9 Visually Stunning Places You Must Visit in the Margaret River Region in Western Australia

Sydney and Melbourne are arguably the most popular destinations in Australia for international visitors, but did you know that Western Australia is the biggest state? It accounts for approximately a third of Australia’s land mass but receives a fraction of the number of international visitors that Sydney and Melbourne receive every year. According to Tourism Research Australia, Sydney and Melbourne received a combined 6.1 million international visitors in the year ending December 2016. The entire state of Western Australia welcomed about 953,000 – how disproportionate is that?!

The Margaret River region is one of the most popular destinations in Western Australia and is world-renowned for its outstanding wineries, but is also famous for its stunning beaches, natural wonders and unique landmarks. The best time to visit is during the Australian summer months (December through February), but the shoulder season is fantastic too. The winter months are extremely cold so if you’re looking to hit the beaches then avoid visiting from June to August. If you want to explore an underrated part of the world, add the Margaret River region to your bucket list now!

How to get to Margaret River and how to get around

The Margaret Region is located 3 hours away from Perth in Western Australia. The entire region starts from Busselton and Dunsborough in the north down to Augusta in the south. From Perth your best option is to rent a car (we have used Keddy by Europcar and Thrifty in the past) to make the drive down south; alternatively, there are a limited number of buses that you can take via South West Coast Lines. Remember, you drive on the left in Australia (the steering wheel is on the right).

Once you are in the area, public transport is pretty much non-existent and private tours and drivers are pricey, so the best way to get around is to self-drive. Parking is plentiful and Google Maps is very accurate – just stick to the speed limits and be alert when driving (especially at night) as kangaroos are known to jump into the middle of the street out of nowhere. Kangaroo collisions are no joke.

If you don’t want to self-drive, get in touch with DBM Drivers, a locally owned wine tour and airport transfer business. Their rates are extremely reasonable compared to other companies, and were very reliable when we used them for a one-way airport transfer. Full day tours are $350-400 for up to 7 people, and one-way airport transfers are $400 for up to 7 people. Rates accurate as of December 2017.

Looking for another great day trip destination from Perth? Check out my guide to Rottnest Island!

The best places to stay in the Margaret River region

Accommodation prices tend to be higher in this area, with nightly rates reaching as much as AUD$3-500 during the peak season. To get bang for your buck, make sure you stay in a convenient and picturesque town so that you can explore more of the beaches and coast. I would recommend staying in Dunsborough, Margaret River, Gracetown, Yallingup, Eagle Bay or Bunker Bay. Click here to find accommodation in the Margaret River region!

The best places to visit in the Margaret River region

1. Boranup Karri Forest

Boranup Karri Forest lies between Caves Road and the coast and is filled with pale-barked karri trees. Karri trees are one of the tallest species of tree in the world and can reach nearly 90 meters in height. There is no entry fee and there are small parking areas to the side, so make sure you drive through this amazing woodland during your trip.

Boranup Karri Forest Western Australia
Boranup Karri Forest Western Australia 2

To give you a sense of scale, see if you can find me in the photo on the right!

2. Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is located in the south of the Margaret River region, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. One of the best things to do in this region is to go on a lighthouse tour, just look at this view!

Lighthouse tours (AUD$20 at time of publishing) take place every half hour and is jam-packed with fascinating facts about the history of the lighthouse – the build, the keepers, the multiple shipwrecks prior to building the lighthouse and how operations are maintained (it’s a working lighthouse).

3. Sugarloaf Rock

Aptly named for its conical shape, Sugarloaf Rock is located off the coastline and a popular sunset spot. I don’t usually go out of my way to see a rock, but this one is pretty darn special. It’s spectacular both during the day, and during sunset – bring a blanket if you’re headed here to watch the sunset as it can get extremely windy and cold, even in the summer months.

Did you know that the Margaret River region is famous for its delicious wine? Click here for 5 unmissable vineyards & wineries to visit in the Margaret River region!

4. Meelup Beach

Meelup Beach is one of the most popular beaches in this region and it’s not hard to see why – it offers fine white sand, crystal clear water and is protected from wind and waves – what’s not to love? If you are traveling with children, this is the perfect beach to take them to.

5. Point Piquet (also pictured at top of post)

Located nearby Meelup Beach, Point Piquet is another beautiful bay with perfectly turquoise-coloured water. This is a great swimming spot to check out and doesn’t tend to get as busy as Meelup Beach if you want the bay to yourself. The water is crystal clear, and offers a nice sandbank for beginner to intermediate surfers when the winter swell hits.

Click here for a selection of accommodation options in the Margaret River region! Tip: need some flexibility? Double check the cancellation policy – most places offer free cancellation!

6. Bunker Bay

Bunker Bay is a great place to grab brunch followed by a dip in the ocean. The long stretch of beach is a great place to soak up the sunshine and is considered one of the top beaches in the region. Bunker Bay Cafe serves up delicious coffee and lunch – the perfect lazy afternoon spot!

7. Injidup Natural Spa

This natural rockpool is located in Yallingup and is a hidden gem in the region. Bring your swimsuit (and sunscreen – the sun is brutal in Australia) and drive here for a fun afternoon. It can be easily accessed by car – take the trail on the left hand side of the parking lot and make your way down towards the coast. Turn right when you reach the fork and you’ll find yourself at the rockpool. You’ll have to climb down so wear appropriate footwear.

8. Canal Rocks

Canal Rocks is natural geographical feature along the coast of the Margaret River region. A natural channel was formed after centuries of erosion from the ocean’s waves and can be explored on foot through wooden pathways.

9. Busselton Jetty

You may be thinking to yourself, “Why is a jetty on this list?” The reason is because it is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere, spanning more than 2 kilometers in length! Walking the entire length will take you approximately 25 minutes. There is also a small “train” that takes you up and down the stretch of the jetty as well as an underwater observatory where you can check out the marine life.

Other things to do in the Margaret River region

This region also has one of the longest whale watching seasons in the world: the season runs during the 2nd half of the year and whales are often spotted during their migration. More details here.

If you love wine, then you’re in luck. The region is home to approximately 120 wineries and vineyards and you can visit these institutions for lunch and wine tasting. Finding it hard to choose which ones to visit? Click here for my article on the 5 wineries and vineyards that you really shouldn’t miss!

The Margaret River region is also one of the best places to get your surf on, especially for more experienced surfers. Click here for more information on different breaks in the area.

Looking for more travel tips and recommendations for Australia? Head on over here!

Have you ever been to the Margaret River region? Tell me all about your favourite spots in the comments section below!

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  1. Ada says:

    Yeah for me as a European all I can hear is visit Sydney And Melbourne. I just think west part of Australia need more advertising as it looks beautiful! I am dreaming to go to Australia one day and do a road trip around the continent ! ( or at least half of it 😉 ) I feel like no matter where you gonna drive you will see stunning views! Your photos are lovely thank you for sharing !

  2. Casey says:

    Very nice post! Your photos are lovely~ I’ve never heard of this region in Australia before

  3. jen says:

    My bf is a photographer and we travel around the world to take stunning photos and post it on our website. This is definitely a place to visit and hopefully we’ll be able to fill our website with amazing photos as yours.

  4. Wow, I must admit I have never heard much about the Margaret River. Love all the places you have suggested in the post, especially the lighthouse. The view is just out of the world!

  5. Elena says:

    I am an European and it has always been my dream to visit Australia, but somehow it is never on my list, maybe because it is so far. But after seeing this stunning photos I might do something about it.

  6. Iza Abao says:

    I would definitely like to visit Margaret River Region after reading your post. I did not know about this because it is not that popular which I like. You have featured a lot of beautiful places to visit. The water is so clear and clean. Also, I would like to see the whales there.

  7. Meg says:

    Wow, visually stunning is right! I would love to see the Boranup Karri Forest, and the Injidup Natural spa. Though, I wouldn’t complain about visiting any of the locations. Truly gorgeous!

  8. This blog posts provides very valuable information. I’ve never made it to Australia so far and didn’t know much about it, especially the western part.Very interesting that it’s also a wine region. I especially like your wonderful landscape captures. They make me wanna go right now…

  9. Jess says:

    Great post! I like it when people focus on places less travelled. It looks beautiful here! It’s a shame I dont like wine! But I love beaches and being by the coast so that’ll do for me 🙂 I’m yet to visit Australia but it is likely to be a big trip in about 2019 so I have pinned this for future reference. Thanks!

  10. Wow! For some reason this isn’t the Australia I’d always imagined! This area was completely unknown to me and yet I see it offers so much! We’d definitely love to explore the Boranup Karri Forest and the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse!

    • Flo says:

      It’s a humongous country, Dany! The Margaret River region is just a small part of Western Australia – there’s even MORE to see and do!

  11. stunning photos! makes me want to jump the next plane out! thanks for sharing

  12. Kristen says:

    I’ve heard of the Margaret region for wine but it looks like there’s some great things to do. My husband is Australian so will add this to the list for a visit!

  13. Ana Ro says:

    Exploring Australia is a dream! I’m really waiting until my son grows up a bit, so he can walk and run around instead of me carrying him around, and then we go on all those amazing hikes there!

  14. Kate says:

    wow this place looks so natural and peaceful! I’ve never been to Australia and I hope to visit it soon. really beautiful pictures 🙂

  15. Steph @ The Pink Backpack says:

    I 100% agree that the Western region is not travelled enough. I was in Aus for 6 months and never once made it to the West coast, which in hind sight makes me kind of sad (especially after seeing your beautiful photos!). I can only imagine how incredible the wineries would be here <3

  16. OMG!! I was in Perth a few months ago and I loved it, but all my friends kept telling me I should check out Margaret River because of how much you could do , and so I swore that I would go back. This post made me want to go back even sooner!!! AMAZING. I am definitely going to keep reading your posts about this area. Thanks so much for sharing!! My trip will be totally centered around these things!

  17. What a beautiful area. I’ve never been to Australia but I do have two nieces in Melbourne. I have to say I would love to visit. Beautiful pictures too.

    • Flo says:

      I hope you visit soon! Melbourne is on the east coast and this is on the west, you’ll have to try to visit both sides of the country!

  18. Erin says:

    Wow, this region looks so beautiful! I love your photos of the forests, beaches, and lighthouse. I have wanted to travel to Australia for a long time, and every post I read about it makes me realize I will need a few months at least to see everything! I will definitely remember to check this region out when I hopefully visit someday.

  19. Kate says:

    I feel like Australia really embraces the outdoor-beach living. Who wouldn’t though? The water is so pristine! I’d love to spend some time here!

  20. Beautiful place indeed! The rock formations are really stunning; we get a great love for rock formations considering that we are rock climbers. Those beaches too are really nice places to visit with no or few people around.

  21. Melbourne is the city I want to visit in Australia but after reading about the Margaret River Region I’ll add this to my itinerary as well and even up those visitor numbers! I would have to visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and see where the Southern and Indian oceans meet.

    • Flo says:

      This area is definitely underrated! Melbourne’s fantastic as well though – make sure you head out to the Great Ocean Road!

  22. Meg says:

    I just want to let you know that I really like your blog. I have included you in my list top list of travel bloggers, and nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award here: https://wandertoes.com/2017/07/26/travel-bloggers-you-should-read/ Thanks for feeding my wanderlust.

  23. Chiera says:

    I’m moving to Australia soon so I’m constantly looking for cool places to see! I am guilty of not even giving Western Australia a second thought, but you have changed my mind!

    • Flo says:

      Where are you moving to, Chiera? How exciting! The thing about living in Western Australia is that it can be expensive because of the mining boom!

  24. Esther says:

    This looks absolutely stunning!

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