Margaret River
Margaret River



HEMA Map reference 74/H2


33 57' 21" S 115 04' 24" E



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Climate data for Margaret River / Witchcliffe
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average Temp high C 26 27 25.9 22.5 19.9 17.4 16.4 16.6 17.2 19.1 22.6 24.4 21.2
Average Temp low C 13.8 14.5 12.9 10.8 9.8 8.7 8 8.1 8.7 9 10.8 12.2 10.6
Rainfall mm 11.9 8.9 21.2 65.8 129.7 167.6 191.1 143.4 110.8 65.9 35.3 14.2 1000.2
Source: Bureau of Meteorology





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Caravan Parks


Margaret River

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Prevelly Park

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Visitor Centre

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Vineyards, Caves, Surfing Beaches, Boranup Drive Lookout, Old Settlement Museum, Berry Farm, Cheese Factory.


Buildings of note




Links of interest


Diden House Jewellery


Calendar Of Events


January: Leeuwin Estate Australia Day concert. February: Leeuwin Estate concert. March: Masters surfing competition. May: Wine industry field day, Vintage stomp. June: Winter wine and food.  September: Spring wine and food. October: Olive celebration. November: Agricultural show. Surf classic. Wine and Food festival, Burning of the vines, Rotary fun run. Monthly (1st & 3rd Sunday): Town square markets. (4th Saturday): Farmers market. (2nd Sunday Jan-May): Art market.






The town was named after Margaret Wicher - also spelled Wycher in some sources - (a friend of the Bussells). The Aboriginal name for the area Wainielyinup. Not only it this difficult to pronounce, it is said to mean ‘the dying place’; little wonder it doesn’t show up in any tourist information. The town was surveyed in 1910 and gazetted in February 1913 but the name was first entered on maps of the region from 1839 and referred to the River.


The name was changed to just Margaret in 1918 but went back to being Margaret River in 1927. (We have received information that the town name did not actually change and will attempt to find out what happened.)


The first settlers were Alfred and Ellen Bussell who travelled from Broadwater and built their first house in the area at Ellenbrook in 1854. Later they built Walcliffe house where they lived from 1865.

The area was opened up in the 1920s by English and Australian workers who were attracted to the area via the ‘
Group Settlement Scheme.’


A large number of spectacular limestone caves dot the area, some of the better known ones include Bride's, Mammoth, Lake, Jewel, Giant, Moondyne and Dingo’s.


The Margaret River caves are rightly included among the beauty spots and show places of the State… and are said by those who have visited both to be the equal to the famous Jenolan Caves of New South Wales.’

Twentieth Century Impressions of W.A. 1901

The rail line from Perth was opened on May 25th, 1925 by the Minister of Works Mr. Munsie MLA. The line was eventually closed in  1957.

An electricity supply first became available in the town in 1937 but not on a 24 hour basis.


After World War 2 a War Service Settlement Scheme (Soldier Settlement Scheme) was established encouraging returned service men to settle on the land and develop farms. This proved to be more successful than the earlier Group Settlement Scheme. Some of the land taken up was originally part of the Group Settlement Scheme.


In 1950 the road from Busselton to Margaret River was finally sealed.


It is a pretty little town almost half way between Busselton and Augusta. The town has been over commercialised in the past few years and is a haven for yuppie types who have been mainly responsible for the huge increase in prices in the vineyards nearby. Commercial wine making  came to the area in 1967 with the establishment of Vasse Felix, but it wasn't until the 1980s when wine became more acceptable in Australia, that the industry really saw a massive increase.

Surfing is popular along the coast and regular international tournaments are held here. The first Pro-Am competition was held in 1978 with a full professional competition arriving in 1985.

The area is highly recommended, but you really would be better off purchasing your bottles of wine at the far more reasonable Swan Valley vineyards before heading south.

The town is constantly growing and is becoming an important shopping facility for the area. Sadly with development comes over-crowding and it won’t be too long before the town and it’s beach side appendages resemble just another suburban jungle. Thankfully the area around the town and the coast to the north and south is still in wonderful condition.


Conto Campsite - Margaret River

Sues Bridge Campsite - Margaret River




On the coast not far west of Margaret River is Prevelly Park. Originally this was developed as a caravan park by Geoff Edwards in the 1950s. At the time the only people who even knew about the place were a few local die-hard fishermen who used to travel along a rough old track to get to the coast. Geoff's book 'The Road to Prevelly' details how he first started to develop the park and then had to place hand made signs all over the state to let people know it was there. It took quite a long time (and a lot of signs) but finally all the work paid off and Prevelly Park became the holiday spot of choice for many 'Perthites' on their summer holiday. The name Prevelly originates from the Preveli monastery on the Greek island of Crete where Geoff and other allied soldiers were hidden from the Nazis during the German invasion in World War Two.


Geoff also built the chapel of St John the Theologian on Walcliffe Road. When he sub-divided part of the land he owned in the 1960s, Geoff named some of the streets after the Greek families who helped him during the war.


In 1978 Prevelly was gazetted as a townsite in its own right.




Ellensbrook homestead was built by Alfred Bussel and was named after his wife. The family settled at the site in 1857 but in 1865 moved to a new location (Wallcliffe House) near the mouth of the Margaret River. Ellensbrook was taken over by Alfred's sisters (Edith and Fanny) and an Aboriginal mission was established there from 1899 to 1917. The National Trust took over the buildings in 1979.



Tall tales and true: Sand dune swallows cart

The Boranup sand dune is an unusual shifting dune that moves around two feet every year. It gradually covers tall trees that can be seen protruding from the top of the dune looking like small bushes.

A story is told of a man travelling past the dune on a horse and cart when a wheel broke. He un-hitched the horse and made his way to Augusta for assistance. When he returned the cart was gone and he assumed it had been stolen.

Some 70 years later the cart emerged from the other side of the dune (as the dune moved away) still in good condition.


For even more info check out the Western Australia Traveller's Guide




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