Wine Trail Cycle the Margaret River Region Wineries & Vineyards

Love wine but also like to earn those delicious drops of Cabernet? Don’t want to get stuck inside a car all day when the sun is out, and you are surrounded by rolling vineyards and native bushland?

Well, it’s time to ditch the gasoline and power up via some pedal action instead. Cycle tourism is a growing in popularity around the globe and it’s here to stay. Not just for mountain bike enthusiasts and those training for triathlons, there are plenty of benefits to getting around on two wheels on holiday. Can’t ride? Well, now is the perfect time to pick up a new skill!

Do It Yourself

For the ultimate free-wheeling trip, start at The Hairy Marron or Life Cycle Bikes in Margaret River. 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, Montague 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.

Peacetree Estate
Explore boutique wineries dotted along the Margaret River wine trails.

Get Off The Beaten Track (And Into The Cellar Door)

Those that like to get off the beaten track will appreciate a tour with local mountain bike tour company.

Margaret River Mountain Bike Tours have a range of different tours on offer including Ride to Wine, Ultimate Ride to Wine and Dine, Trails to Ales, and Forest to Caves Ride. Michael, or better known by the local biking community as ‘Brooksey’, is a nationally credited mountain bike coach and is passionate about sharing his love of biking. Anyone can learn, and with the help of e-bikes it is possible to take families and ‘non-riders’ out to feel the joy of life in the saddle.

Mountain Bike Riding Elements

Whether you choose to hit the tarmac or cycle trails, there is no doubt about it: a tour by pedal power has more perks than the gears on your bike. From the environmental benefits, health pluses, the post-exercise high, the sense of accomplishment from with trying a new sport…the list goes on. Above all though, cycling is all about slowing down and living in the moment. Exactly what a holiday should be made of.