Margaret River Weekend Tour
Margaret River Weekend Tour
Explore some of the best mountain bike networks in the state, take a cycle tour of the vineyards, learn about the Wadandi People, and taste some of the best wines in the world.
|Getting there:||Jetstar operates flights directly from the eastern states to Busselton-Margaret River airport. From here it's a 45 minute drive to Margaret River.|
Margaret River Mountain Bike Tours is locally owned and operated business, sharing over 30 years of Mountain Biking and trail walking with you.
You're guaranteed to have an amazing time experiencing some of the most beautiful scenery the Margaret Region has to offer on a bike.
BEARINGS • VINES • WADANDI BOODJA
- Head out from Margaret River onto the Wadandi Track. Named after the traditional land owners in this region, this 31km rail-trail offers the opportunity to experience the Margaret River region through its natural environment, Aboriginal heritage and the rich history of the industries and communities served by the railway from 1884 to 1957. The trail runs from Cowaramup to Witchcliffe and you can start the trail from multiple locations, or do the whole thing from end-to-end. The track takes you through some of the most beautiful natural bush, farmland and vineyards in the Margaret River region and is a great way to get your bearings.
- Head to Margaret River Brewhouse for lunch, they have a great menu and locally crafted beer to wash it down.
- The region we call Margaret River is the traditional land to the Wadandi (Saltwater) People, have a long association and connection to the south west region. Take a tour on Wadandi Boodja (country) with Koomal Dreaming and learn about the Wadandi people’s fascinating culture and incredible knowledge of their environment – taste native foods, discover bush medicine and meet the animals, plants and Dreaming spirits that have enriched the lives of the Wadandi people since time began.
- If you haven't filled up on bush tucker, time to think about dinner. There's heaps to choose form in the Margaret River region: for some local pub grub try the long-standing Settlers Tavern. If you're looking for something a little more upmarket try La Scarpetta for homemade pasta and an excellent local and italian wine menu. For a good mix of both, try Swings & Roundabouts.
WOODITJUP NETWORK • MTB • WHISKY
- This morning head out to Wooditjup National Park to the Pines Trailhead just off Carters Road. Here you'll find the Pines Mountain Bike Network containing over 16 kilometres of mountain biking trails. Trails range from Easy (Green) to Difficult (Black), containing uphill, downhill and cross-country trails.
- Make your way down to Gnarabup Beach for a swim and lunch at the White Elephant Beach Cafe. This sheltered bay is a great spot to wash off the dirt and the cafe here sells great food, coffee and refreshments.
- Opposite The Pines MTB Network (across Carters Road) is the more popular Wooditjup Mountain Bike Network, where a combination of whoops, berms, double rollers and tabletops await. There's about 10km of trail in this section, so allow about 1-2 hours to explore fully.
- Head to Margaret River Distilling Company for a well earned bowl of chips and a whiskey and/or gin tasting. As you head back toward town on Carters Road you'll see the Margaret River Distilling Company, here you'll be able to taste the award-winning spirits from Limeburners and Ginversity. Enjoy a flight and something to eat on the back porch amongst the peppermint trees.
VINEYARD TO VINEYARD • BORANUP • CAVES
- Take a drive south for about 25 minutes toward the Boranup Karri Forest. The Boranup Viewpoint was recently destroyed by fire, but you can take Boranup Drive as a loop through the forest, or park your car and go for a ride on the wide unsealed roads. Towering karri trees, some over 60m in height, undulate across the valley here. With sunlight streaming onto their smooth trunks, this is one of the best sights in the Margaret River Region.
- Head back via Jewel Cave: the largest show cave in Western Australia and as it's name hints is lined with extraordinary crystal formations throughout. There are three caves to choose from that are open to the public in the southern Margaret River region. Lake Cave is the deepest of the showcaves and is a without a doubt the most beautiful of all the caves in the region. Both Jewel and Lake cave are viewed by guided tour only. Mammoth Cave is a self-guided walk through ancient fossils and stunning undergrowth.
- Head back to Margaret River to start the vineyard to vineyard tour! Jump on your bike from town and take the Margaret River Wine and Cycle Trail. This easy 28km trail gives you a new way to explore some of Margaret River’s best wineries. Many of the wineries serve award-winning food so it's a great time to pick a spot for lunch.
- Head out of Margaret River down Carters Road and make your way to the trailhead to the Margaret River Creek Trails. This network of trails blends bush, single track and the odd jump into some of the best trails in the state. There's plenty here to ride for the afternoon.
- If you still have time, spend the afternoon in the busy town of Margaret River. You could get a massage, visit an art gallery, or take a walk on the Rotary South Bank River Trail.