Discover Margaret River

Spurred on by the area’s magnificent wineries, Margaret River has also grown a reputation as an impressive culinary hub.

Located just three hours’ drive south of Perth and privy to warm weather and year-round sunshine, Margaret River is an ideal summer holiday destination.

Boasting near-perfect growing conditions, the town is flanked by 5,500 hectares of vines, which make up the Margaret River Wine Region  one of the world's greatest fine wine districts.

Particularly celebrated for chardonnays and cabernets, the region’s 150 wine producers attract visitors from all over the globe. Wineries like Stella Bella, Cape Mentele, Leeuwin Estate, Watershed, Pierro, Voyager Estate, and Vasse Felix are true ambassadors of the district, distinguished for their premier products and unique onsite experiences.

Spurred on by the area’s magnificent wineries, Margaret River has also grown a reputation as an impressive culinary hub.

Award-winning restaurants, creative cafés and specialist providores dot the town and its surrounds, complementing the region’s highly anticipated annual food and wine festivals.

Held over the weekend of 22–25 November 2012, The Margaret River Gourmet Escape invites foodies to interact with over 20 international and local food and wine experts  including celebrity chef Matt Moran  at round-table discussions, cooking demonstrations, and tasting and matching sessions. 

While exceptional food and wine experiences have put the region on the map, extraordinary natural settings keep visitors coming back.

Recognised internationally as one of the best big-wave surfing locations on Earth, Margaret River showcases more than 40 spectacular surfing spots, ranging from powerful reef to fun beach breaks.

Fringing the coast, the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge fosters more than 150 stunning cave formations, which can be explored on guided tours.

Inland, Karri Forest also provides a striking one-of-a-kind natural setting, home to some of the world’s tallest hardwoods and more than 150 orchid and 2,500 wildflower species. 

Discover Margaret River

  • Virgin Australia operates flights to Perth daily, direct from all mainland Australian capital cities, and major Western Australian regional centres.
  • Our partner, Virgin Australia Holidays offers exceptional Margaret River holiday packages.
Words by Alice Nash - Published 19 November 2012
Quick Facts 
Population 36000
Area 4,280 sq km
Time Zone GMT + 8
Languages English
Currency Australian dollar ($)
Electricity 220-240v 50Hz
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