11 Amazing Breakfasts in the Margaret River Region


11 of the Best Breakfasts

Choosing ten just wasn't enough!

The most important meal of the day just got better. Often overlooked in the awards, Lizzy Pepper is dishing out prizes for the region’s best breakfasts. And she couldn’t stop at 10! From Yallingup to Augusta and everywhere in between – hail the Brekky winners.

Drift Cafe, Margaret River

1. Outstanding okonomiyaki

Drift Café has great world traveler vibes and a seriously scrumptious Okonomiyaki, or savoury Japanese pancake. Topped with generous slices of slow roast pork belly, slaw, a fried egg and sesame seeds, the pancake itself has pickled ginger and finely sliced cabbage within.

Their supplier list reads like a who’s who of the local farmers market; Burnside Organics avocadoes, Margaret River Woodfired Bread, Bannister Downs milk, and Geo Organics beef, but would you expect anything less when their chef previously led the Cullen Restaurant team?

1/72 Willmott Avenue Margaret River

2. Breathtaking beach views

At White Elephant Café you’ll line up with locals to order, because not only do they have show-stopping views on one of the best beaches around, the food is top-notch too. Perched above the sand of Gnarabup Beach, bring your bathers and tuck into a brekkie burger for a traditional bacon and egg fix (sandwiched into a luscious milk bun) or grab the smashed pumpkin with avo, feta, dukkha and poached egg for a colourful, nutritious fix.

Stay warm and dry in their stylish glass-fronted room when the cooler weather rolls in. Views are equally fab.


3. Wicked Waffles

Bunkers Beach House also fits the breathtaking beach views category – with bonus points if you spot a seal or dolphin frolicking in the waves. Fresh baked waffles drenched in maple syrup and topped with berries were sublime. Bruschetta with ham, spinach, roasted tomato, poached egg and bearnaise are equally delish. Coffees made with local Cape Effect beans were so good you’ll want a second… or third.

Farm Break Lane, Naturaliste

Bunkers Beach House

Bunkers Beach House, Bunker Bay

4. All day brunch + bloody marys

Lamonts secured a reputation for outstanding dining decades ago, before Margaret River was on the foodie trail, and Lamonts Smiths Beach does quality beachside brunch with finesse. A generous stack of pancakes came topped with berries and vanilla-flecked mascarpone and the coffee was spot-on. We’re coming back to work our way through the rest of the menu – potato rosti with house smoked salmon and hollandaise, Shakshuka and crunchy panko fried eggs are calling!

67 Smiths Beach Road, Yallingup

5. Addictive spicy rice

Goanna Bush Café’s Indo Breakfast should come with a health warning; “highly addictive, even the grommets will demand a return visit.” Spiced coconut rice with a fried egg, spinach, avocado and coriander pesto sounds like an unusual combination but it works.

Chef Duncan Timmons made a treechange from a Michelin-starred London restaurant to buy Goanna in 2008 and the word is out – the food here is awesome. Set in picturesque bushland near Dunsborough, you’ll also find Australian giftware in the gallery space.

278 Hayes Road Dunsborough

6. Best for Kids 

Joint winners The Equinox Bar + Restaurant and The Goose Beach Bar + Kitchen boast sweeping Geographe Bay and Busselton Jetty views – I’ve even spotted a dolphin from The Equinox. And Christmas came early when a stupendous new adventure playground opened between the two restaurants. Wolf down a tasty big brekky at Equinox, or smashed avocado at The Goose, then stroll over and let the kids burn off some energy. Check out family friendly Busselton in the Rediscover video!

Foreshore Parade, Busselton


Yardbyrd, Witchcliffe

7. Lakeside Glamour

Ideally your Cape Lodge breakfast follows a night in their luxurious lakeside suites, but it’s a little-known fact that you don’t have to be a guest to dine here. Dinner is reminiscent of your best French bistro experiences, and breakfast is blissful, served overlooking a lake and peppermint trees. Pannacotta with perfectly formed pieces of French toast and caramelised banana is a dish I’ll remember for years.

3341 Caves Road Yallingup

8. Best Donut and Coffee Combo

A new addition to Yarri’s successful restaurant, is their ‘Mornings’ menu. Yarri is now open from 7.30am for coffee, jaffles and the best donuts in the land – filled, sugared and glazed.

The space is on trend, sophisticated and relaxing. If you’re having a luxe weekend south, Yarri is a great way to start the day. Situated in the centre of Dunsborough alongside the holiday town’s Dugalup Creek, it’s an easy starting base to kick off the day.

6/16 Cyrillean Way, Dunsborough

9. Unexpected Gem

Yardbyrd is a little gem of a café with a wood fire inside the shop, and a pretty courtyard filled with plants. Everything is made in-house except the bread from Margaret River Wood Fired Bakery, and ingredients are sourced locally. Try the breakfast tortilla with plenty of scrambled eggs, nitrate free bacon and relish – even the tortillas are made on-site. Coffee made with Pound beans is some of the region’s best; owner Rob Mayberry used to run Little Willies and The Dancing Goat cafes in Perth. Look out for Rob in the latest Your Margaret River Region videos.

10413 Bussell Highway Witchcliffe

Margaret River Farmers Markets

Margaret River Farmers Market, Margaret River

10. Best Roving Feast 

Margaret River Farmers Market is an exciting place to grab a feed for breakfast, and ingredients to cook up something special. My kids make tracks for Claudio Biscotti’s mixed biscuit bag while I can’t resist the apricot raspberry Danish from Margaret River Bakery’s stall. Stock up on Margaret River Woodfired Bread, goats’ cheese haloumi, Burnside Organic avocadoes, bacon, free range eggs and more.


11. Cutest Coffee Van 

Ragged Robin in Augusta is a delightful café and vintage shop, with river views and a charming homegrown vibe. The locals are just as friendly as the staff, and a family gave us tips for best beaches and playgrounds. Grab a takeaway coffee from the 1967 VW beetle coffee van out front on weekends, or pop in for an amazing toastie on pumpkin bread.



Now that you know what you’re eating – take a look at how you can work off that breakfast with Wine Trails on Two Wheels.  Book with one of our local experts now.

Lizzy Pepper

Author Lizzy Pepper

After living in Melbourne and London, Lizzy meant to have a summer in Yallingup before getting a “serious” job in Perth. Nine years on, and she loves Dunsborough too much to return to city life. Lizzy works as a marketing consultant in the tourism industry. She’s taken helicopter rides along the coast, distilled her own batch of gin and put in the hard yards tasting wines to help tell her clients' stories. Whether she’s paddling her wave ski on Geographe Bay, swimming at Castle Rock Beach, brunching at a favourite café or drinking local wine on the deck, Lizzy is always on the lookout for new tastes and experiences to share with visitors. Instagram: @lizzy.pepper.marketing / Web: www.lizzypepper.com

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