Margaret River, Australia

Your options are endless: the coastline proffers clear waters and world-class surfing, cellar doors are always open, wildflowers are abloom, and an arty heritage spills out of its many galleries. Stir into the mix a host of hearty exploits from sea-air-kissed trail walks to soul-uplifting yoga, and it’s easy to see why the allure of this Western Australian getaway is increasingly contagious.

Areas in Margaret River

When to go

The Mediterranean climate makes the Margaret River an ideal destination year-round. In summer, temperatures rarely creep above 32°C and in winter average around 18°C during the day, although it can be a touch chilly at night. This is a popular holiday destination, which gets very busy at Easter, Christmas and during major events, so book well ahead.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Perth Airport (www.perthairport.net.au) is the gateway to Margaret River, servicing international, domestic and regional airlines including Qantas, Jetstar, Tiger, Virgin Blue and Skywest. Air Australia International (08 9332 5011) runs charter flights to the region.
  • Trains

    TransWA (www.transwa.wa.gov.au) runs daily trains to Bunbury from Perth, which connects with the Westrail bus service that takes passengers south through Margaret River.
  • Automobiles

    Margaret River is about a three hour drive (272 kilometres) south from Perth along either the Coast Road or the South Western Highway, neither of which is a particularly inspiring route. However, a car is invaluable when exploring the region and touring the vineyards. Rentals are available at Perth Airport.
  • Taxis

    You’re more likely to catch a ride on the Bommy – Margaret River’s fast, peeling right-hand surf break – than flag a cab down on the street. Better to book one in advance through the Margaret River Taxi & Tour Service (08 9757 3444).

What are your top spots for snorkelling, diving or surfing

What are your top spots for snorkelling, diving or surfing

Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is a fantastic place to dive and snorkel. Your surfing ability will determine the best location to sample our wide variety of waves. Longboarding is well suited to Noosa, and Byron Bay and Crescent Head in New South Wales, but if you’re looking for a more challenging experience check out Margaret River in Western Australia (also an amazing wine region) and Burleigh Heads on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Drive Victoria’s scenic Great Ocean Road where infamous Bells Beach suits serious surfers and Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Fairhaven will appeal to beginners. Keep going to spot wild koalas near Kennett River, kayak with seals at Apollo Bay and see the awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles sea stacks and Loch Ard Gorge near Port Campbell.

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