Frequently Asked Questions About visiting Margaret River

Well known for its production of well-liked and distinct wines, Margaret River is a unique and fast-growing region in Western Australia.
A popular location for travellers of all ages and interests, Margaret River is a hospitable location, branching out from its agricultural roots to offer up a vast array of visitor-centric offerings and accommodation options to suit most tastes.

Q – Is Margaret River located on the ocean?
A No, it is located 277km south of the Western Australian capital city of Perth in the shire of Augusta- Margaret River. The township is located 9km inland from the ocean, but the Margaret River Guide lists accommodation options that extend to include beachside resort, cottage and self-contained apartment options. A visit to the beachfront is not uncommon for visitors to Margaret River thanks to the climate that the area experiences during the summer months.

Q – Is there work for backpackers in the Margaret River region?
A – International backpackers flock to Margaret River to take up work in the many vineyards that are scattered around the region. With plenty of rural work to be found, Margaret River backpacker’s hostels even offer travel to some of the local vineyards as part of their accommodation package. Margaret River is well known for providing a great place for backpackers to work and play that they were a 2008 finalist in the Western Australia Tourism Awards for Backpacker Accommodation.

Q – Can you do any whale watching locally?
A – Yes. Throughout late July, August and into September the Augusta/ Margaret River region offers wonderful whale watching opportunities. The vantage points of Flinders’ Bay are known for their spectacular sights and visitors can book a whale watching package that includes transfers, accommodation and extras.

Q – Are the locals tourist friendly?
A – Yes. The community converges for a Farmers Market on several weekends throughout July to December. The Farmer’s Markets are a great place for locals to sell their wares, and a wonderful opportunity for the community to welcome in travellers and tourists who wish to share in the beauty and tranquility of the region. Sample local organic vegetables, fruit and produce at the Farmers Markets.

Q – Is there any nightlife in town?
A Yes there are plenty of options for those seeking night life with the Settlers Tavern a favourite for those seeking live music and atmosphere after dark. Several resorts and accommodation outlets also have private bar functions for guests in the evening and each weekend. The Bootleg Brewery and Margaret River Hotel are also keen to welcome in guests after the sun goes down.

Q – Is there anything for the kids to do in Margaret River?
A Yes this is great family travel destination. Attractions for children range from the popular giant hedge maze known as A Maze’n. Parents seeking a more educational option for the kids may like to try the Augusta Historical Museum or Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. A great family fun day may include a trip to Mammoth Cave, the Naturaliste Reptile Park or Metricup Bird Farm. Those who want to tickle their taste buds may try the Margaret River Fudge Factory, The MR Chocolate Factory, Simmo’s Ice creamery, Ye Olde Lolly Shoppe or Candy Cow.

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