Nature, wildlife and wine await you in Margaret River
In Margaret River, known as 'Margs' to the locals, the ocean air feels fresher, the Cabernet Sauvignon tastes better and the beaches are next-level beautiful. Tick off one of Australia’s great walks — the Cape to Cape Track — where you’ll traverse rugged clifftops, explore soaring karri forests and maybe see dolphins or whales along the way. Or discover Western Australia’s best wineries, First Nations cultural experiences and natural sea spas on an action-packed road trip down to Albany.
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Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Our Margaret River trips begin in Perth. You can fly to Perth from over 30 international and domestic destinations.
From Perth, it’s a three-hour drive to Margaret River via the Kwinana Freeway/Forrest Highway. You can also take the inland route via the South Western Highway – it’s slower, but the drive is more scenic.
Western Australia is vast and remote, and public transport is limited. However, you could take a coach from Perth to Margaret River with South West Coach Lines via Busselton. There's also the Australind train with TransWA via Bunbury, which connects with a Westrail bus to Margaret River. Both options take about 5 hours.
The easiest way to get around Margaret River is by car or on a small group tour. The main township is compact and easy to walk around, but once you venture further, you'll have difficulty getting around without a car as public transport is limited.
Margaret River is beautiful all year round. However, if you want to make the most of the region’s wineries, hiking trails and beaches, consider visiting during summer (December-February). Late spring (October/November) and early autumn (March/April) are also great times to visit (especially for hiking) as the weather is pleasant and crowds are smaller.
Winter (June- August) could be an ideal time if you like the sound of rugging up with a glass of red around the fire, or walking along the wild and windswept Cape to Cape Track. June through August is also prime time for whale sightings.
Aim for comfy casual attire that you can layer up and down depending on the weather. Think t-shirts, shorts, sports leggings, light trousers, etc. You'll also need a waterproof jacket (and more warm layers if you visit in spring, autumn or winter).
The dress code in Margaret River is generally quite relaxed, but you might also want to bring a couple of smart-casual outfits for wineries and higher-end restaurants.
Margaret River is one of Australia’s biggest wine regions. It's home to over 200 vineyards and 90 cellar doors... grape times ahead!
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.