Treat your tastebuds and curb your craving for adventure in Margaret River.
Anyone who’s been to Margs (as it's warmly called by locals in WA) will know how the salty ocean air feels fresher, the Cabernet Sauvignon tastes better and the beaches are another level of beautiful. Mother Nature really worked her magic here. Our guides know the region's hidden gems and will help you explore Intrepid style—from kicking back with a glass of vino and a grazing platter at rustic cellar doors to hiking the stunning Cape to Cape Track. You’ll also experience the rich Noongar First Nations culture on a guided bush food and medicine walk, stand beneath towering karri trees in Boranup Karri Forest and bathe in natural sea spas. You’ll leave Margaret River with a belly full of delicious food and a heart full of amazing memories.
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Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage.
All travellers are required to produce:
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
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.
In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.
The easiest way to get to Margaret River is via Perth. It’s three hours from Perth by car and the route is fairly straightforward. You can take the Kwinana Freeway out of Perth which eventually leads onto the Forrest Highway. From here, follow the directions to Bunbury, Busselton and then Margaret River. You can also take the South Western Freeway inland – it’s slower but the drive is a bit more scenic.
If you’re coming from further afield you can fly into Busselton Airport (50km north of Margaret River). Flights are limited though, with only a few scheduled flights per week from Perth.
The easiest way to get around Margaret River is by car or with a private tour group. Apart from the coaches in and out of the Margaret River Region, there is no public transport. The main township is compact and easy to walk around, but it's difficult to travel around to the wineries, beaches and other attractions if you don’t have a car.
Margaret River is beautiful all year round. However, if you really want to make the most of the region’s wineries, hiking trails and beaches, the summer (December to February) is where it’s at. The average daytime high is a nice 30°C, the weather is great for long beach days and the mild evenings are perfect for alfresco dining. The shoulder season (late spring and early autumn) is also a great time to visit as you get most of the perks of summer with smaller crowds. Winter days experience a mild high of 16-18°C and the region's highest annual rainfall, but clear and crisp days are really beautiful, especially along the Cape to Cape Track.
There isn't a one-size-fits-all packing list for Margaret River, so our advice is to consider the season and the activities you’d like to do. Aim for ‘comfy casual’ and you can’t go too wrong.
You can get away with light clothing for most of the year such as t-shirts, shorts and light trousers or dresses, plus a jacket to wear when it gets cooler in the evening. It’s best to bring warm layers during winter. It never gets really cold, but you'll want to rug up of an evening or if you’re out walking on the windy coast. It’s a good idea to bring a wind-breaking outer layer to keep you warm.
You might also want to bring some smart/casual clothes if you’re heading to higher-end restaurants or wineries, as some of them have a ‘no thongs or shorts’ dress code.
Margaret River is one of Australia’s biggest wine regions. If you're a wine lover, you'll be happy to hear there are over 200 vineyards and more than 90 cellar doors... grape times!
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.