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5 Days in Margaret River Itinerary: The Best 5-Day Adventure🚗🌞 🌊

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Looking for a 5 days in Margaret River itinerary? This is it!

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a curious explorer, our expertly crafted 5-day itinerary is your passport to an unforgettable journey through this stunning corner of Western Australia.


As Perth residents, we visit Margaret River on a regular basis, as a family and as a couple.

Day one starts in Margaret River, so stop at the Busselton Jetty (the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere) and its underwater observatory on the way to or from Maragret River. If you’re up for some adventure, the Forest Adventures South West is a lot of fun for all the family.

For more ideas on where to stop, follow this Perth to Margaret River Road trip Itinerary.

Day 1 of your 5 days in Margaret River Itinerary: Wineries, Culture & Delights

Morning: Margaret River Tour

Start your day with an enriching experience by joining a tour to kick off your stay in the stunning Margaret River region. You can choose between classic winery tours or something unique, like the Margaret River Discovery Tour or the Koomal Dreaming Cultural Tour

The Margaret River Discovery Tour will take you off the beaten path, revealing the area’s hidden gems and natural wonders. On the other hand, the Koomal Dreaming Cultural Tour offers an immersive Aboriginal cultural experience, where you can learn about indigenous history, bush tucker, and traditional practices.

🤩 See Margaret River Tours Prices & Availability Here

interior of wills domain winery with table and chairs looking out onto the vineyards
Wills Domain

Morning Alternative: Hike & Wine Tasting

Start the day by hiking on one of the many trails in Margaret River or walking part of the Cape to Cape track.

After, visit some of the most renowned wineries in the Margaret River Wine Region. Try the esteemed Voyager Estate, known for its elegant architecture and exceptional premium wines. Continue your wine journey to Cullen Wines or Cape Mentelle, an iconic winery known for its innovative winemaking techniques. Other popular wineries include Leeuwin Estate, Wills Domain, and Windows Estate.

Consider booking lunch at one of the wineries or visit a family-friendly brewery.

a black and white cow sculpture in cowaramup near margaret river western australia also known as cow town
Cowaranup

Afternoon: Margaret River Chocolate Factory & Cowaranup

Indulge your sweet tooth and visit the Margaret River Chocolate Factory to sample decadent chocolates, truffles, and other delectable treats. Then make your way to Cowaranup. This charming town is known for its friendly atmosphere and cow sculptures. Explore the local shops, galleries, and cafes, or enjoy a beer at Cowaramup Brewery.

Evening: Dinner in Margaret River

Margaret River township has some great venues for dinner – one of our favourites is Margaret River Brewhouse. The Settlers Tavern is child-friendly, and Morries is a lovely place for cocktails and tapas.

Day 2 of your 5 days in Margaret River Itinerary:  Nature, Caves, & Coast

stingray in the shaloows at hamelin bay western australia is one of the must dos on a 5 days in margaret river itinerary
Hamelin Bay

Early Morning: Hamelin Bay

Arrive in Hamelin Bay early for your best chance to witness the incredible sight of graceful stingrays gliding through the shallow waters. These gentle creatures often come close to the shore, creating a magical and unique opportunity for interaction. Remember to respect their space and observe from a distance to ensure their safety and yours.

white lighthouse standing tall on a cliff overlooking a rough ocean with a house in front surrounded by green fields
Cape Leeuwin

Morning: Cape Leeuwin

Head to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in the picturesque coastal town of Augusta, the meeting point of the Southern and Indian Oceans. Climb to the top for panoramic views of the rugged coastline and the expansive ocean stretching into the horizon. 

🤩 See Prices & Availability of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Direct Here

flowstone in cave resembling organ pipes
Jewel Cave

Afternoon: Margaret River Caves & Boranup Forest

In the afternoon, explore one of the fascinating limestone caves beneath the Margaret River region. Jewel Cave is an underground wonder adorned with intricate formations and impressive chambers. Guided tours provide insights into this stunning cave’s geological history and delicate beauty. This is our favourite of the Margaret River caves.

Lake Cave, known for its stunning suspended tableaux and tranquil reflecting pool, is also beautiful. As you walk along the suspended bridge, the views of the reflections are mesmerising. 

Family Option: If you have young children, Mammoth Cave is a self-guided tour, allowing you to view the cave at your own pace. This would suit kids that may find guided tours restrictive.

Find out what Margaret River cave is best for you.

As you drive from Augusta to the caves and Margaret River, take in the enchanting Boranup Forest, a magnificent expanse of towering karri trees. The dappled sunlight makes it an ideal spot for a stroll or a photo session.

See Cave Prices Here

Evening: Dinner in Margaret River

Choose another eaterie in Margaret River for dinner.

Day 3 of your 5 days in Margaret River Itinerary: Beaches, Lighthouse, & Sunset Magic

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Meelup Beach

Morning: Geographe Bay beaches

Today’s adventure begins with a visit to the stunning Geographe Bay beaches, offering a relaxing start to your morning – head to Meelup Beach, where pristine white sands meet the bay’s crystal-clear waters. Take a refreshing dip, bask in the sun’s warmth, or stroll along the coastline. 

If you want to learn to surf, book a lesson with Margaret River Surf School who provide individual and group lessons on one of the Margaret River beaches, usually Redgate Beach.

Continue your coastal exploration by heading to Castle Rock, Eagle Bay or Bunker Bay. These exquisite beaches offer a picturesque blend of turquoise waters and dramatic coastal landscapes. Spend your time swimming, beachcombing, or unwinding under the shade of swaying trees – a true paradise for nature lovers.

For a dose of history and breathtaking panoramic views, book a tour of Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. Climb to the top and take in the spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. Learn about the lighthouse’s rich maritime history and its vital role in guiding ships safely along the rugged coastline.

🤩 See Prices & Availability of Cape Naturalite Lighthouse Direct Here

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Eagle Bay Brewery

Lunch

Indulge in a delicious lunch at either Eagle Bay Brewing or Meelup Farmhouse, offering delightful culinary experiences. Savour local flavours, fresh ingredients, and a craft brew as you take a break and recharge for the afternoon ahead. Wise has beautiful views over the gardens and estate if you prefer a winery.

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Sugarloaf Rock

Afternoon: Sugarloaf Rock

After lunch, go to Sugarloaf Rock for stunning views of the granite rock and the surrounding coastline. It’s beautiful during the day but magical at sunset, so consider returning to watch the sun dip below the horizon.

Evening: Dinner in Dunsborough

End the day with dinner in Dunsborough or have an early bite to eat before heading to Sugarloaf Rock. Try Blue Manna Bistro, Pedros’ Mexican, or Clancy’s Fish Pub, which is on Caves Road towards Yallingup.

Day 4 of your 5 days in Margaret River Itinerary: Nature’s Beauty, Marine Wonders, & Family Fun

the clear waters of a swimming spot called the aquarium, one of the best western australia beaches
The Aquarium, Yallingup

Morning: Yallingup Aquarium & Canal Rocks

Start your day by walking along the Cape to Cape track to find the Yallingup Aquarium, an excellent snorkel and swimming spot with crystal-clear water. 

Spend the rest of your morning marvelling at Canal Rocks, a natural wonder showcasing the beauty of the region’s coastline. These striking rock formations create a series of channels carved by the relentless ocean waves. The sight of the waves crashing against the rocks is a captivating display of nature’s power.

Family Option: If you’re travelling with kids, they’ll love the Yallingup Maze. Lose yourselves in the twists and turns of this charming maze, offering both fun and a dash of challenge. Alternatively, you can opt for the Ngilgi Cave, where you can explore stunning limestone formations and learn about the cave’s rich history through semi-guided tours.

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Injidup Natural Spa

Early Afternoon: Injidup Natural Spa

Next, head to the Injidup Natural Spa for a unique experience. The rock formation creates a natural pool by the ocean. Relax, unwind, and let nature pamper you. Don’t miss Injidup Beach opposite the spa.

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Swings & Roundabouts

Late Lunch: Swings & Roundabouts

It’s time to treat your taste buds! Make your way to Swings & Roundabouts, one of our favourite wineries known for its exceptional wines and delicious wood-fired pizzas. Indulge in the perfect pairing of gourmet pizza and a glass of their finest wine. There’s a playground to keep the kids occupied while you take in the gorgeous vineyard view.

ocean view from yallingup accommodation
Sunset over Yallingup Beach

Late Afternoon: Yallingup Beach

Go to the iconic Yallingup Beach to unwind and enjoy the golden sands and crystal-clear waters. Whether you’re up for a swim, a leisurely walk along the coast, or simply relaxing with a good book, this beach offers the perfect setting to soak up the sun.

Evening: Caves House Hotel

Wrap up your day with dinner at heritage-listed Caves House Hotel in Yallingup, with its vintage charm and warm, inviting atmosphere.

Day 5 of your 5 days in Margaret River Itinerary: Day of Exploration

a stunning bay with beach in Margaret river
Gnarabup Beach

Morning: Margaret River Beaches

Start your day by walking along one of Margaret River’s beautiful beaches. Feel the sand between your toes and the salty breeze in your hair as you stroll along the beach, taking in the breathtaking coastal views. 

After working up an appetite, it’s time for a hearty breakfast. We love White Elephant Café at Gnarabup Beach, which has a picturesque setting overlooking the sparkling ocean.

calm bay with turquoise ocean and sandy beach with sun shimmering on the water
Prevelly

Mid-Morning: Prevelly

For those seeking the thrill of the waves, visiting Prevelly is a must. This surfers’ paradise is a hub for riding the waves and soaking up the beach vibes. Even if you’re not a surfer, the energy and enthusiasm of the surfing community are infectious, making it a great spot to watch the action and embrace the laid-back coastal lifestyle.

Afternoon: Wilyabrup

Discover a hidden treasure that tourists often overlook: Wilyabrup. This lesser-known section of the Cape to Cape Track has a unique opportunity to connect with nature without committing to the entire hike. To find it, type “Wilyabrup Climbing and Abseiling Sea Cliffs” into Google Maps. 

Family Option: Take the kids mountain biking on one of the many trails in Margaret River. 

There are also plenty of other attractions and places to see – this guide on things to do in Margaret River will provide ideas.

5 Days in Margaret River Itinerary: The Best 5-Day Adventure🚗🌞 🌊
Canal Rocks

How to Get to Margaret River

Margaret River is in Western Australia’s South West. To reach this captivating destination from Perth, you have a few options:

  1. By Car – The most flexible way to travel to Margaret River is by car. The journey takes around 3.5 hours, depending on the route and any stops you make. Follow this Perth to Margaret River Road Trip Itinerary.
  2. By Bus – Bus companies offer services from Perth to Margaret River. The journey typically takes around 4.5 to 5.5 hours. Buses provide a comfortable option for those who prefer not to drive or want to relax during the journey. However, getting around the region is difficult without your own transport.
  3. Guided Tours: If you prefer a hassle-free experience, guided tours offer day trips or longer tours to Margaret River from Perth. These tours often include transportation, guided visits to wineries and other attractions, and the chance to explore the region with a knowledgeable guide.

There are car hire booths at Perth Airport, but it’s best to pre-book your car rental.

To compare Australian car hire prices, Discover Cars is an award-winning car rental comparison website. They offer competitive pricing in over 10,000 locations worldwide and are highly rated.

DriveNow is a good resource to compare campervan hire in Western Australia. It includes all the large companies like Britz, Maui, & Jucy as well as smaller ones.

Compare Rental Cars Here.

close up of Quinninup Falls cvascading into a pool at the bottom of brown rocks
Quinninup Falls

Where to Stay near Margaret River

The Margaret River region has various accommodation options catering to different preferences and budgets. Here are some suggestions for places to stay near Margaret River:

Luxury Resorts and Lodges

The Roozen Residence: Luxury 3-bedroom house overlooking the ocean, named as one of Australia’s best beach houses.

Bina Maya Yallingup Escape: 5-star Resort with spa.

Holiday Parks and Cabins

BIG4 Taunton Farm Holiday Park: Ideal for families, this holiday park offers cabins and farm experiences for kids. We’ve camped here a few times.

Riverview Tourist Park: Caravan Park in a quiet location near to the river.

Self-Catering Accommodation

Constellation Apartments: Modern apartments in the heart of Margaret River with a fireplace, rain shower, and heated floors.

Budget-Friendly Options

Gracetown Caravan Park: Air-conditioned units with a fully equipped kitchenette

🤩 Book your accommodation well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to ensure you secure your preferred choice.

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Redgate Beach, Margaret River

Plan Your Trip

Unlock the full potential of your Margaret River adventure by harnessing the power of my travel resources to plan your dream getaway meticulously. With abundant online tools, travel guides, and expert insights at your fingertips, crafting an unforgettable trip to this enchanting region has never been easier. 

Spending More Time In Western Australia?

If you’re visiting Western Australia and looking for other ideas on what to see and do, the following guides will come in useful:

Final Thoughts: What To See & Do in 5 Days in Margaret River

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Flights ✈️

We fly Virgin Australia domestically due to their competitive prices and fantastic customer service, and fly with Qatar Airways to Europe.

Accommodation 🏩

We mainly use Booking.com for accommodation as they consistently have the lowest rates with free cancellation on most properties.

For pet sitting in Western Australia and worldwide, we are members of Trusted Housesitters. Free accommodation for pet and house sitting.

Car Rental 🚘

To compare rental car company prices, we use Discover Cars, an award-winning car rental comparison website. They offer competitive pricing in over 10,000 locations worldwide and are highly rated.

Campervan/RV Rental 🚐

DriveNow is a good resource to compare campervan hire in Western Australia as it includes all the large companies like Britz, Maui, and Jucy as well as smaller ones.

Travel Insurance 🌏

Cover-More and Travel Insurance Direct are our preferred travel insurance companies for domestic and international travel.

See this Travel Insurance for Australia guide for more information.