Fun Margaret River Activities that aren't Wineries

Margaret River is renowned for its wineries and wine tours, but there’s so much more to explore —here are some of the best attractions in Margaret River that aren’t wineries.

View across Margaret River region from Pullman Resort Bunker Bay

Margaret River, Australia is recognised as one of the best wine growing regions in Australia, attracting thousands of visitors each year with winery tours and wine adventures on offer. However, there are so many more things to do in Margaret River than its famed wines; here are nine top attractions in Margaret River to try once you’re all wined out.

Spectacular Caves

Margaret River is home to over 150 limestone caves, and some of them are open for exploration. Visits to the caves range from self-guided to organised tours and even more adventurous ‘abseil-your-way-in’ expeditions.


Four of the most popular caves include Ngilgi Caves, Giants Cave, Jewel Cave, and Mammoth Caves, known for their expansive caverns and impressive formations.

Kayaking and Canoeing

One way to really appreciate the beauty of the Margaret river region is by kayak. Paddle quietly amongst the native bushland, stopping to hike trails and sample the region’s best chocolate, coffee and wine.


One highly celebrated tour is Surf N’ Dirt, an all-ages, all-levels day trip that combines hiking, mountain biking and time on the water.

Gnarabup Beach

Gnarabup is located on the coast only 9km west of Margaret River. Walk along the coastal path, and then hop down the steps to the white sands below. Spot dolphins from the shore, or jump in for a swim in the waves. If you prefer calmer waters, the little bay near Gnarabup Road is a great spot to try out paddle boarding.


For some light refreshments, the White Elephant Café is a great stop for coffee and muffins. Gnarabup Beach isn't the only amazing beach near Maragaret River, though. Airlie Beach and Redgate Beach are some of the Indian Oceans' most stunning beaches.


If you don't have the time for beach games, take a scenic drive along by the water or try some seaside biking trails to enjoy this sometimes-overlooked beauty of the Margaret River wine region. 

Horseback Riding

For something a little bit different, why not try a horse riding trail at Jesters Flat in the beautiful region of Rosa Brook, 18km east of Margaret River town centre.


There are trails and tours lasting anywhere from one to four hours depending on your experience and where you’d like to go. Take in the fresh air and natural bushland as you ride, exploring this beautiful part of Western Australia.


One of Margaret River’s more unusual activities, Providore is no ordinary store; it’s a foodies’ treasure hoard filled with homemade jams, pickles, chutneys and so much more local produce.


Covering the whole flavor spectrum from savory to sweet, with oils, sauces, liqueurs and wines all open for tasting, you’ll soon find something that tickles those taste buds. If you’re looking for some treats to take home, this place has it all. 


As if that wasn’t enough great food, The Margaret River Chocolate Company is only around the corner – with free entry and tastings you’ll do well to need lunch!

Boranup Gallery

The Boranup Gallery showcases the skills and works of Australia’s leading artists. There’s a variety of arts and crafts on show including woodwork, metal craft, paintings, pottery and glasswork available for purchase should something take your fancy, and a lovely café on site to grab a bite.

10 Mile Brook Trail

There are lots of lovely places for a walk around Margaret River, but the 10 Mile Brook Trail gets our vote. To the north of the town, the trail begins in Rotary Park and tracks along Margaret River for 7.5km one way.


No bushwalking experience is required as the route is mostly flat. For the more adventurous, hire a mountain bike in Margaret River and take to two wheels to explore the area.

Busselton Jetty

For anyone not familiar with Busselton Jetty, the longest timber-piled jetty or pier in the southern hemisphere may not sound like much. But as soon as you arrive you won't be able to help yourself from starting to walk along the impressive 1,841 meters!


Depending on the time of year you visit Busselton Jetty, you might even be able to enjoy some whale watching in Margaret River. Whale watching tours leave from the jetty to take you on a whale spotting adventure.


And if whales aren't calling out to you, just head under the pier to the Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory. Book a tour and discover some of the most interesting life on our planet in one of only six underwater observatories in the world.

Local Dining

Whether you're the type to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or not, there are so many amazing Margaret River restaurants to enjoy while you're visiting this charming town, even if you're just on a day tour from Perth. 


The Cheeky Monkey is a local favourite with locally brewed beer and craft beers on tap as well as an impressive selection of elevated burgers, pizzas, and platters. Kids can enjoy themselves on the playground while the adults relax and enjoy views over the nearby lake and vineyard or even enjoy a brewery tour.


If you’re venturing in and around the south east coast of Australia, start your getaway at one of our Margaret River hotels to really appreciate this wonderful part of the world and get in as many Margaret River attractions as possible!

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If you’re venturing in and around the south east coast of Australia, start your getaway at one of our Margaret River hotels to really appreciate this wonderful part of the world and get in as many Margaret River attractions as possible!

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