(nope, they don’t pay us to say this, we just love what they do!)
• Firetail Wines, Bessell Road, Rosa Glen: This family vineyard is also home to Kara the dog, Banjo the cat and a huge collection of chickens and guinea fowl. A visit is more than just the chance to taste some fine and award-winning wines, including the delightful sparkling. It is also a chance to meet a friendly family of local producers in our beautiful South West and experience a hint of their farm life.
• The Berry Farm, Bessell Road, Rosa Glen: A wonderful place to visit, with a fun playground for the children to enjoy and the chance to buy pots of jam or preserves as gifts from your trip. The cafe has a well-chosen selection of yummy treats as well, so this is a great spot for a relaxing break in your travels.
• The Flying Wardrobe, Bussell Highway, Witchcliffe: Open a door back in time at this fascinating shop, where the Kent family offer a tempting selection of vintage and retro homewares, toys, books, clothes and bric-a-brac that often prompt joyous laughter and comments such as: “Mum had these when we were growing up” or “Wow, my nanna had one of those!” Colourful, friendly and fun, this shop is a must for those who appreciate retro and vintage design.
• Margaret River Farmers’ Market, Campus grounds, Bussell Highway, Margaret River: This Saturday morning market showcases the best produce from the region and offers the chance to meet the producers as well. The wide range of stalls includes eggs, fruit, vegetables, meat, cakes, preserves and more. A busy market popular with locals and visitors alike and a must for anyone who loves wonderful fresh food.
• Blue Ginger Cafe, Station Road, Margaret River: We are lucky enough to have some great cafes here and Blue Ginger is one of the best. Just a street away from the Station House, it is a relaxing spot for breakfast and/or lunch and where we go for top-notch coffee.
• Foyer Gallery, Margaret River Cultural Centre, Wallcliffe Road: A great place to see and buy the work of emerging local artists and/or those changing tack in their art careers. Not-for-profit gallery run by Arts Margaret River for artists.
• RiverFresh IGA, Bussell Highway, Margaret River: Debbie and her friendly team make grocery shopping a breeze and you can be sure that they are a solid part of the community, giving local community groups the chance to fundraise through their tins@tills programme, with stalls outside the centre and with sponsorships and donations to schools, sporting and community groups and other not-for-profits.
• Margaret River Art Auction (May/June long weekend): The major annual fundraiser for the Margaret River Independent School, this event has been run since 2005 and is a fantastic opportunity to bid for and buy artworks from donating artists (locals and further afield) whilst enjoying a fun night out with music, food and refreshments. For more information visit www.mris.wa.edu.au
• Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival (May): Attracting local and visiting writers as guest speakers, panellists and workshop leaders, this festival has been run since 2009 and gets bigger each year. For more information see www.artsmargaretriver.com
• Margaret River Region Open Studios (April): A must for art lovers, this trail encompasses the permanent or pop-up studios of 80 participating artists over 17 days. For more information visit www.mrros.com.au
• Emergence Creative Festival (March): “A place where ideas are the heroes”. If you’ve ever wanted to fire up your senses and meet like-minded and inspiring creatives, this is the event! For more information visit www.emergencecreative.com
• Family Sunday Sundowners (February): Every Sunday in February, these fun musical sundowners are held at Pioneer Park in Cowaramup. With local and visiting bands and the chance to dance and/or relax on the lawn with a picnic, these events are huge favourites with the locals and lots of fun for all ages. For more information see www.artsmargaretriver.com
• Margaret River & Districts Agricultural Show (October): A celebration of local agriculture, produce, arts, education, businesses and more, plus the fun of the sideshow and the Friday night fireworks. A real country show - who could ask for more? For more information visit www.margaretrivershow.com
• There are lots more events throughout the region and throughout the year, including pro-surf events; bike racing; speedway; equestrian; sporting; wine and food and more. For more information visit www.margaretriver.com