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Winter in Margaret River

a whale jumping out of the water

When we think about the Margaret River region the beach, summer vacation and wine come to mind. During winter Perth locals flock north to escape the chilly weather and capture the sun. However, Margaret River offers the perfect wintery getaway with unique experiences to chase away those winter blues. From cabins, to hikes, truffles, whales, and a whole lot more here are the top things to do to in Margaret River to ensure your winter weekend away is the best yet.

Cabin Fever Fest

This season brings extra special fun to your wintery escape with Cabin Fever Events running across Margaret River during the month of July. Whether you love the wine, the food, the fresh, delicious local produce, the views and landscapes of the Margaret River region, storytelling or simply love an excuse to head to an event Cabin Fever Fest has you covered. From wine and dine experiences with incredible chefs at venues such as One Table Farm, a tropical Caribbean party at Eagle Brewing Co, local folk music at HEART or a winter wine walk from the heart of Margaret River there is an event for everyone. So, grab your mates and book your weekend in Margs and don’t miss out on these amazing insights to the area. 

Tickets for these events are selling quickly and some events are already sold out, so you want to grab yours now before you miss out. Head to https://www.cabinfeverfest.com.au/ 

Whale Watching

Seeing whales off our shorelines is a breathtaking experience and one you should take at least once in your lifetime and Western Australia is spoilt with active marine life. The whale watching season along the south-west coast of Western Australia begins in Augusta during June and runs through to December. Pods of Blue Whales, Humpbacks, Southern Right and Minke whales all make their way to warmer water during the winter season.

a whale jumping out of the water

Jump onto https://www.whales-australia.com.au/ for whale watching tours operating all along the southwest coast.

 

Breaching Humpback. Sourced from Naturaliste Charters  https://www.whales-australia.com.au/

Truffle Season

Truffle Kerfuffle Festival may have passed that does not mean you’ve missed out on your down south truffle experience. Truffles, which are sometimes referred to as black gold, are an earthy delectable used in gourmet cooking and can go for $2000 per kilogram. The truffle season in Australia runs from June to September and you can partake in truffle hunts, a great outdoor experience, and a lot of fun!

To book your truffle hunt head to https://www.australiantruffletraders.com/trufflehunts

Cinefest Oz

This year marks the 14th annual CinefestOZ festival; a festival which allows audiences to view the best new Aussie films whilst they battle it out for prestigious film prizes. This year’s festival will run between the 25th and 29th of August 2021 and as always is set in some of the most beautiful venues between Bunbury and Busselton. Where better to capture a great new Australian film than in some of the most stunning Australian settings from Aravina Estate or Eagle Bay Brewing Co. The festival includes events such as a premier red carpet and gala night, general screenings, short film events, free community events and industry events all in stunning settings across the south west region.

For more information and ticketing hop onto https://cinefestoz.com/festival-program/

Chasing Waterfalls and Hiking

Winter provides such a unique hiking experience throughout the southwest. From waterfalls and rivers to forest greenery what better time to grab your hiking boots and head on a trek. As always you can take in some beautiful coastal scenery with an array of coastal walks or choose to hike part of the Bibbulmun Track but at this time of year one of the most breathtaking hikes is the Quinninup Falls. Two other magnificent waterfalls near Margaret River are Meekadarabee Falls and  Yalgardup Falls both which will be rumbling and flowing along with all the rainfall we have had so far this year.

It is important to note that this hike is quite challenging, but it is definitely worth it. Make sure you have all the essentials with you before undertaking any hiking, and let people know where you are going and when you will be back.

For more information about any hiking tracks or safe hiking practices head to https://www.margaretriver.com/services/visitor-centres/

a large waterfall in a forest

Quinninup Falls. Sourced from https://www.margaretriver.com/services/visitor-centres/ 

Wine, Beer and Food Tours

And of course, there is always the ‘to die for’ local produce of the southwest. Between Busselton and Margaret River there is a plethora of wineries, breweries, local craft stores, and eateries to check out. So, whilst you are enjoying the winter festivities in the region don’t forget to hop on one of our day tours and experience a few of the 80 odd cellar doors without the hassle of driving. What an opportunity to buy delicious wines – and maybe some chocolate from the Margaret River Chocolate Factory – and bring them home to extend that winter fun.