While Australia is literally teaming with amazingly awesome bucket list destinations, Margaret River has to be up there with one of the most magnificent! Just a little over three hours from Perth, it makes for a great weekend or mid-week getaway — giving your tyres the opportunity to show what they’re truly made of on the open road and allowing you to buckle up and beat the winter blues with some of Western Australia’s most idyllic countryside and seascapes!
How to get there
A distance of about 275km from Perth to Margaret River on the Kwinana Freeway and Forrest Highway, there are many picture-perfect places to stop and take a breather along the way. Bunbury and Busselton are both favourites for their spectacular beaches, famous dolphins and other marine and native wildlife, inspirational art and culture. Yet, while it may be very tempting to settle in here and enjoy – the region’s leafy vineyards and inviting cellar doors, glorious panoramas and inviting hospitality are all well worth ensuring you continue on to your final destination!
Best Tyres for the ride
SUV and 4×4 vehicles are increasingly popular with families and other adventure seekers – and the good news is that if you’re one of these, Maxxis has you effortlessly sorted! From Maxxis’ signature RAZR MT772 muddies offering extra bite and tenacity even on the most gruelling off-road tracks, to all-terrain RAZR AT811’s that provide the best of both worlds for every type of on- and off-road Margaret River adventure – choosing the best tyres for your needs is a breeze.
Maxxis also offers top-quality passenger tyres for performance, sport and almost every other sort of vehicle – with the safety of all of our tyres, a top priority! Check out the options or contact your nearest friendly Maxxis dealer to find the best fit for your ride!
When in Margaret River
Wine & Dine… Dating back to the 1960s when the region’s very first commercial vineyard was established at the now famous Vasse Felix estate, Margaret River has become renowned for its more than 100 wineries and cellar doors, wine trails and (not to mention award-winning, world-class cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and other vino varieties!)
Featuring everything from small family-run and boutique wineries to vineyard cafes and restaurants (such as Cullen Wines Biodynamic Wine Room just for starters), kick back and settle in for a tasting plate or meal of fresh produce grown on site — paired with your choice of a glass (or two!) of the region’s renowned Mediterranean climate wines.
Farmers Market… Open every Saturday, the market is a Margaret River institution. Selling all things Margaret River, the market abounds in seasonal local produce and focuses on ethical and sustainable farming practices – all sourced from the region and its surrounds.
Fudge Factory… Indulge in your very own Charlie and the Chocolate Factory experience at the Margaret River Fudge Factory as you watch chocolate, fudge and lollies made on site through a glass viewing window, with plenty of delicious goodies for you to taste and take home.
The beaches…It’s hard to find an area with beaches any more exquisite than Margaret River’s soft-white sandy expanses, with exceptional surf spots and more serene swimming beach options for every type of adventurer. While the region is a renowned area for serious surfers (with plenty of challenging surf to match), if you’re a novice you can take a lesson with one of a number of local surf schools, ready to teach all kids (big and small!)
Canoe or stand-up paddle the river region…If you’re looking for yet another perfect way to see local wildlife and soak up the river experience – taking a canoe tour or stand up paddle board lesson will put you in pole position!
Where to stay…From off-the-beaten track retreats to rustic beachside shacks, houses and caravan parks to something a little luxurious nestled among the vines and olive groves – the choices at Margaret River have every requirement covered.
Before you go…With fuel currently pretty pricey, it can definitely pay to do your research before you set off on a road trip. Check out Fuel Watch for details of petrol prices at all the servos near you so you can compare and save when you fill up! While you’re there, make sure to check those tyre pressures (your tyres should be cool) – you’ll find all the vital information you need on the panel on the inside of the driver’s door.