The Margaret River Region

There's no place in the world quite like the Margaret River region.

Where else will you find world-class surf breaks, wild and beautiful beaches, top quality locally produced food and wine, pretty forests, magical caves, luxury and indulgence around every corner, AND a relaxed, beachy culture where anything goes - all in the one place?

Needless to say, it's one of Western Australia's top travel destinations - a favourite for both locals and visitors from overseas.

Areas to Explore

The Margaret River Region is fairly compact and easy to drive around. It's only an hour's drive from the northernmost town of Dunsborough to Augusta in the south. Margaret River town is right in the middle, half an hour from both.

So no matter which part of the region you base yourself in, you'll be an easy day-trip away from everywhere else in the region.

While it's possible to "do" Margaret River in one long day or a weekend, I recommend a minimum of 3 days to truly experience all it has to offer. This corresponds with three areas - North, Central and South. Each of these areas is a travel destination in its own right.

Karri Forests Western Australia - Pemberton

Margaret River Region NORTH

Dunsborough and Eagle Bay are the perfect towns for family holidays, with beautiful calm tranquil beaches and plenty of spacious holiday homes to rent. Yallingup "Place of Love" is a wonderful romantic town for couples, and is also very popular with surfers.

Karri Forests of Western Australia - Manjimup

Margaret River Region CENTRAL
  • Margaret River Town
  • Cowaramup
  • Gracetown
  • Prevelly

The central part of the Margaret River Region is absolutely choc-a-block with wineries, vineyards, brewers and gourmet food providores. Over on the coast you'll find classic Margaret River beaches and surf breaks in including Surfers Point at the mouth of the Margaret River, and Redgate further south.

Cape Leeuwin, Southern Margaret River Region

Margaret River Region SOUTH

South of Witchcliffe, there are fewer wineries and food attractions, but more forest, caves, bush camping areas and deserted beaches. Some of the most stunningly beautiful Margaret River beaches are in the south, including Contos, Boranup Beach and the deceptively named Foul Bay.

Upmarket classiness defines much that is Margaret River, but there are also strong elements of surf culture and the area's original dairy farming heritage. A holiday in Margaret River can be as luxurious and indulgent as you could imagine.

But it is also a fantastic destination for a simpler, cheaper, nature-based holiday - with some great bush campsites and caravan parks, plus plenty of holiday homes on farms, bush blocks, or right near the beach.

Cape to Cape Track, which spans the full length of the region from Cape Naturaliste in the north to Cape Leeuwin in the south. It's a destination with something for everyone.

Where is the Margaret River Region?

The Margaret River Region is the south-west corner of WA. It begins at the town of Dunsborough, about 2.5 hours drive south from Perth and just half an hour from Busselton.

The Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge juts into the ocean to the west, running north-south in a straight line from Cape Naturaliste 130km down to Cape Leeuwin. The two Capes bound the region and give it its alternative name, The Cape to Cape Region.

The town of Margaret River is the heart of the region, right in the very centre.

And right down on the south coast next to Cape Leeuwin is the town of Augusta.

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