Things to do in Dunsborough and the Margaret River region.
The Margaret River region in the south-west of Western Australia is surrounded by premium wineries, extraordinary architecture, natural tall tree forests and amazing vistas of undulating vineyards, it is the lush forest, the river and the surf breaks that add an extra dimension to Margaret River.
There are things that you can do nowhere else in the world, like climbing the historic lighthouses and walk along the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere. It’s got lessons so you can learn to scuba dive, snorkel, fish, ride a horse, even paint, sculpt and blow glass! There’s tasting, eating, drinking and all together indulging with the list of wineries, breweries, restaurants, chocolatiers, confectionery producers, farmer’s markets and providores.
Dunsborough isn’t just home to several gorgeous beaches, it also has a lot to offer in respect of kids’ activities and in addition, it is close to the Margaret River wine region. Why not spend your days on sightseeing tours and visiting one of the many local attractions or just relax on a white sandy beach and splash in the turquoise waters of one of the many spectacular beaches in Dunsborough and then visit a family-friendly restaurant for a relaxing lunch.
The world-famous Meelup beach is a must-visit, one cannot describe the magnificence and clarity of the turquoise water here – it’s Next Level. Why don’t you hire kayaks and, SUPs – beach umbrellas, and snorkels are also available.
Dunsborough and the Margaret River abundance of activities and adventures waiting to be discovered.
Amazing Natural Surroundings
Cape Naturaliste Walking Trails
There are numerous easy walks along the coast. This is a great family experience for all ages. The walk from Dunsborough to Meelep takes about an hour each way. There is are amazing swimming spots along the way. Walking through the unspoilt native bush you will experience amazing views of the ocean, stunning scenery and you could bump into a kangaroo.
Castle Rock is located at the end of Castle Bay – a beautiful white sandy beach ideal for swimming and picnics. The views from the top of Castle Rock are spectacular. When the waves are big and dangerous head for Castle Bay because it is protected.
Ngilgi Cave can be found on Geographe Bay and Margaret River Region just off Caves Road. The Ngilgi Cave was formerly known as Yallingup Cave. The cave houses stunning stalactite, stalagmite, helictite and shawl formations.
Meelup Reserve Trail
This particular seaside walk weaves around the peaceful waters of Geographe Bay from Dunsborough to Meelup. Highlights include whale watching lookouts, small bay communities, various ecosystems and even several of the greatest beaches in Western Australia
This picturesque beach is one not to miss! Beautiful white sand, clear turquoise water and shady grassed areas. Meelup Beach is the perfect spot for a family beach day, ideal for picnics and swimming in its calm waters. Grab your snorkel and explore the crystal clear waters.
This particular picturesque beach is but one never to miss! Gorgeous white sand, clear turquoise water and shady grassed areas. Meelup Beach may be the ideal spot for a family unit beach day, perfect for swimming and picnics. Grab the snorkel of yours and examine the really clear waters.
A great natural attraction. The water gushing through the rocks on a windy day is very impressive. Hopping over the rocks is a fun activity of the whole family.
Injidup Beach and Spa
A perfect spot for surfing, snorkeling and sliding down the sand dunes, swimming and diving. The Injidup Spa is a hidden gem – just a short walk over rocks. The water rushes overs the rocks and falls into a pool forming a spectacular natural spa.
Word Class Restaurants & Eateries
BLUE MANNA BISTRO
Blue Manna specialises in local seafood and produce. Their dishes are rich in flavour and the cuisine would best be described as Asian infused. Enjoy a relaxed meal under the peppi trees.
Dunsborough | www.bluemannabistro.com.au | Phone (08) 9786 5051
OH DELHI INDIAN RESTAURANT
Delicious Indian curries, great service and a lovely atmosphere! Loads of food and options
Dunsborough | www.facebook.com/ohdelhidunsborough | Phone (08) 9750 5580
Located in Dunsborough – gateway to the Margaret River region – Yarri is for families and fun, or treats and date nights; it’s for Sunday sessions and quick bites; or long lunches and making memories.
Dunsborough | https://yarri.com.au/ | Phone (08) 9786 5030
EAGLE BAY BREWING
Eagle Bay Brewing Co is a family run, boutique operation with a passionate appetite to share our love of brewing, winemaking and local produce. Expect a new and vibrant experience for the whole family with menu and playground for the kids, great beer, wine, food, service and atmosphere.
Dunsborough | https://eaglebaybrewing.com.au/ | Phone (08) 9755 3554
If you are looking for bottomless brunches or picnic hampers, events and weddings, Meelup Farmhouse is the place for you.
Eagle Bay | www.meelupfarmhouse.com.au | Phone (08) 9756 8848
A funky bar and kitchen with a great vibe, selling locally produced craft beer and wine. A passion for providing excellent, seasonal dishes made with the finest and freshest ingredients.
Dunsborough | https://www.pourhouse.com.au/ | Phone (08) 9759 1720
Known for our big eats, dog-friendly beer garden, family-friendly environment and our ever-changing beer selection. Occys are a must stop for any punter that loves having a drink or meal at an affordable price.
Dunsborough | https://occys.com.au/ | Phone (08) 9756 7777
Guided & Self Exploring Tours
MARGARET RIVER SCENIC NATURE, FOOD AND WINE TOUR INCLUDING GOURMET LUNCH
The Wine Plus Nature Tour will introduce you to iconic and boutique wineries and visit some of the most picturesque locations discovering stunning panoramas. Visit 2-3 wineries plus free tastings at chocolate, coffee, olive, jam and nougat factories and other attractions depending on time. The tour includes a delicious restaurant lunch with a glass of wine or beer in a beautiful forest setting. For scenery and photography, this is the tour for you. Learn about the landscapes, terrain, history and unique wildflowers that make the Margaret River Wine Region so unique. Vino and Vistas, Nature and Nurture. Stunning wild coastal scenery, beautiful Hamelin Bay (stingrays), majestic Boranup Karri Forest and a cave. Free pick up from around Margaret River, charges apply for pickups from Busselton etc. This is a small group tour (Maximum 7) in a luxury vehicle so you can enjoy a full day of touring that will be crafted to your requirements and exceed your expectations.
NOCTURNAL WILDLIFE TOUR FROM BUSSELTON OR DUNSBOROUGH
See woylies, a rare native Australian marsupial, on an early evening tour with an expert guide. Take an easy walk through a wildlife reserve to observe a colony of woylies as they become active at night. Woylies stand just 14 inches (35 cm) at the tallest; are related to the kangaroo, and are on the endangered list. Your guide shares informative commentary about woylie behaviour and the Margaret River region and keeps an eye out for other wildlife including kangaroos, bandicoots and possums. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Busselton or Dunsborough.
DUNSBOROUGH JET BOAT SEA SAFARI ALONG CAPE NATURALISTE COAST
Dunsborough is home to the magnificent Cape Naturaliste coastline, replete with unearthly rock formations and rare wildlife species. Inaccessible by land, the only way to see these natural wonders is by boat, so ensure you take this 2-hour jet boat tour of Curtis Bay. Marvel at the vibrant orange Castle Rock, admire the pristine white sand of Meelup Beach, and with luck, observe dolphins, whales, and fur seals. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 passengers.
CAPE NATURALISTE LIGHTHOUSE
Take a trip through maritime history and learn how this famous landmark was constructed from local limestone in 1895 and is still a vital working lighthouse for vessels navigating the treacherous cape. It’s also one of the best land-based vantage points for spotting whales from May – September! Visitors can enjoy a coffee or delicious light refreshments in the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Cafe.
MARGARET RIVER WINERY AND BREWERY DAY TRIP, PLUS GOURMET WINERY LUNCH
Your tour begins with a pickup from your Margaret River, Busselton, or Dunsborough accommodation by air-conditioned minivan. Learn the history of the region, as your guide takes you to visit seven different wine, beer, and food producers around Margaret River. Stop at wineries, a craft brewery, cheese shops, and a chocolate company.
After making the first few stops of the tour, stop at a winery estate for lunch with an option for wild Australian foods. After lunch, continue the tour with chocolate, cheese, and ice cream sampling. After roughly 40 tastings, the tour concludes with drop-off at your original point of departure.