The Margaret River Region is an easy three hour drive south of Perth. Find out how to get to Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup, Augusta and Margaret River below.
Travel by Plane
Perth Airport is one of Australia’s closest airports to South East Asia, Europe and Africa and is serviced by over 20 international, domestic and regional airlines.
Busselton Margaret River Airport provides air access directly to the region, with Jetstar Airways commencing a direct flight route from Melbourne commencing 3 July, 2021. The airline will operate three weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Departing Melbourne at 8:05am EST and arriving at Busselton Margaret River Airport at 10:05am WST. Flight time is 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Please check with Jetstar for the latest flight schedule.
Travel by Car from Perth
Take the Kwinana Freeway out of Perth city, and this will become Forrest Highway. Follow the signs to Bunbury and then to Busselton, travelling via the Bussell Highway.
You can also try the more scenic inland route from Perth. Adding an extra half an hour or so onto your trip, the South Western Highway guides you inland from the suburb of Armadale, Pinjarra, Waroona, Harvey, Brunswick Junction, Bunbury then Busselton.
Once arrived at Busselton you are at the gateway to the rest of Your Margaret River Region, which includes the towns of Dunsborough, Yallingup, Cowaramup, Margaret River and Augusta.
To drive from Busselton to Dunsborough, the quickest route follows the Busselton Bypass, turning right at the end of the Bypass and then immediately left onto Caves Road.
Alternatively, you can take a drive through Busselton by following the Bussell Highway through the town centre, which leads straight onto Caves Road and continues to Dunsborough. Yallingup is a short drive from Dunsborough along Caves Road.
To drive from Busselton to Cowaramup, Margaret River and Augusta there are two main options. The speedier route is via Bussell Highway, which travels through the heart of each of these towns. The more scenic route follows Caves Road, which travels through the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. For four wheel drive vehicles, it is also highly recommended to take a detour from Caves Road onto Boranup Drive, through the beautiful Boranup Karri Forest.
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Travel by Coach/Bus from Perth
South West Coach Lines connects Perth and the South West region, departing daily from the City Bus Port, Domestic Airport & International Airport, Perth. South West destinations include Margaret River, Dunsborough, Busselton, Manjimup, Collie and Bunbury.
TransWA also operates a daily bus service from East Perth.
Car Hire and Airport Shuttle Services
There are a number of local transport companies offering travel by airport shuttle, taxi, car hire. There are also charter vehicle companies which can cater to individual or group needs.
Do I need an International Drivers Licence?
An International Drivers Licence is desirable if you wish to hire a car, but it is not essential. Visit the WA Department of Transport website to find out more information on which countries require additional licences to drive on Australian roads.
The RAC Electric Highway® is a network of publicly accessible electric vehicle fast-charging DC and AC stations located between Perth and Augusta in Western Australia. With Your Margaret River Region, stations are currently in place at Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta.
The charging stations allow drivers to charge their eco-friendly vehicles in only 20-30 minutes – a dramatic reduction on the 10-12 hours it can sometimes take. What’s more, electric vehicle owners will be able to charge their cars for free until the end of 2015.
The RAC Electric Highway® is the first of its kind in Australia and making use of this great travel tool will allow you to navigate Your Margaret River Region in the safest, most sustainable and efficient way possible. We encourage you to take advantage and help reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the region. Learn more at racelectrichighway.com.au