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What to See and Do in Margaret River - Woods, Waves, and Traditional culture

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Nature lovers will find plenty to do in Margaret River, from testing the surf along the spectacular shoreline, to walking or driving among awe-inspiring tall trees, and forests blanketed in wildflowers. But the area is also a beer, wine, and food tasters' paradise. And finding out about its rich indigenous traditions is a must.

Learn to surf

 

With foaming surf breaks curling along the coastline that are high enough to attract international pro-surfers, Margaret River is the perfect place to learn to surf. Of course, you won't be learning on the high breaks. There are plenty of surf areas that are more sheltered, with waves that are ideal for learners. Try the Margaret River’s mouth, where the river meets the sea, or Redgate Beach, overlooked by the tall trees of a national park. Book with one of the local surf schools and head out into the waves.

 

Taste the local brews

 

Margaret River may be best known for wine, but local breweries are also beginning to make their mark. You can sip on Bootleg Brewery's award-winning malts and ambers in Wilyabrup, pop up to Cowaramup for a prize pilsner, or check out Colonial Brewing Company's draught beer: You can find it on Osmington Road, less than 10 minutes from Margaret River. Have a meal there along with their golden ales, while you let the kids run about on the grass.

 

  • Bootleg Brewery, Corner Puzey and Johnston Roads, Wilyabrup WA 6280; Tel: +61 8 9755 6300; Website: Bootleg Brewery
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  • Cowaramup Brewing Company, North Treeton Road, Cowaramup WA 6284; Tel: +61 8 9755 5822; Website: Cowaramup Brewing Company

 

Walk through fields of wildflowers

 

Western Australia has the largest variety of indigenous wildflowers in the world, and there are around 150 types of orchid and 2,500 wildflower species in the Margaret River region alone. Flowers like kangaroo paws, Australian bluebells, and spider orchids are on show from September to November. But they are at their best in October: If you can time your trip for then, you'll see a display you won't forget. Drive or walk through fields and forests of colour, or take a tour with a guide who will show you the most spectacular spots.

 

 

Delve into Indigenous culture

 

The Wardandi people are the traditional owners of the lands of the Margaret River-Augusta area, and the custodians of the caves that wind their way beneath its forests and fields. At the Wardan Centre, about 40 minutes' drive from Margaret River, you can find out about the culture and traditions of the community, learn about bush foods and medicines on a bush tucker trail, or take lessons in how to throw a boomerang. The art gallery also has an extensive collection of works created by Wardandi and Southwest Noongah indigenous artists, which you can view and buy.

 

 

Explore tall trees

 

Margaret River is home to one of the tallest trees in the world – the karri. It only grows in the southwest of Western Australia, and can reach heights of over 80 meters. You can walk the trails through the forests and stretch your necks to find the top of the karri and jarrah trees – another majestic tree unique to Australia’s southwest. Or take an eco quad bike tour to hidden parts of Boranup Forest and Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, led by an experienced guide. The tours are designed to be family-friendly, for adults and children aged-6 and up.