Things To Do

Best things to do in Margaret River 

Beautiful Beaches

SPECTACULAR beaches throughout the Margaret River Wine Region are a short drive from your Edge Of The Forest Accommodation, with stunning views up and down, from Cape to Cape.

Choose a populated or remote location for your swimming, surfing or sightseeing, at all times of the year.

Whale Watching tours leave from Augusta or Busselton(Seasonal).

The very popular White Elephant Cafe at Gnarabup Beach or The Sea Gardens at Prevelly, have ocean views & are great options for breakfast, coffee or lunch whilst soaking up the views.

Gracetown at Cowaramup Bay, Redgate Beach & Surfers Point being popular surfing locations.  Surfers Point or Canal Rocks are sensational locations for watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean. Hamelin Bay, further south, is home to the Stingrays that visit the shallow waters near the boat ramp. A stunning beach and bay.

The River Mouth beach at the mouth of the Margaret River, is great for canoeing up the river & a patrolled beach for swimming in the Summertime.

Click on to these links for maps and guides.

Margaret River Map link

Self Drive Itineraries and Routes

Explore five spectacular coast and country drives to make the most of your WA holiday.

Drive your story

Hire Canoes/Stand-up Paddle boards
Margaret River Kayaks and Canoes

Surfing Lessons –
Margaret River Surf Academy

Beachside Dining – no reservations taken, just rock up and hope!
White Elephant Café

History

Ellensbrook at Mokidup is nestled in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park in the lee of one of most spectacular coastal dunes of the rugged, western-facing coastline of Wadandi Country.

Driving Day Trips links

MR Surf & Source Trail

Walk and Bike trails

Located within easy walking distance to Margaret River town centre but also on the edge of the Forest Walk and Cycle Trails leading to Beautiful views of the Margaret River, birdlife and native flora.  Strolling through the Forest is so relaxing, there are many places along the track to head down to the river with seated rest areas and various weirs crossing the river on the many short trails leading from our door.

The Margaret River Wine Region is Mecca for mountain biking and the recreational biker. The mountain bike trails are a mix of gravel roads & single tracks amidst gigantic trees and spectacular scenery and are suitable for all skill levels of bike riders. Access these trails out the drive and across the road or out the back via the beer track. Bike wash down/Workshop and Secure on site storage.

Woodjitup Bike Trails

The Cape to Cape Walk Track is a 140 kilometer long trail between Cape Leeuwin & Cape Naturaliste.  The track between Ellensbrook Homestead and Gracetown is a fabulous walk with ocean views and is only a 10 minute drive from your accommodation .

Cape to Cape Walking trails

Restaurants and Cafes

Margaret River has a vast array of Restaurants and Cafes and are within easy walking distance of Edge Of The Forest Motel Accommodation, made all the easier with a new path at our front door. 

There is a strong emphasis on local Produce including the wonderful Wines of the Region and the various Breweries well represented. Great Coffees too.

 

Click on the links to take you to their web pages.

Bookings strongly recommended.

The Margaret River Brewhouse is just down the road (or the back beer track!) and offers a great selection of their hand crafted beers, with local wines and delicious food in a casual and beautiful setting.

Margaret River Distilling Co cellar door is just over the road. A great place to pop in for a tasting of their craft spirits, or while away a few hours over food and cocktails. Also available are local beers and wine, or freshly roasted coffee.

An awesome little track takes you through the forest on your way there or back!

Bars in the town you can walk to

Yonder

The Pearl Bar (next to Morries)

Rio’s

Swings and Roundabouts

Settlers Tavern

Within a short drive you will find many of the famous Winery and Brewery Restaurants that have had the regions visitors, wined and dined, some with decadence and others in a more casual style. Most offer beautiful views over the vineyards or with a rural outlook.

Edge of the Forest Motel guest’s discounts available

 

Morries 08 9758 8280

Black Brewing Co 08 9755 6500

Wine & Brewery Tours

Wine or Brewery Tours are a fun and informative day out. There are many fantastic options available in the Margaret River Wine Region.

Tours may also include The Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Margaret River Dairy, Yahava Coffee, Ollio Bello, Nougat, Venison Farm.

Our Local favourites are:

 

Bushtucker Tours
They do wine tours and a canoe tour

Click on link at top of this page.

Margaret River Tours

McLeod Tours

MR Vintage Wine Tours

Wine For Dudes – Click on link at top of this page.

All offer full day and half day tours. A full day tour can be a long day so be prepared!

And finally, the tour for people who don’t do tours!

Click on link at top of this page.
The Margaret River Discovery 

Many wineries offering “Behind The Scenes Tours” giving informative experience’s  about  the growing and making of the world class wines, that are produced in the region.

Bookings are essential.

 

Cape Mentelle

One of the first Founding Wineries of the region.

They also run Movies at Cape Mentelle in the summer months.

Vasse Felix

First established winery in Margaret River.

Voyager Estate

Cape dutch inspiration and manicured gardens.

Book tours and lunch through link at top of this page.

Leeuwin Estate

Founding winery and internationally recognised. Annual concerts. Art Gallery.

Cape Leeuwin Day Trip

Take a drive along Caves Road to Boranup Karri Forest 25 minutes South of Margaret River. Towering Karri trees, some over 60m in height, undulate across the valley making for breath-taking view.  This is one of those ‘WOW. That’s awesome’ sights.

For more things to do in Augusta go to their web page. www.augustawesternaustralia.com

Caves
Visit the Caves for a spectacular underground experience.

Book through link at top of page

My favourite is Jewel Cave.

Self explore options as well which is a lot of fun. Giants Cave

 

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Augusta is the home of Leeuwin Lighthouse, spectacular views from the tallest lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean.

Book through link at top of page

Head down the Highway to Augusta (50kms) via Witchcliffe, 10 mins south of Margaret River. Small town worth stopping and walking around. A couple of cellar doors plus more and Yard Byrd Cafe  which has been getting past guest’s to come back for multiple visits!

McHenry Hohnen cellar door, established by one of Margaret Rivers original wine pioneers. McHenry Hohnen

Amato Vino Artisan winemakers – small-batch, lo-fi & traditional methods, alternate varieties. Old-school approach with creative flare Amato Vino urban cellar door  “The coolest cellar door in the region”

 

Farmers Market &
Farm Gate Outlets

MARGARET RIVER FARMERS MARKET Every Saturday morning the Farmers Market is held, just passed the top of the town, beyond the High School, on the Bussell Highway.  Up to 50 stalls, with only local and surrounding South West Producers eligible to host a stall. Food, coffee and produce, with many stall holders are happy to chat.  You will find fresh fruit, vegies, olive oil, locally raised meats, bread, handmade cheese, chocolate amongst the many products on offer.

Margaret River Farmers Market

Local Produce retailers-
Several shops in the town supporting local manufacturers and producers.
ALCHEMY EATS  –  91 BUSSELL HWAY

Alchemy Eats is a whole foods grocer with a small menu of delicious, plant forward food and the best Euro-style coffee in town. Come in for a relaxed, inspiring shop, stay for something delicious and healthy.

Alchemy Eats

CHARCUTERIE Gourmet Deli  4/103 Bussell Hway
Cured meats, cheeses etc
Charcuterie Margaret River
THE LITTLE FARMFearn Ave at the top of town.
Supporting a whole range of local suppliers.
Pre order Food Boxes before arrival to take on the road whilst exploring the region.
The Little Farm
Blue Ginger Wholefood StoreContinental Deli & Cafe
Station Rd
Proudly supporting our local Margaret River butchers and cheesemakers, but they love special imports too!
Blue Ginger Fine Foods
FARM GATES & PROVIDORES – The Margaret River Wine Region is home to amazing local produce.  Amongst the produce on offer you will find Olive Oil and related products, Nougat, Fudge, Ice Cream, Chocolate, Venison, both from the farm gate premises and also in Margaret River township. The Fudge Factory features a viewing window to watch produce being made.

 

 

Whale Watching in the Margaret River Region

Whale Watching out of Augusta and Busselton The Margaret River region hosts an estimated 35,000 whales each year.  The whale watching season runs from June to early December, making it one of the best opportunities to see whales in Australia.  The whales migrate from colder Antarctic waters to mate, breed and nurse their calves in warmer waters.  Augusta is one of the only places in the world where you can see Southern Right Whales and Humpbacks interact.

This happens early in the season in Flinders Bay.

There are many Whale Watching Charters in the Margaret River region with well-equipped vessels and experienced teams to get visitors in the best position to see some whale action.

In winter, tours depart from Augusta and in Spring, tours depart from Dunsborough. Get out in the Margaret River region whale- derness with humpbacks and southern rights this season – tours run daily from June to November.

To book tour click on link at top of this page.