Your Summer Bucket List

50 ultimate things to do before summer's out, including the chance to win.

We’re fast approaching the final month of this glorious season we call summer here in the Margaret River region, so it’s time to start getting serious about making the most of the warm weather and salty vibes.

From exclusive experiences like coastal helicopter flights and five-star degustations to simple pleasures like fish and chips on the beach, this 50-strong summer bucket list full of Margaret River region adventures needs printing and pinning to the fridge. Better yet, it needs ticking off.

To make your summer just that little bit more epic, we partnered with Private Properties to bring you the ultimate giveaway prize: a 2 night stay in one of the incredible Private Properties holiday homes featured in this list, for you and up to nine others. The competition is now closed, but one lucky winner will soon be living the high-life at Injidup Bay House. Read on for more bucket-list worthy holiday inspiration.


1. Of course, you can’t come to the Margaret River region without sampling the region’s world class wines. Why not try something off the beaten track?

2. Wake up to unforgettable views from this spectacular home overlooking the iconic Injidup Beach.

3. Or soak up a more bucolic outlook here in the hinterland.

4. Pack the perfect picnic and immerse yourself in the region’s natural beauty – don’t forget to include a loaf of this fresh, hot, organic woodfired bread. You’ll be lucky if half the loaf makes the drive there!

5. You’ve got the bread – now grab some fresh, cold-pressed, locally grown olive oil. It really is a superfood!

6. Head to Meelup – one of the region’s many perfect picnic spots. It’s calm, protected and excellent for swimming, paddle-boarding, or skurfing.

7. Or you could pull up a picnic rug under the stars at one of the region’s outdoor cinemas.

8. Rest your head at this incredible abode on Yallingup Hill.

9. If you’re feeling adventurous, dive at one of Australia’s first sunken ship wrecks, the HMAS Swan, or just snorkel a little closer to shore.

10. Or why not see things differently? You could take a jet boat ride through the granite monoliths of Canal Rocks.

Summer Bucket List - Meelup Picnic

11. Catch a stunning aerial perspective of the region on a Scenic Helicopters flight.

12. Or head off-shore on a chartered deep-sea fishing tour and try to reel in a prized dhu-fish!

13. You can also get special access to Margaret River’s rugged coastline by hiking a section of the Cape to Cape trail.

14. Take a break from the adrenaline at this dreamy Bunker Bay Farm Break, with it’s fabulous ocean views.

15. Or retire to this seriously stunning home in Dunsborough.

16. Enjoy a delectable degustation or a long lunch at the region’s founding biodynamic winery.

17. Eat fresh fish and chips on the grassy Augusta foreshore.

18. Test your spice threshold on the Occy’s chilli burger scale. Beware of the 10!

19. And wash it down with a cold one at any of these breweries.

20. Treat yourself to a glass of sparkling at a winery with the region’s only methode traditionelle bottling line.

Summer Bucket List - Busselton Jetty

21. And enjoy a drop or plate of Karridale’s finest at Glenarty Road.

22. While you’re down there, check out the rustic Karridale Tavern.

23. Then head to Hamelin Bay to get up close and personal with the giant stingrays along the shore, and check out the remnants of what was once a thriving timber trade.

24. Spend a night or two at this gorgeous two-storey house overlooking a working vineyard!

25. Journey 1.8km out to sea – on foot! – along the iconic Busselton Jetty, or head below it to get immersed in an amazing Underwater Observatory.

26. Discover the seven wonders of the Margaret River region.

27. And go on a quad-bike eco-adventure!

28. Check out the Giant’s Garden, where each of the colossal wooden sculptures in the park are handcrafted by chainsaw.

29. Eat freshly shucked abalone, a regional delicacy to die for.

30. Get literally off the beaten track, and four-wheel-drive along the beach at Boranup or Kilcarnup.

31. Climb to the top of the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse to see where the Indian and Southern oceans meet.  Or check out the panoramic Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse on the other end of the coast.  There’s a rumour it’s haunted!

32. Spend a night at this illustrious Flinders Bay mansion, in the heart of WA’s original whaling settlement, Augusta. Summer bucket list worthy if we’ve ever seen it!

33. Learn the region’s rich Indigenous history and culture.

34. Tour one of the region’s ancient underground caves.  You’re spoilt for choice here, so use this guide as to which cave is best for you!

35. Try some marron – a local delicacy similar to crayfish.

36. Absorb the magic of Gracetown and smell the fresh salty air from the balcony of this stunning seaside home.

37. Discover the natural jewels of the region, like the Wilyabrup Cliffs or the ever-popular Injidup natural rock spa.

38. For a different kind of spa treatment, pamper yourself at any of these retreats.

39. Go canoeing down the actual Margaret River with a local tour operator.

40. Find your own slice of paradise at this astonishing Eagle Bay home.

Summer Bucket List - Bunker Bay

41. Then lose yourself in the Yallingup maze.

42. And let the kids free at any of these petting-friendly animal farms.

43. For the creatively spirited, create your own gin at the Margaret River Distilling Co.  You’ll never see a G&T in the same light!

44. Ride a wave at one of the region’s many surf breaks, or learn how to.

45. Sample some of the region’s freshest produce at the Margaret River Farmers’ Market.

46. Grab a guilt free meal from Fair Harvest, where almost everything is grown on the premises.

47. Or gorge at the Margaret River Chocolate Company.

48. Then work it off with a mountain bike or cycling expedition along one of the region’s world class trails.

49. Try something you’ve never done before, like a wine tour on wheels, or a boat cruise on Augusta’s stunning Blackwood River!

50. If nothing else, simply sit back and watch the waves roll in from this bucket list worthy Margaret River home.

Summer Bucket List - Surfers Point Swell


This competition is now closed.

Tom de Souza

Author Tom de Souza

Tom de Souza tells stories. He has dedicated his life to the written word, spoken idea, and captured image, seeking personal and professional freedom in pursuing a different kind of life along the road less travelled. Tom believes story telling has the power to change the world, and he travels regularly to seek unique stories that inspire us to consider our relationships with one another and the world we inhabit.


  • Avatar Jai Pearce says:


    Thank you for the competition at injunup looks beautiful 🤞

  • Avatar Paige Berdal says:

    I hope I win!

  • Avatar Janne Oborn says:

    The paragraph about Tom de Souza makes you want to try to meet up with him and hear his stories and talk about his aims and achievements.

  • Avatar Rolf Stucki says:

    Keep fingers crossed!
    A wonderful region – always worth to visit.Rolf

  • Avatar Yvette Bougaard says:

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win. We have not had a family holiday for as long as I can remember

  • Avatar Sue Mason says:

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Avatar Dani Halliday says:

    Hope I win

  • Wonderful part of our state

  • Avatar Cy-Anne Aylmore says:

    Favourite part of the world!! The house looks awesome – thanks for so many tips on what we could do when we are there!!!

  • Avatar Norman Gibb says:

    Heading down to WA on 18th Feb. from Fife in Scotland. -5deg.C. !!!

  • Avatar Lita Dennis says:

    Fingers crossed! For the joy of seeing that coastline again, for smelling that saltbush in the air, for the light through the karri trees in the afternoon. My bucket list is ready.

  • Avatar Kay Pearce says:

    Hi Thanks for including me. Love to discover the 7 Wonders of Margaret River.
    Cheers Kay

  • Avatar Lynda Main says:

    What a perfect setting to celebrate my birthday and our golden wedding, all in the same week. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Avatar karen says:

    Great look forward to your emails. would love to win its our most favorite place. All the great winery’s, restaurants shopping. Fingers crossed

  • Avatar bk says:

    With this great summer bucket list, one can only hope that summer last forever 🙂

  • Avatar Spina says:

    Would be awesome birthday treat!

  • Avatar Kaylene Lynch says:

    I love visiting the Margaret River region, always so much to do

  • Avatar Maureen van Aarde says:

    Looks and sounds like an awesome experience to be enjoyed. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Avatar Luana panchal says:

    Would love to take my family on a holiday,and couldn’t think of anywhere better to take them!!❤️

  • Avatar Georgina Grone says:

    Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to WIN a stay in Margaret River!

  • Avatar KAryn says:

    Would be a wonderful way to celebrate a significant birthday and the end of Chemotherapy for my friends.

  • Avatar Barbara Soltoggio says:

    Like the others I hope to win as we love the South West and go there regularly .

  • Avatar Amanda says:

    What an amazing house, in one of our favourite place! hope I can win this, have my brother coming over from uk in April, it would be fabulous to be able to take him there…fingers crossed! 🙂

  • Avatar nina prudnicki says:

    Summer in Paradise…yes please

  • Avatar Martin Lovegrove says:

    Where the forest meets the sea. Gotta love the crackling fire of the Settlers Tavern on a winters night, as farmers rub shoulders with surfies over a couple of froffies. Please send this little homesick West Aussie to the greatest part of Australia, if at least for a weekend

  • Avatar June Gamblin says:

    A big slice of heaven! Wonderful area.

  • Avatar Donnelle Ellery says:

    Looks amazing. Looking forward to the adventures of being down south.

  • Avatar Barry dowson says:

    We will be returning AGAIN and would love to win

  • Avatar Elaine says:

    A beautiful part of Australia have had the pleasure of visiting a couple of times and would love to win the chance to go again.

  • Avatar Russell & Anthea Cornish says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter sounds good

  • Avatar Amanda Cooke says:

    My favorite region! Thanks for the chance to win! 😊

  • Avatar Tanya Pidgeon says:

    A beautiful part of the world. Fingers crossed I get to return – and would invite my loved ones to take a well deserved break from ‘everyday’ to enjoy it with me. Love the ideas shared here. Would also add Jesters Flat to the list! Thanks for the entry.

  • Avatar Sean says:

    Would be a perfect place to pop a question to someone…

  • Avatar Lidia Agosta says:

    Oh i really hope to win this!! I’m heading to perth next week (first timer) and this would be a dream come true to spend a couple of days in the property with my family.

  • Avatar Suzette Mercer says:

    We have new family coming over from France! What a wonderful opportunity to show off our wonderful state!
    Thank you for all the fantastic marketing in your newsletters I love them.

  • Avatar Anne says:

    Sounds absolutely wonderful and would love to win thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  • Avatar Marilyn says:

    Time with all of my little family together would be wonderful. Tksyou for the opportunity

  • Avatar Kylie Rogers says:

    I can’t find availability for any of the properties? Am I doing something wrong?

  • Avatar Tereso M says:

    It will be awesome if I win. I love Margaret River so much.

  • Avatar Ali Evison says:

    With family coming over from the UK in March, to win this would be perfect timing!

  • Avatar Chris V says:

    A family reunion would be perfect if I win.

  • Avatar Christine Gardiner says:

    Fingers and toes crossed for this one 🙂 Would love to take my extended family on an awesome getaway and could think of nowhere more perfect!

  • Avatar Julie Scobie says:

    Good work PP team!! Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  • Avatar Robyn Hayes says:

    We have friends in WA would be great to spend some time with them & this would be the ideal way

  • Avatar Jeanice says:

    Would love to win this. Have family over in May from NSW to celebrate our parents 50th wedding anniversary. Would love to be able to celebrate it here 🙂

  • Avatar Francis W Gobbart says:

    What a wonderful way to take a break, just had total knee reconstruction. Just what I need when I become fully mobile.

  • Avatar Marie says:

    Wow what a massive treat this would be for our extended family. Just gorgeous.

  • Avatar Marie says:

    Wow what a massive treat this would be for our family. Just gorgeous

  • Avatar Ida Coombes says:

    We have just come back from quindalup and fell in love with the area. Yesterday Had lunch at Fishbone and it was delicious Japanese authentic and the wines light and crisp.
    Also nipped down to Karridale where we sampled the Whirlwind olive farm produce. The lemon infused olive oil is To die for. Well done Imre and team.

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