8 Places To Explore in Margaret River (Western Australia)

At my second day in Perth, my first day tour happened when I joined the trip to Margaret River, which located in south-west corner of Australia. The region starts from Busselton to Augusta on the shores of Geographe Bay. It is known for global wines, fine beaches, surfing spots, walking trails and beautiful caves. One day is not enough to see the whole region, but visiting some of its highlights such as tourist spots of the region can be the start or the opportunity to appreciate it.

The journey to the region started and ended in the town of Busselton. The trip includes visiting the longest jetty in southern hemisphere, lunch in brewery, tasting of wines, walking inside the cave, visiting lighthouse, shopping local products and dinner in a beach resort. It’s a fulfilling but relaxing 13+ hours of day tour.

Busselton Jetty

One thing that fascinates me on this place even though we had given a very limited time to explore the place, I took my chances to walk to the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere. The experience to see the coastline without getting soaked by the sea and without the need of a boat was unforgettable experience. It is one of the unexpected adventure that I will treasure as traveler.




Bootleg Brewery

The picturesque backdrop of this brewery restaurant made the place special. It was built just beside a lake. They designed the brewery with a “feel like home” to anyone and to enjoy and to feel the fresh air of the farmland.




Sandalford Winery (Margaret River)

A quick visit in Sandalford wineries was a good one. To stop for sometime and to enjoy not only the tasting of wines but also to feel relax by just looking at the vineyards that surrounds the store. The special thing to learn about Sandalford, they are in winery business for more than 175 years. They produce global brand of wines.




Mammoth Cave

We spent time to visit the famous cave in Margaret River region which is Mammoth Cave. The visit in the cave is pretty comfortable since it has boardwalk and stairways in-placed. And one great to learn inside the cave is about Australian Megafauna which an extinct animals and had roamed inside the cave which estimated to be 50,000 years old, a discovery that made the cave called as “Dawn of Creation”.




Boranup Forest

Driving within the Boranup Forest can be considered a memorable experience, though anyone can think that it was just a forest but being inside the forest and see the towering trees of karri (the third tallest trees in the world) will be amazed on the scenery.




Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

The visit in this cape was worthy. Discovery this part of Australia thought me a lot of things. In this place, I was able to discover the imaginary border between Indian Ocean and Southern Ocean where give the visitors to see these two oceans in just one place. The lighthouse precinct is a heritage and its little museum shows its colorful history.




Margaret River Town

The town made me feel at ease even we had a short visit. We stopped here for a quick look around of the town and a chance for us to buy local products. The town is located in between of Bussell Highway that is why its a great stop when exploring the region.




Abbey Beach Resort

This beach resort is located at Busselton and had a grand resort. Though we never got a chance to explore the resort itself, but we had dinner in one of its restaurant – The Atrium. I can say that even the restaurant is grand since its part of the resort hotel and I like the dinner that I chose while we were here.




Bootleg Brewery – “An Oasis of Beer in a Desert of Wine” As They Call It

After we left Busselton Jetty, we traveled more than half an hour to reach the place where we had our lunch for that day. Before we reached the location, I enjoyed the backdrop and surroundings as we took the road where we passed grassland, vineyards and forest, the kind of scenery that I really loved.


Margaret River Region in Western Australia are known to be Winery Region. And establishing a brewery for the first time is unique in such region. And that kind of identity is what Bootleg Brewery is proud of.




We reached Bootleg Brewery and we waited inside the bus for few minutes before we got off. Not far from our bus, the restaurant boastfully shows the name of the brewery, a great spot to take photo souvenir for visitors coming to the place. After we assembled outside the bus, we walked towards the restaurant. While we were waiting for our food to be served since its pre-ordered by the tour company, I took my time to look around and appreciate the ambiance of the restaurant.



The food we waited was served and had our lunch. Our menu includes tasting of some local beers that they carefully crafted in Bootleg Brewery. Since I do not drink beer or any other alcohol beverages, I only took a few sip of beer for the sake of tasting. Few samples given in our table and the taste varies but in the end it all boils down to bitter taste, I guess that was the meaning of beer or similar of its kind, right?




Brewery History through images

After the lunch, I still have time to explore the two-storey brewery and its surroundings. I went upstairs where some of the brewery products are being displayed. Then, there were windows in the second floor that gave me a chance to see outside from the high ground. I saw the beautiful scenery of its surroundings consist of lake, children’s playground and beer garden.


Bootleg Brewery Flavored Beer Products


Children’s Playground



Beer Garden with the lake

I went down and explored the outside. I took photos of the picturesque lake, the colorful tables with chairs, the brewery itself and children’s playground. I can say that the brewery restaurant itself fits perfectly to the beautiful scenery.


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Picturesque Lake





Beer Garden



Brewery Restaurant

We left the brewery around 1 PM to continue the tour for the rest of the day. And the day was still beautiful as ever which great for our adventure in the region.

Until then.

Notes :
1. Plan to visit Bootleg Brewery ? Please check latest information here :
2. Location : 37 Wildberry Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280, Australia
3. Directions to Bootleg Brewery :
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Driving to Wilyabrup
Official Website : Bootleg Brewery



Restaurant : Bootleg Brewery

Restaurant (Post#6) : Bootleg Brewery

Photo of the day is about restaurant of Bootleg Brewery. Though its pretty obvious that the place was definitely a brewery, but a huge portion of the building used as restaurant where its part of the business itself. They offer food to combine their own local products. The menu they have for me was a typical Aussie one. Because they offer chips, fries, pork ribs, and chicken. The photo is part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.


Notes :
Photo : Restaurant, Bootleg Brewery Restaurant
Location : Wilyabrup, WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Driving to Wilyabrup
Official Website : Bootleg Brewery

Colors : Bootleg Brewery’s Playground, Beer Garden & Lake

Colors (Post#12) : Bootleg Brewery’s Playground, Beer Garden & Lake

Photos of the day are all about the scenery to be seen from the second floor of the Bootleg Brewery’s restaurant. From different window of the second storey, everyone will appreciate the picturesque surroundings around the brewery. And the nice thing about it was, all of them are colorful that blends with the nature. It’s the Playground, the Beer Garden and the Lake. These photos are part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.




Notes :
Photo : Playground, Beer Garden, Lake
Location : Wilyabrup, WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Driving to Wilyabrup
Official Website : Bootleg Brewery