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Local Beaches

Gnarabup Beach is a beautiful spot for family fun and swimming beaches.

Gnarabup Beach

The calm, sheltered conditions of this beautiful spot make it one of the more popular local family and swimming beaches. Home of the famous ‘White Elephant Café’ – a cozy wood fire, open for breakfast and lunch. The little corner in front of the café is the perfect spot for families with small children to splash about and build a sandcastle. Stand up Paddle board hire (and lessons) are available during the summer months - a great family activity for all ages!

Surfers Point Margaret River is a premium surfing spot.

Surfers Point

As the name suggests, one of Margaret Rivers premium surfing spots and plays host to The Margaret River Pro, an annual World Surfing Tour Competition. If you’ve packed your board this is the spot for a dawny or if surfing isn’t your thing a great place for scenic holiday snaps of this amazing coastline. Sundowner picnics on the lawn watching the sun disappear into the Indian Ocean is another must do!

The river mouth, Margaret River.

The Rivermouth

A great spot for surfing, swimming or a paddle in the river. This special place is where the Margaret River’s ‘tea stained’ waters meet the Indian Ocean’s ‘big blue’. The River mouth is a lifesaver patrolled surf beach during peak seasons. Josh Palmateer’s Surf Academy sets up camp here over summer, take a surf lesson or hire a canoe, kayak or SUP and paddle up the river. The ‘Combi Coffee’ van is on site for your daily caffeine fix.

Coastal Communitites

  

Prevelly & Gnarabup.

A stylish town with a buzzing café culture, gourmet restaurants & pubs a plenty. You can easily lose a couple of hours down the main street, café and shop-hopping the many boutiques, local artisan shops and galleries. Margaret River is not left behind in the music scene either - notable gigs on offer at The Settlers Tavern and The River.

 

Augusta

Head south of Margaret River you’ll pass through the quirky little town of Witchcliffe, grab a cuppa at Yardbyrd Café maybe wander through the vintage shops before heading a further 30 minutes south bringing you to the coastal town of Augusta, the most south-western town in Australia. Seasonal Whale Tours and the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse will give you a great appreciation for the rugged beauty of this coastline where the Indian Ocean collides with the Southern Ocean. Here’s the place find some of the freshest fish and chips on our coast.

 

Cowaramup

More affectionately known locally as ‘Cowtown’, is a 10-minute drive north up the highway from Margaret River. You’ll know you’re in the right place when greeted by the life size cow sculptures that line its street. A big hit with visitors, these girls are always photo ready!

 

Margaret River

Centrally located between the Cape and only a 10-minute drive inland from the coastal communities of is an incredible scenic drive. Easy to spend a day up this way that’s for sure, not only is there fantastic and very tempting boutiques but the beaches in and around the town are calm & serene, picture perfect.

A picnic and swim at Meelup Beach, Eagle Bay or Bunker Bay will be an impressive experience. On your drive back down towards the cape you’ll find the very popular coastal community of Yallingup, yet another piece of pristine coastline to explore.

Exploring The ‘Cape to Cape’

 

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

Located at our northern tip of the Cape & boasts amazing views across Geographe Bay. Further south of the Cape will take you to some of our renown rock formations, such as Sugarloaf & Canal Rocks. Most days you can put on your sand shoes and walk along the paths in these areas. Just read the signage for king waves etc.

If waves and surf are your fancy, make sure to stop at Yallingup, Indijup or Smith’s beaches – just a few more great breaks along the northern cape.

 

Dunsborough

A beachfront town 35 minutes north of Margaret River, we suggest you to take Caves Road as this watch inspiring surfers on world class waves – crowds gather to watch when it’s whopping surf! Hungry? Yummy gourmet pies, coffee or a cool one are available at Gracie’s General store, a local favourite to beat the post surf- swim tummy growls! If you have time, a short drive inland from the bay is one of our faves ‘Olio Bello’, an olive oil farm. Take your time and indulge in a gourmet lunch under the trees. Sample their indulgent creations and don’t forget to take home a bottle of the regions finest olive oil before you leave!

Ellensbrook Homestead is worth a visit and a great way to soak up a little of the regions history. A generous grassy area and shady trees make for the perfect picnic spot.

Amazing Galleries are found not only in Margaret River town but all along the drive down Caves Rd. You are spoilt for choice with the Margaret River region attracting many creative talents. From Paintings, Ceramic Art, Glass Blowing, Furniture, Jewellery and Photography you will not be left disappointed and no doubt add to your collection.

 

Gracetown

A cozy little coastal community nestled into the hills of Cowaramup Bay.

A pleasant sheltered bay perfect for a family swim with a pontoon is placed in the bay during summer. From the beach you can watch inspiring surfers on world calss waves - crowds gather to watch when it's whopping surf! Hungry? Yummy gourmet pies, coffee or a cool one are available at Gracie's General Store, a local favourite to beat the post 'surf - swim tummy growls'!  if you have time, a short drive inland from the bay is oneof our faves 'Olio Bello' olive farm. Take your time to indulge in a gourmet lunch under the olive trees. Sample their indulgent creations and don't forget to take home a bottle of the regions finest olive oil before you leave! 

 

Boranup Karri Forest

25 minutes south of Margaret River on Caves Road & really is a must see!  You’ll know you’re in the right place when you ‘round the corner to a majestic valley of beautiful tall Karri trees disappearing into the sky. Have a browse through the Boranup Gallery full of exquisite local woodwork and furniture. Next door is Café Boranup, great food in a lovely forest setting with a creative play area for the kids.

 

Hamelin Bay

Just another 10 minutes south you’ll come across this incredible bay. The crystal clear aqua tones of this sheltered bay are breath taking, a great place to spend a few hours. Have a swim, kayak, fish or say hi to the local stingrays - who’ve made it into many a holiday album! These friendly locals are a big hit and love to come right into shore by the old jetty looking for fishy treats from local fisherman.

 

Caves, Caves, Caves

Caves Rd as the name suggests, offers up some amazing limestone Caves hiding under the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge. South of Margaret River you’ll find Mammoth Cave, Lake Cave and Jewel Cave with self-guided or guided tours available. Best to check with the operators for suitability with small children in tow.