1. South West Beaches
One of the best things to do in the Margaret River region is to visit any of the beaches in the area. From magnificent views to awesome fishing spots the south west beaches have it all. Minninup Beach has it all including fishing, snorkelling, amazing coastal views with dogs allowed and 4WD access. Buffalo Beach also has everything you could wish for with showers and toilets located at the car park and a view balcony to watch the sunsets over the ocean.
2. Head To The Wineries
Margaret River is also very well known for its wineries. There is a massive number of wineries in the area you can visit. Amazing restaurant-quality food and world-class wines, beers and spirits all locally made. Some are dog-friendly, some are child-friendly, some are great picnic locations, some offer luxury restaurant experiences. Whatever your style, you’ll come to learn that there is a winery for you… and they’re so much more than just cellar doors.
3. Whale Watching
Many towns and cities in the region run chartered whale watching tours with fantastic service and experiences, some places you may be lucky enough to see them from dry land (on the Cape to Cape Track or from the top of a lighthouse are great options).
4. Explore The Collie Area
The collie area is renowned for the number of dams and rivers you can camp at. Most dams in the area are ski dams but almost all of them are stocked with redfin, perch and marron which have seasons and regulations for recreational fishing. Most campsites around the rivers and dams have toilets and showers with massive areas for camping so even big caravans can still park up at the awesome sites.
5. Go For A Drive
Caves Road is a spectacular drive through different forests, wineries and towns. The drive is about 70km long from Yallingup to Augusta but offers a variety of things to do along the way, from amazing cave and bush walks to beautiful beaches and farming land. Another amazing drive is the South Western Highway from Manjimup to Walpole. About 120km between towns, it boasts some of the most scenic forest driving you will ever do with some great towns to stop in along the way.
6. Visit The Caves
The caves along Caves Road have to be seen to be believed; they are some of the most spectacular caves you will ever see. They range from toured to audio toured to self-guided. They are a major attraction, so they do get very busy on the school holidays but during off-season, you almost get most of the caves to yourself. In the wetter months, most of the caves have rivers running through them which adds to the experience. They do get quite cold so it is suggested to wear some warm clothing.
7. Go Gourmet
You can’t come to Margaret River and not sample the local produce. Try the delicious chocolates at Temper Temper or Gabriel Chocolate, feast on cheese at Yallingup Cheese Co or The Margaret River Dairy Company, and sample olives at one of the many olive groves. The WA trails website has a self-drive itinerary so you don’t miss any of these tasty goodies! Or you can take a tour with Walk Talk Taste.
8. Embrace Your Adventurous Side
Margaret River isn’t just for those who want to relax. There are plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities for thrill-seekers. You can abseil down the oceanfront cliffs, have a go at a huge array of watersports or head out into one of the many National Parks for an adventure.
Try Forrest Adventures, a massive fun-filled park with high rope courses and flying foxes in the amazing Ludlow Forest. If mountain biking is more your thing, Mount Lennard Trails on Pile Road, located 20 minutes from Collie, are some of the best mountain biking trails to suit all skill levels and a spectacular display of wildflowers along the way with some amazing views thrown in as well.
If you’re into surfing, Yallingup is the place to be with crazy barrels and massive sets rolling in most of the time you’ll never want to get out. If you’re new to surfing and want to give it a go Yallingup also has a surfing school with a local with heaps of knowledge and experience.
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