Whales, wines, underwater wonders: What to do around Margaret River this winter

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Breathtaking beaches and spectacular surf breaks are a year round guarantee when it comes to Margaret River – globally-renowned as a summer destination… but that’s only half the story when it comes to this spectacular destination

Come winter there’s a different kind of magic to the Margaret River region – from immersive cultural experiences to decadent foodie festivals and, of course, plenty of world-class wine.

But where do you start?! Get ready for your next Australia’s South West winter getaway with these must-visit spots to stay, eat and explore:

Cabin Fever

For 10 days in July, Cabin Fever brings the fire, food and fun with a jam-packed program that will have you asking the question: “Just how much deliciousness can I consume in under two weeks?” The festival brings together the region’s most exciting culinary talents, wineries, breweries and creatives, with over 40 exciting events stretching between Busselton and Margaret River (and everywhere in between!) – think cheese toastie battles, food truck frenzies, no ego degos and munchies and magnums!

Cabin Fever

Koomal Dreaming 

Walk alongside Wadandi custodian Josh “Koomal” Whiteland on your next visit to the Margaret River Region, connecting with the stories, food and traditions of the world’s oldest living culture. Based in Dunsborough, Josh’s immersive cultural tours showcase his skilled didgeridoo playing, fire-making, bush medicine and story-telling – not to mention the opportunity to taste native delicacies and explore deep within the otherworldly Ngilgi Cave and spectacular Cape Naturaliste coastline. Find out more about Koomal Dreaming here.

Marine Discovery Centre at Busselton Jetty 

Even though the temperature has dropped, you can still discover the magic of the marine world – and you don’t even have to get your feet wet! The brand new Busselton Jetty Marine Discovery Centre is opening on the Busselton Foreshore on July 1, and will give you a window into the spectacular underwater ecosystem, from strolling through tranquil seagrass meadows to driving a virtual submarine along the vast depths of the Perth Canyon!

Busselton Discovery Centre

Whale Watching off the Cape Leeuwin Coastline

Where the wild winter waters of the Indian and Southern oceans meet, the Cape Leeuwin coastline is one of the few places on earth where you can see Southern Right and humpback whales frolic together. One of the starting points of what’s fondly called the “Humpback Highway”, whales gather in the bay on their migration north to warm, tropical waters. 

Perched on the tip of the spectacular peninsula, the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia. Not only is it a vital working lighthouse that still guides vessels through the treacherous cape, but it offers an unparalleled vantage point for whale-watching as well as insight into the South West’s unique maritime history.

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse


With a world-class wine region on your doorstep, warming up for winter has never been easier. Curl up by the fire with a full-bodied red on a chilly evening, with over 90 cellar doors slinging delicious drops! Not sure where to start? Check out the Cabernet for a Day trail or Wine Your Way Through Margaret River to start ticking them off your list!


Wine isn’t the only thing Margaret River does well – with Metricup’s Beerfarm providing plenty of alternative beverage options. This dairy farm-turned brewery became a fast favourite shortly after opening in 2015, and is the passion project of five mates with a love of good beer and good bites. Proudly independent and thoroughly relaxed, their philosophy is “Beer For All” – from crafty to complex and everything in between.


However you prefer your brew, you can be assured that it’s made with an environmentally-conscious approach. Recycling, up-cycling, and composting are key to their production, as well as supporting local farmers and helping to reduce agricultural food waste. Similarly, their menu balances crowd-pleasing brewery classics with a considered approach that honours local, seasonal ingredients – including the Black Angus cattle that graze the surrounding paddocks, and are fed on grain from the brewing process.

Broadwater Resort

Metres from the sparkling clear waters of Geographe Bay and boasting its own picturesque pool, Broadwater Resort is a no-brainer for summer holidays – but we also can’t resist a winter getaway. Recently refurbished, the resort offers a range of accommodation options – whether you’re visiting on a romantic getaway or a family escape. Best yet – it’s dog friendly, meaning no one needs to be left behind! (pups included!). Warm up in the heated indoor pool and spa before dining on indulgent dishes from the resort restaurant, Tonic by the Bay. You’ll be even more tempted by their winter special, which treats you to a $150 dining voucher if you book for three nights between now and August 31.

Broadwater Resort

Mandalay Holiday Resort 

Established back in 1964, family-operated Mandalay Holiday Resort has been welcoming holidaymakers to their chalets, caravan, camping, and glamping sites on the shores of Geographe Bay for generations. Tantalisingly close to Busselton (just 4km away) and less than an hour from Margaret River – it’s the ideal base for exploring the region during the colder months. As if you needed any more convincing, their winter special means that you’ll stay for three nights and only pay for two between now and September 19!

Summerstar Tourist Parks (Riverview, Margaret River, Busselton Lazy Days)

You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a dreamy winter escape – in fact, Summerstar Tourist Parks make it practically irresistible! With three locations in the Margaret River Region, they’ve got a stay for every season. During winter you can even stay in roofed accommodation for four nights for the price of three, or grab a powered camping sites from just $25 a night! Find out more here.

Summerstar Busselton Caravan Park may go by the name “Lazy Days”, but just ten minutes’ drive from town, we think you’ll find plenty to do – whether you’re heading to the brand new Marine Discovery Centre or spotting endangered possums in the park’s lush peppermint trees. 

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With its beaches looking so beautiful, it’s easy to forget about the “River” part of “Margaret River” – but when the weather cools and the stormy days roll in, we’re enchanted by the tranquil surrounds of the Summerstar Riverview Tourist Park. Just a short walk from the Margaret River town centre, it’s surrounded by lush greenery and the sounds of birdsong. While you’re there, hire a canoe for a gentle paddle down stream.

Summerstar Tourist Parks Winter Deals

Just a five minute drive away, the Margaret River Tourist Park also boasts easy access to town – because you’re practically there! Sit back and relax in the natural surroundings: The kids will find plenty to do with the park’s playgrounds, games room and epic jumping pillow!

Summerstar Tourist Parks Winter Deals

Ready to discover more magical winter experiences in Australia’s South West? Head to Winterdownsouth.com to plan your next cosy getaway.

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