Heritage and Culture
Soak up some culture...
Immerse yourself in history and culture - from the traditional custodians of the land, the Wardandi people to the first sightings of Cape Leeuwin by the Dutch in 1621, the Margaret River region is as culturally diverse as it is intriguing. Learn about the European settlement of Augusta in 1830, and the history of the timber, agriculture and dairy farming industries - the foundations of the region’s colonisation. Surf culture, wine culture and tourism are the basis of the region’s modern history. Here’s some suggestions for your historical and cultural journey!
- Climb the lighthouse: Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse and was built as a guiding beacon for one of the world’s most treacherous seafaring passages.
- Take a trip back in time: visit the Augusta Historical Museum to learn more about maritime and early Western Australian history.
- Learn: about the traditional culture of the Indigenous land owners, the Wardandi people, by exploring a range of tours, galleries and interpretive experiences.
- Visit: heritage-listed and historical buildings and structures abound in the Margaret River region – the pioneer homestead at Ellensbrook, Busselton Jetty, or spot the old group settlement buildings that pepper the rural landscape.
- Discover wine: wine culture is an intrinsic part of the Margaret River lifestyle, and the Wine Tourism Showroom at the Margaret River Visitor Centre is the perfect starting point for any wine education adventure.
- Get cultured: art galleries, festivals, markets, live music, surf culture and more – there’s heaps of ways to get amongst the culture that the Margaret River region is all about.