A Free Day in the Margaret River Region - Suggested Things to Do
Tuesday 31st March
After a pretty hectic four days of organised Rally activities it may be nice to have an opportunity to do your own thing for a day.
A copy of the map “Your Margaret River Region” (MRR) is included in your Rally Pack. This map is a great guide to the fantastic range of options available in the area which are all reasonably close by.
The following suggestions are places to visit or things to do. Please use the Margaret River Region map grid reference notations provided to easily find the place you would like to visit.
These suggested destinations will not be visited during the organised runs on either Wednesday – Hinterland Escorted Tour or on Thursday – Caves to Cape Drive.
Drive to Dunsborough, visit Meelup Beach and Eagle Bay then stop for coffee or lunch at the Bunker Bay Beach House.
Head west on the Bussell Highway to Dunsborough and have a look at this nice beachside holiday town nestled on the shore of Geographe Bay in the shelter of Cape Naturaliste. Refer Margaret River Region Map (MRR) C3.
After a look around Dunsborough take the Cape Naturaliste Road from Dunsborough heading west and then turn right onto Meelup Beach Road to Meelup Beach. Refer MRR C2. This beach is one of the prettiest beaches in the bay and is ideal for a swim or just a walk on the sand.
Following the stop at Meelup Beach continue along to Eagle Bay and then back onto Cape Naturaliste Road. Turn right and continue for about 6km then right again to Bunkers Beach House which is located on the sand at Bunker Bay. Refer MRR B1. Click on https://bunkersbeachhouse.com.au/ for more information. This is a lovely place for coffee or lunch.
The Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is located a short distance further along the Cape Naturaliste Road. On the return journey it is recommended you visit Sugarloaf Rock, turn right a short distance after passing the Bunker Bay Beach House Road. Refer MRR A2
Eagle Bay Brewing Co Refer MRR B2
236 Eagle Bay Rd, Naturaliste.
Also a great spot for a casual lunch, great pizzas and a good range of other casual food. Fantastic views looking towards Eagle Bay. Click on https://eaglebaybrewing.com.au/ for more information.
Clancys Fish Pub Refer MRR C3
1710 Caves Rd, Dunsborough.
Good seafood in a great setting. Click on https://clancysfishpub.com.au/venues/dunsborough/ for more information.
Palmers Winery and Restaurant Refer MRR D3
1271 Caves Rd, Dunsborough.
One of the pioneer vineyards of the Margaret River area. Tuscan-style restaurant, traditional and top quality, with excellent food and award winning wines. Click on https://palmerwines.com.au/ for more information.
Simmos Ice Cream Refer MRR D3
161 Commonage Rd, Dunsborough.
Not far from Palmers Winery, just a little way down Commonage Road is Simmos, a must go place if you like ice cream with a massive menu of 60 udderlicious flavours using locally sourced full cream milk that remind you of how ice cream should taste. Recently voted as one of The Top 15 Ice Creameries in the World by USA Today. Click on https://simmos.com.au/ for more information.
The Soap Factory Refer MRR D3
86 Commonage Rd Dunsborough
Factory outlet selling Corrynne’s natural handmade soaps, clay facial masks, bath salts, moisturisers, essential oils and unique, affordable gifts and factory seconds. Click on https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Soap-Factory/253786684713966 for more information.
Aravina Estate Refer MRR C5
61 Thornton Road, Yallingup.
Established in 1986 under the original name Amberley Estate. Stunning food and exceptional wines. The winery includes a sports car gallery with a small collection of Aussie muscle and vintage cars and motorcycles. Click on https://aravinaestate.com/ for more information
John Streater Bespoke Furniture Refer MRR B5
105 Blythe Rd, Yallingup Siding.
John Streater’s gallery in Yallingup has been at the forefront of art in the Margaret River region for thirty years. A visit will leave you not only inspired, but with a chance to look through the workshop windows and witness John transform raw timber into stunning pieces of furniture. His work is showcased alongside hand blown crystal, magical paintings, Willie Creek jewellery and an array of other talented artists and their art forms. Click on https://www.streaterfinefurniture.com/ for more information
Woody Nook Wines, Wilyabrup.
Award winning wines, delicious food, great value and a charming setting. The café has a rustic cosy charm, both inside the cottage style building and outside under the shady pergola or on the all weather alfresco patio by the fish pond. Another great alternative for lunch. Click on https://woodynook.com.au/ for more information.
Payet Gallery Refer MRR B7
611 Boodjibuo Rd, Margaret River.
Nestled between native trees and a granite outcrop, discover the Payet gallery and workshop. Watch beautiful jewellery being designed and made by brothers, Francois and Nicholas Payet. Click on http://payetgallery.com.au/ for more information.
Brookland Valley Winery and Flutes Restaurant MRR B7
4070 Caves Road Wilyabrup
Set in beautiful natural surrounds, magnificent wines and superb cuisine. Definitely worth visiting. Brookland Valley produce outstanding wines with unique characteristics that are considered regional benchmarks. Named “Winery of the year” in the highly regarded James Halliday Australian Wine Companion in 2009 and continue to be recognised as a 5 star winery. Click on https://flutes.com.au/ for more information.
Margaret River Chocolate Company Refer MRR C7
415 Harman’s Mill Rd Wilyabrup.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. An amazing range of chocolate products with free entry and free tasting. The café has a range of delicious light lunches and sweet treats including the best chocolate brownies in Australia. Click on https://chocolatefactory.com.au/ for more information.
Hay Shed Hill Refer MRR C7
511 Harmans Mill Rd, Wilyabrup.
One of the small and prestigious group of pioneer vineyards that have established Margaret River’s reputation as a world class wine producing region. Hay Shed produces single vineyard wines that express the character of this outstanding site.
Rustico at Hay Shed Hill with its Tapas brand has established itself as a “must visit” on all itineraries to the region with the most popular way to dine being the degustation presenting the best value in the South West. Choose to indulge in the six course degustation menu, the tapas menu, the imported cheese selection, traditional paella cooked from scratch and handmade deserts. Click on https://hayshedhill.com.au/ for more information.
Margaret River Dairy Company Refer MRR D7
8063 Bussell Highway, Metricup
The Margaret River Dairy Company uses quality produce from the region and produces beautiful award winning cheeses and delicious yoghurts. Click on https://www.facebook.com/TheMargaretRiverDairyCompany/ for more information.
War Birds WA and Tiger Moth adventure flights Refer MRR H4
Margaret River Regional Airport, a 10 minute drive from Busselton on the Vasse Highway.
War Birds WA offer flights in ex military Nanchang CJ 6A warbirds. Your choice from a 15 minute introductory flight over Busselton jetty to a premium adventure flight over Cape Naturaliste and Sugarloaf Rock.
Experience the thrill of low level flight in an open cockpit vintage Tiger Moth over Busselton and the Margaret River coastline and countryside.
If you would like a flight a little less adventurous then conventional light aircraft scenic flights are also available such as a 45-minute South West coast and Cape Naturaliste lighthouse flight showcasing the rugged and beautiful coast. Click on https://www.facebook.com/Warbirdssouthwest/ for more information.
Photos above are copyright and supplied free of charge by Tourism Western Australia to whom we are grateful.