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23 Activities That Prove Margaret River Is More Than Just Wine And Vineyards

Sure, there’s over 200 vineyards in the Margaret River region, but you don’t need a glass of vino to have fun.

1. You can meet the stingrays at Hamelin Bay.

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These friendly giants swim right up to the shoreline and wait for local fishermen to toss their fish scraps into the surf. If you’re patient (and brave enough!) you can stroke their fins and even hand-feed them.

2. Hop on a quad bike for a forest tour.

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Get off the beaten track and see some of the great forests of Western Australia on an Eco Adventure tour.

3. Get an Insta-worthy shot of Sugarloaf Rock.

4. Improve your gin knowledge with a gin making masterclass.

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Trust me, making gin is a lot more scientific than it looks. But after a masterclass with Giniversity, you’ll leave with a homemade bottle of gin, flavoured to your own personal tastes.

5. Explore the rock pools and play in the sea spray at Injidup Natural Spa in Yallingup.

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While you might need to scale a few rocks and boulders to find it, it’s well-worth the effort. Take a seat in the natural rock pool, wait for the ocean waves to crash against the rocks, and get drenched in refreshing ocean spray.

6. Find the best viewing spot to watch the pros take on the waves at Surfer’s Point.

7. Or hunt down the perfect surf spot along the 130km of coastline.

8. Treat yourself to a sea view brunch at The White Elephant Cafe.

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The White Elephant Cafe is a popular breakfast spot with local surfers, so share a table with new friends and enjoy a beachfront brunch with an awesome view.

9. Go underground and see some of Margaret River’s limestone caves.

10. Climb to the top of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse.

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For panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Geographe Bay, and the wider Margaret River region, head to the top of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse.

11. Eat 'til you burst at Swings Taphouse in Margaret River.

12. Overcome your fear of heights and walk the Valley of the Giants.

13. Stand inside one of the largest living trees in the world in Walpole.

14. Grab yourself a traditional Aussie pie at Margaret River Bakery.

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A firm favourite with the locals, the Margaret River Bakery has pies, sausage rolls, and the classic vanilla cream slice that makes for a perfect pitstop on your road trip.

15. See how many beaches you can find on the hike from Dunsborough to Meelup Beach.

16. Climb into the leafy canopy of a karri tree forest.

17. Have lunch at Bunkers Beach House and explore Bunker Bay.

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Bunkers Beach House serves up some Aussie dishes to the backdrop of crystal clear blue waters and white sand. If you’re there during whale watching season, you may even spot a humpback in the water!

18. Get a selfie with Cowaramup’s local residents.

19. Spot some dolphins on the 1.7km long Busselton Jetty.

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Enjoy the panoramic view of the sea as you stroll along the jetty (and maybe spot some dolphins too, if you’re lucky!).

20. Or give your legs a rest and hop aboard the Jetty Train.

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This adorably little train will do all the hard work on the way back to shore.

21. If walking above water sounds too boring, try walking on the ocean floor with a SeaTrek.

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Channel your inner mermaid on a SeaTrek walk underneath Busselton Jetty. Look out for octopus, puffer fish, cuttlefish, and some colourful coral growing on the jetty pylons.

22. Quench your thirst with some local brews in Eagle Bay.

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If wine doesn’t take your fancy, you can go beer tasting at the Eagle Bay Brewing Co.

23. Spend your last night enjoying a sunset at Canal Rocks.

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Finish your trip to Margaret River with a sunset that won’t disappoint at Canal Rocks.

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