Margaret River is a small town on the southwest coast of Western Australia. The region stretches 100 kilometres from Busselton in the north to Augusta, the most south-westerly point of Australia. If you mention Margaret River to anyone who lives there or has visited, you’ll usually be greeted with a warm, knowing smile as it’s a place of magnificent natural beauty.
Visitors flock to Margaret River all year round to enjoy its wonderful weather, relaxed lifestyle, welcoming locals, and of course the divine cuisine, craft breweries, and award-winning wineries. It’s also famous for its beaches, world-renowned surf breaks, fascinating limestone caves, sea cliffs, adventure trails, and stunning Indian Ocean views.
The Margaret River area is best known for its amazing surf breaks and award-winning wines, but there’s much more to this gem of a town than first meets the eye.
The Margaret River region lies between two capes. Cape Naturaliste with its majestic lighthouse sits at the southwestern end of Geographe Bay with views across the Indian Ocean. Cape Leeuwin's historic lighthouse in the south was hand-carved out of local limestone in 1895. National Geographic named the view from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse one of the top three best ocean views in the world! Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is one of WA’s favourite holiday destinations with trails leading from tall forests to the gorgeous coastline, impressive sea cliffs and hundreds of limestone caves.
Margaret River tours take visitors to the famous wine region, an area that produces just three per cent of Australia’s grapes but accounts for over 25 per cent of our premium wine market. Margaret River boasts more than 200 vineyards and 90 cellar doors, with over 65 of these rated as Halliday five-star wineries.
The reputation of the Margaret River wine district is based primarily on its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, with its Semillon Sauvignon Blanc wines running a close third.
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Wildlife abounds in Margaret River. On land, you might come across kangaroos, quendas, and reptiles, while swimming close to shore you could spot stingrays, dolphins, and migrating whales (between June and November).
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is on Wadandi and Pibelmen Boodja, (Saltwater People’s Country) a meeting place between land and sea. Margaret River is known as Wooditchup, named after the magic man, Wooditch, who created the river in the Nyitting or the Dreaming. Aboriginal culture is rich in the area and Koomal Dreaming offers fascinating tours to experience the land through the eyes of First Nations people.
Margaret River has a Mediterranean climate, with summer temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C and winter ranging from 8°C to 16°C with some more frequent rainfall. Spring brings milder temperatures as well as beautiful blooms to the region that are worth checking out if you visit between September and November.
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