Things to do in Margaret River in Winter
Margaret River’s temperature may have dropped but don’t let that get your winter enthusiasm down – there’s plenty to do right now! Obviously Brown Hill’s cellar door is the perfect winter playtime pursuit, but there are also so many fun activities to keep you and the family busy throughout the cooler months, without having to navigate the peak season crowds. Here are Brown Hill’s top tips for winter fun in Margaret River.
1. Top places to Eat
Eat! Eat! And eat some more! First stop is Margaret River Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning from 8am. Local growers showcase the best of the area’s produce – cheese, fruit, vegies, bread, meat, fish, sweet treats, you name it, it’s at the market.
Chocolate lovers will be in heaven when they step into the Margaret River Chocolate Company’s original factory – it boasts a jaw-dropping range of chocolate products, as well as a café offering visitors light lunches and sweet treats including chocolate fondues, milkshakes, hot drinks, brownies, cakes, cookies, need we go on?
For dinner, there’s nothing quote like fish and chips on the beach in winter time. We often head to The Equinox at the Busselton jetty overlooking Geographe Bay. Grab takeaway and sit under the giant fig trees to watch the sun go down or take advantage of the table service at the restaurant and live it up with a glass of local Margaret River wine.
2. Climb the lighthouse
Take your trip to new heights by climbing to the top balcony of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. The stunning panoramic views feature the Indian Ocean, the surrounding Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, the Geographe coastline and the Margaret River region. It’s 13km from Dunsborough and makes a fascinating lesson into the maritime history of the Cape area, with tour guides talking visitors through the working lighthouse, the surrounding cottages and the history of the locale (including a few ghost stories!). If you’ve still got energy after ascending the lighthouse, take one of the walking tracks that lead from the the property to discover more of the local flora and fauna.
3. Cave in
Locals love the fact that our aboveground natural wonders are enhanced by the region’s amazing network of underground caves. Whether it’s Lake Cave, with its spectacular hanging crystal decoration and tranquil lake, or the Jewel Cave in Augusta, home to the longest straw stalactite found in any tourist cave in the world, Margaret River’s caves are a must-see for visitors and locals alike, especially in winter when the crowds are less frantic. Visit this website for more information about the caves, and other natural wonders of the region.
4. Hike or Bike
Margaret River’s walking trails and tracks are world-renowned. From the coastal 140km Cape to Cape Track to scenic bush walks where wild flowers blossom everywhere, there’s a trail or track for every level of walker. And bike lovers beware – whether your pick is mountain biking or road cycling, this region is simply made for wheels. Check out this website for insider tips on the best routes, including coffee pit stops along the way. Visit the Margaret River Region’s Guide for more in-depth information about these activities.
5. Watch the whales
Margaret River’s coastline puts on a show like no other throughout winter and into spring with the epic annual migration of whales from the Southern Ocean to the warmer waters of the Kimberly coast. There’s no better time to see these brilliant beasts of the ocean breach the water and frolic with their friends – for the full rundown on where and when to see these magnificent creatures, read Brown Hill’s Whale Watching blog.