Margaret River is 268km from Perth and today has a population of more than 4,400 people. The town is well known for having one of the best surf beaches in Australia. The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro which happens in Surfers Point, Prevelly is one of the eleven spots chosen to be part of the World Surf League.
With an estimated 140 wineries in the region, the food and wine production attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually. The wineries not alone provide some of the best wines and local produce in WA but also offer great locations for a number of entertainment events.
The town was named by a river which is thought to be named after Margaret Whicher, cousin of John Garret Bussell (founder of Busselton) in 1831. The European settlers migrated to the region in 1850 and by 1870 they started timber logging.
As part of the Western Australia strategy to attract immigrants after World War I the government established farms in the region receiving in 1922 over 100 settlements.
Other major attractions in the Margaret River region are the caves where fossils dating back over 35,000 years have been found. The caves which are open to the public are: Mammoth Cave, Jewel Cave, Lake Cave, Ngilgi Cave, Calgardup Cave and Giants Cave.
For those who enjoy mountain biking Margaret River is part of the Cape to Cape race with beautiful single trails around the Karri forest and the Pine forest. These trails are free of charge and for more details see our Activities section. These are the major events in the region: