23 Incredible Outdoor Dining Spots in Your Margaret River Region

 

23 Incredible Outdoor Dining Spots

From authentic farm backdrops, to blue ocean vistas and hidden bush settings.

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.

Swings and Roundabouts

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.

Cape Lodge

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.

Happs Winery

The Happs gardens make for the perfect picnic spot.

Happs Winery

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.

Meelup Farmhouse

Feel totally immersed in Cape Naturaliste bushland at Meelup Farmhouse.

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.

Brookwood Estate

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.

Cullen Wines

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.

Augusta Hotel

The sloping lawn at Augusta Hotel is prime roly-poly territory, and the perfect vantage point for an Augusta meal overlooking the Blackwood River.

Augusta Hotel

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.

Equinox

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.

Eagle Bay Brewing Co

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.

Wild Hop Brewing Co

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.

Woody Nook

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.

Arimia Estate

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.

Glenarty Road

Dine on paddock-to-plate fare surrounded by the buzz of a working farm at the family-owned and run Glenarty Road.

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.

Café Boranup

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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Sarina Kamini

Author Sarina Kamini

Sarina is an Australian-Kashmiri author, spice mistress, one-time magazine editor and food journalist who has settled in Margaret River following 20 years of living and writing in New Delhi, Bangalore, Southern California, Melbourne, Paris, Edinburgh and Barcelona. When she is not working on a manuscript or running spice classes, she can be found swimming laps of Gnarabup beach or wandering the forest with her two sons and her dog, DJ Chips.

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