For the ultimate free-wheeling trip, start at Golden Jersey in Cowaramup, just ten minutes north of Margaret River. A bike shop and a café, fuel up with a coffee and start the day with a chat to the knowledgeable staff who will guide you towards the best option for your skill level and cycling plans. Choose from hard tail or full suspension mountain bikes, or for a completely leisurely option you can have an added boost with an e-bike (electrically assisted). Perfect for beginners, e-bikes will also help make easy work of those hills and any patches of gravel you might encounter on your chosen route.
Cowaramup is perfectly situated to hit the road. Just a few kilometres away lies the Tom Cullity Drive wine trail; complete with 8 wineries and local producers such as Margaret River Nougat, the Margaret River Chocolate Factory and Providore Gourmet Foods. Start from the top of the trail at Harmans Mill Road and work your way through a number of boutique, family run wineries including Ashbrook Wines, Heydon Estate, and Thompson Estate. Each of these cellar door experiences are intimate and will give you a chance to chat with the families that are behind the wine you are tasting. Finish the wine side of things with a different tasting experience at Vasse Felix, the regions founding winery. With an award-winning restaurant on site, it’s the perfect stop for a bite to eat too. The full loop is about 20km of cruising, but with pick up and drop off options from the Golden Jersey you shorten things to 12 or 4.5km.
For those that like to head a bit further afield, you can jump on the Wadandi track, or ‘rails to trails’ as it is also known. The route follows where the old railway used to run so it’s beautifully flat and very easy to navigate. From Cowaramup travel all the way to Margs and back (15km each way), or keep on going down to Witchcliffe – the crew can pick you up if the total journey is a bit much for weary legs. There are plenty of wineries an easy distance from the centre of Margaret River on bike. Follow the cycle path along Wallcliffe Road out to Cape Mentelle, or take Boodjidup Road along to Xanadu, Voyager Estate and Leeuwin Estate. The Darch Trail runs from the river along the back of the town and with a short detour you can pop by the Stella Bella.