Introducing Australia's wine regions: Margaret River, WA

A must-visit region for wine lovers

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Margaret River, Western Australia

Margaret River, Western Australia [©Tourism Western Australia]

Margaret River, Western Australia
Margaret River, Western Australia
Margaret River, Western Australia
Margaret River, Western Australia


Margaret River – one of Australia's premium wine regions – is the place for indulging many passions. It's the only wine region in Australia where you can hop from award-winning wineries and restaurants to stunning beaches, tall-timber forests, world-class surf breaks and ancient caves, all within a short distance and at a laid-back pace.

Lovers of good wine worldwide should endeavour to put Margaret River on your must-visit list. From Asia it is especially accessible, being on the same time zone as Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

From Perth (or Perth airport), it's an easy 3 1/2 hour drive via coast or country. Budget travellers can catch the coach that departs daily. Or, you can opt to arrive in style, taking a direct charter flight or a scheduled flight to nearby Busselton.

Blessed with mild weather and abundant sunshine, Margaret River has evolved from a chilled-out surfie town in the 1970s into a popular base for enjoying the region's fine flavours and spectacular scenery, where rolling vineyards sit against a backdrop of ocean and forest.

Producing over 15 per cent of Australia's premium wine, the tastings are top notch. Many cellar doors are open every day, and whether large or small, boutique producers, we have always found the welcome to be friendly.

Besides over 100 wineries and vineyards, you'll be spoilt for choice with many fine restaurants, boutique breweries, art galleries and fresh produce, from divine cheeses to chocolate, biltong and truffles. Time your visit to coincide with the annual wine and food festivals and you'll get to savour many of these flavours in one hit.

Those with a taste for adventure will find plenty to indulge in too. Known internationally as one of the best big-wave surfing locations on Earth for consistently spectacular breaks, there are over forty top spots to surf along Margaret River's coast, with conditions ranging from powerful reef breaks to fun beach surf.

Venture inland and you'll be dwarfed by some of the world's tallest hardwood trees, and awe-struck by the longest straw stalactite on show when you plunge into Jewel Cave – one of many ancient limestone caves open to the public, and well worth a visit.

More thrills can be found with rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, canoeing and whale watching tours. You might even be tempted to throw in a line and chase some snapper at one of the designated fishing spots. At nearby Busselton the timber jetty is over 2 km long – the longest in the southern hemisphere – and at the end there is an underwater observatory. Or take a relaxing walk, especially at sunset

Your bed for the night can be as opulent or basic as your budget allows. The region boasts a fine array of luxury retreats and private beach houses, through to hotels, motels, backpackers, caravan parks and camping grounds. Margaret River really has something to offer everyone, and encapsulates much that is great about Australia in one compact region. We love it!

A selection of recommended cellar doors and restaurants, plus related articles and reviews can be found below.  Events can be found on our wine and food events calendar. Enjoy!



  • Margaret River (WA)
  • South West Coast (WA)
  • Swan District (WA)
  • South West WA (WA)

Abseiling, Art and Craft making, Camping, Fishing - Beach, Rock Climbing, Snorkelling, Surfing, Swimming, Wind Surfing
Adventure, Beach, Farm/Station, Fishing, Flora and Fauna, Food and Wine, Historic/Heritage, Indulgence/Luxury, Nature based, Sport, The Arts, Wildlife

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