LIST OF THINGS TO DO DUNSBOROUGH WA
The Margaret River wine region has been named by Lonely Planet as one of the 10 best holiday destinations in the world. It is recognised as one of the world’s best places for its stunning coastline, gourmet produce and quality wine.
For anyone who’s traveled, you won’t stop smiling when you experience the pretty seaside town of Dunsborough with its beautiful beaches, award-winning vineyards and the local fresh food.
The Beach House at Dunsborough is a feast for the senses. Relax on the Beach House verandah overlooking a green lawn that rolls onto a white sandy beach with brilliant shades of blue sea.
The sheltered white beach is dreamy. Facing north, your beach is protected from the afternoon sea breeze and has no waves. It’s so calm, you can just walk in shallow water to the white sandbars that can be your own personal island.
A visit to this delightful region 2 ½ hours south of Perth will reveal stunning beaches and coastline, with the famous Caves Road wine route along the coast from Dunsborough in the north, to the town of Margaret River 30 kilometres south.
One of the world’s best beaches is near Dunsborough at Bunker Bay, where you can sit at the dreamy Bunkers Beach Cafe on the sand dune with panoramic ocean views. It’s open for great breakfasts and delicious lunches overlooking this stunning white beach. Other beautiful beaches just 5 minutes from Dunsborough include Meelup and Eagle Bay. Or just relax at the beautiful white sandy beach that’s all yours at the Beach House in Dunsborough.
Visit famous wineries including Voyager, Vasse Felix and Moss Wood in the Margaret River Wine Region, as well as emerging brands including Watershed. These gracious wine estates also have wonderful restaurants for lunch with a view, with quality local produce including fresh local seafood.
Some of the prettiest cellar doors and restaurants are at the start of the Margaret River wine region around Dunsborough, where some delightful wines are now being made at wineries including Aravina, Wise and Wills Domain.
Lunch on the verandah at Aravina is a must, looking out over the lovely vineyards.
And nearby Happs Winery makes a range of preservative-free wines that help a clear head in the morning.
The Margaret River wine region’s rich, earthy red wines age very well – mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. And the white wine from award-winning wineries including Leeuwin Estate are among the world’s best. Margaret River only produces 3 per cent of Australia’s wine grapes, but that includes 20% of Australia’s premium wine, mostly by the Margaret River region’s boutique wine producers – which makes the area a perfect holiday destination to explore and enjoy, close to Perth.
For an excellent restaurant in Dunsborough, at the start of the Margaret River wine region, try Blue Manna or the new restaurant Yarri two doors down.
At nearby Yallingup, try Studio Bistro, Lamonts or for a fine dining experience, Cape Lodge is superb.
It’s a much-loved institution in the Margaret River wine region to have a long, lazy lunch at the dozens of wineries near Dunsborough, which aren’t usually open for dinner.
Close to Dunsborough, try Aravina, Palmers, Aramia, Brookland Valley and Robert Oatley, formerly Laurance. Robert Oatley is a beautiful French-style vineyard recognisable from Caves Rd by its golden Lady of the Lake, known by locals as “Chick on a stick.”
Halfway between Dunsborough and Margaret River town, try Vasse Felix, Cullens, Hayshed Hill’s new Rustico cafe, or the new Amelia Park restaurant on Caves Rd, with its sensational chef formerly from Piari and Co. Knee Deep Winery also has a nice relaxing atmosphere looking out over the vines for lunch, as does Brookwood Estate.
Just south of Margaret River, you’ll find nice food at the famous Voyager Estate and at Leeuwin Estate, with its world-famous concerts. James Taylor just played here to a sold-out crowd.
And the emerging winery nearby is pretty Watershed, with a modern, elevated restaurant overlooking the lush green vineyard.
Within 5 minutes walk of the Beach House, Dunsborough has many trendy shops, bars and cafes to spend a pleasant day walking around.
European cooks have come to Dunsborough – try the Yallingup Wood Fired bread you can buy from shops or direct from the German baker as it comes out of the oven off Biddle Rd after 4 pm. The German fruit bread is superb.
Or a French pastry chef will come to you in his van for free at the Beach House – in summer and holiday weekends, listen for the bell at the Beach House as he drives around offering traditional French creations that titillate the taste buds.
Simmo’s Ice Creamery in Dunsborough is legendary, with ice cream flavours including apple pie and salted caramel. The Margaret River Chocolate Factory is in the bush and gives out free samples, while new chocolatier Temper Temper Fine Chocolate is on Bussell Highway and has many varieties of dark chocolate as well.
Next to the Margaret River chocolate factory, you’ll find a great gourmet food deli called Providore in a lovely bush setting.
And Goanna Gallery on Hayes Road is now run by a former London chef who serves delicious breakfasts and lunches.
BEACHES ALL DAY:
Try Yallingup Beach or Smiths Beach in the morning before the sea breeze comes in, or in the afternoon, drive across the cape a few kilometres to Bunker Bay, where there is a very nice new resort and a beautiful sheltered beach. Also worth a look are Eagle Bay’s pretty beaches and the delightful nearby beach at Point Picquet, which could be in the Caribbean.
This is a wonderful region that’s largely still undiscovered by the rest of the world but loved greatly by West Australians.
DUNSBOROUGH THINGS TO DO
Copy this list of things to do in and near Dunsborough into your phone or copy and paste it to a note file on your computer and print it. If you are out of mobile phone range when going south of Perth, it might be a good idea to save Google maps into your phone or print them on paper to bring with you.
- FAMILY BEACHING, Swimming
- PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE BORANUP FOREST
- FISHING: Spearfishing, Boat fishing, Beach fishing, Dangerous fishing off the rocks, Lake/Stream trout fishing, Marron / Yabbies,
- EXPLORING CAVES
- BOATING / Sailing in Geographe Bay
- DINING at the many fine Dunsborough restaurants and wineries.
- BUSH WALKING / Trekking Cape to Cape
- TOURS: Wine tours, Nature tours
- RUNNING RACES. Ultra marathon 130km Cape to Cape.
- HORSE RIDING
- CULTURAL Music festivals