Margaret River during winter must be one of the best times of the year to visit the region.
From an assortment of wonderful accommodation, where the thought of just curling up on a couch by a fire sounds tempting, to the stunning scenery where everything is green, the rivers and waterfalls are flowing, and the wild seas and coastline are a rugged reminder of mother nature.
We know with our region at your doorstep there is plenty of activities to do in the region that will have you loving winter and have you coming back for more.
Here are our top 5:
1. If it’s the outdoors you crave then the Margaret River region offers some of the most beautiful scenic views. Head down to the coast and follow some of the Cape to Cape track, it might be winter, but the views are spectacular and should not be missed. If its walking you prefer then the popular Rails to Trails walk or the forest walks beside Margaret River will have you stretching your legs while enjoying nature at its best.
2. One cannot visit Margaret River without visiting a winery and with more than 120 Margaret River wineries to explore, many serving lunch amongst their beautiful grounds and warming logs fire it can be hard to know just were to start. By speaking to your accommodation provider or heading into the Margaret River Busselton Tourism centre you can gain some insider knowledge of not only the most popular, but those hidden gems we locals know and love.
3. 20 years ago, one lone trailblazer set up the first Margaret River brewery. Moving forward and the Margaret River Region has become a real player in the down south scene, with many Margaret River breweries offering their own distinctive styles and tastes with some producing their own cider. A sunny winter afternoon, live music, great food and a cold beer. What’s not to love about the Margaret River brewery scene.
4. Winter is also a great time to checkout the waterfalls around the Margaret River region. The first which is only minutes from the township of Margaret River is the Yalgardup Falls. These low formed falls can be found down Kevill Road, which comes off Walcliffe Road. Watch out for the kangaroos if you are heading to the fall’s early morning or late afternoon as the kangaroos are everywhere in neighbouring properties and can often be found on or beside Kevill Road! Your next falls will have you heading to Moses Rock Road carpark and the enchanting walk to the Quinninup Falls. The walk to the falls should take approx. 45 minutes and make sure you go prepared with plenty of water and suitable footwear. The views along your walk are breathtaking and well worth the effort. At the start you will see and hear the waves crashing against the shore as surfers enjoy the ocean. You will then cross a bridge with a stream running underneath, before discovering a red dirt plane where the land dips and weaves before revealing the wonders of the Quinninup Falls.
5. When a bike ride is on the cards take a ride along the 31km coastal Busselton to Dunsborough bike path. It has to be one of the most scenic cycle trails in the region. On your ride weather permitting, why not drop by the Busselton jetty, the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere. If your legs have stretched enough you can always sit down and enjoy the jetty train which will takes you on the 1.9km journey to the end, but don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins.