The Margaret River Mouth Viewpoint is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbours, the wineries and breweries. However, it’s a beautiful spot waiting to be explored.
As WA locals, we’ve visited Prevelly and the Margaret River mouth numerous times in all seasons.
So, join us as we discover why Margaret River Mouth Viewpoint deserves a spot on your Margaret River list.
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Margaret River Mouth Viewpoint
📍 Location: Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River
☀️ Best Time to Visit: Mornings
💵 Cost: Free
🐶 Dogs: Allowed from Georgette Beach access footpath to the cliff faces adjacent to Surfers Point Road
⏰ Open: 24 hours
🏊♀️ Patrolled: December to April weekends
🚗 Parking: Free
🚻 Facilities: Toilets, showers, kayak rental, surf school
🛣️ Unsealed Roads: No
One of the most captivating aspects of the viewpoint is the meeting of the Margaret River and the Indian Ocean. The Margaret River meanders through hills to meet the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean.
At the viewpoint, you can see the river and the ocean. Depending on the tides, the two may be disconnected by a sandbar.
Location of Margaret River Mouth Viewpoint
Margaret River Mouth Viewpoint is where the Margaret River, a picturesque river that meanders through the region, meets the Indian Ocean.
How to Get to Margaret River Mouth Viewpoint
Follow Walcliffe Road west from Margaret River town until Caves Road. Here, you need to go left, then first right, to continue on Walcliffe Road.
Turn right onto Surfers Point Road, then right at the roundabout onto Rivermouth Road. This leads to the Margaret River Mouth car park.
On your way in, stop at the Margaret River Mouth Lookout on the right on Walcliffe Road for beautiful views of the river winding its way to the ocean.
Parking Facilities & Accessibility
The designated car park has room for about 40 vehicles, but it’s a good idea to arrive early to secure a parking spot during peak tourist seasons.
The Margaret River Mouth Viewpoint is designed to be accessible to all visitors. You’ll find well-maintained pathways and boardwalks that lead to the best vantage points, allowing everyone to appreciate the area’s natural beauty.
The car park has toilets, showers, and changing room facilities. Sometimes, a coffee van is there along with the surf school and kayak hire.
Things to do at Margaret River Mouth
The Indian Ocean can be rough at Prevelly with large swells and unpredictable flash rips. However, the river mouth provides a calm, shallow spot for kids to paddle and play in the water without the dangerous surf. Don’t let children dig out the sandbar though – it may seem fun but it causes the water level in the river to drop radpidly, killing fish.
Only experienced swimmers should navigate this beach and must pay attention to the rip signs from the Lifeguards who patrol the beach weekends from December to April. If you want to swim in calmer conditions, Gnarabup Beach, further south, is safer.
Bring your kayak or hire one and explore the river upstream. It’s a wonderful way to experience the tranquility of the river.
Check the rock pools for crabs and other small marine creatures when the tide is out. Just be careful of big waves when the tide comes in.
Surfing is popular at this short heavy beach break, attracting surfers when the waves exceed 1m. Local surf schools and rental shops are available if you want to catch your first wave or improve your skills.
The Cape to Cape track runs through the Margaret River Mouth Beach, which has to be crossed by hikers. Most try to time it so that they can walk across the sandbar or only have to paddle through the river. However, at times, the trail is cut off.
The path south passes the Prevelly Rockpools to Surfers Point, where the renowned Margaret River Pro Surf Competition is held every March/April.
In Prevelly, visit the white St John the Theologian chapel, built in the late ’70s by Geoff Edwards, Prevelly’s founder.
Best Time to Visit Margaret River Mouth Beach
The beach here is best visited on summer mornings before the sea breeze comes in and it becomes windy.
Restaurants near Margaret River Mouth
One of the most popular cafes in Margaret River, the White Elephant Cafe, overlooks the beautiful Gnarabup Beach. Getting a table in peak times can be hard, but the wait is worth it for the delicious food and views.
Another favourite of ours is the Sea Gardens Cafe next to the Prevelly Caravan Park. Despite being a couple of streets back from the ocean, it sits on a hill with lovely ocean views. It’s a great spot to experience a Margaret River sunset.
Grab some fish and chips from Hooked Up Fish & Chips at Surfers Point if you’d prefer to be closer to the beach.
While Margaret River Mouth Viewpoint is beautiful, the Margaret River area is teeming with other attractions and landmarks waiting to be explored.
Margaret River Wineries: The region is renowned for its world-class wineries and vineyards. Consider taking a wine-tasting tour to sample the exceptional wines produced here. Some notable wineries include Leeuwin Estate, Voyager Estate, and Cullen Wines.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse: Visit the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. Take a guided tour to learn about the maritime history of the area and enjoy panoramic views from the top. On the way, stop at Hamelin Bay to see the friendly stingrays.
Boranup Forest: This stunning karri forest offers a unique opportunity to stroll among towering eucalyptus trees.
Caves: Explore the fascinating underground world of one of the Margaret River caves, known for their stunning limestone formations.
Beaches: Margaret River is a surfing mecca with numerous beaches suitable for beginners and experienced surfers. Check out Surfers Point, Prevelly Beach, and Yallingup Beach for some of the best waves or hit some of the best beaches in Margaret River.
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