When we think of summer in Margaret River, the excitement scale does a double back flip and all control is lost, as we do a little jiggle! Warm weather, balmy crystal waters, perfect waves, mountain biking, hiking, music festivals, dining and one of my favs, summer time wines!! I absolutely love Margaret River in summer, and luckily for us (and you if you head on down), we’re just getting started …yew!!
Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to do when you hit up a new town, and you definitely don’t want to leave without experiencing everything! So, to ensure you make the most of your time in our exquisite region, here’s my list of “must-do” things to do while you’re here in Margaret River!
1. Explore With Margaret Rivers Most Awarded Wine Tour!
No surprises here …when you visit Margaret River, you MUST do a wine tour!! Margaret River is home to some of the best grape growing conditions on the planet! And although Margaret River is a very young wine region, we are killing it when it comes to being recognized as some of the top wine producers in the world! Putting aside our famed world class wines, Margaret River is a humble and relaxing place with idyllic surrounds, ideal for enjoying the simplicities of life, fun, nature and creativeness. Wine for Dudes Wine Tours is the only Margaret River wine tour company to truly embrace the essence of Margaret River living into their tours, whilst showcasing the exceptional quality of Margaret River drops being produced! A fun, relaxed, yet highly informative experience awaits the dudes and dudettes who set out to discover Margaret River with Wine for Dudes! Wine for Dudes break down the barriers of tasting wine, eradicate the posh and pomp associated with it, and invite the Margaret River lifestyle into their tours. Keeping it local is important to the dudes crew, so incorporating local gourmet food producers, micro-breweries, musicians, artists and sights, is all included in a Wine for Dudes wine tour. Wine for Dudes is for dudes and dudettes of any age with an inquisitive mind, and thirsty palate! Wine for Dudes pick up and drop of in Margaret River, Busselton and Dunsborough every day, and have everything from Group Tours, to Private Charters, to Luxury transport. Regardless of if you’re a wine connoisseur, or just starting to penetrate the world of wine, a day out with Wine for Dudes Wine Tours is the perfect way to explore all the delights of the Margaret River wine region!
2. Pristine Beaches – Stingrays of Hamlin Bay, Bunker Bay, and Prevelly Sunsets!
Over 120kms of near perfect coastline make up the beaches of Margaret River; so finding a secluded dream beach all to yourself isn’t actually that hard to do! Stretching from Busselton in the north, heading west through to Dunsborough, Cape Naturaliste and Yallingup, then south on to Gracetown, Prevelly/Gnarabup, Hamlin Bay and Augusta. The Margaret River coastline has everything from crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, rock pools, rugged terrain, perfect waves, and of course, a stunning Western Australian sunset every evening! The still, sheltered and stunning Bunker Bay and Eagle Bay are a must to visit in the northern end. Prevelly and Gnarabup, including Surfers Point and the River mouth have nice beaches, excellent surf, calm rock pools to bathe, and the ideal vantage point for sunsets, and is the most convenient beach to Margaret River township itself. If you’re up for a drive a little further (30 mins) south from Margaret River along Caves Rd, you’ll eventually come to the picturesque Hamlin Bay where on a still day you can feed giant stingrays as they glide over your feet in the shallows. Whilst many beaches are ideal for basking in the sun and getting your tan on; many visitors to the region come purely for the world class surfing opportunities! There are over 100 surf spots scattered along the coastline of Margaret River, and each year Surfers Point in Margaret River transforms itself as it welcomes the best surfers in the world as the location for one of the 11 stops on the WSL (World Surfing League) tour. If you’re keen to get out there, and stake your claim to surfing Margaret River waves, make sure you suck up the knowledge and experience from one of the fantastic local surf schools who are all available for private or group bookings.
- Josh Palmateers Surf Academy (M/River): www.mrsurf.com.au
- Margaret River Surf School: www.margaretriversurfschool.com
- Yallingup Surf School: www.yallingupsurfschool.com
- Ryan Hardy Bodyboarding School: www.ryanhardybodyboardingschool.com.au – Ryan Hardy is a multiple world bodyboarding champion and famous for charging some of the heaviest waves on the planet, and occasionally makes
a guest appearance tour guiding for Wine for Dudes!
3. Take a hike or a bike! – Mountain Biking, the Boranup Forest and the Cape to Cape track!
Nestled beneath the towering Karri, Marri and Jarrah trees scattered throughout the Margaret River region, wind some of the most awesome walking, hiking and mountain biking trails you could come across. The tracks are very well maintained, and ideal for all levels of experience and fitness. For those wanting a more scenic and relaxing experience, the Rails to Trails and Ten Mile Brook tracks are definitely worth a look. The Boranup Forest is nothing less than majestic, and a must see for every visitor to the Margaret River region – while you’re there be sure to check out The Boranup Gallery to see some of Margaret Rivers most talented art and sculpture pieces. For those looking for something more extreme, Margaret River boasts some of the best single track mountain biking in the country! Take your energy out on The Pines mountain bike tracks on the outskirts of Margaret River town where you’ll find everything from jumps, logs, berms and roll overs! Don’t have a bike? Bikes for all ages and styles can be hired from The Hairy Marron in Margaret River, Dunsborough Bike Hire, or Busselton Bike Hire. Not keen to go it alone? Go for an awesome day out with the highly skilled team at Dirt Skills Margaret River! They can do everything from teaching you the ropes, to honing in your already advanced mountain biking skills! The Cape to Cape track stretches 125km along the picturesque coastline of the Margaret River region. With breathtaking views at every bend, and the feeling of being completely isolated in absolute paradise, the Cape to Cape track truly is an incredible experience! To walk the whole track, you’ll need to allow approx. six days, however if you’re short on time, and just want a sample, you can walk a section of the track in a day trip. The Cape to Cape track website has everything you need to know about this magnificent expedition!
4. Majestic Caves – Jewel Cave, Lake Cave and Giants Cave
Lying beneath the rocky surface of Margaret River is a labyrinth of underground cave networks, and they truly are spectacular! Two of my personal favourites are the magnificent Jewel Cave, and the breathtaking Lake Cave. Both are very well organized guided experiences suitable for most fitness levels. The caves are well lit, with quality paths and safety railing where required, and your guide will be able to talk you through some of the magnificent features of the caves, and the history surrounding the creation and discovery of these incredible places. If you’re after something a little more daring, Giants Cave is one of the few self-guided caves in the region. Armed with a safety briefing, a helmet, and a torch, take yourself on an adventure with ladder climbs, squeezing through some tight spaces, and scrambling over rocks and uneven surfaces. Be sure to book a spot during peak times.
5. Jump out of a plane with Skydive Geronimo!
Our fantastic day was all planned, the boys would jump out of a plane, while the girls sipped on cocktails at The Goose Café on the stunning Busselton foreshore; but when one of the boys pulled out on the morning of the jump, my day got a whole lot more exciting! I’ve always been pretty adventurous, but I’d never got around to willingly throwing myself out of a plane with some ropes, a stranger, and a piece of fabric strapped to my back! I’m not gonna lie, I was extremely nervous! I had butterflies in my stomach, and wondered how many people accidentally had a little wee on their guides? As the plane started circling its way up to 14,000ft, the nerves didn’t let up. The door opened, and before you know it you’re on the side of the plane! My guide Iain asked if I was ready, my response… “just do it!”. What a release (no, I didn’t wee!), but I did experience the most incredible feeling of adrenaline, freedom and excitement I think I have ever felt in my life! 60 seconds of free falling, spinning and flipping to see the plane above, then the ocean below, plane, ocean, plane, ocean, and bam the shoot pops and everything goes still! I screamed with laughter and excitement that nobody accept Iain could hear; and then for the next few minutes as we caressed the magnificent coastline, I hung off my guide and took in the breathtaking scenery of the entire Margaret River coastline! The perfect white beaches, crystal blue waters with incredible reefs stretching all the way down to Cape Leeuwin in Augusta, it really was such a surreal experience! The awesome team at Skydive Geronimo know how to have fun, and create an incredible experience. The skydive and wine tour package will have the crew at Wine for Dudes pick you up from your drop zone on the beach and take you out for a full day of fun and entertainment!