The best season to visit the Margaret River Region… Summer, right? That’s debatable: with a myriad of events throughout the year and world renowned wineries and restaurants, the South West is an all-year-round destination which won’t disappoint!
We are fortunate here in the South West to enjoy beautiful, warm summers with daytime temperatures averaging close to 30 degrees yet cooling off in the evenings - allowing for a blissful night’s sleep. In contrast, Winter temperatures can dip to below 10 degrees in the evenings, inviting cosy nights in by a log fire with a glass of local Shiraz!
Spring and Autumn offer a pleasant transition in between the ‘extremes’ with plenty of warm and dry days, allowing for outdoor adventures and wildflower walks!
The ‘best’ season to visit is a matter of personal preference, with each bringing its own highlights - rest assured we have the perfect Swell Stays Holiday Home, whatever season you choose to visit the Margaret River Region!
Spring in the South West is a magical time to visit; Wildflowers are in full bloom and wildlife is abundant! Spring offers pleasant temperatures averaging 17 - 22 degrees: This would debatably be the perfect time to conquer the Cape-to-Cape track, or pack up the bikes and take on some exhilarating mountain bike trails which meander off the ‘Rails to Trails/Wadandi’ track.
Spring is the optimum time to catch a glimpse of the majestic Humpback Whales returning south with their calves, a truly memorable sight to see with the prime time to sight whale activity being early September to late November.
Springtime events not to be missed!
October sees the return of the ‘MTB Cape to Cape’ - a four-day stage race which takes place from 17th-20th of October, drawing keen mountain-bikers from all corners of Australia to get their thrills on the exhilarating tracks we are fortunate enough to have access to here in our beautiful region.
November in Margaret River brings the renowned ‘Margaret River Gourmet Escape’, bringing world-class chefs from around the globe - a weekend filled with culinary delights and award winning wines to be sampled. This is one definitely not to be missed! Events will be showcased throughout the region from 8th - 17th November 2019. We will be releasing Holiday Home availability for these dates very soon, book in early as these dates fill up fast!
Oh, Summer! Bring your bathers, your board, maybe a few beers - and your day is sorted, right through to sunset... and what a sunset it is!
The South West is buzz of tourists and locals alike, enjoying the crystal clear coastline and world famous waves. You don’t need to spend much planning to have a memorable trip Down South in the summer months.
Summer is a great time to explore the various caves in the Margaret River Region - take a self guided tour and be mesmerized with the beautiful formations whilst learning all about the geology of these amazing formations. There are several caves to choose from, each with its own unique features, find the perfect cave suited to your interest and physical ability. Summer temperatures typically peak at around 30 degrees and only exceed the 30’s on the rare occasion - an adventure in the caves is the perfect solution to keeping cool!
Beaches! Our top picks:
For Families with young children; Gnarapup, Hamelin Bay, Rivermouth - take your pick from one of these beaches and enjoy a beautiful calm spot for the little ones to collect shells, build sand castles… and even spot a sting ray at Hamelin!
Up for an adventure? Get off the beaten track and explore some of the South West’s best 4WD accessible beaches! Kilcarnup offering an easy drive in and definitely worth a visit, this is another great one for the kids.
The pristine Boranup beach is accessed through the stunning Boranup Karri forest, drive straight on to the beach and catch a few waves - ideally suited to most skill levels.
Summer events not to be missed!
Arts Margaret River - “Sunday Sundowners” - Held on 3rd and 10th February at Pioneer Park in Cowaramup is a fun and relaxed, FREE event definitely worth adding to your itinerary if you are visiting in February. Kicking off from 4pm, three live bands will see you through till 8pm. A picnic featuring some local produce, a blanket, and jumper to throw on at sundown is all you’ll need to pack for this local’s favourite event!
The annual ‘Leeuwin Concert Series’ returns on Australia Day Long Weekend, 27th January with a stellar line-up: John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins, two of Australia’s revered and critically acclaimed artists will put on a show to remember on the famous Leeuwin Estate stage. If you were lucky to get tickets to this sold out event we recommend you gather a selection of fine cheeses, dips and nibbles for an extra special picnic. Blue Ginger Fine Foods, The Larder Margaret River, and our local Riverfresh IGA are where you will find the finest selection of locally handcrafted produce for an extra special picnic for this exceptional event! Wine can be purchased at the event where you’ll find a bottle of your favourite to pair with your perfectly selected nibbles!
Autumn brings a welcome drop in the temperature - hanging around the low-mid 20’s, this is prime outdoor adventure weather and the Cape to Cape track is once again comfortable to take on! There is still a buzz around the region, but the Summer craziness has calmed - Autumn might just be the perfect time to visit the Region.
Easter feels like the the final peak of holiday season in the South West, delivering a fine collection of Art events and allowing for a slower pace to really take in and enjoy the talented artists and craftspeople of the Region.
Of course, with Easter brings chocolate! Whether you’re planning to hide a hoard of little chocolate eggs or sample some handcrafted treats; the South West has plenty to offer!
A little hidden gem located in Yallingup, absolutely worth the trip is ‘Gabriel Chocolate’ “Western Australia's first bean to bar chocolate makers” is an award-winning chocolate producer, handcrafting the finest chocolate from premium cocoa beans sourced from across the globe. This would be at the top of my Easter Itinerary!
Autumn Events not to be missed!
‘The Margaret River Region Open Studios’ is a FREE event which takes place between 27th April - 12th May showcasing the many talents and skills of the artist who call this region home; from ceramics and glassmaking to sculpture and up-cycling, this event has something for everyone. This is the sixth annual Open Studios event which continues to grow and flourish, attracting visitors from all over the state and beyond: 101 Artists will open their doors allowing an intimate experience to view their work and works-in-progress, this is an exciting event which will take you to all corners of the Margaret River Region!
Bringing a close to Autumn, the annual ‘Margaret River Pro’ returns to the region, drawing world class surfers from all over the globe! Held between 27th May - 7th June: this event will cap-off the season leading us into a crisp Down South Winter.
With the controversial cancellation of last years event, this years event dates have been pushed to a little later in the year than in previous. It’s a great idea to lock in your accommodation early, Swell Stays have a perfect selection of Holiday Homes in Prevelly - right in the heart of the action. Note that these homes book out well in advance, so get in quick!
Albeit chilly, Winter is a vibrant time to visit the South West! Temperatures range between 16-18 degrees in the daytime, with evening temperatures dipping below 10. A logfire is a welcome treat throughout the Winter months!
It’s cold, and it’s wet! The crowds are gone but don’t be daunted - Winter is an exciting time to visit Margaret River, with growing events embracing the cooler climate and an exceptional collection of award-winning reds: Winter is a wonderful time to visit.
Winter Events not to be missed!
If you’re feeling adventurous… July sees the return of the ‘South West Mud Fest’ which takes place on 7th.
The clue is in the name: there will indeed be mud! Held at Bootleg Brewery in Willyabrup, this 5km obstacle course is a fun-packed event which well and truly embraces the South West Winter! At least you can finish off with a beer and a well earned feed!
‘Cabin Fever’ returns to the region between 13th - 22nd July; a eclectic mix of events which take place at over 35 venues across the region, there will undoubtedly be something to suit everyone. From burlesque at ‘Burger Baby’ to blazing fires at the ‘Beer Farm’, Cabin Fever has has the ultimate collection of events to keep you warm this Winter! A personal-pick not to be missed is the ‘Settlers Tavern Car Park Collective’ bringing the Cabin Fever event to a close, this cosy set-up has endless music and hearty food to accompany the awesome line up!
Take your pick! The Margaret River Region really has it covered, whether it’s 10 degrees or 30! Whatever the temperature: there will always be wine, wildlife and an ever growing and diverse collection of world-class events and we will always have the perfect accommodation to suit your needs, whether that be a cosy beach side cottage or a secluded studio with a roaring log-fire, let us take the effort out of choosing the perfect home and leave you to ponder the extensive list of must-do’s in Margaret River!