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Walk Into Luxury, Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River, WA | Courtesy of Walk Into Luxury/© Photo Elements Margaret River/Mark Boskell
Walk Into Luxury, Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River, WA | Courtesy of Walk Into Luxury/© Photo Elements Margaret River/Mark Boskell
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The Top 10 Things To Do In Margaret River, WA

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Updated: 9 February 2017
One of the most prized regions in Western Australia is the popular wine region and professional surfing area of Margaret River. Located about a three hours’ drive south of Perth, this is one of the most diverse destinations in the state, offering an array of activities and attractions to visit.
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Amaze’n Margaret River

One of Margaret River’s most unique experiences invites you to discover the birds and the bees, the butterflies and the bobtails amongst the three-metre-high giant hedge maze – comprising of up to 2,000 Leightons Green plants creating 1.5 kilometres of paths. Not only is there a giant maze, but there are also five other mazes boasting a variety of challenges for the entire family, as well as an 18-hole mini golf course and five hectares of botanical gardens. It’s not just amazing – it’s Amaze’n!

Monday to Sunday 9AM-5PM

Amaze’n Margaret River, 9978 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA, Australia, +61 8 9758 7439

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Attend Or Compete In The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

Uniting the top-ranked female and male surfers in the world to one of the greatest annual surfing competitions in the world. The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro occurs in the world-class waves seen along Prevelly Beach every April, with some of the best surfing names in the world participating. Whether you have what it takes to go up against the best, or simply want to get a taste of what’s on offer watching from the shore, this competition is one not to be missed.

Annually, each April

Surfers Point Rd, Prevelly WA, Australia

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, Margaret River, WA | © Sean Scott

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, Margaret River, WA | © Sean Scott

Cape To Cape Track

Follow the 135-kilometre coast trail of the Cape To Cape Track along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, as you explore the unique flora and fauna, sweeping cliff top views and the pristine beaches like nowhere else in the world. Whether you follow the coast or take one of the inland loops into the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, there is plenty to discover in the far south-west corner of Western Australia.

The track is lined with pine posts and there are several entrance points.

Walk Into Luxury, Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River, WA | Courtesy of Walk Into Luxury
Walk Into Luxury, Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River, WA | Courtesy of Walk Into Luxury
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Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Having opened in 1895, this unique lighthouse is the most south-westerly point of the mainland, located on the headland of Cape Leeuwin. Being the tallest mainland lighthouse, standing at 39 metres in height, the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse offers spectacular views of the coastline and the ocean and continues to work from dusk to dawn. Discover the history and the stories associated with the guardian of the ocean with a guide or in your own time.

Monday to Sunday 9AM-5PM

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Leeuwin Rd, Augusta WA, Australia, +61 8 9780 5911

Cape to Cape Track, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, WA | © Jesse Desjardins

Cape to Cape Track, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, WA | © Jesse Desjardins

Explore Margaret River’s Caves

Underneath the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park lies over 150 limestone caves, and although very few are open to the public, there are many guided and self-guided tours available. The largest limestone and most easily accessible Mammoth Cave stands as a natural time capsule with a 50,000-year-old Zygomaturus (an extinct marsupial the size of a cow) jawbone embedded in the cave’s wall. Whilst the Ngilgi Cave descends 45 metres below the surface, encouraging you to crawl and climb through the labyrinth with a torchlight and guide, the Lake Cave stands as a crystal wonderland, and the Jewel Cave is home to some of the most unique formations from the ‘Frozen Waterfall’ to the ‘Organ Pipes’. Whether you explore one or all, each cave offers something new.

Monday to Sunday 9AM-5PM

Various locations

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Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

Established in 1957, the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is home to a range of native animals from kangaroos, wallabies and possums to the endangered red-tailed tropicbirds nesting on the park’s Sugarloaf Rock. With rugged limestone cliffs, pristine beaches and historic caves to be explored, the Karri Forrest is one of the world’s tallest hardwoods. However, if it’s something unique you are looking for, a visit to the moss-covered Meekadarabee Falls – known as ‘the bathing place of the moon’ to Aboriginal people – is recommended.

Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, Dawson Drive, Yallingup WA, Australia

Boranup Karri Forrest, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, WA | © Sean Scott

Boranup Karri Forrest, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, WA | © Sean Scott

Relax Along The Shores

From Hamilton Bay to Prevelly and River Mouth, Margaret River is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the country, and some of the best waves in the world. Whether you are looking for a place to go swimming and snorkelling in warm waters, relaxing on the soft white sand, spot marine life up close along the shore, attend surfing competitions or witness the beauty of orange rocks against the turquoise waters, you will be invited to relax along the shores anytime of the day.

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Beach, Margaret River, WA | Courtesy of Cape Lodge
Beach, Margaret River, WA | Courtesy of Cape Lodge

Free Tastings In The Wine Region

As of 2012, the Margaret River Wine Region is home to over 200 grape growers and wine producers offering tours and tastings for you to discover some of the country’s best red and white wines. With so many wines to tickle your fancy – Cabernet Sauvignon, Sémillon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Chenin Blanc and Verdelho – enjoy the sophisticated journey through one of the best wine regions in the world.

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Winery, Margaret River, WA | Courtesy of Cape Lodge
Winery, Margaret River, WA | Courtesy of Cape Lodge
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Margaret River Chocolate Company

No trip to Margaret River is ever complete without a stop at the Margaret River Chocolate Company. From the moment you get out of your car, the smell of chocolate takes over as this factory produces some of the greatest chocolate – chocolate bars, handmade truffles, chocolate sauces, sugar-free chocolate, cocoa powder, chocolate-coated delights and even chocolate-scented body products. Producing these award-winning chocolate products since 1999, the factory has secured the title of Perth Royal Show’s Champion Chocolate 2016 with their new vodka and chilli handmade truffle. If you’re a chocolate-lover, you’d be mad not to stop by and taste the chocolatey goodness.

Monday to Sunday 9AM-5PM

415 Harmans Mill Road, Metricup WA, Australia, +61 8 9250 1588

Chocolate at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory | © Daniel Robe

Chocolate at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory | © Daniel Robe

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Margaret River Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday morning, the bustling Margaret River Farmers’ Market comes to life with up to 50 stalls selling a variety of products. With each stall operated by the people who grow or make the produce, this is one of the state’s genuine Farmers’ Markets. The vibrant atmosphere of the market sells baked goods, cheese, chocolate, eggs, flowers, nougat, beverages, condiments, fruit and vegetables, herbs, meats, preserves, seedlings, olive oil and so much more. No matter what you are looking for, you are bound to find it.

Saturday 8AM-12PM

Margaret River Farmers’ Market, Lot 272 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA, Australia