushtucker River and Winery Tours will take you canoeing down the quiet Margaret River, with opportunities to see kangaroos, bushtucker- bearing plants and heritage sites on a guided four-hour excursion. There is time... Find out more

Wardan Aboriginal Centre 34 km

The cultural centre for the Wardandi people, this rammed-earth building in Yallingup has Aboriginal art displays, guided tours, toolmaking and spear-throwing workshops and dance demonstrations.... Find out more

Caving - Southern Western Australia 36 km

Six limestone caves in the Capes region are open to the public and there are self-guided and adventure-caving options. Jewel Cave is the largest of Western Australia’s tourist caves and has beautiful formations... Find out more

Snorkelling around Busselton and Augusta 42 km

The marine life growing off and feeding near the historic 1841-metre Busselton Jetty makes it one of the easiest and best snorkelling and dive sites in Western Australia. The Underwater Observatory (see entry below) at... Find out more

Walking the Cape to Cape Track 46 km

One of Western Australia’s brilliant longdistance walks, the Cape to Cape Walk covers 135 kilometres between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, going through coastal heath, wildflowers, jarrah–marri forest... Find out more

Short walks near Bunbury 87 km

Leschenault Inlet, near Koombana Bay at Bunbury, holds the southernmost white mangroves in Western Australia. A short boardwalk winds through the mangroves, where you may see some of the 60 waterbird species found here.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Berry Farm Cottage Cafe

Oozing country charm, the Cottage Café serves homemade pies, platters and their famous scones with Berry Farm jam and cream for morning or afternoon tea. Tiny birds flit about the cottage gardens, and inside the... Find out more

Leeuwin Restaurant

The Leeuwin Estate winery restaurant serves a seasonal menu using the plentiful local produce like marron, venison, berries and cheese to create a fine-dining experience. An entrée of seared Abrolhos Island... Find out more

Brookwood Estate

Famous for their platters, Brookwood Estate offers casual dining in the typical laid-back manner of the region. Grab a group of friends and graze on tasty morsels as you unwind on the verandah, sampling a drop of the... Find out more

Cullen Restaurant

Cullen’s must have one of the prettiest outlooks in the region, where undulating acres of vineyards are framed by rolling hills. In keeping with the natural environment, the stone and timber building blends... Find out more

Clairault 25 km

Down a windy track and nestled within marri trees, you’ll find some of the best food served in Western Australia’s most renowned wine region. The winery’s superb wines are the perfect complement to the... Find out more

The Margaret River Chocolate Company

Although light lunches are available, decadent chocolate delights are the star attraction at this rural ode to pleasure. Chocolate fondues, naughty cakes and desserts, including their famous chocolate brownies, and... Find out more

Must Margaret River

Must creates dishes designed for savouring. The menu includes the signature angel hair pasta with blue manna crab, Plantagenet pork and dry-aged Butterfield beef, where cuts are aged for 30 days or more. In keeping with... Find out more

Sea Gardens Cafe

The Sea Garden is cosy in winter when wild waves crash onto the beach, and relaxing during summer. The magnificent views and tasty menu ensure this cafe is popular year-round. The simple lunchtime menu includes salads... Find out more

Udderly Divine Cafe

An abundant selection of vegetarian options are available on the menu at this cleverly named cafe. Owner/chef Trish Wray prides herself on cooking everything on the premises. A dairy theme is also evident in the decor,... Find out more

Voyager Estate

Situated in a Cape Dutch–style building nestled in formal gardens, the opulent dining room of Voyager Estate showcases the delights of the region. Dine on the likes of grilled Pemberton marron, venison chorizo and... Find out more


With a name like Wino’s, and not to mention its location in the heart of a world-class wine region, wine does feature predominantly on the menu – in fact there are over 700 selections. The food is also... Find out more


With distinctive Asian influences appearing on the menu, Xanadu makes for a refreshing lunch choice. Using many local ingredients, this award-winning restaurant takes an innovative approach to its dishes such as ox cheek... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Cowaramup Brewing Company 14 km

This family-owned microbrewery, based in the Margaret River wine-producing belt, first fired up in December 2006. Cowaramup can be tricky to pronounce for some visitors (correctly: Ca-rara-mup) and the locals often refer... Find out more

Bootleg Brewery 22 km

Established in 1994 in the Margaret River wine region, this long-running craft brewery bills itself as ‘an oasis of beer in a desert of wine’. The metaphor never quite rang true and even less so in recent... Find out more

Campsites around town

Margaret River Tourist Park 1 km

Margaret River Tourist Park is 1 km from the centre of town, on Station Rd. It offers visitors shady, grassed sites with a good range of facilities for campers, who can set up their tents on the cloth pads provided, as... Find out more

Conto camping area 16 km

This camping area has a good range of facilities in natural surroundings. It’s near the magnificent scenery and numerous activities offered by this beautiful stretch of coast, and also in close proximity to several... Find out more

Point Road camping area 17 km

On Point Rd, 21 km south-west of Margaret River off Boranup Dr, this campground has 4WD access to a delightfully forested area with small campsites close to a fishing and surfing beach. You need to come equipped with... Find out more

Chapman Pool camping area 19 km

This small camping area near the river is 25 km south-east of Margaret River via the Bussell Hwy and Warner Glen Rd. Good facilities are provided in a peaceful forest setting, with swimming, fishing and canoeing the main... Find out more

Canebrake Pool camping area 20 km

A selection of peaceful sites in the forest beside the river, Canebrake Pool camping area is 5.5 km along Canebreak Rd. Swimming and canoeing are popular pastimes here. Rapids Conservation Park is 25 km north-east of... Find out more

Boranup camping area 25 km

This small, shady camping area in the forest has access for small vans only. Follow the signpost on Boranup Dr, off Caves Rd, 10 km north-west of Karridale. Come equipped with drinking water.... Find out more

Alexandra Bridge camping area 26 km

Set beside the Blackwood River 26 km north-east of Augusta on Clarke Dr, this secluded campsite makes the most of the diverse forest landscape on the east side of Alexandra Bridge. With a good range of visitor facilities... Find out more

Hamelin Bay Holiday Park 30 km

Hamelin Bay Holiday Park is set on a sweeping section of a beautiful bay where ships once harboured in the timber-milling days. Catch the night’s dinner from the ocean and cook it around the campfire in the... Find out more

Sues Bridge camping area 32 km

This small, secluded camping area is in the forest on Sues Rd, off the Brockman Hwy, 38 km east of Karridale. Campers will find a good range of facilities here while enjoying such activities as fishing, swimming and... Find out more

Geographe Bay Holiday Resort 38 km

Geographe Bay Holiday Resort is located on Bussell Highway, Busselton and offers visitors a good  range of  facilities in shady surroundings on the foreshore of the beach.  It's a great park for families... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Margaret River Tourist Park 1 km

Located 1 km from the centre of town, this park is a convenient base to explore the popular Margaret River holiday region. Pets are allowed, but small dogs only. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Taunton Farm Holiday Park 16 km

We think this is possibly the best base for exploring the wonderful Margaret River region and its many wineries. It is a quality park in a great farm setting and we always enjoy our stays here. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Hamelin Bay Holiday Park 30 km

This is a national park camping ground with great facilities for caravans and motorhomes.It is right alongside the beach and has a kiosk that sells basic necessities. There is a minimum-stay period.... Find out more

Yallingup Beach Holiday Park 35 km

This park is in the centre of Yallingup. The popular surfing beach is just metres away and the resort-style holiday centre is just a brief stroll from the gate. The park is very well maintained and has particularly good... Find out more

Big4 Peppermint Park 36 km

This is one of the neatest parks we have visited in recent times. The camp kitchen has to one of the best we have seen in a part of Australia that is renowned for quality parks. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more

Mandalay Holiday Resort 39 km

This is an excellent quality caravan park for tourists. It is just across the road from the beach and about 4 km from the town centre. There is a popular resort-style pool and large grassy playing area. Holiday periods... Find out more

Big 4 Beachlands Holiday Park 39 km

This is a very good quality park in the very popular holiday town of Busselton. Sites are at a premium here in holiday periods, when the price of powered sites soars. Bookings are required at peak times and a... Find out more

Turner Caravan Park 42 km

This is a large waterfront park in the heart of town, with wide sprawling lawns. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Bunbury Village 83 km

This is a very good quality park on the highway, 6 km from the city centre. It has some great features including minigolf and a tennis court. Its location makes it an excellent base for a holiday in Bunbury. Bookings are... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Basildene Manor

Set on 5.5 hectares of rolling hills, Basildene Manor is on the outskirts of the township and was built at the turn of the last century in the style of an English country manor. Decorated in old-world grandeur, the newer... Find out more

Gilgara Retreat

The Gilgara Retreat is a lovely replica of an 1870 station homestead, offering a range of accommodation options. The Main House is a traditional B&B featuring ornate high ceilings and a stylish main lounge for... Find out more

Studio 9

Chic Studio 9 is centrally located in the Margaret River township. Luxuriously appointed, number nine represents love and matrimony in feng shui, and this one-bedroom love nest is luxuriously appointed with a spa,... Find out more

Beach Barnacle

Craving a traditional beachside holiday? Wake up to the roar of the sea at Beach Barnacle. Contemporary in style and brightly decorated, the beach house has three bedrooms and is fully self-contained. Although you will... Find out more

Beckett’s Flat Vineyard Cottage

Whether you’re relaxing on the verandah or warming your toes by the fire, Beckett’s Flat is a charming country retreat. The one-bedroom cottage is self-contained and includes linen and a well-equipped... Find out more

Bell’s Beach House

Bell’s Beach House is the epitome of a bungalow by the sea. It features a bright and airy interior with a large balcony to take in the wonderful bay views. Fully self-contained, there are three bedrooms and one... Find out more


Situated within walking distance to the Margaret River Chocolate Factory and the award-winning Vasse Felix restaurant, Bettenay’s is certainly well located. Featuring an apartment and two cottages overlooking a... Find out more

Casa Georgette

With panoramic bay views, it’s no wonder the walled barbecue and outdoor entertaining area is one of the selling points of Casa Georgette. The two-storey house features hand-carved stone walls and sleeps up to six... Find out more

Craythorne Country House

Each of the four ensuite rooms is elegantly decorated and includes a full cooked country breakfast, with extra packages available offering extra goodies. Situated in the heart of gourmet and wine country, Craythorne is... Find out more

Gracetown Caravan Park

Ranging from camping to chalets, the Gracetown Caravan Park will suit most requirements. The kids will be delighted with the playground, with possums and kangaroos roaming around. Those seeking a bit of luxury will enjoy... Find out more

Island Brook Estate

Comprising one- and two-bedroom chalets, the Island Brook Estate chalets are self-contained and all feature barbecues, outdoor settings and spas. The forest setting makes for a restful stay, and after a day of... Find out more

Juniper House

Juniper House is contemporary in style and full of features guaranteed to make your stay memorable. There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large games room with pool table, darts and table tennis, and a well-equipped... Find out more

Lake View Siesta

Considering the beach is only 300 metres away, the Lake View Siesta is extremely well priced. The bright and airy unit is fully self-contained, and separated from the bedroom is a spacious living area. Outside is a... Find out more

Merribrook Retreat

Located a few minutes from the Indian Ocean, Cowaramup and Margaret River, and surrounded by the forest and lakes, the Merribrook Retreat is the ideal sanctuary for a tranquil escape. In keeping with the natural... Find out more

Prevelly Surf Shack

The Prevelly Surf Shack is anything but a shack, and more of an architectural delight that discreetly nestles into its rugged environment. The two-storey house has upstairs and downstairs sleeping and living areas. The... Find out more

Redgate Farmstay

Pet lovers who can’t bear to leave their furry loved ones at home will be thrilled at finding a place where they’re all welcome. But that doesn’t mean the accommodation is less than luxurious. There is... Find out more

The Grove Vineyard

Nestled within The Grove Vineyard are two- and three-bedroom chalets and a honeymoon bungalow. All accommodation is self-contained and well appointed, and includes cable TV, outdoor entertaining areas overlooking the... Find out more

The Noble Grape Guest House

Although built in recent times, The Noble Grape oozes old-world charm, being designed in the colonial style and decorated with antiques. The guest suites are in a separate wing and include ensuites, heating and wireless... Find out more

The Roozen Residence

This luxurious, architecturally designed home has graced the covers of more than a few lifestyle magazines, so staying here may just be worth the splurge. Adjacent to the iconic Greek Chapel, and overlooking... Find out more

Villa Crisafina

The Mediterranean-style Villa Crisafina is ideal for couples seeking a beachside break. The fully self-contained villa has an upstairs bedroom, a balcony with amazing views, a fold-out sofa downstairs and a spa. However,... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Burnside Bungalows 6 km

At Margaret River you can stay on this certified organic and biodynamic farm that produces mulberries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, avocados and olives. The accommodation is in cottages made with rammed earth and... Find out more

Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat 24 km

Set in a 40-hectare conservation reserve protected from feral predators, with woylies, bandicoots and other animals roaming around, the self-contained chalets here have everything you could want, including local... Find out more

Yallingup Strawbale Retreat 32 km

The two retreats here have walls built of straw. You can collect eggs for your breakfast, or see what is in season in the orchard.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Conto camping area 15 km

T/O at Karridale

Whistlers Way campsite is located 19km north-west of the highway via Bushby, Caves and Conto rds. It's in a secluded bushland setting near the coast in Leeuwin–Naturaliste National Park. Other campsites available. Only Whistlers Way campsite suitable for large vans.

McLeod Creek Rest Area 20 km

23 km N of Augusta (L) or 20 km S of Margaret River (R)

Secluded area just off the highway among the trees. Good shade.

Chapman Pool camping area 20 km

T/O 64km W of Nannup (R) or 11km E of Karridale (L)

Secluded bush setting 9km north of the highway via Warner Glen Rd.

Alexandra Bridge camping area 25 km

T/O 64km W of Nannup (R) or 11km E of Karridale (L)

On a riverbank 2km north-west of the highway via Clarke Dr.

Sues Bridge camping area 32 km

T/O 45km W of Nannup (R) or 30km E of Karridale (L)

Secluded in the forest 9km north of the highway via Sues Rd.

Canebrake rest area 47 km

34km W of Nannup (R) or 41km E of Karridale (L)

Just off the highway in the forest.

Barrabup Pool camping area 57 km

T/O 2km N of Nannup (L) or 58km SE of Busselton (R)

In the forest 8km west of the highway via Mowen Rd.

Ironstone Gully camping area 67 km

T/O at Donnybrook

Secluded in the bush off Capel Rd 18km south-west of Donnybrook.

Willow Springs camping area 79 km

T/O 24km W of Bridgetown (L) or 21km E of Nannup (R)

Secluded in the forest 5km (unsealed) south of the highway via Wetherley and Gold Gully rds.

Karri Gully Rest Area 80 km

26 km W of Bridgetown (R) or 19 km E of Nannup (L)

Very small area just off the highway. Good shade.

Bunbury South Rest Area 84 km

42 km NW of Margaret River (L) or 57 km SE of Bunbury (R)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Jarrah Park rest area 85 km

21km W of Bridgetown (R) or 24km E of Nannup (L)

Small secluded area in the forest.

Greenbushes rest area 91 km

9km S of Balingup (R) or 17km N of Bridgetown (L)

At the junction with the northern road into Greenbushes.

What's on around town

Town Square Markets: 9am–12.30pm Sun in summer, 2nd Sun each month rest of year.

Leeuwin Concert: Feb.

Margaret River Pro: Mar/Apr.

Margaret River Wine Region Festival: Mar/Apr.

Cape to Cape MTB: 4-day mountain bike race; Oct.

Flourish Margaret River: Oct.

Margaret River Classic: Oct/Nov.

Movies in the Vineyard at Cape Mentelle: Dec–Apr.

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