Margaret River - Western Australia
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:24 January 2017
Margaret River is one of the premier surfing destinations in the world, and its breaks are notorious. Still, even if you’re not a surfer, there are many attractions and natural hot spots that are sure to draw your interest.
Average Winter Temps: 19.5℃
Average Summer Temps: 26℃
Traditional Land of: Wardandi NoongarPeople
Take the wine industry, for instance. Roughly half a million visitors head to Margaret River each year just to tour the vineyards and wineries, sample the delicious offerings, and revel in the grand ambiance of this magnificent landscape. There are more than 130 wineries from which to choose, and most of them are those small boutique operations that always seem to be the most welcoming and entertaining.
The area is also well-known for its cave systems. These caves are located within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, and many contain fossils dating back thousands of years. A total of six, including Mammoth Cave, are open for public tours. Don’t let the small number of open caves fool you though; if you’re an experienced cave enthusiast, you can easily obtain permits to visit many of those other caves too!
There are also a wide variety of events occurring throughout the year, ranging from wine festivals to food events, musical shows, athletic events and equine celebrations. Make sure to plan ahead so that you have a sound itinerary in place before you get here, so you don’t miss any of the excitement!
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
Attractions & Activities
- Wine tours
- The Grove Experience
- Wildlife Tours
- Nature Tours
- Lake Cave
- Margaret River Visitor Centre
- Caves Road
- Mammoth Cave
- Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre
- Gnarabup Beach
- Sunflowers Animal Farm
- Giants Cave
- Hiking trips
- Boranup Gallery
- Factory Tours
- Horseback Riding
- Take an Eco Tour
- Enjoy a Bike Tour
- Beer Tastings
- Jahroc Galleries
- Visit Knotting Hill Estate
- Scuba Dive
- Food Tours
- Game and Entertainment Centers
- Naturaliste Reptile Park
- Wardan Aboriginal Cultural Centre
- Margaret River Farmers Market
- Go Rock Climbing
- Visit a Glass Studio
- Go surfing
- Get lost in the Boranup Forest Maze
- Visit an art studio
- Take a boat tour
- Day spa
- Go fishing
- Margaret River Xtreme Sports School
Riverview Tourist Park
Margaret River, Western Australia
As its name suggests, Riverview Tourist Park is located along the Margaret River, with easy access to the nearby forest as well. It’s the type of idyllic city campground that offers the best of both worlds: you enjoy roughing it in a true camp setting, while still remaining just a short walk from all of the modern conveniences found in the town’s centre. The campsite itself offers barbecues for cooking, including some located right along the riverfront, and plenty of seating for your gatherings. The amenities are well-maintained, and there’s even a coin-operated laundry facility and free wi-fi on-site.
Contact the park management for information about the current rates and availability.
Prevelly Caravan Park
Margaret River, Western Australia
This caravan park offers the type of camping experience most of us grew up experiencing, while also offering easy access to the area’s many attractions and adventures! There are all the standard amenities you would expect from a quality campground, including a camp kitchen, barbecue area and clean bathroom facilities. Take advantage of the on-site laundry, and let the kids run wild at the camp’s playground. There’s even a liquor store inside the grounds, and there’s quick access to a cafe as well. And if you’re looking to take a swim or just walk along the beach, Gnarabup’s protected beachfront is nearby - where you can enjoy a quick swim or just mingle with other travelers and the locals at the local bar.
$12-19/night per adult, unpowered sites; $7-9/night per child, unpowered sites
$14-21/night per adult, powered sites; $8-10/night per child, powered sites
Price varies seasonally. Call to confirm availability and current effective rates
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping
There is no free camping allowed within the Shore of Augusta-Margaret River, and even those who try to sleep in their cars can be subject to a $100 fine. Visitors should plan on taking advantage of the many available fee-based campsites in the area instead.