The Ultimate Margaret River Region Gift Guide
Pair your Christmas shopping with a holiday.
Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be an ordeal. In fact you can actually take a fun, relaxing break in the Margaret River Region to clear your mind and your list at the same time. From homeware collections, local artisan keepsakes, restaurant gift vouchers and unique experiences, you’re bound to lock in everyone’s tastes in the Ultimate Margaret River Region Gift Guide.
For family or friends who are interstate or overseas
If you’ve been separated from family interstate or overseas, the Margaret River Region Visitor’s Centres have a wide range of excellent retail stock that tastefully shares a little bit of Western Australia with those you can’t connect with.
The new Cape to Cape range of products have an uncompromising dedication to artistic integrity with quality t-shirts, tote bags and water bottles. Australian themed Christmas decorations are more than a bit cute too. Owls and Kookaburras in Christmas hats will be just what your family across the globe will love.
Children’s gifts are brimming with irony and intelligence and New York Times best-selling books like Does it Fart? and True or Poo? will have you in stitches. If you purchase a cuddly possum soft toy for Christmas, you’ll also be donating part of the proceeds to the Western Ringtail Possum Action Group.
All stock at the regional visitor’s centres offer out of the ordinary gifts and it’s clear that the range of homewares, books, locally crafted woodwork and art are selected for their artistic integrity and functionality. Visitor’s Centres are conveniently located on the foreshore in Busselton, at the bottom of town as you enter Margaret River, and in Dunsborough’s town centre.
For the person who has everything:
Buying a gift for the person in your life who already has everything can be a daunting task. A ticket to an event is a great solution though – and always fun to wrap it in a mysterious way. We recommend tickets to Passel Estate’s Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday February 20th. Expect laid-back jazz music, a scrumptious Chinese style dinner by Margaret River’s Ma La Dumplings, and the warmth of a summer evening.
Ticket holders will receive a welcome glass of wine before indulging in a three-course Chinese supper, and seated cabaret music in the beautiful surrounds of the Estate.
Passel Estate is one of the hidden gem wineries in the region just off Ellensbrook Road. The family-owned winery is passionate about offering visitors a unique experience and has a dedicated line-up of annual events. This Lunar New Year evening is a fabulous gift for any lover of music, wine, or just something a little bit different. Tickets are priced at $139.
For the eclectic folk:
The Margaret River Region has long had a reputation for its innovators and creators selling their wares, so a meaningful art purchase is a great choice. Stop by Happs Pottery where five local potters sell their contemporary platters, keep cups, and ornamental pieces. You can pick up some stocking fillers too in the form of their Icon Honey. Happs has a network of friendly beekeepers who stock a range of West Australian varietals.
The region’s first Aboriginal Art Gallery opened this year at luxury Bina Maya Yallingup Escape. The new gallery emerged as part of a collaboration with Fremantle operation Japingka Aboriginal Art which has had a steady following since its inception in 1984. The location of the Bina Maya Gallery in the Yallingup hills is worth a browse simply to appreciate the secluded spot amongst the trees, but you’ll likely fall in love with the art, furniture and jewellery too. Aboriginal paintings from all areas of Australia hang in the gallery and represent the stories, languages and cultures from where the artists live and work.
For an artwork that is sympathetic to the location, check out Christian Fletcher’s Gallery in Dunsborough. Christian is an award-winning photographer and his framed works capture the beauty of the local landscapes and natural environment. An ideal purchase for anyone who has a soft spot for the beaches and forests in this part of the world.
And when you have the luxury of spending a weekend browsing for art or gifts, Nathan Day Designs in Vasse is another exceptional warehouse to explore. Nathan is a true local and started his workshop in his parents garage in Yallingup in 2010. He’s gone on to design key commissions for companies like Apple, Louis Vuitton and Woods Bagot. Purchasing a Nathan Day Designs piece of furniture is a commitment to supporting local craftsmanship. The pieces are not only modern, beautiful and well-made, they will last for a lifetime and contribute to sustainable living.
For the celebratory types:
For a region that is famed for its great wine, craft beer and emerging distilleries, a special celebratory bottle of something is an easy and much appreciated gift. Wise Wines have recently released their new Wise Gin. Botanical in flavour, the gin has a palate of lemon myrtle and juniper berries. In typical Margaret River Region fashion – the gin started its life as a Gingin clone Margaret River Chardonnay. A great Christmas gift for raising your glasses over lunch with friends.
Margaret River’s Dune Distilling Co has also launched a limited-edition gin in time for Christmas. Called the Rhubarb and Hibiscus gin, it is perfectly flavoured for summer. Winning Perth artist Rina Bhabra’s design features as the label which gives the bottle an extra level of creative flavour.
Another great gift that won’t disappoint is the new Idee Fixe Premier Brut from Vasse Felix. The sparkling wine is crafted from house-grown Chardonnay from a specialty vineyard in Karridale. Perfect for pairing with a seafood lunch over the Christmas break.
For the foodie:
A voucher for one of the region’s premium restaurants will serve up a great gift. Award winning chef Seth James at Wills Domain might guide your decision, or Aaron Carr at Yarri. Both are big on presenting indigenous ingredients across the menu and offer textural and on-trend dishes that complement the wine.
A beer lover might prefer lunch at Margaret River Brewhouse where menu favourites like the squid salad or lamb shoulder pair well with the kale, avocado and mint salad and wash down well with a pint of craft brew. Wild Hop offers gift vouchers online too and along with tasting paddles and great beers, they serve up excellent grub. Notable mentions are the vegetarian options; Duck fat potatoes, fried pickles and truffle cauliflower are to die for.
For the adventurer:
Forest Adventures Gift Voucher
With 77 different challenging and exhilarating activities, a gift voucher for Forest Adventures will be a gift the adventurer in your life will never forget. Be sure to bring a camera to get some footage that will provide laughs for many years to come!
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Gift Voucher
Here’s another tip… if you are looking for a good excuse to rediscover the Margaret River Region, why not buy a pass for you and a loved one to explore one of the region’s incredible lighthouses? We recommend Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse – the tallest in mainland Australia and with an exceptional interpretive centre.
A truly mind-blowing and unforgettable gift is the opportunity to explore the Margaret River region from above. Scenic Helicopters have a great range of packages to choose from – whether it’s a romantic beach picnic or a rugged helifishing adventure. Perfect for the person who has everything – or just someone really, really special.
Busselton Visitor CentreMonday - Sunday: 9:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Disabled Access,WiFi
17 Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA 6280
Dunsborough Visitor CentreMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 4:00 PMGreat For: Disabled Access,WiFi
31 Dunn Bay Rd, Dunsborough WA 6281
Margaret River Visitor CentreMonday - Sunday: 9:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Disabled Access,WiFi
100 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
Passel EstateMonday - Sunday: 10:30 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Seated Tastings
655 Ellen Brook Rd, Cowaramup WA 6284
Bina Maya GalleryOpen Thurs-Mon 10 am - 3 pm (By appointment on Tuesday & Wednesday).Great For: Fireplace,Rainy Day
51 Bina Pl, Quedjinup WA 6281
Christian Fletcher GalleryMonday to Saturday 9am to 4pm Sunday 10am to 3pm Public holidays - 9am to 3pm Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
4/27 Dunn Bay Rd, Dunsborough WA 6281
Nathan Day DesignMonday: Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00am until 4:00pm
10 Commerce Rd, Vasse WA 6280
Happs Pottery & Icon HoneyDaily from 10am - 5pmGreat For: Rainy Day,Workshops & Classes
749 Caves Rd, Anniebrook WA 6280
Happs WinesMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Grazing Platters & Hampers,Indoor Play Area,Outdoor Playground,Seated Tastings,Takeaway
575 Commonage Rd, Quindalup WA 6281
Wise WineMonday - Sunday: 9:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Scenic Spot
237 Eagle Bay Rd, Eagle Bay WA 6281
Black Brewing Co7 days 11am - 5pm Kitchen open 12pm - 4pmGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Indoor Play Area,Outdoor Playground,Rainy Day,Seated Tastings,Sunny Day,Vegan Beer
3517 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280
Vasse FelixMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Dine In,Rainy Day,Seated Tastings
4357 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280
Brewhouse Margaret RiverMonday - Sunday: 11:00 AM until 9:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground,Sunny Day
35 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
Wild Hop Brewing Co.Monday - Thursday 11 am to 5 pm (kitchen closes at 4pm) Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 10.45 am to 6 pm (kitchen closes at 5pm)Great For: Dine In,Seated Tastings
1301 Wildwood Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
Wills DomainMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Disabled Access,Outdoor Playground
17 Brash Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
YarriMonday - Friday: 12:00 until 10:30 PM
Saturday: 8:00 until 11:00 AM, 12:00 until 10:30 PM
Sunday: 12:00 until 10:30 PMGreat For: Dine In
6/16 Cyrillean Way, Dunsborough WA 6281
Forest Adventures South WestMonday - Sunday: 9:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Adrenalin Activities,Children's Attraction,High Ropes & Rock Climbing & Zip Lining,Outdoor Playground,Sunny Day
12 Ludlow Park Rd, Busselton WA 6280
Ngilgi CaveSemi-guided tours of the show cave. Ngilgi Cave Centre open 9.00am - 5.00pm. Tours depart every half hour from 9.30am - 4.00pm daily. Extra tours during peak holiday times. Closed Christmas Day.Great For: Rainy Day,Sunny Day
76 Yallingup Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
Scenic HelicoptersMonday - Sunday: 6:00 AM until 6:00 PMGreat For: Adrenalin Activities,Flights,Nature & Wildlife Spotting
Margaret River Airport, Margaret River WA 6285
GIFT VOUCHER - Tours and Activities - Your Margaret River RegionMonday - Sunday: 9:00am until 5:00pm
100 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285