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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.

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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.

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

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No filter needed for this beauty.

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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.

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See firsthand how experienced surfers from around the world tackle some of the best waves in Western Australia.

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

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Whether you’re a beginner or complete pro, you'll find perfect waves in WA. Check out Yallingup Beach, Gas Bay, or Redgate Beach for some great surfing.

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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.

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Best bring an extra jumper because the temperature drops when you’re exploring these stunning limestone caves. Check out the huge chambers in Jewel Cave, and these underground lakes in Lake Cave.

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

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The best dinner in town can be found at Swings Taphouse. As the sister location to the Swings & Roundabouts winery, the restaurant in town serves up simple and seasonal dishes that will leave you wanting to sample everything on the menu.

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

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Be brave and walk the suspended treetop path, 40 metres above ground, and take in the glorious Margaret River views from above.

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

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You can stand inside the Giant Tingle Tree's huge trunk that’s been hollowed out by bushfires over hundreds of years.

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.

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This 7.4km walk weaves along the peaceful shoreline of Geographe Bay and takes in some of the best beaches in area.

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

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The Gloucester Tree was first used as a bushfire lookout in 1947. Today, you can challenge your fear of heights and climb the 58 metres to the lookout and enjoy the view.

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.

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Affectionately known as ‘Cowtown’, stop by this little town to get a photo with one (or all) of the 42 life-sized fibreglass Friesian cows and calves.

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!).

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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.

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