Beautiful surrounds encapsulate what it is to experience food and wine within the Margaret River region. This list of incredible outdoor dining spots runs the gamut from authentic farm backdrops, to blue ocean vistas and hidden bush settings.
Vineyard views at Swings & Roundabouts.
Swings & Roundabouts
Swings & Roundabouts is a winery and restaurant that speaks to the immediate bush environment. There are peppermint trees, native garden landscapes, plenty of umbrellas to provide shade where mature gums don’t, and rustic share food for all to enjoy. Even your dog is welcome here.
The deck overlooking Cape Lodge’s freshwater lake is so pretty. And so quiet. Tucked up in the Cape Lodge grounds, the restaurant draws those seeking regional-best dining in a stunning natural setting.
The Colony Concept
The 100-acre farm of Colony Concept is an experience of family-run agriculture and tourism in the model of the Margaret River region – friendly and welcoming, a story of the landscape. Alfresco and lawn dining are both options.
The Happs gardens make for the perfect picnic spot.
Gardens and trees and hidden pathways makes the outdoor area at Happs Winery a real wonderland for children, and a retreat for adults. Do up your own picnic platter, grab a bottle of wine from cellar door, and make the outdoors your own.
Rustico at Hay Shed Hill
The beauty of Margaret River region dining is in its winning trifecta of outdoor dining inclusions – timber decks, mature trees and made-to-play lawn. You’ll find all of this all on offer at the dog-friendly Rustico at Hayshed Hill, as well as a six-course degustation.
The White Elephant Beach Café
You literally cannot get closer to the sand with a fresh coffee in your hand, and a breakfast plate of killer scrambled eggs and mushrooms on the table in front of you. The White Elephant Beach Cafe is prime coastal eating in the heart of Prevelly.
Feel totally immersed in Cape Naturaliste bushland at Meelup Farmhouse.
A hobby farm-cum-restaurant, Meelup Farmhouse is one of the region’s newest and most Instagrammable outdoor dining spots. The original stone and timber farmhouse has been transformed into something straight out of Country Living. Think high timber ceilings and original stone walls all painted white, with glass doors opening onto a vast timber deck, then a lawn, and then the bush. This place is for summertime grazing under gums and house-made picnics on the lawn, or cosy rugged-up lunches in winter, all within a short distance of the iconic blue water of Meelup Beach.
Views from the deck at Brookwood Estate are of endless vines and country-blue sky. This is heartland Cowaramup landscape, with food of the share-style variety.
Sit within 20 metres of vines beneath the shade of a timber deck (or a couple of peppi trees), and know that you have claim to a slice of the good life. It’s a beautiful backdrop that only adds to the unmissable Cullen Wines lunch experience, where ingredients are taken from their own biodynamic garden.
The sloping lawn at Augusta Hotel is prime roly-poly territory, and the perfect vantage point for an Augusta meal overlooking the Blackwood River.
The rolling lawn at Augusta Hotel is prime territory for roly-poly fun – this is stadium-sized lawn space with views to the Blackwood River and the Southern Ocean beyond. An Augusta township idyll with great pub food.
Outdoor tables almost literally within a stone’s throw of Geographe Bay are a drawcard at Equinox, a restaurant offering an accomplished dining experience right on the Busselton foreshore.
Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough
Bush settings in the Margaret River region are part of the pleasure of eating out. Clancy’s Fish Pub in Dunsborough doesn’t disappoint. Tall gum trees. Space. Playgrounds. Solid food for the whole family.
A favourite for big groups and families, dining outside at Eagle Bay Brewing Co. feels quintessential.
Eagle Bay Brewing Co.
The jutting point of the Cape Naturaliste peninsula is so spectacularly beautiful with a number of pristine beaches. Eagle Bay Brewing Co. is tucked up in the trees just behind the coast, with an expansive lawn that brings all of the space of the Margaret River region to your lunch table. Expect upscale pub fare designed to share.
Other Side of The Moon
Overlooking bush to views of Bunker Bay, this Pullman Bunker Bay Resort restaurant is a bit of luxury right on the coast. Lunch at Other Side of The Moon on the tree-shaded terrace with friends, or wait until the sun sets and dining on the deck takes a romantic turn.
The Sea Garden Café
Sunset views from the tiered seating of the Sea Garden Café’s outdoor deck are the ideal accompaniment to easy local eats. Breakfast, here, is also a post-swim summertime must.
Exactly what you’d expect from a boutique Margaret River region brewery, Wild Hop is the epitome of casual, bush front dining.
Wild Hop Brewing Company
A big dam surrounded by bush is a natural amphitheatre of raw Australian beauty at Wild Hop Brewing Co, a brewpub offering just the kind of casual dining experience you’d expect from a boutique Margaret River region brewery.
Margaret River Distilling Co.
Tucked away at the entrance to the Margaret River township, the deck and grassed area framing the Margaret River Distilling Co. is prime Negroni-sipping territory. Order from their simple, local menu to accompany your many, many gins.
You’d never know The Nookery Café at Woody Nook Wines sits on the site of an old timber mill. There are so many trees: some 60 acres of mature jarrah and marri forest. Local produce is a highlight, so, too, the rare set-course dinners that occur once a month through the winter and summer.
The intimate farmhouse restaurant vibe from within Arimia spills outside onto the covered deck. This is the spot you wish you owned, especially if chef Evan Hayter’s seriously sustainable cooking came as part of the bargain. This is a winery that nestles into its bush setting, with an off-the-grid kitchen and dishes derived from what’s grown on-site.
Dine on paddock-to-plate fare surrounded by the buzz of a working farm at the family-owned and run Glenarty Road.
No doubt this is a working winery and farm. At Glenarty Road you will sit framed by vegetable gardens, vines and mature-growth gums that tell the story of the McDonald family’s five-generations of farming on this site. Food is made of that which the family grow: think produce-driven, home-style fare.
Finding a café tucked away in the middle of the Boranup Forest means that, when your walk is done, coffee and cake is waiting. It’s simply so pretty at Café Boranup, a quiet bolthole surrounded by Karri trees with an art gallery on site.
Goanna Bush Café
Skinks, bobtails and the gallery’s resident kangaroos are the company you’ll keep at Goanna Bush Cafe, hosted on an incredible natural bushland setting. There’s also lunch at this fully licensed venue, and a gallery featuring local artists and artisans.
The River Hotel
There are two spots at the River Hotel to get your outdoor dining fix. An inner courtyard is within view of the pool table, with live music, while picnic tables beneath trees out the front let you see and be seen.
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Swings & RoundaboutsMonday - Sunday: 10:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Fireplace
2807 Caves Road, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
Cape LodgeGreat For: WiFi
3341 Caves Road, Yallingup WA 6280, Australia
The Colony ConceptOpen 7 days 10 am - 4 pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground
Augusta Hotel MotelReception Monday - Sunday 7.30 am - 6.00 pmGreat For: Disabled Access,Fireplace
56 Blackwood Avenue, AUGUSTA
Equinox Restaurant & BarMonday - Sunday: 8:00am until 8:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Fireplace,Outdoor Playground,Rainy Day,Sunny Day,WiFi
1 Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA (Near the Jetty)
Clancys Fish Pub DunsboroughMonday - Sunday: 11:00am until 9:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground
1710 Caves Road, Dunsborough, Western Australia, Australia
Meelup FarmhouseMonday: 9:00am until 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am until 5:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 9:00am until 10:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am until 8:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly
Brookwood EstateTuesday to Sunday | Cafe until 11 am until 3pm | Cellar Door 11am until 4.30pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Indoor Play Area,Rainy Day,Sunny Day
430 Treeton Road Cowaramup, WA, 6284, Australia
Cullen Wines & RestaurantMonday - Sunday: 10:00am until 4:30pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Vegan Wines
4323 Caves Road, Wilyabrup, Western Australia, 6280, Australia
Happs WineryMonday - Sunday: 10:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Indoor Play Area,Outdoor Playground
575 Commonage Road, DUNSBOROUGH WA, Australia
Rustico at Hay Shed HillMonday - Sunday: 11:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Workshops & Classes
511 Harmans Mill Rd, Wilyabrup, WA, 6285
The White Elephant Beach CafeMonday - Sunday: 7:30am until 3:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,WiFi
Lot 5389, Reserve 13404, Mitchell Dve, Prevelly 6285, Australia
Eagle Bay Brewing CoMonday - Sunday: 11:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Fireplace,Outdoor Playground
252 Eagle Bay Road, Eagle Bay, Western Australia, Australia
Other Side of the Moon RestaurantMonday - Sunday: 7:00am until 10:00pm
Bunker Bay Road, Naturaliste WA 6281, Australia
The Sea Garden CafeMonday - Sunday: 7:00am until 8:00pmGreat For: Dog Friendly,WiFi
9 Mitchell Drive, PREVELLY, WA 6285
Wild Hop Brewing Co.Monday - Sunday: 11:00am until 6:00pm
1301 Wildwood Road, Yallingup WA 6282 Australia
Margaret River Distilling CompanyMonday - Thursday: 10:00am until 6:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 10:00am until 7:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am until 6:00pmGreat For: Workshops & Classes
Maxwell St off Carters Road, Margaret River, WA 6285
Woody Nook WinesMonday - Sunday: 8:30am until 4:30pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground
Metricup Road, Wilyabrup
Arimia EstateMonday: 10:00am until 5:00pm
Thursday - Sunday: 10:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access
242 Quininup Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6282, Australia
Glenarty Road | Kerfuffle WinesMonday: 10:00am until 5:00pm
Thursday - Sunday: 10:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly
70 Glenarty Road, Karridale, WA 6288, Australia
Cafe BoranupMonday - Sunday: 9:00am until 4:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Rainy Day,Scenic Spot,Sunny Day
7981 Caves Rd, Forest Grove WA 6286, Australia
Goanna Bush CafeMonday: 8:30am until 4:00pm
Wednesday - Sunday: 8:30am until 4:00pm
278 Hayes Road, DUNSBOROUGH
Margaret River HotelMonday - Thursday: 11:00am until 9:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am until 12:00amGreat For: Fireplace,WiFi
125 Bussell Highway, MARGARET RIVER