Drive Your Story: Margaret River Region Drive Trails

Get side tracked around the South West corner of the world, with the Margaret River Region's self-drive trail guides. Whether you're driving from Perth to Margaret River, or flying straight into Busselton Margaret River Airport, you'll want to suss out these recommended routes which explore some of the best hidden gems of the region.

Created for the naturally adventurous, this curated collection of five coastal and country trails will take you on a journey through wild places, culture, produce, ideas and inspiration. 

Use this guide as your North Star throughout the Margaret River Region to explore everything the region has to offer, from local produce and majestic beaches, breweries and wineries to the scenic landscapes the South West is known for.


Busselton:
Bay and Bounty Trail  

Stripped back and relaxed, classic family memories are made here.    

Family holiday legacies are made here. The classic elements remain unchanged: the crystalline, protected waters of Geographe Bay. The foreshore lined with the iconic Norfolk Pines. The historic Busselton Jetty, cherished by generations of locals and visitors who have walked along it, jumped off it, snorkelled, dived, fished from it.  

The nostalgia here is palpable, harking back to a simpler time – one of free time. Naturally, the bay is front and centre on this trail but scratch a bit deeper into the bountiful hinterland and you’ll find more experiences that hold onto Busselton’s essence and give back even more.  
 
The calm of the coastline is paralleled by the adventures found inland, not to mention the quality beer being crafted locally. Expect genuine grassroots cellar doors, one of West Australia’s top produce and artisan markets, surprising adventures and unforgettable family holiday memories. 


Find detailed maps and guides online at
Driveyourstory.com 


Dunsborough to Yallingup: Graze and
  Bathe Trail 

Let the coastline set the scene for you to savour, sip and indulge.  

Welcome to the ‘Cape Naturaliste’ bubble – your own private island in the south west. This tiny corner of the world is flanked by the turquoise waters of secluded, lagoon-like bays on one side and dramatic, granite-lined surf-breaks on the other. 

The canvas well and truly sets the scene for coast-to-coast indulgent living between Dunsborough and Yallingup. The daily schedule is unhurried. It looks like a surf or a swim, a hike on the Cape rewarded by a long lunch, an afternoon of sourcing gourmet produce, and finally, seeing out the day with a lazy glass in hand at your winery or brewery of choice.  

You can experience the Cape region intimately, or join those who regularly return, calling it their own retreat - their home-away-from-home - albeit more spectacular. 


Find detailed maps and guides online at
Driveyourstory.com 

 
The Gracetown to Cowaramup: Harvestand Vines Trail 

Connect to the generosity of the earth, and those who are dedicated to her.   

Almost like a golden triangle of winemaking, the humble area between Gracetown and Cowaramup, known as Wilyabrup, is where locals and visitors go to live like kings. The land is bountiful and giving. It’s the region’s powerhouse of vineyards, farming, working families and artisan production.  

Once a land of milk (literally), there’s now honey and wine. The landscape is one of rolling fields, hay bales and lush vineyards bordered by virgin native bushland. Those who visit have no choice but to witness the seasons first-hand and are compelled to meet the makers, see the production and sample the fruits of land, labour and love. It’s like all roads lead to this special pilgrimage.  

Old secrets of winemaking, brewing, distilling and tempering are whispered here. Of course, days end at the coast, and in this case, it’s Gracetown’s Cowaramup Bay, where the sun sets into the water. 


Find detailed maps and guides online at
Driveyourstory.com 

 
The Margaret River: Surf and Source Trail 

Feel the current of the Margaret River – the land’s life source. 

Like the beginning and end of something much greater, the fresh waters of the Margaret River flow through land, forest and out to sea, sharing life and vitality to all who encounter it.  

It is a magic felt in the earth and the people. The experiences are as varied and unique as the inhabitants. But that’s the common thread in Margaret River: a connection to place and a contribution to the culture, no matter your background. It’s an area of character and characters. Here, legacy wine producers rub shoulders with old salty surfers, tree changers, nature-lovers, enterprising families and artists. 

Visitors come to grasp a slice of this life, but many stay to add their own thread to the intricate tapestry. Trickle, current, vine, forest, rivermouth, ocean. 


Find detailed maps and guides online at
Driveyourstory.com 


The Augusta Caves and Coastline Trail
 

Follow your adventurous spirit to the most southwestern point of Australia, where two oceans meet.    

Augusta marks one of the rugged points of Australia; a final landmark before a vast southern unknown, and a Cape where two oceans collide. It’s a place to get lost, get wild and return to nature. 

Old knowledge is everywhere. Whether it be in the sacred spaces of the First Nations WadandiPeople; in the ancient caves, Boranup Forest, cliffs and coast; through to the intuition of the fishing fleets and abalone divers based in town. 

It is present at the historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse that has shepherded many a passing maritime vessel; or with the generational farming families, some who are bringing old wisdom of livestock, permaculture and vine to a new audience. 

The forest, the coast and the Blackwood River, all raw and alive, contributing to a renewed, pared back perspective. 


Find detailed maps and guides online at
Driveyourstory.com