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Cosy up in the Margaret River region in Winter

Margaret River does have some of the best beaches in the world and is an amazing place to enjoy the summer sunshine but there is also something just so special about Margaret River and Surrounds in Winter. The drive from Perth to Margaret river is just 2.5 hours down the coast so it is so easily accessible.

Less crowds equals more room to move. Take in stunning green landscapes with crisp fresh air. There is just something about waking up in the tranquil surroundings in winter and cosying up, at the end of the day in front of a fire with one of the regions famous Cabernet Sauvignons.

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Here are our 5 top things to do in Winter in the Margaret River Region:

Wine and dine in front of the fire

Is there anything better than curling up in front of a raging fire enjoying your favourite drink? Why not spend the day exploring the regions famous wineries.

During the day you can sample the region’s best wines and then grab a bottle to enjoy in front of the fire later in the evening. Why not take it to the next level and enjoy a long lunch paired with wines from some of the best wineries in the region. Voyager estate and Vasse Felix both offer amazing tours and paired lunches, or jump on a tour with All About Margaret River and be guided around the region taking in multiple wineries and sampling local wines and produce throughout the day.

Voyager Estate Wine Tasting

Whale Watching

The South West coast of WA is a hot spot for Whales. It is estimated more then 35,000 of the majestic creatures gracefully swim past the south west coast of WA as they Migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Northern WA. Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, Southern Right whales, Minke Whales are all regularly spotted of the South West Coast from June to December each year.

You can join a Whale Watching cruise, departing from Augusta (just a 35 minute drive south of Margaret River) in the winter Months. Whale Watch Western Australia, Naturalist Charters and All Sea Whale Watching Charters all have regular departures from Augusta.

You don’t have to be on a boat to enjoy the whales in winter in the Margaret River region. Whales are regularly spotted from the beaches and headlands along the coast. Why not head to Hamelin Bay and experience one of the coastal walks to find a great whale spotting vantage point, the best time to see them from Hamelin Bay is July to August. While you are there, don’t forget to visit the stingrays!


The fresh winter air coupled with lush landscape and flowing rivers and streams make winter in the Margaret River region a great time to get out and do some hiking. The incredible bio-diversity of the region makes it one of the premier hiking regions in WA.

Most notable is the Cape-to-Cape track. It is a 123km track connecting lighthouse of Cape Leeuwin in the south with Cape Naturalise in the north. Traversing spectacular costal cliffs and headlands and forests, there is beautiful scenery around every corner. You don’t have to take on the whole 123kms, the track has sections that are perfect for a full or part of a day hike.

Cape to Cape Walking Trail

Exploring Caves

The Region is home to some amazing Caves. They are a must and great to explore in all weather. If you can only visit one, we recommend Jewel Cave. It is the largest cave in WA with three massive chambers. Organise a guided tour through Margaret River Caves and Lighthouses.

Beach Picnics

The water may be on the colder side, but that doesn’t mean the beaches aren’t ready to be enjoyed! With less people around you can have the whole beach to yourself. Meet your mates with your favourite picnic blanket and a basket of goodies. Just make sure you choose a day that isn’t too windy, take a jacket and a warm drink in a thermos. You might be surprised how nice it is to soak up the winter sunshine at your private beach picnic.

Winter Beach Walks

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