Margaret River: Road Trip from Perth.

Margaret River, Western Australia has something to attract all sorts of holidaymakers, but its internationally acclaimed wine regions are the perfect vacation place for the Chardonnay enthusiast. Not to mention the spectacular coastal scenery, fascinating ancient caves and charming small villages that the Margaret River region has to offer.

Because this south-west district of WA has so many towns to visit, and an array of things to do nearby, renting a campervan is the best way to explore its numerous attractions.

When travelling in this convenient mode of transport, you will be grateful for the freedom it affords you on the road. Whether you want to stay an extra couple of days in a favourite location, move on faster than you anticipated, or travel further afield than planned… having your holiday home on wheels makes these itinerary changes a non-issue. The fact that you only need to unpack your bags once, is also a huge bonus.

Tip: The “Discovery Roadtrip” app is free from the apple and android app stores and is very useful to assist in locating nearby campgrounds, attractions and restaurants whilst road-tripping through Australia.

 Margaret River – 270kms from Perth – 3 hours

Situated south of Perth, the Margaret River region is teeming with attractions, most famously for its wineries – but there is SO much more to this fantastic destination. Here is a guide to some of the best things to see and do, both in and around the Margaret River expanse.

 Margaret River Wineries – located throughout the region

Margaret River’s chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon production is world-class, and the region contains more than a hundred wineries in its vicinity, with fifteen percent of Australia’s wine made here. You can experience it for yourself at one of the many cellar doors in the area, here are just a few:

  • Voyager Estate: Chardonnay & Cabernet are their specialty
  • Leeuwin Estate: Family owned & award-winning wine producers
  • The Grove Distillery & Brewery: Producers of artisanal spirits
  • Cape Mentelle Wines: Behind the scenes tours & tastings
  • Stella Bella Wines: Beautiful spot to taste wine & BYO picnic

Farmers Market – situated in Margaret River township

 These weekly Saturday markets are a must-do when visiting Margaret River. The focus is on quality over quantity, and there is beautiful locally grown produce and flowers, as well as home-made foods and preserves, candles and jewellery, all happening amongst the ambience of live music and the smell of hot coffee.

Gnarabup Beach – 8kms from Margaret River – 8 minutes

 A picture-perfect beach that is ideal for swimming, due to its sheltered location offering calm waters with minimal waves. A popular place to snorkel or go for a walk along the provided trails which have pretty views, especially if you happen to catch a sunset. There is plenty of wildlife about here too, and a café that overlooks the ocean.

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Mammoth Cave – 15kms from Gnarabup Beach – 14 minutes

 Of the several caves located in the region, Mammoth Cave is the most easily accessible, and can be explored with the assistance of a self-guided audio tour. This ancient landmark is the site of thousands of fossil excavations, with bones dating back to megafauna species which roamed Australia some 50,000 years ago. Some fossils are still visible in the cave today, such as the jawbone of a giant extinct marsupial.

 Hamelin Bay – 23kms from Mammoth Cave – 20 minutes

 This stunning white sand beach and sparkling aquamarine ocean is a haven to wild sting rays, who lay their eggs in these protected waters of Ngari Capes Marine Park. Because of the crystal-clear clarity of the shallow waters, you can easily get a close-up view of these unique aquatic animals.

Witchcliffe – 26kms from Hamelin Bay – 20 minutes

 This lovely town on the outskirts of Margaret River, affectionately called “Witchy” by its residents, is a great place to stop and enjoy a bite to eat at the charming local bakery. While in town, the unique Bellview Shell Collection will have you intrigued by their huge variety of marine items and information displayed here. The Margaret River Candle Company offer workshops for those interested in candle making, or you can purchase lovely gifts and souvenirs from their hand-made assortment of candles and artwork.

The Berry Farm – 13kms from Witchcliffe – 15 minutes

 Located amongst lush green farmlands at Rosa Glen, this quaint café and winery is 15-minutes from Margaret River town. It is a great spot to stop in for lunch, or even just to purchase some of their scrumptious home-made jams and marmalades.

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A Maze’n Margaret River – 15kms from The Berry Farm – 15 minutes

 An enormous, manicured hedge maze, set amongst spectacular gardens that showcase unique Australian plants and trees. As well as the impressive maze, you will find loads of other entertainment here, including bocce, mini golf, giant outdoor chess, quoits and more.

If you are returning to Perth, then you have a relaxed 3-hour drive to get back to the city. If you’re lucky enough to have extra time to explore more of Western Australia, then this is a great jumping off point to journey the southern coastline. Whatever your motorhome holiday plans are, hopefully this guide has provided some inspiration, and has you set to hit the road towards the magnificent Margaret River region.

 

Author: Leila Gear – Discovery Campervans