Perth and Margaret River in Five Days
For anyone thinking about visiting the Margaret River region for five days (or more) – and if you’re not, you should be – here are some places you shouldn’t miss.
The Margaret River region offers an exciting mix of adventurous and indulgent experiences.
The selection of beaches here really is phenomenal – no matter what conditions are like on the day, one of them will be just perfect. I wish I could name all the ones you should visit – every beach is beautiful, but some of them are more mind-blowing than others.
My favourite thing to do is to spend the night enjoying our region’s amazing wines and then go for a swim in the morning. There is no fresher, cleaner, more beautiful ocean in the world – it makes you feel five years younger the moment you dive in.
Land in Perth, grab a hire car and head south – it’s an easy three-hour drive. For your first couple of nights, for a bit of luxury, you could stop off at the award-winning Cape Lodge country estate or Injidup Spa Retreat, which are around half an hour north of Margaret River town close to Yallingup. Spend a couple of days visiting the local wineries around Cowaramup and treating yourself to decadent wine lunches.
You also have to go to Smiths Beach for a swim, because it’s just… there’s no way to describe it. It’s ridiculous how lovely it is.
Margaret River Town
Next, head into Margaret River town. The great thing about Margaret River town is that it is halfway from the top and bottom of the Margaret River Cape (Cape Naturaliste at the top near Dunsborough or Cape Leeuwin in the south). It is about 30 minutes to reach either cape from town. In town itself, everything is central so you can walk around the boutiques, studios and eateries.
It’s best to book accommodation close to Margaret River town if you are wanting to be out-and-about at night as most of the evening entertainment and dining is located there.
You must go to the Settlers Tavern for great beers, wine and casual food. If you’re looking for a high-end dining experience, book into Miki’s – it’s a small place with a great atmosphere and awesome Japanese food. At cocktail hour, you can’t go past Morries.
You can also hire a mountain bike from the Hairy Marron on Bussell Highway, just outside Margaret River town, and go for a ride through the beautiful natural forest – there are so many tracks you can choose from. It’s a great way to get some exercise between the amazing eating and drinking you’ll do while you’re here. You can also book a guided action tour through Dirty Detours, or go for a short bushwalk to the viewing platform.
Cape to Cape Track
If you’re looking for adventure, bring your camping gear and walk the Cape to Cape Track. Guided tours are available with Cape to Cape Tours, who offer both luxury and camping options. With the luxury version you stop for fancy lunches and dinners and stay in fancy hotels. No matter which option you choose, you’ll see gorgeous coastlines from the north of the cape to the south.
If you don’t have five days to spend on an extended tour, you can still book a half- or full-day tour. There’s also a Cape to Vine tour offered at Vasse Felix so you can get the most of nature, wine and food in a full-day tour and learn about the wonderful diversity of our coastal area.
You can’t beat the Surfers point in Prevelly at sunset. Depending on the surf conditions, there will be kite surfers, windsurfers or just plain amazing surfers out there on one of the most stunning breaks in the world. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy a drink and watch some world-class sport for free. First thing in the morning is pretty good, too, if you’re an early bird.
Boranup Forest and Caves
The area is also home to some amazing caves. Drive down Caves Road through the breathtaking Boranup Forest for a cave tour. Ngilgi Cave, Lake Cave, Jewel Cave and Mammoth Cave are all exquisite and ancient natural wonders. Each one is well worth exploring.