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Five non-wine things to do in Margaret River

Five non-wine things to do in Margaret River

Sure, the wine is the main reason most people go to Margaret River. But it is fully possible to have a brilliant time in this adorable seaside town south of Perth without stepping foot in a vineyard.

Margaret River beautiful colors at dusk, Western Australia

If you do want to go wine tasting, give yourself at least two full days—or make sure you have a sober driver and a few people keen on tasting. With only two of us and the three-hour drive from Perth looming over us on both days, I decided not to indulge in reds and whites and leave my lovely driver hanging dry. Even wine-less, Margarent River left us with nothing to whine about:

Butterfly on lavender, Cape Lavender Farm, Margaret River, Western Australia

Sniff some lavender to relax: The Cape Lavender Farm isn’t as in-your-face as the sprawling and often-ostentatious vineyards that line the main highway. Tucked away on winding side streets, it’s an oasis of unpretentious calm.

Lavender tea and scones at Cape Lavender Farm, Margaret River, Western Australia

Browse the all-natural products containing local lavender: they range from lotions and muscle creams to tea and ice cream. Stroll around the lavender-lined lake, and then indulge in tea and scones—both lavender-infused, of course.

The Grove Vineyard Liquor Tasting, Margaret River, Western Australia

Sip something a bit stronger: Pop into the The Grove Vineyard & Distillery for spirited conversation and delectable spirits. For just $5, you can sample three types of liqueurs and a pre-made cocktail. The Butterscotch—simply described as OMG on the menu—actually elicited an unprompted “Oh My God” from me after tasting.

Watching the sunset from Sea Gardens Cafe, Margaret River, Western Australia

Watch the sunset at the beach: The low-key option is to grab a couple of beers (or, if you’re really craving it, a bottle of wine) and head straight to the beach. A laid-back crowd gathers on the hill to watch the sun go down, study the surfers and have a few laughs. Or reserve the comfy chairs at Sea Gardens Café for a 7 p.m. sitting (in summer, the sun sets around 7:30pm) to watch the sun set in style.

Ngili Caves, yallingup, Western Australia

Explore the Ngili Caves: An incredible natural wonder, the Ngili Caves have been wowing visitors since its discovery by Edward Dawson in 1899. The underground caves maintain a steady, cool temperature year-round, which make them a refreshing place to cool off in summer.

Cane Break Pool, Margaret River, Western Australia

Go swimming at Cane Break: If you’re keen to escape the quiet metropolis of Margaret River, tackle the bumpy dirt roads and head back to Cane Break Pools. A quiet—and free of mobile signal—spot to camp, Cane Break Pool is an relaxing place to cool off with a dip in the water. And the water is surprisingly warm!

What’s your favorite thing to do in Margaret River? 

  • Take me there now, sounds amazing!

  • I went to about 3 wineries, The Grove liqueur distillery, a brewery, a chocolate factory and a cheese factory while in Margaret River (it was a very gluttonous day – thank god for our sober driver not liking wine).  I loved the little main street, it was very quaint and reminded me a lot of my own hometown.  I was told that the surf is one of the best in the west. 

    I really do love Margaret River – it was one of my favorite stops on my South West Coast roadtrip.

  • You sound more and more Aussie everyday with the “keens” and “brilliants” sprinkled in your writing! Looks like a lovely escape.

  • Anonymous

    You’d love it! Such a gorgeous area of Australia!

  • Anonymous

    I think you and my friend would have gotten along amazingly–she would have been keen to stop at every brewery and chocolate and cheese factory we saw! I just can’t handle that much indulgence in one day! Still, such a beautiful part of the world 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Haha more and more people think I have an Australian accent now that i’m traveling around–it’s going to be such a hodge-podge accent by the time I go home!

  • Jan

    Love the south west of W.A.  It has a lot to offer.  The rest of W.A. does as well but you have to have the time to travel the distances!

  • Anonymous

    Very true! Margaret River was a fabulous little trip out of Perth.

  • I recently wrote briefly about the Margaret River in my count down of well kept Australian secrets, and I wish I’d read this first. Not having been there yet – it was a whole lot of Googling on my part :-p

    Now I’m even more inclined to visit.

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  • camorose

    You definitely need to go–such a gorgeous area of Australia!

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  • Superb post.Keep it update.