On a Margaret River tour with Nullarbor Traveller you'll visit world class wineries in Western Australia.

The Best Towns In Western Australia – Margaret River Overview

Looking for the best towns in Western Australia? Margaret River is a beautiful little town with a feel-good vibe just three hours drive south of Perth.  The township of Margaret River is nestled between vineyards and towering Karri forests and the locals mainly consist of surfers, winemakers, artists and people who enjoy an alternative lifestyle. Known for its craft breweries, world class wineries, stunning caves and huge waves, at night the town comes alive with fantastic restaurants, wine bars and pubs with live music.  With all this its no wonder it is such a hotspot for tourists.

The Best Towns In Western Australia – Margaret River Overview

The picturesque Margaret River is 40km long and flows out into the Indian Ocean at one of the world’s most famous surf breaks, Surfer’s Point.  The town is named after the river, which is presumed to be named after Margaret Whicher, cousin of John Garrett Bussell (founder of Busselton) in 1831.  

Before British settlement in the 1850’s the area was inhabited by the Noongar people and has a history rich in indigenous culture, considered one of the oldest continually occupied habitats in the world, with a history dating back approximately 50,000 years.  

Paddling down Margaret River in a canoe on Margaret River Tour

Gone are the days of the timber logging industry with much of the area now protected by National Parks and Reserves.  The region is actually in the top 10 bio-diversity hotspots in the world and the only hotspot in Australia! Just north of Margaret River, you’ll find the only pure tuart forest in the world, whilst the magnificent karri, the third tallest tree species in the world, stands in the south.  To the east the premium wine region and agricultural land gives way to woodlands, jarrah and marri forests.

During the 1960’s the region was identified as a potential premium wine growing region and in 1967 the first commercial vineyard was planted at Vasse Felix. Hot on the heels were Moss Wood, Cape Mentelle, Cullens and Sandalford wineries that opened prior to 1972 with twenty more wineries opening in the 1970’s, twenty more in the 1980’s, and the rest is history! The region produces 20% of Australia’s premium wine and features over 95 cellar doors open all year round for tastings.

If you are searching for the best towns in Western Australia then it is time to discover our Margaret River Tours.

Playing didgeridoo in Margaret River Western Australia