We love being outdoors in the Xanadu vineyard – the smell of the eucalypts and the sounds of the birds are just one of the daily pleasures you get to experience if you’re part of the viticulture team! But Margaret River is famous for so many incredible facets of mother nature, so if you’re paying a visit to “Margs” you should definitely check out some other breathtaking things to do – as well as visiting Xanadu.
Our top 10 ways to experience nature in the Margaret River:
Visit Lake Cave & Mammoth Cave
Over 150 highly decorated limestone caves lay beneath the surface of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge. Formed approximately 1 million years ago, a number of these complex and fragile karst systems are open to the public. These massive labyrinths decorated intricately with limestone crystal formations are amazing.
Cave tours range from completely easy ‘at your own pace’ self-guided tours, guided tours along boardwalks with great commentary, to ‘off piste’ adventure hard-hat tours or extremely adventurous ‘abseil your way in’ expeditions.
Enjoy a Sip n Cycle Winery Tour
Enjoy a winery tour like you enjoy your wine… a full sensory experience at a leisurely pace! The team at Margaret River Dirty Detours takes you from vineyard to vineyard tasting Margaret River’s world-class wines (including ours!).
Enjoy the natural sights and sounds of the Australian bush while cycling at a relaxed pace. Cycle tree-lined forest paths and admire the seasonal change of the fragrant vineyards.
Learn to surf with Margaret River Surf School
Learn to surf, hire a stand-up paddleboard or go on a surf tour of the best spots around the coast…. The Margaret River Surf School has it covered.
Explore Boranup Forest
A drive 25 minute drive south of Margaret River along Caves Road takes you to the Boranup Forest. As you enter the forest, rising from each side of the road are towering karri trees, some over 60m in height, with bright white trunks, filling the valley below.
It’s an awe-inspiring and magical place.
Visit Canal Rocks
An ancient and unusual rock formation, these massive banks of granitic gneiss have eroded along a dead-straight line running north-south, forming the striking “canal” feature.
In calm conditions a beautiful spot to swim and snorkel, and in stormy conditions and at sunset a spectacular spot to watch nature at its finest.
Stock up at Margaret River Farmer’s Market
The Margaret River Farmers’ Market has been a feature of the region for over 13 years. From humble beginnings, the market has grown to be a Saturday morning fixture with up to 50 stalls. Only producers from the local Shires and surrounding south-west are eligible to set up a stall, and the stalls are operated by the people who grow or make the produce. This makes the Margaret River Market one of only a few genuine Farmers’ Markets in the state.
Explore the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs
A little off the beaten track is the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs. The cliffs are well worth visiting to watch for whales (during their spring/summer migration), do some rock climbing and abseiling, if that’s your thing, or just to explore around and admire the incredibly beautiful and dramatic coastal views.
Take a Naturaliste Charters Whale Watching Tour
From late May Augusta is the best location in Western Australia to view humpback whales as they make their northern migration through the Ngari Capes Marine Park.
Visit Leeuwin Lighthouse
With an epic view, and possible whale spotting, this is a lovely spot to stop. The tour is definitely worth doing – check times with margaretriver.com. If weather permits, take a swim at Grannies Pool.
Go Coasteering with Margaret River Adventure Co.
Coasteering is a blend of rock-hopping, shore-scrambling, swell-riding, and rock jumping for the ultimate aquatic adventure. Along the way, you’ll discover wildlife and beautiful scenery too.
The Margaret River Adventure Co. is the only coasteering experience company in Australia!
Coasteering is about getting in the water and experiencing the Indian Ocean up close. You will need to be able to swim and be able to haul yourself out of the water. The tour takes you to a secluded granite coast area that is both safe and challenging.