Hello, we are planning to visit Margaret River for the first time (live in Perth) and would like to ask for recommendations on how long to spend there. We will be in 2 weeks annual leave at the time and so time limit is not a problem although we do not want to spend too much money.
How many days should we allow for this journey, what good stops are there along the way (other than Busselton where we plan to stop), and should we stay just one night or more? We are interested in mainly more leisurely activities such as wineries and would like to visit the caves.
Thank you in advance.
Hi @MaddMaxx and welcome to the community!
Margaret River is a tricky one when recommending itineraries as it's far more a true "region" than it is just a city like many other locations (unless you're specifically referring to just the town itself). Assuming you'll have/be hiring a car, there's a ton to explore in the nearby areas so it depends on what you're interested in - "wineries" is fairly general as the region is home to around 150 individual producers! We can recommend Cape Naturaliste Vineyard and Leeuwin Estate as general "all purpose" larger cellar doors, but your miles may vary if you are the type who finds the charm of little boutique ones more appealing.
Cave-wise, Lake Cave tends to be the most popular due to its pretty formations; it's around 20 minutes south of Margaret River (town) on the aptly-named Caves Road so handy if you're planning to stay overnight in the town. Also if you're going to Busselton then it's not too far onwards to Dunsborough and then to Yallingup for the caves there.
Anyway, throwing out a conservative estimate you'll probably want at least 3 days to get a decent overview of the region; the area is pretty magical though and if you want to take time and explore the coast, do more wineries, some boutique shopping etc. etc. then you could spend almost a week without getting bored!
For some more inspiration, you can visit our Margaret River region section or view our guide on the Top 10 Things to do in Margaret River here: https://www.experienceoz.com.au/top-10-things-to-do-margaret-river
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