Winter is that time of the year when it’s tempting to either hide out at home or migrate somewhere warm. We disagree, however – there are plenty of cool things to do in the Margaret River Region in winter, and to prove our point, here are eight recommendations straight from the horses’s mouth:
- Watch whales: Every year in winter 35,000 southern right and humpback pass the coastline of the Margaret River Region. Get up close and personal on a charter boat tour, departing daily from the spectacular new $36 million Augusta Boat Harbour.
- Go truffle hunting: Our neighbouring area of Manjimup is home to some of the world’s best truffles – so head over for a day trip or jump aboard a guided truffle tour with Go In Style(including truffle hunting with real truffle dogs, and a delicious truffle themed lunch atWatershed Premium Wines!)
- Go mountain biking: Winter is perfect for mountain biking – crisp cold air, a canopy of forest above you, mud splashing in your face… Drop into your local visitor centre for info on bike trails and where to hire a bike, or do a guided tour with Dirty Detours Mountain Bike Adventures.
- Taste red wine: Everybody knows that red wine warms the bones – so appoint a skipper (that means driver in WA lingo) and head out to sample some of the region’s best. Tip: Cabernet Sauvignon is what the Margaret River Region is best known for, but keep an eye out for other interesting varieties including tempranillo, sangiovese and malbec.
- Explore a cave: Caving in winter, who would’ve thought? We kid you not – if it’s pouring with rain, a cave is the perfect place to explore and hide out from the weather. Lake, Jewel, Mammoth, Ngilgi and Calgardup Caves are all different, and open to the public every day – take your pick!
- Take a hike: The Cape to Cape Track offers 135km of coastal hiking bliss, and although we probably don’t recommend doing the whole track in winter, it’s certainly a great time of year to do some short day walks – weather permitting. Get in touch with local experts Cape to Cape Explorer Tours to find out which section of the track suits your requirements.
- Do CinefestOZ: Get some culture into you and head to CinefestOZ in August – an unforgettable five-day getaway premiering feature films and events in the region’s cinemas, wineries, small bars and galleries. It also boasts the richest film prize in Australia (= really good films!)
- Climb a lighthouse: Mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin, and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse at the northern end of the region, both offer spectacularly rugged views in winter. Fun fact: Cape Leeuwin was recently named in National Geographic’s top three ocean views in the world, where “in winter, you feel the full force of the oceans crashing against the cape.”