Margaret River is a must-see itinerary for anyone visiting Western Australia. Here we have put together our “very best” Perth to Margaret River itinerary for the visitor who has just three days. We’ve taken into account drive time from Perth, so you can comfortably enjoy the best of this fantastic region.
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Day One – Best Of Margaret River Itinerary
9 am Depart Perth
As you drive south you will be on a major freeway to Bunbury, about 2 hours’ drive.
We recommend a stop at the Koombana Bay Dolphin Discovery Centre in the warmer months of the year as there is a chance to see local dolphins who visit in the mornings between 8 am and 12 noon. (Keep in mind these are wild animals and no time can be guaranteed!)
From Bunbury continue to the delicious 3 Oceans for lunch; we’ve chosen it because it’s on the main highway and is just less than 3 hours driving from Perth. There are great lawns for the kids to run on, and some great wines to taste.
If beers are more to your taste, another option is the Cowramup Brewing Company, a family-owned Microbrewery with a wholesome menu featuring local produce. If you like to know what goes into your beer, they also offer a behind the scenes tour.
Or, if you have packed your lunch and are looking for an ice-cream as a treat, why not stop at Millers Ice Cream. They have a great playground and the kids liked milking the cows there!
Heading south with a full stomach you will be glad to get out of the car for a walk and enjoy the cows at Cowramup – our kids love to pose with them, you can take as little as 20 minutes or much longer.
As it’s already been a long day, we recommend heading south and enjoying your accommodation.
Forest and Farm Accommodation Margaret River
Margaret River Hideaway and Farmstay
Self-contained studios and cottages located just 5km from Margaret River. Each cottage has a patio and BBQ; free Wi-Fi. Check here for the latest prices to stay at Margaret River Hideaway & Farmstay.
Burnside Organic Farm
Gorgeous bungalows situated on an organic farm and vineyard. They offer something for everyone from a 2-bedroom bungalow perfect for families to a 1-bedroom spa bungalow for a romantic retreat. Check here for the latest prices to stay at Burnside Organic Farm.
Glamping at Olio Bello
Glamorous camping at it’s finest surrounded by wildlife and over 8,000 olive trees. While they are known for their famous olive oil, Olio Bello’s glamping and bungalows are also a real treat. Check here for the latest prices to stay at Olio Bello.
Awesome, self-contained bush chalets. These chalets are modern and stylish, located only a 10-minute drive to Margaret River. Check here for the latest prices to stay at Acacia Chalets.
Best Beach Accommodation Margaret River
Margarets Beach Resort
These four-star resort accommodations are located only 10 kilometers from downtown Margaret River. You can choose from studio to four-bedroom apartments. These apartments are self-contained and perfect for families. Check here for the latest prices to stay at Margarets Beach Resort.
Day 2 – Explore The Best South Of Margaret River
Today you will head south of Margaret River.
The first stop is Hamelin Bay, a gorgeous white sand beach with a picture-perfect remainder of a jetty for some Insta perfect photos. Most famous for the Hamelin Bay stingrays, these friendly locals visit nearly every day in summer – usually in the early morning. They don’t like rough or windy weather which is why you are less likely to see them in winter.
We also enjoyed a walk up onto the cliffs above the jetty to enjoy spectacular views of this amazing coastline.
From Hamelin Bay head back north to the picturesque Boranup Forest; you can do a short walk but at a minimum drive through the gorgeous forest trees.
Depending on how hungry you are; you could stop in to see the Mammoth Cave, Margaret River. This is a self-guided cave meaning that you can go as fast (or as slow) as you like. However, if you are like us you will spend some time captivated by the stunning world underground.
(If you have spent too long enjoying Hamelin Bay and Boranup Forest then head onto Lunch, to swing back to Mammoth Cave after lunch)
From here; it’s onto Xanadu Wines for a late lunch and a play in the playground for the kids. Without a doubt, Xanadu is one of the best kid-friendly wineries in the whole Margaret River region.
Once again, if your kids are like ours, another full day of exploring the beautiful Margaret River region will have us heading back to the accommodation for some downtime.
Day 3 – Margaret River–Yallingup -Busselton – Perth Itinerary
Today we are heading back home; so allow some time to pack your bags and have one last play at your accommodation.
First up we will head north to the picturesque Canal Rocks; in summer pack your swimmers for a play in the Indijup Natural Spa!
From here, you might want to stop for gorgeous purple ice-cream at Cape Lavender, or head onto lunch at either the Swings and Roundabouts Winery or the Cheeky Monkey Brewery.
With your fill; head onto Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse or alternatively if you haven’t had your fill of the stunning Margaret River coastline you can stop to see the sweetly named Sugarloaf rock.
From Cape Naturaliste its 3 hours driving back to Perth, so you need to take into account before you make too many stops!
We recommend taking a break for a stretch of the legs at the iconic Busselton Jetty, the longest jetty of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. For kids, there is a fantastic new playground on the Busselton foreshore.
From Busselton, it is 2.5 hours’ drive back to Perth.
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Why Do We Recommend This 3-Day Perth To Margaret River Itinerary
This is a general itinerary based on one of our weekend visits to Margaret River. You can amend the itinerary in any way you like. There are so many things to do and see around Margaret River; and so much choice! If you are a beer lover there are great breweries, wine lovers can seek out their favorite drops! If cheese or chocolate is your weakness then why not make a stop at the Margaret River Dairy Factory or The Margaret River Chocolate Company.
Read our full description of the Best of Margaret River with kids.
Check out the best of Yallingup with kids review.
Also, read our original road trip from Perth to Margaret River places to stop post.
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