Seekers of the world’s premium wines and top-rated chefs make a beeline from Perth to Margaret River wine region to indulge their foodie passions. Venture a little off the trail and you’ll find the mild weather and abundant sunshine also produce some extraordinary flavours in the surrounding regions of Bunbury, Pemberton and Manjimup.
4 - 6 days
Perth to Perth via Margaret river
Best Time of the Year
all year round
- Margaret River
- Forrest Highway
- Kwinana Freeway
Perth to Bunbury (Via Harvey)
Distance 186km - Driving Time 2 hours
Get your first taste of South West cheese, wine and fresh produce by heading for the harvest town of Harvey. Follow the Kwinana Freeway from Perth to the Forrest Highway and take the Harvey turnoff. Or enjoy a leisurely country drive from Mundijong on the South Western Highway.
From Harvey, it’s just a 30-minute drive to the vibrant port town of Bunbury and its award-winning wine region, the Ferguson Valley. Take a self-guided tour of its arts, wine and food trail and stop for lunch overlooking the vineyards and tuart forests, or choose from Bunbury’s cafes and restaurants beside Koombana Bay – home to more than 100 bottlenose dolphins.
Bunbury to Margaret River
Distance 107km - Driving Time 2 hours
Hug the coastline of Geographe Bay along the Bussell Highway, passing the seaside towns of Busselton and Dunsborough before the final stretch to Margaret River along Caves Road. This puts you right at the heart of one of Australia’s largest wine regions and most diverse holiday destinations.
Take your pick from over 100 wineries, as well as fine restaurants, boutique breweries, art galleries and fresh produce stores.
Margaret River to Pemberton
Distance 139km - Driving Time 2 hours
Follow Caves Road south, and take the Brockman and Vasse Highway, heading deep into karri tree country to reach the old timer milling town of Pemberton. The region’s wineries produce some of WA’s top drops – the perfect accompaniment to a feast of fresh local flavours, including Pemberton’s finest delicacy, marron.
Lamberton to Perth
Distance 327km - Driving Time 4 hours
Heading north via the Vasse Highway and South Western Highway, you’ll reach Manjimup in just under 30 minutes. Here, you can get a taste of the sensation that’s coveted by top chefs the world over – WA black truffles – as well as a few more cool climate wines.
From here, it’s a three-hour and 20-minute drive back to Perth, via Bunbury and the Forrest Highway. Or, you can venture in the opposite direction and discover the Great Southern Wine Region hotspots of Denmark, Albany and Mount Barker.