Margaret River is a 3 hour drive south of Perth Western Australia. The small coastal town is very well known for it’s world class wineries and boutique breweries among the natural karri trees that surround the town.
Margaret River was put on the international map for it’s world famous surf breaks and the Margaret River Pro surfing competition. Which bring regular visits from international surfers like Kelly Slater and Taj Burrow.
On our first day arriving in Margaret River there was a national junior surfing competition on at Prevelly Beach, It was really nice to be surrounded by all the buzz for what Margaret River is well known for. It was a little too cold for a swim but we did dip our toes in the rockpools on the shore.
Unhitched and ready to explore we took a drive through the town of Cowaramup, a town filled with cows!! Well not real ones, although at a quick glance you would think they are. Of course the kids spotted the shop Candy Cow, a shop filled with candy. Lucky for us we arrived right when the honeycomb demonstration was about to start. Safe to say we all left with lots of candy and had plenty of tasters.
down the long windy roads that are tunneled with trees. It was really relaxing as we drove through and only have the specks of sunlight peeking it’s way through the tree tops. The changes in the landscape is vastly different as you drive further south. Of course the road took us to The Beer Farm, this place is funky and has a real cool vibe to it. With crafted beers and lots of room for the kids to run around this was perfect for us as a family. We even found that during the summer months they put up a 200 metre waterslide for the children to use. This is supervised and kept our children cool and entertained for hours.
The area along the south-west coast is known for it’s caves, these are incredible to go inside. We chose to look at the Mammoth Cave. This is a paid attraction, where you are given a headset and along the way you type in the corresponding number and then listen to the audio. This is family friendly and very interesting for the children to learn about. Although unfortunately this isn’t pram or wheelchair friendly. It does have a lot of steps throughout and when existing the cave.
Other places to see and explore at Margaret River are
- Millers Ice-cream Farm
- Sunflowers Animal Farm
- Margaret River Chocolate Factory
- Berry Farm (child friendly restaurant)
- Margaret River Dairy Company
- Waterfall on Kevill Road (great during winter)
For accommodation we stayed at Olive Hill Farm, you are nestled among the Olive Trees and just a short walk from the dam on the property. To book here you will need to be fully self contained. Beautiful set up and is only 10kms into the town. If you are not fully self contained there are plenty of caravan parks that you can choose from. Margaret River doesn’t offer any options to fill up for water so be mindful when coming through or into the town.
Here are a few caravan parks on offer in the town-
- RAC Margaret River Nature Park
- Riverview Tourist Park
- Margaret River Tourist Park
PLACES TO EAT
Walking through the town you will see that there are a few main pubs, cafe’s and takeaway places where you can find some food. We stopped at Settlers Tavern to grab something drink and eat. Was nice sitting out in the terrace watching everyone stroll by.
The next night we grabbed some fish and chips from Squid Lips and went to the local park down the road to eat. It was a lovely evening to just sit and chill with our family and let the kids burn off some energy before bed. Take some mosquito repellant with you if you are out when the sun goes down as we found some big mozzie’s lurking around.
Other places to eat in Margaret River are-
- The River Hotel
- The Common
- Drift Cafe
- The Urban Bean
We really enjoyed our stay here in Margaret River and felt like we were disconnected from the rest of the world. We left feeling like we had recharged our batteries. Another place high on our list of places to return is Margaret River.
Yours truly Kylie and Dan x