3 Day Family Holiday In Margaret River

Highlights

  • Sleep in seclusion right where the bush meets the sea
  • Graze your way from breakfast to lunch on Margaret River’s only walking food tour
  • Next level wine tasting paired with locally handmade chocolate
  • Dinner at one of the region’s most iconic wineries
  • Day-long adventure tour of the Boranup Forest and Hamelin Bay, complete with a winery lunch and tastings
  • Exquisite family dinner at Miki’s Open Kitchen

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Lending its name to an entire region is Margaret River, the townsite. Plonked halfway between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin lighthouses and flanked by heaving vineyards and a rugged coastline, Margs (as it’s affectionately known) is the calling card of south west holidays. From wild waves crashing onto white sandy beaches to tall karri trees in majestic forests to countless rows of fruitful vines, the scenic images and gourmet flavours of Margaret River are limitless.

For your next family holiday, get immersed in this three-day itinerary, which includes delicious gourmet feasts, rejuvenating exploration, and quality time with the earth. Margaret River provides the perfect backdrop for family holidays that are about reconnecting with the natural world and each other.

Where to Stay

Redgate Beach Escape

Redgate Beach Escape

One of the only accommodation options set right along the coast with superb ocean views, Redgate Beach Escape offers total relaxation – the perfect feel for relaxed family fun. Four contemporary chalets sit on a rise overlooking Redgate Beach. Bedrooms are generously sized and the living area is wide open to make the most of those uninterrupted big blue views. This is where the bush meets the sea.

Margarets In Town

To be in the heart of the region’s top hotspots, you can’t ask for a better location than Margarets In Town. Situated a stone’s throw to the town centre, you’ll find choices of standard hotel rooms, studios, and self-contained one or two-bedroom apartments. The hotel features all the preferred facilities and amenities you’d expect from a 4.5 star hotel complex, including a swimming pool, daily housekeeping service, parking, and free Wi-Fi.

Margarets Beach Resort & Margaret River Beach Apartments

For a seaside stay, Margarets Beach Resort & Margaret River Beach Apartments offers a stunning location within walking distance to Gnarabup Beach, the only beachside resort in this area.  An easy 10-minute drive from town, this apartment-style accommodation offers various room styles (including a four-bedroom beach house) and stand-out facilities such as a heated outdoor pool, children’s playground, bike rentals, complimentary DVD hire, and free Wi-Fi.

Margaret River Eco Retreat Lodge

Tucked away in the bushland, yet only 5km from town is Margaret River Eco Retreat Lodge. With a focus on conservation and wildlife sanctuary, this is the perfect holiday accommodation for animal lovers. There’s an excellent chance of seeing some of the region’s endangered possums, as well as kangaroos, bandicoots, black cockatoos, ring-neck parrots, and their growing owl community too. The Lodge’s Family Room has a king bed for parents, and bunk beds for the kids. A shared kitchen and sitting room is available onsite.

Day 1

Morning

If you’re staying in town, start your day right with a healthy breakfast at Blue Ginger Fine Foods & Cafe. Specialising in gourmet fare cooked and presented in a made-at-home style, you’re guaranteed to leave full and satisfied. You can’t go wrong with the Big Brekkie or for something lighter, a freshly baked muffin and coffee. For those wanting to try more of the township’s brekky and brunch offering, jump on a Walk Talk Taste walking food tour instead – veteran journalist Kellie Tannock will get you behind the scenes at some of her favourite local spots.

Otherwise, explore south of town with a leisurely drive to Rosa Brook. Stop for a morning feed in the town of Witchcliffe, where locals pack out Yardbyrd Café every morning without fail. Or, grab on the go from Yahava Koffeeworks Kwik Koffee Drive-thru before jumping on a Beginner’s Bushride with Jesters Flat Horse Riding. No horse riding experience is necessary, just a keen sense of adventure. What a way to see the Margaret River countryside!

Lunch/Afternoon

By now, you’re all probably hungry. Have lunch at The Berry Farm for not only homemade meals but also the beautiful grounds. Kids will love the little birds who insist on being welcomed lunch guests, the gorgeous gardens, and the fantastic play area. The cafe is famous for their homemade scones, but if your appetite needs something more substantial, the Beef & Red Wine Pie is always a good choice.

Next, something for the grown ups. Beeline for Arlewood Estate, a slightly left-of-centre, family-run winery with an all-new tasting experience. For just $10 (redeemable on wine), you can get a mouthful of their La Bratta wines paired perfectly with locally-made Temper Temper chocolate. Included in the tour is a tasting of the 2014 Bianco paired with salted caramel and almond chocolate, as well as the 2014 Rosso, paired with crunchy pink peppercorn, raspberries and cacao nib in dark chocolate.

Like the wines, golden hour in Margaret River is truly something to be savoured. The perfect vantage point? Nearby Redgate Beach. It’s worth a bit of a detour for a late afternoon dip – and if it’s a little chilly, appreciating the view is just as good.

Evening

If you’re visiting on a Saturday, you can treat yourselves to an elegant evening at one of the region’s most celebrated wineries, Leeuwin Estate. Their award-winning restaurant offers a well-executed a la carte menu of seasonal selections from the land and sea. A degustation menu with or without wine pairing is also available.

Day 2

All Day

Due South Tour Company

Plan for an early start with a delicious breakfast of free-range eggs and Farm House bacon at Golden Cafe or take away ham & cheese toasties to have breakfast at your accommodation before heading off on a full-day private tour with Adrian at Due South Tours who will pick you up from your hotel. From there, a journey through the Boranup Forest to walk or cycle amongst towering karri trees will set the tone for the day. Next up, a road trip to Hamelin Bay to catch a glimpse of the resident stingrays. Kids of all ages delight in seeing these amazing sea creatures up close.

As lunchtime approaches, it’s time for a stroll through one of Adrian’s favourite properties to learn all about the region’s most cherished products: wine. Mum and Dad can relax over tastings while the kids burn off excess energy (supervised, of course). Once everyone is good and hungry, a gourmet lunch is served onsite.

The rest of the day is spent visiting two more boutique, child-friendly wineries for chats and sampling before returning to your hotel around 3:30pm. It’s a full-on day of exploration  that introduces you to the best of Margaret River’s scenery.

Factor in a rest or a swim at your hotel, or if energy is still high, a short walk around the property in search of birds and kangaroos.

An early dinner at Brewhouse Margaret River will complete your busy day with refreshing craft beer and tasty, gastropub-style food. Delicious thin-crust pizza and chilli salt squid are great for sharing. Kids will be entertained at the table with crayons and colouring-in pictures which can be entered into the weekly contest. The nautical-meets-nature-themed playground will encourage them to play before and after dinner.

Day 3

Cowaramup Brewing Company

On your last day in Margaret River, explore some neighbouring communities to the north. Drive to Cowaramup, a quirky, cow-loving town a mere 13km from Margaret River. Stop into Black Sheep Deli for breakfast created from fresh, organic, local produce served with a smile in a warm, homely setting. Try the gluten-free pancakes; you’ll be surprised at how tasty gluten-free can be.

Work off stuffed bellies with a walk around town to visit and photograph the 42 ornamental cows that line the streets and parks. Pop into favourite retailer Mukau Giftware & Gallery for gorgeous giftware, toys, and a browse through the second-floor art gallery featuring local artists and photographers too. Don’t miss The Candy Cow for free fudge samples or sweet treats from Millers Ice Cream Farm Cafe, a short drive from Cowaramup townsite. The extensive, manicured lawns and playground here allow children to play after having a yummy ice cream cone. If you’re visiting during school holidays, take the kids to a live milking demonstration in the Milking Shed at 11am.

When beer o’clock rolls around, wet your whistle at Cowaramup Brewing Company while the kids wreak havoc on the playground. Taste their range of hand-crafted ales and lagers, or settle in with a brew for a game of Petaque or Jenga on the lawn.

Lunch

Head to Wilyabrup for a fam-friendly late lunch at Caves Road Collective. Here, you’ll find a collaborative bunch of passionate wine, beer, gin, and food creators who’ve come together to offer a venue for the like-minded and curious. Tuck into a plate of Shark Bay Whiting Tacos or Fried Squid with Tasmania pepper berry aioli. Kids will love their own menu featuring pulled pork buns, pasta, and the old stand-by, chicken nuggets.

Upon leaving your lunch spot, travel south along Caves Road for a scenic drive along the tree-lined country road passing rolling vineyards, pretty wineries, popular breweries, and massive paddocks. If you have the time, stop into the historic Cullen Wines who have been making exquisite top-level wine for more than 40 years. A tasting here is quintessential Margaret River: sipping on their biodynamic wines whilst looking out over the rolling vineyards. It’s priceless.

Spend the late afternoon walking the beautiful beaches (part of the Cape to Cape Track) and boardwalks of Gracetown. Watch surfers waiting for the perfect set at Huzzas and South Point, or if it’s warm enough, take a swim at the beach.

Evening

Finish off your Margaret River family holiday with an incredible dining experience at Miki’s Open Kitchen in the heart of Margaret River township. Choose from three degustation menus featuring phenomenal food fusion made from local produce. Think paddock to plate with a Japanese twist. There’s even a special menu, especially for kids. Reservations are highly recommended.

A family holiday to Margaret River will never be dull or without things to do. The biggest issue you’ll probably have is that it wasn’t long enough. How does another three days in Augusta sound?

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Jennifer Morton

Author Jennifer Morton

Jennifer Morton is a travel & lifestyle writer, content writer and photographer. The Canadian expat has lived all over Canada, New Zealand and Australia. She's even spent 6 months working aboard a cruise ship in Europe. When she's not writing about travel, you may find her lounging on the beach, fishing with her son, sipping a coffee, reading a book or zooming in on a beautiful scene. She's also likely to be boarding an airplane... or jumping out of one.