how far is margaret river from perth cbd

How far is margaret river from perth cbd

The Margaret River region is a popular self-drive destination and car hire is an excellent choice for visitors who arrive by plane. For passengers using the Jetstar Melbourne-Busselton direct air service, Hertz Busselton, Busselton & South West Car Hire and Avis currently operate in the City of Busselton. A wide range of car hire options will also be available at the airport itself with key drop facilities. Prior arrangements need to be made with the relevant car hire operator. Details are available via the Busselton Margaret River Airport website.

Maps & Guides

Further south, Margaret River Rent a Car is available just outside the township of Margaret River.


Ensure you make the best possible memories by travelling with a fully-licensed, accredited tour operator. Visitors travelling with uninsured drivers are at risk, and all tour operators featured on this website have the appropriate Department of Transport authorisations to ensure your safety.

The tour takes you to an exclusive purpose-built woylie viewing site at a conservation sanctuary, where in addition to spotting the colony of woylies, you might also see other nocturnal wildlife, including quendas and possums (also pretty cute in my opinion). The tour includes pick-up/drop-off, traditional billy tea, delicious locally made biscuits, and bush tucker (native Australian ingredients), and part of the tour price goes toward the valuable work of the sanctuary.

Driving from Perth to Margaret River in Southwest Western Australia is an easy drive of around three and a half hours, which is nothing in a state where road trips can take weeks. What makes it so enjoyable are the stops on the way for swims on pristine sandy beaches, engaging indigenous experiences, self-guided heritage tours, and the chance to see adorable woylies.

As we said, driving from Perth to Margaret River is one of the easiest and most satisfying drives you can do in Western Australia, but once you reach the Margaret River itself, so much more awaits. In our next post we’ll cover Exploring the Margaret River and getting a taste of the wine, waves and caves of the region. Lots more to come on this magic part of Australia!

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It’s also a good excuse to call into the ethical Dolphin Discovery Centre . There are no dolphins jumping through hoops here! The Dolphin Discovery Centre focuses on research, conservation and education about the bottlenose dolphins and other native marine life in the area. Don’t miss the 90-minute Wild Dolphin Cruise with marine biologists to see wild bottlenose dolphins swimming, playing and feeding in the still waters of Koombana Bay, their natural environment.

If you’re here for a spot of surfing or swimming, note that the waves at the beaches here are much calmer than what you’ll find further south, so it’s a good opportunity to have a surf or simply catch some rays and enjoy a dip. We love Meelup Bay, Eagle Bay and Bunker’s Bay. After your swim, grab lunch before you hit the road again. There are some great cafes in town but we’re big fans of lovely Bunker’s Beach House cafe at Bunker’s Bay. Few nicer spots to sip a coffee or tuck into brunch or lunch on the bay.

Driving from Perth to Margaret River – Where to Stop on the Way

Here’s our guide to driving from Perth to Margaret River region, and if you’re pushing on and exploring the southwest of Western Australia see our series of road trip posts, starting with our guide to driving from Margaret River to Denmark.

The Quest Bunbury Apartment Hotel, opposite Koombana Bay Beach, is just 300m from the Dolphin Discovery Centre. It has stylish, serviced apartments, including studio apartments and 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments. There’s also a swimming pool, tennis courts, free in-room movies, and unlimited free WiFi.