Autumn is a fantastic time to getaway to the Margaret River region. The strong heat of summer subsides to create the perfect atmosphere for bush walks and exploring, and some of the most sensational sunsets you’ll see all year descend upon us.
Autumn is a time for rejuvenation and inspiration – so let our itinerary take care of the holiday hassle. Get ready to experience some of the highlights of the region at this golden time of year.
7 Days of Autumn
- 6 nights’ accommodation in two stunning forest locations with Inn The Tuarts and Losari Retreat
- A fun and fascinating tour and two-course lunch courtesy of Grape Escape
- Exploration of the remarkable Ngilgi Cave
- An ultimate olive oil experience at Vasse Virgin
- Indulgent and rejuvenating spa treatments
- Secrets, stories and sensational food on a walking tour of Margaret River township with Walk Talk Taste Margaret River
- Tasting of experimental, small-batch wines at Arlewood Estate
- An expedition on the iconic Cape to Cape Track with Edgewalkers
- A wine and art experience at Evans & Tate
No matter which way you’re journeying from, be sure to enjoy a leisurely lunch and take in some sights along the way. Check in to your accommodation at nestled amongst the captivating and serene Ludlow Tuart Forest. We recommend spending the afternoon unwinding and partaking in the huge range of indoor and outdoor activities available at the Lodge including boules, bird watching and swimming. What better way to ease into the holiday mood?
Night time dining options in nearby Busselton are abundant. Head to The Goose for a family-friendly sunset cocktail spot and Equinox for dinner – both offer views over the iconic Busselton Jetty and spectacular Geographe Bay.
- 4.8 From $149
Inn The Tuarts Guest Lodge BusseltonGreat For:
19 Rushleigh Rd Busselton Reinscourt WA 6280 Australia Ph 9754 1444
The Goose Beach Bar + KitchenOpening Hours: 7 days per week 7am-Late Breakfast menu 7am-11am All day menu 11.30am-9.00pmGreat For: WiFi
Geographe Bay Road, Busselton (Next to the Jetty)
Equinox Restaurant & BarOpen 7 days from 8.00am till late. www.theequinox.com.auGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Fireplace,Outdoor Playground,Rainy Day,Sunny Day,WiFi
1 Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA (Near the Jetty)
Today, let the friendly, knowledgeable team at Grape Escape take care of you and show you around the region. Book in for their ‘Grape Expectations’ tour and they will customise the route to cater to your personal tastes and preferences. With a delectable two course lunch (with wine!) and transport to/from your accommodation, you’ll quickly forget about your usual daily grind and be primed to enjoy the rest of your trip!
A little adventure will start Day Three in Your Margaret River Region with a visit to ancient Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup. The name Ngilgi comes from the local Wardandi legend of a Dreamtime battle between Ngilgi and Wolgine, a classic tale of good versus bad. You can learn more about this story on a semi guided tour. The bold and courageous can choose the ‘Adventure Tour’ which will take you crawling, climbing and squeezing through the depths of the cave!
Find a spot to refuel your body with some lunch in Yallingup – Andy’s burgers, anyone? – before heading to Wilyabrup for an ultimate olive oil experience at Vasse Virgin. Founders Louis and Edwina have been developing their products for just over 20 years, culminating in an extensive, high-quality range of soaps, balms and oils that offer a natural alternative to skin care. Take a wander around the Soap Factory and Tasting Room or book in for one of their workshops to make your own balm or perfume.
- 4.5 From $22.5
Ngilgi Cave9am-5pm daily. Semi-guided show cave tours.Every half hour from 9.30am to 4pm.Adventure tours available.Closed Christmas Day.Great For: Children's Attraction,Rainy Day,Sunny Day
76 Yallingup Caves Road, Yallingup, Western Australia, 6282, Australia
08 9755 2152
- 4.5 From $50
Vasse Virgin10:00am - 5:00pm Every day of the year (closed Christmas and Boxing Day)Great For: Child Friendly,Rainy Day
135 Puzey Road, Wilyabrup WA 6280, Australia
08 9755 6111
Be sure to put your comfy shoes on because you will be heading on Margaret River’s only walking food tour – Walk Talk Taste. Veteran journalist Kellie Tannock has created the tour to share with you over brunch the secrets, stories and sensational food of Margaret River.
The afternoon will find you at the family-run, alternative cellar door of Arlewood Estate. As a single vineyard producing limited quantities, this is your opportunity to grab for yourself some unique and quality wines. We recommend ‘The La Bratta Experience’ in which you get a taste of the estate’s exotic 2014 La Bratta wines paired with bespoke chocolates from Temper Temper created especially for the experience.
Get settled into your next accommodation: the luxurious Losari Retreat. Situated in picturesque landscaped grounds and bordered by national park you will be immersed in nature. And as one of the region’s best spa retreats, with a smorgasbord of treatments to choose from, you will be well placed for absolute relaxation and rejuvenation.
- From $75
Walk Talk Taste Margaret RiverGreat For: Sunny Day
<69 Bussell Highway>,
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- 3.7 From $10
Arlewood EstateFrom 11am Thursday - Sunday.Great For: Disabled Access
Cnr Bussell Highway and West Calgardup Road, Forest Grove
(08) 9757 6676
- 4.8 From $495
Losari RetreatCheck in: 2pm-4pm | Check-out: 10amGreat For:
498 Osmington Road, BRAMLEY
8 9757 3630
You’ll need those comfy shoes again for your expedition today on the iconic Cape to Cape Track, guided by the experienced explorers at Edgewalkers. A day walk package will allow you to learn about the ecological biodiversity and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Naturaliste-Leeuwin Ridge.
Book in a massage for the afternoon back at Losari Retreat to soothe your body after a solid day hiking.
Sufficiently rested, pack up the car with a picnic rug and head south to Augusta to enjoy the sunset at the Blackwood River foreshore. Fish and chips from the local shop should keep the whole fam happy.
Today, you’re headed northward to the internationally renowned . Sit out on the verandah and look out over the picturesque vineyard while you enjoy a tasting of wines from one of the pioneering wineries in the region – it’s the last day of your holiday, so never mind the time. While you’re there, pop into the Evans and Tate studio – the residence of a group of local artists where you might be able to find a lasting memento of your incredible trip.
It might be time to return to reality today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t soak up every last little bit of the holiday spirit while it lasts. Why not do a short southern loop before leaving the region?
Spend your final morning tasting all of the goodness at The Berry Farm, located just south of Losari Retrat in Rosa Glen. Having been around since 1986, these guys know a thing or two about gourmet, farm-grown produce. At their cellar door, you can try their homemade jams, preserves, sauces and dressings alongside a range of left-of-centre alcoholic options, like sparkling fruit wines and ciders, fortifieds and liqueurs, stocking up on deliciousness to take home! There’s even a kids zone ft. outdoor playground to keep your tribe busy while you enjoy a couple of scones with house-made jam and cream.
Then, take in the incredible sights of the Boranup Forest and Surfers Point? Two of the region’s most famous landmarks, 60-metre tall trees and 6 foot waves are sights you can’t leave the place without having seen. You could even take along a picnic and treat the family to an outdoor lunch before heading home for good.