The Margaret River region is famous for its wines and surfing, but there’s so much more to see and do. The area provides wonderful memories for those who go caravanning or camping for a few days, or even weeks. Spring, autumn and winter are the best times to escape to this biodiversity hotspot and experience the ultimate outdoor freedom.
There is so much to do in the region you’ll never have downtime. The hiking trails offer rugged landscapes along the coast. The longest and most-famous track is the Cape to Cape Track. The 140-kilometre (five to six-day walk) track traverses along the ridge and beaches of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park following the coast from Cape Naturaliste, Dunsborough to Cape Leeuwin, Augusta. The walk takes in amazing views of sea and landscapes including wildflowers in spring and the stunning Indian Ocean.
However, you do not need to do the entire walk as short walks along the track are easily accessed and include some of the best highlights. Parts of the track are boardwalk or hard-paved to allow access to all levels of fitness and abilities including those using wheelchairs and prams.
From June to early December, the Margaret River region is one of the best places go whale watching in Australia. Humpback, southern right, minke and blue whales all make the epic journey. Their first port of call is Flinders Bay in Augusta, where the best time to see them in June to August. Augusta is one of the few places where you’ll see the southern right and humpback whales interact. Humpbacks, renowned for their agility, gather in groups of males and engage in breaching, spy-hopping, lob-tailing and tail-slapping. Acrobatics play out during courtship. Southern right whales will often calve in the bay and sometimes can be seen doing so in the shallows.
The fishing is also spectacular in the river and along the coast. To give yourself the best chance of catching a highly-prized West Australian Dhufish, join a fishing charter. If the big ones escape you, try Busselton Jetty for squid or crabs, and the sandy shores of Geographe Bay for herring or whiting. Don’t miss the famous annual salmon run off Dunsborough. Hire a dinghy or a houseboat and head out on the majestic Blackwood River.
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There are also plenty of attractions including 150 highly decorated limestone caves beneath the surface of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge.Visit lighthouses, museums, galleries, award winning restaurants, local providores and the famous wildflowers. Get more information here.