Visit Margaret River - Best of Margaret River
Named after the river that flows close by, Margaret River, the city has been settled by Europeans since 1850, though the aboriginals have been here for thousands of years. Economy flourished in the early 20th century as the town become an important timber logging. This town is the best centre from where to tour South-West Western Australia. It, and the surrounding regions, is famous for four things - the amazing coast, the fantastic wine country, the aboriginal culture, and the arts and crafts scene.
Tourism-wise, the main attractions are the fantastic cave formations that run along Caves Road. There are over three hundred caves, though only a handful of the large ones are worth visiting. The Indian Ocean has had thousands of years to shape the coast around here, and the entire coastline serves up a fantastic collection of pristine surfing beaches, as well spectacular surf breaks. These natural treasures have many great campsites. Check out the two lighthouses, and one incredibly long jetty (the underwater observatory here is not to be left out of your vacation itinerary planners).
The local wine-country is also fantastic for sightseeing, whether you take it in leisurely at one of the many farmsteads and resorts, or tear through it on horses provided by the riding schools. Such tours are usually led by experienced travel guides; find information about them at the city’s Visitor Centre.
The forests, scenery and natural resources here are a source of great inspiration to the many artists and craftspeople who live in the region. There are a plethora of boutiques selling clothes, furniture, fine art, sculpture and ceramics. Topping off the attraction list is the Aboriginal Cultural centre that narrates the histories of the first peoples of in this land through workshops, theatre and song and dance.
Margaret River Travel Tips
Essential travel information and Margaret River tips for your visit
- Time Zone: UTC/GMT +8:00 hours
- Currency: AUD (Australian Dollar)
- Electricity and Internet: Both are rather easily available.
- Languages: English is the main language. Others include Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Mandarin and Vietnamese.
- Security: The main emergency number is (000). The other two are 112 or 106. Margaret River sees a pretty low instance of crime.
- Off-Beaten Path: Bonarup Forest Maze.
- Tipping: Australia doesn’t have much of a tipping culture. If the service has been exceptional, you may leave a 5-10% tip.
- Tourist Traps: Busseltown Jetty; The Grove Experience.
- Customs: N/a
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Margaret River Tourist Information
Margaret River Itineraries
Margaret River Tours for you
The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Margaret River
Full-Day Small-Group Margaret River Wine and Food Tasting Tour2 Reviews
Duration: 10 Hrs
You are in for a real treat! This tours starts with coffee tasting (giveaway sample bag of roasted coffee) before heading off...Book Now
2-hour Busselton Jetty Package: Jetty train and Underwater Observatory7 Reviews
Duration: 1 Hrs 45 Mins
Begin your 1-hour and 45-minute tour with a Jetty Train journey 1.05-miles (1.7-kilometers) across the ocean to visit the Und...Book Now
Whale-Watching Tour from Augusta or Busselton with Optional Captains Lounge Upgrade1 Reviews
Duration: 2 Hrs
Whale watch experts will guide you through the cruise with in-depth knowledge of the whales as they pair up with their partne...Book Now
Save 7%Margaret River Winery and Brewery Day Trip plus Gourmet Winery Lunch7 Reviews
Duration: 7 Hrs
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Facts and Stats for Margaret River*
Margaret River: Crime and Safety
How safe is Margaret River for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Margaret River.
Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
Attacks 25 (Low)
Drug offense 25 (Low)
Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
Living in Margaret River - Quality of Life
Safety Index 82.81 (Very High)
Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.
Cost for Essentials in Margaret River
Here's how much it will cost to shop in Margaret River
Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.22 USD
International Movie per seat 13.36 USD
Summer clothing in a chain store 47.33 USD
Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 97.53 USD
Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 70.04 USD
*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced and subjected to change without notice.