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Whale Watching Cruise from Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough

1. Whale Watching Cruise from Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough

Enjoy an exciting and best value whale watching experience in Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough. Cruise out into the pristine waters to see these lovable marine giants up close. Migrating humpback and southern right whales leave the cold, food rich Antarctic waters and begin arriving around June. Augusta, Busselton and Dunsborough are perfectly placed to view these spectacular wild animals as they make their way past, often stopping off for a rest and play. Geographe Bay, with its usually calm and sheltered waters, means a guided whale watching tour is the best way to see magnificent humpback and southern right whales up-close.

Augusta: Jewel Cave Fully-Guided Tour

2. Augusta: Jewel Cave Fully-Guided Tour

Jewel Cave is the largest show cave in Western Australia, composed of three massive chambers. Visitors are immediately in awe of the sheer enormity of the first chamber, which is also home to one of the longest straw stalactites found in any tourist cave in Australia. Towering crystal formations, growing for many thousands of years, reach up towards delicate and intricate decorations suspended like vines across the ceiling. Hear stories of the "Tasmanian tiger" fossils found in the cave — these animals perished in the darkness after falling into the cave thousands of years ago. After exiting the cave, you'll have the option to take a self-guided walk through the towering karri forest above, during which you'll pass by the natural entrance to the cave, a small vertical shaft in the forest floor.

From Margaret River: Margaret River Wine Adventure

3. From Margaret River: Margaret River Wine Adventure

Start your full-day adventure with pickup from your hotel in Margaret River. You’ll then be driven to the wine-producing region to visit 3 award-winning boutique wineries. These wineries produce high-quality wines on a small scale, and you will often have the opportunity to meet the owners.  Embrace your inner-winemaker and get hands-on in an exclusive Wine Blending experience where you'll learn all about this vital stage of the wine-making process, before creating your own unique concoction of wine to enjoy with your lunch! Be treated to a delicious lunch at one of the region's highly-rated restaurants. Enjoy fabulous food, a beverage to wash it down with, and stunning views. You'll also swing into a local chocolate producer in the area, to tantalize your tastebuds with delicious tastings of the goodness they deliver. To round things off at the end of the day, you'll then visit a local micro-brewery, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of delicious beers (own cost) and relax with your new crew of friends, and reminisce on an awesome day exploring the renowned Margaret River wine region! At the end of the tour, you’ll be dropped back to your accommodation in Margaret River with great memories and hopefully some delicious wine to enjoy too.

Margaret River: Wine, Coffee, Cheese, and Chocolate Tour

4. Margaret River: Wine, Coffee, Cheese, and Chocolate Tour

Kick-start your Margaret River tour with a stop at a local coffee shop to sample their range. Visit two wineries in the morning and sample some incredible wines from respected and award-winning winemakers.  Stop for a relaxing lunch and cleansing ale, grab a tasting paddle, or share one with a friend. to savor the range. Choose from a selection of Margaret River reds, whites, and sparkling wines if you’re not a beer drinker. Experience some sensational local produce and taste cheese at a local dairy company. Try some olive oil and condiments as well as chocolate from beloved local shops. Appreciate the incredible natural beauty of Margaret River’s lush forests, rolling hills, and opulent vineyards. Ride through natural Australian bush on the bus and spy karri trees and possibly some kangaroos. End your tour back at your accommodations.

From Dunsborough/Busselton: Margaret River Wine Adventure

5. From Dunsborough/Busselton: Margaret River Wine Adventure

Start your full-day adventure with pickup from your hotel in the Dunsborough/Busselton area. You’ll then be driven to the wine-producing region to visit 3 award-winning boutique wineries. These wineries produce high-quality wines on a small scale, and you will often have the opportunity to meet the owners or winemakers themselves. Embrace your inner-winemaker and get hands-on in our exclusive Wine Blending Experience where you'll learn all about this important stage of the winemaking process, before going headfirst into creating your own unique concoction! During the day you'll be treated to a delicious lunch at one of the regions' highly-rated restaurants. Enjoy fabulous food, a beverage to wash it down with, and stunning views. You'll also swing into a local chocolate producer in the area, to tantalise your tastebuds on with delicious tastings of the goodness they deliver. To round things off at the end of the day, you'll then visit a local micro-brewery, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of delicious beers at your own cost and relax with your new crew of friends. Take the time to reminisce on an awesome day exploring the renowned Margaret River wine region. At the end of the tour, you’ll be dropped back to your accommodation with great memories and hopefully some delicious wine to enjoy too.

2-Hour Luxury Whale Watching Cruise from Augusta

6. 2-Hour Luxury Whale Watching Cruise from Augusta

Come aboard for an unforgettable experience! Depart from the Augusta Boat Harbor and cruise in style on the Steep Point, a purpose-built luxury catamaran, for a 2-hour whale watching experience.  On your cruise, spot the magnificent Humpback whale along with seals, dolphins and migratory birdlife from all over the world. From mid-July, you may also see the arrival of the rare and endangered Southern Right Whales who use Flinders Bay as their nursery ground. Meet Western Australia's Whale Watch family who operates whale watch experiences all year and is onboard every tour to share their knowledge and experience with guests. Experts will provide a live and educational commentary throughout the cruise and answer any questions you may have. An underwater camera and hydrophone allow you to watch and listen to the whales in their natural habitat (weather permitting). The Steep Point features 5 viewing decks over 3 levels, where you’ll enjoy stunning uninterrupted views from the water level to the huge open bow, upper grandstand deck, and heated interior saloon with luxury lounge seating. Your boat is the largest and most luxurious whale-watching vessel in Western Australia and has been purposely built for safety, comfort, luxury, and viewing enjoyment. Superior service and no crowding are guaranteed. There’s also a fully-licensed cafe on board that serves a range of refreshments.

Margaret River: Ngilgi Cave Semi-Guided Tour

7. Margaret River: Ngilgi Cave Semi-Guided Tour

Enjoy your visit to Ngilgi Cave with this tour led by an experienced informative guide. The semi-guided tour is approximately one-hour in duration, and begins with an introductory talk from the cave guide while being led down into the first chamber or "The Amphitheatre." Your guide will tell you all about Ngilgi's rich history - from the fascinating Aboriginal Dreamtime story describing the battle between a benevolent spirit named Ngilgi, and an evil spirit named Wolgine. The cave now takes its name from this rich Aboriginal legend. After the tour, explore the cave at your own pace, while another guide stationed in the centre of the cave can answer questions and provide more information on the many beautiful areas within the cave.

Esperance & Margaret River Adventure 6-Day Tour

8. Esperance & Margaret River Adventure 6-Day Tour

Day 1: Perth to Margaret River Begin by traveling south from Perth to the popular tourist town of Busselton. See the 19th-century jetty stretching 1.8km into the turquoise Geographe Bay. Stop at breathtaking Meelup Beach for lunch and a quick swim. Unleash the adventurer within embarking on a two-hour hike to Cape Naturalist in Leeuwin-Naturalise National Park. Descend into the magical Ngilgi Cave. Finally, arrive at Big Valley Caravan Park for the night. Day 2: Margaret River to Walpole In the morning, head to Surfers Point, at the Margaret River mouth to surfers, carve up the ocean. Embark on a 6km hike through one of the most scenic sections of the Cape to Cape Track from Redgate Beach to Contos. Taste your way around the world-renowned Margaret River region. Continue south into the pristine forests of the Walpole Wilderness Region. Visit the largest tingle tree in Western Australia and set up camp at idyllic Peaceful Bay. Day 3: Walpole and Albany Region After breakfast, pack up camp and roam on to William Bay National Park. Visit the Natural Bridge and The Gap. Set out on a two-hour hike through the forest to Castle Rock. Set up camp at a private campsite at Mt Trio with shower and toilet facilities. Day 4: Mt Trio to Cape Le Grand National Park Make your way towards Esperance and travel a little further east to Cape Le Grand National Park. Set up camp at Lucky Bay, where you will find an ocean colored all imaginable shades of blue and sand so white and fine it squeaks between your toes. The rest of the day is at your command. Day 5: Cape Le Grand National Park Wander onto the beach before spending a whole day unearthing this incredible park. Traverse through lush bushland, swim at fantastic bays and coves, and learn about its abundant flora and fauna. Embark on one of the best hikes of the tour, climbing Frenchman Peak to watch the sunset on the last night. Day 6: Esperance to Perth Depart early in the morning. Stop for lunch at a quintessential outback town and continue until reaching the 2,700-million-year-old Wave Rock. Hop back on the bus to see the historic township of York. Learn about the Rabbit-Proof Fence. Finally, roll into Perth in the evening after traveling around 9 hours with stops along the way.

Perth: Margaret River Highlights Tour with Wine and Cheese

9. Perth: Margaret River Highlights Tour with Wine and Cheese

The tour begins with pickup from the meeting points in Perth and heads to the Crooked Carrot Cafe for a coffee and cake to start the day. Head to Cowaramup, a quirky country town home to a variety of shops selling local produce. Arrive at the Margaret River Township next and take a stroll along the bustling main street. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a cafe with ocean views in Gnarabup, or go for a wander along the scenic boardwalk. See the impressive waves at Surfers Point next, the hub of south-west Australia’s surf culture. Later, head to Passel Estate, an award-winning boutique winery. Enjoy a wine tasting session (price not included), or stroll around the vineyard. Travel to Canal Rocks to admire panoramic views across the bay, then continue on to the stunning Meelup Beach. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy some local wine and cheese while marvelling at the crystal clear water. End the day with a sunset stroll along Busselton Jetty, the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere.

Margaret River: Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse Guided Tour

10. Margaret River: Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse Guided Tour

A trip to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and keepers’ cottages will reveal the fascinating maritime history of the Cape region. Easier than most lighthouses to climb, this lighthouse tower is accessible even for small children, and is one of the most popular attractions in the Margaret River Region. 30-minute guided tours provide a fascinating insight into the functions of the working lighthouse, the history of the local area, and even several ghost stories that are sure to have you spooked. From the top balcony, visitors are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Cape Naturaliste, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, and the beautiful Geographe Bay coastline. The new observation platform at the base of the lighthouse tower also provides sweeping views of the ocean and Geographe Bay and is an ideal location for snapping some scenic photos.

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What people are saying about Margaret River

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 384 reviews

Great access to the cave although a lot of steps down to the bottom and then back up to the top. Just takes a bit of time to pace yourself and it is well worth it.

We loved our tour of this cave. We had no idea this one existed and were totally amazed. Just beautiful.

Our guide Richard was super good and it is a very educational tour. Well worth the fee!

Very well narrated . Interesting to learn about the technology at those times

Excellent vessel, very clean, friendly crew and excellent commentary