There’s a host of amazing features and events available in the Margaret River region during the summer months. Because the region is one of the world’s favourite locations for tourism, weekend getaways, and family holidays, every year exciting new attractions are added to the long list of fabulous things to do and see.
Whether you are looking for kid friendly activities, seasonal special events, wildlife and nature tours, native history, or water related adventures, you’ll find it all here.
You can choose to map out your day trips for using your own vehicle, joining a group tour, or engaging a local touring service for a private outing. When making your reservations at Forest Rise, tell us what you are interested in doing and we’ll work with you to help make your visit as memorable as possible. NOTE: Summer time is a very busy time in Margaret River, so be sure to book early.
Here are just a few recommendations of the top activities that draw visitors from far and wide.
1. Wine and Brewery Tours
The wineries in Margaret River was world renowned and have earned a prestigious number of gourmet gold medals for outstanding quality. Our wineries are open daily for walking tours, tastings, dining, and cellar door sales. The majority of vineyards have access for individuals with disabilities and they have activities for children.
With so many beaches in and around Margaret River you can:
Relax in the sun or under an umbrella on our pristine sands
Experience stand up paddle boating
Watch the whales at Geographe Bay (note: season ends in early summer)
Learn to surf at Gas Bay
Visit the friendly stingrays at Hamelin Bay
Tour a local lighthouse
And much more!
3. Natural Attractions
Hike, bike, drive, or join a walking tour through any of the abundant nature trails and parks where you can experience the beauty of centuries old Karri and Marri trees, blooming wildflowers, colourful birds, and regional wildlife.
Be amazed with a self-guided tour of the giant limestone Mammoth Cave. Experience a breathtaking top-down view when you embark on a tree top walk across a bridge at the Valley of the Giant Trees.
4. Native Culture
Learn about the history of Western Australia from the descendants of the original Wadandi Noongar Aboriginal inhabitants of the region. The Kaya Cape cultural experience is wheelchair accessible.
The Kaya tour is a once in a lifetime event that lets you experience the Wadandi people’s connection to the region with a guided walk around Cape Naturaliste, and a visit to a private meeting place for an interpretation of ancient artifacts and a learning session about the didgeridoo music.
5. Artists and Craftsmen
Margaret River has a vibrant art colony of world class creators of fine artwork, glass and ceramic wares, metal works, furniture, jewellery, fabrics, woodwork, literature, and clothing.
The Margaret River Town Centre is a hub of shops that feature craftsmen of all the skills. Enjoy a never before opportunity to meet the creators and make a special purchase.
The vibrant Margaret River lifestyle does not stop when the day is finished, it just changes the focus from scenic activities to evening enjoyment. Don’t feel like going out? Not a problem. As a guest at Forest Rise you can order a special meal or prepare your own in the kitchen, and then relax with after dinner beverages in your chalet.
If you do decide to take in the local scenery, you can dine at a local eatery or one of our 4 or 5 star restaurants that feature local produce, meats, and seafood. There are specialty dining facilities that offer Middle Eastern, Asian, German, French, Italian, American, European, and other national cuisines. Because these establishments tend to fill up quickly, you may need to make a reservation.
The evening activities continue with local pubs, bars, and lounges that offer alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, friendly conversations, and live entertainment. During the summer months you can take advantage of the weekly, family friendly, movie under the stars featured at several wineries and restaurants.
7. Special Events
Stroll and taste your way through the Saturday morning Margaret River Farmers’ Market where over 50 stalls have local produce, wares, and beverages are on display and manned by the people who sell the products. Discover a new favourite cheese, delight in the taste of handmade chocolates, sample uniquely crafted beers, inhale and sip some of the areas’ most renowned wines, champagnes, and liquors. The market has a breakfast bar, and there are performances by local musicians. A totally family fun event.
Every Sunday you can enjoy the unique acoustic music style of a budding local singer/songwriter, Zoe Delacca, at the Equinox Restaurant and Bar located at the Busselton Jetty.
If your visit at Forest Rise is after this special event, you can still delight in the seasonal music by attending the Carols by the Beach event on December 24th hosted by the White Elephant Beach Café in Gnarabup.
From December 27th through January 20th you can view the latest painting exhibit “Allure” by Wendy Arnold, a local celebrated artist, on display in the JahRoc Galleries in Margaret River. From December 27th through April 20th you can visit the artists-in-residence workshops and view the free exhibits on display at the Yallingup Galleries in Yallingup.
New Year’s Eve is alive and well in Margaret River. Be sure to make your reservations for your celebration event at a number of local establishments such as the Caves House Hotel in Yallingup, the Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River, the Settlers Tavern in Margaret River, the River Hotel in Margaret River, the Fire Station Specialty Beer and Wine Bar in Busselton, and Morries in Margaret River. Book early so you can party late into the night.
January ushers in the return of Shakespeare in the Vines’ 17th summer performances by the thespians of the Essential Theatre. This Victorian theatre group can be seen at a number of different Margaret River wineries and gardens. You can check a calendar of Margaret River events for their location schedule, or you can ask a friendly staff member at Forest Rise for the information.
Summer in Margaret River would not be the same without the annual engagement of the Western Australian Circus Festival and Training Project. This year’s two week schedule occurs from January 7th through January 17th. The circus festival is located at the Lunar Circus Site in Karridale. Training programs taught by international and emerging artists are designed for students of all ages and abilities. There is a weekend performance festival for the general public. This is an ideal memory maker for children of all ages.
February 16th marks the return of the South West Craft Beer Festival at Signal Park in Busselton. Sample the tastes from more than 130 the best brews offered by 25 local craft breweries and cideries. There will also be offerings of wine from several of the area’s vineyards. Food will also be served by local farm producers and restaurants. All of these degustation delights are accompanied by live performance and celebrated DJs. The best part is that there are no reservations needed. Just show up and enjoy.
February 2nd through February 17th is Western Australia’s premier, and much anticipated, yachting regatta, the Geographe Bay Race Week in Busselton. Visitors to the events during race week can witness the competition between from yachting clubs from around the nation. Watch the on water races and enjoy the off water festivities that highlight local eating delicacies and fine wines.
We Look Forward to Seeing You
Let us know what activities you are interested in trying and we will do our best to assist.
We can even offer recommendations on how to best travel to/around the region. If it’s a truly special event (and you’re looking to splash out), why not get a private jet charter from Perth from https://www.ercegaviation.com.au/? Alternatively, for additional transport options around the area, visit MargaretRiver.com.