Our Summer Guide to the Margaret River
Clear blue skies, picture-perfect white sand beaches, world-famous surf breaks, verdant vineyards, amazing food made from outstanding local produce, and some of the best wine the world. Ah, Margaret River in the summer… It’s hard to imagine a better place to be when the sun is shining.
In the summer, we love to get out into the great outdoors. Margaret River is renowned for its stunning coastline and in the warmer weather we don’t stray too far from the ocean – fishing, swimming, walking along the beach. We share our top tips of where to visit in the summer while you’re exploring our beautiful region.
While you are in Margaret River make sure you come and visit us at our charming cellar door, which is located in our winery. One of the family will take you through our estate-grown wines and talk you through the winemaking process.
On the river
Explore Margaret River by kayak, not the wine region, the actual river. Hire kayaks for the entire family from Josh Palmateer’s Surf Academy and paddle upstream from the Rivermouth. There are no strong river currents or motor boats, it’s more like a calm lake, so it is perfect for all ages and ability levels. You can also hire stand-up paddle boards, canoes and surfboards. Or if you want to get out into the waves, book a surfing lesson.
We love fishing and Augusta is a top spot to catch whiting. It’s a half hour drive from Brown Hill and while you’re here climb Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Built in 1895 from local limestone, it’s the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia and overlooks the point where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean. Less than 10 minutes’ drive from Augusta is Jewel Cave, which comprises three large chambers, and is home to the longest straw stalactites you’ll see in Australia. You can book guided tours of the cave if you want to learn more. The towering, intricate crystal creations have to be seen to be believed.
We think the best place for a dip in the ocean is at Gnarabup Beach. The crystal-clear water is so inviting. After a swim, take a walk along the sand to Surfers Point in the north, which is one the most famous breaks in Australia. You might see some great surfers out. Then refuel at White Elephant Beach Café overlooking Gnarabup Beach. The coffee and food are top-notch and we can never leave here without buying the kids an ice-cream. It’s just a 20-minute drive from Brown Hill and the ideal beach for all ages.
Strap the surfboards on the roof racks and load up the Esky with a picnic lunch and so 4-wheel driving along Boranup Beach. Stop along this long, secluded stretch of sand – it spans for 7.8 kilometres – to swim, surf and explore the beach, dunes and Karri forest. It’s a 40-minute drive from the winery. Don’t forget to let some pressure out of your tyres before you hit the sand – it can be very soft.
The Pines Trails
Get on your mountain bike and head for The Pines Trail, a 15-minute drive from Brown Hill. There are 15 kilometres of trails winding through the pine tree plantation and they are ideal for beginner to intermediate riders. It’s such good fun bumping along the dirt tracks that you forget what good exercise it is. Margaret River Mountain Bike Tours offer several guided mountain bike tours for different abilities and fitness levels through the forest and along the coast, some taking in wineries and breweries.
Margaret River Farmers Markets
Every Saturday morning you can find us at the Margaret River Farmers Markets stocking up on local produce. We’ve mentioned this fabulous market in another of our blog’s but it is just so good we can’t help mention it again. See you there!
Carols by the Beach
On Christmas Eve at 6:30pm we’ll be heading back to the White Elephant Beach Café for Carols by the Beach, a magical evening where you hear the lapping of the ocean and Christmas carols combine. It’s a free event that the whole family will love and it will top up your festive cheer before the big day.
Margaret River Night Market
Once a month in summer Memorial Park is lit up as 16 vendors serve tasty, affordable dishes from around the world at the Margaret River Night Market. You’ll mingle with locals and get to sample well-priced fare made from quality local produce. It is held on Friday 21 December, Friday 25 January and Friday 15 February from 5:30-8:30pm.
For another cultural experience, go and see the works of Perth artist Wendy Arnold at Jah Roc Galleries. The Allure exhibitions features ornate, detailed paintings focusing on the female form – they are truly beautiful.
The problem with visiting Margaret River is fitting everything in! We can’t wait to welcome you to our very special part of Western Australia this summer.