Margaret River On Tour – 7 Day Family Friendly Margaret River Itinerary

Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommodation for two adults & two children
  • 1 x private wine tour
  • Forest Adventures passes
  • Lake Cave passes
  • Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse passes

Highlights

  • 6 nights accommodation in cosy beachfront luxury and a secluded forest retreat
  • Stock up on winter produce at the award-winning Margaret River Farmers’ Market
  • Tour the region’s wineries with a knowledgeable local
  • Rediscover WA’s original beach holiday town with treetop climbs, urban art and a walk out to sea
  • Make your own all natural perfume or lip balm at Vasse Virgin
  • Discover treasures in the Boranup Forest and Boranup Gallery alike
  • Get up close and personal with migrating humpbacks

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For your next family holiday, get immersed in this seven-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.

 

Day 1

Start your stay in style, waking up at the beachside surrounds of Whalers Cove Villas Dunsborugh. Situated in Dunsborough, this central accommodation option is the ideal launchpad to start exploring the region from. Upon waking, work up an appetite and head down to the long stretch of white sand of Geographe Bay. It’s perfect for a leisurely stroll or a swim in the ocean to wake up!

Explore the glorious Cape Naturaliste today; her bays, beaches, culture and creatures. Grab coffees and breakfast in Dunsborough, or with an ocean view at Bunkers Beach House.

Join cultural custodian Josh Whiteland of Cape Cultural Tours to learn about the deep connection the Wadandi people have to the Cape to Cape region. Drink in amazing views and learn about the flora and fauna of the seasonal landscape on an easy walk. Hold handmade artefacts and hear an incredible didgeridoo music session in the meeting place. He also lights a fire by the traditional way by rubbing sticks – something every youngster wants to see!

Day 2

Rise and shine as the sun glistens over the Indian Ocean and get ready for a taste of what lies ahead for your week in the region. The best way to learn about a new destination is to let the locals show you the way – and to taste their creations, of course. Today, take your pick from one of the region’s best winery tours and experience the best the region has to offer.

A hidden gem of the Margaret River region, Whicher Ridge is owned by Neil and Cathy Howard, a vigneron and winemaker couple.  They have a ‘hands-on’ approach to growing their grapes and making their wines, and a ‘tread lightly on the earth’ philosophy with their sustainable farming practices.  They craft small batch, single vineyard wines which are full of varietal and terroir specific flavours, in styles that pair well with food. The Wine Sensory Garden is a must-visit destination and is the centrepiece of the inspiring wine tasting experience at Whicher Ridge.

Day 3

Hands up who has always had a hankering to get a bird’s eye view of things? Well, today is your chance to swing through the trees and scale heights that are normally reserved for our feathered friends. Jump in the car and take a leisurely drive up to Forest Adventures South West, just 10 minutes north of Busselton.

Here, you’ll have the chance to enjoy 6 courses of sky-high adventure. There are 65 activities to try, including 11 flying foxes, a high wire unicycle, tarzan ropes, and even an adrenalin pumping 13 metre base jump, all set within 8 acres of natural forest beauty. From May you’ll also have the ideal winter refuelling option – marshmallows and homemade damper over an open fire.

After a morning of heart racing fun, head back through the town of Busselton for some lunch and explore the awesome public artwork. Hidden down laneways and throughout the streets and foreshore, there are numerous paintings and sculptures to find.

Of course, you can’t miss a walk down the Busselton Jetty before heading back for the night. The 1.8km heritage listed jetty is the longest of its sort in the Southern Hemisphere. Sore legs can relax and take a train ride out to the underwater observatory at the end of the jetty. Head down the spiral staircase 8 metres to the ocean floor, and finish the days adventures at the other end of the spectrum. From tree tops to sea beds – it’s bound to be a day unlike any other you’ve experienced on holiday.

Day 4

It’s all about balance. Therefore, it’s time to take things easy after the previous day’s action. Head to Vasse Virgin’s soap factory for a sensory experience and to learn all about the health and beauty benefits of their extra virgin olive oil products. Owners Edwina and Louis Scherini first discovered the natural wonders of olive oil when they began looking for a natural and chemical free option to help heal their children’s sensitive skin.

After sampling the tasty gourmet delights in their tasting room, step into the workshop space and spend a few relaxing hours learning a new skill. Craft your own natural lip balm in a D.I.Y class, perfect for soothing those chapped lips in the midst of winter. Alternatively, discover the joy of making your own natural perfume. It might sound a little daunting, but with the gentle guidance of Edwina, you’ll leave the workshop a full bottle on base notes, top notes and the differences between floral, spicy and woody scents.

Make your way down the glorious Caves Road to your new home – Redgate Forest Retreat. The perfect family escape, this place is a 167-acre property complete with native forest and a small herd of cattle and sheep. There are a few chalets and homes on the property to choose from, each with their own unique features and charms. They all provide the perfect spot to sit back, relax, and see out the day.

Day 5

Take to the tarmac once again and head south on Caves Road. Be prepared for a breath stopping moment as you enter Boranup Forest. There is no doubt when you have arrived. The towering, almost ghostly karri trees are a sight to behold and it’s well worth stopping for a gentle stroll amongst them.

A few minutes further and it’s time to stop for a bit of contemporary culture. The artistic heart of the Boranup Forest, Boranup Gallery has been a mecca for art lovers since it was established by James and Anne Howieson in 1989 – which makes this year their 30th birthday! James’ own artistry is on show, with the gallery displaying his heirloom furniture, all lovingly handmade from local Western Australian hardwood. You will want to put aside a good amount of time to wonder through the nooks and crannies of the gallery’s rooms, each filled to the brim with artwork from local artisans. From paintings through to ceramics, glassware and metalwork – it’s an Aladdin’s cave to be discovered.

Grab a light lunch from Café Boranup next door, and head back up Caves Road and take a left turn to spend the afternoon at Lake Cave. There is also a café here for rumbling tummies; you will want your energy levels revived before taking the staircase all the way down to the cave’s entrance. There are over 150 caves in the region on the Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge, but this one is the only one with a permanent lake. Settle in and allow yourself to be awed by the tranquil beauty created by mother nature over millions of years.

Day 6

It’s time to immerse yourself in the elements today. A mere 30 minute drive away, the charming town of Augusta is abundant in natural splendour and, set on the Southern Ocean, showcases a different kind of oceanic beauty. Visit the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and learn about the history of the maritime landmark that has been sitting here since 1895. Located on the tip of the peninsula, a climb up to the viewing platform is a must – it’s also one of the best spots on land to catch sight of the 35,000 whales that migrate up the coast from May through until September each year.

For the adventure seekers, today is the day to get out on the water and see the whales up close! All Sea Charters will get you front row seats to the action, departing from the Augusta Boat Harbour throughout winter to spot Humpback whales, Southern Right whales and maybe even fur seals. Don’t forget your camera – or your wet weather gear.

Day 7

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Cassandra Charlick

Author Cassandra Charlick

Cassandra Charlick is a hat collector. Current hats on the stand include freelance writer, singer, actress, communications consultant and marketing specialist at Brillig Communications. Travelling the globe with her career on stage and off she has a deep curiosity and passion for connection and storytelling. After living in London for 8 years, a move to Margaret River saw a shift in pace and she now enjoys travelling throughout the beautiful region and sharing the stories of the people and communities that call this place home. Instagram: @casscharlick Web: cassandracharlick.com