‘Tis the season of hidden adventures. The maddening holiday crowds are gone, the landscape is a lush and verdant green, and brooks, creeks, rivers, and waterfalls are running high. Winter is a time when you can experience the region’s natural glory at its peak, and for those hardy enough to brave the elements, these adventure tours are the best way to immerse yourself in winter glory!
EcoAdventures‘ unique electric quad-bike tour is one of the ultimate ways to experience ancient beauty of the towering Boranup Karri Forest. These converted electric quad bikes are the first of their kind in the world, and are sustainable and highly efficient. So much so, that you can hardly even hear them! If a quad bike drives through the forest and no one hears it, was it really even there?
The bikes are also equipped with an iPad mini that brings prehistoric mega-fauna to life. Take an 18km trip through a Jurassic Park like scene on a 21st century vehicle.
Earth Sea Star
Jinni Wilson is a tour guide well versed in scientific and historic knowledge of Margaret River – she literally grew up in museums. Her father, Barry Wilson, was a marine scientist who assembled much of the malacology (think molluscs, shell creatures, octopus, and squid) displays in the Perth Museum, before taking over as director there and then in the Melbourne Museum.
Jinni draws on her innate fascination of detail and natural beauty to take Earth Sea Star visitors on a one-of-a-kind tour through Margaret River’s caves, coast, and forest, sharing with you all the magic and stories that make Margaret River a world biodiversity hotspot and one of the world’s premier tourist destinations.
Margaret River Exposed
Born the son of a local forest ranger, Hank Durlik knows many of Margaret River’s abundant secrets. At Margaret River Exposed, his Black Point Tour is designed to share the regions hidden and most photogenic gems with a lucky few. This off-road adventure tour explores the wild southern coast and old-growth forests, all from the luxury of Hank’s four-wheel-drive. Throw in an amazing local produce gourmet picnic lunch and a stopover at a local boutique winery, and you’ve got a ticket to sample some of nature’s finest.
The Horse Resort
Touring by horse has got to be the most serene and immersive way of experiencing Margaret River’s natural glory. At The Horse Resort, an expansive bush property, you can soak in the trickling of creeks and brooks and swaying grass, all to the entrancing beat and sway of horse steps.
The horse resort is about teaching horsemanship, which is built upon the founding principles of kindness and understanding. The guided ride through the lovely paddocks and bush trails of the property are safe and well controlled, but also a ton of fun with the freedom to ride at your capability level. No bits, no kicking, just beautifully trained responsive horses.
Cape Cultural Tours & Koomal Dreaming
If there is anyone attuned to all the moods and seasons of Margaret River, it’s local Wadandi man, Josh Whiteland. Josh’s ancestors have occupied this place for up to 60,000 years, and at Cape Cultural Tours and Koomal Dreaming, Josh draws on millennia of historical and traditional knowledge to create a deep connection and lasting memories in his guests.
These Aboriginal interpretive experiences along the spectacular capes and coastline show visitors what the seasons means to the Wadandi people, and how integral it is to the prosperity of the land and its peoples. Learn through stories the interconnected ecology of the plants, the sea, the animals, the fish, the rivers, and why the past is ever present to this land’s traditional custodians.
Please note: Koomal Dreaming tours reopen in August and Cape Cultural Tours reopens in September
- 5 From $110
EcoAdventures Margaret River24 Hours OnlineGreat For: Child Friendly,Sunny Day
Cnr Caves Rd and Vlam Rd, Boranup WA 6286,Australia
- From $155
Earth Sea Star Eco-Heritage Tours9am-4pm weekdays
Margaret River WA 6285, Australia
- 5 From $80
Margaret River ExposedMonday - Sunday: 9:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Rainy Day,Scenic Spot,Sunny Day
Margaret River, WA 6285, Australia
- 4.5 From $98
The Horse ResortBy appointed tour time onlyGreat For: Child Friendly,Sunny Day
1813 Osmington Road, Margaret River, 6285
- 5 From $65
Koomal Dreaming & Cape Cultural ToursDepartures closed 1 July - 31 August. Pre-booking for other dates essential.Great For: Child Friendly,Sunny Day
Yallingup Caves road WA 6282 Australia