The Cape to Cape MTB is set up with the traveller in mind.
Every day we set time aside for riders and their support crew to indulge in a variety of tourist activities in the region. With this in mind, we encourage you to bring friends and family to the event.
Western Australia’s South West is renowned for its wide range of tourist attractions and the Margaret River region certainly has more than its share. Visitors to the region can enjoy a smorgasbord of fine food and wine, world-class surfing and swimming beaches, majestic karri forests and an abundance of outdoor activities that make the most of the spectacular natural scenery.
Read on for our top tips of things to do or contact the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA), for free and personalised information and booking service for MTB riders.
Their friendly staff know the region intimately and can help you create an unforgettable Margaret River experience. Contact MRBTA’s staff on (08) 9780 5911 or email email@example.com. Alternatively visit www.margaretriver.com where you can book online.
Top things to do in the Margaret River region:
Mountain biking and bush walks, of course!
If you want to practice your MTB skills on the local trails prior to the Cape to Cape MTB or if your support crew feel like they are missing out on all the adventurous fun, book in for a mountain bike or walking tour with local legend Mike “Brookesy”. Whether you’re a MTB beginner, a MTB professional or just looking for a scenic stroll, Brookesy shares 30 years of local experience offering tours for all skill and fitness levels, so there is something for everyone. There are plenty of options to choose from – Rails to trails, trails to ales, family day in the Karri Forest or sunset and forest night ride to name a few. For more information, head to their website http://www.margaretrivermountainbiketours.com.au/.
Enjoy a few hours of indulgence over a long lunch at a winery restaurant
The internationally renowned Margaret River region is home to more than 220 wine producers, 100 cellar doors and produces more than 25 per cent of Australia’s premium wine. Stroll through vineyards with a glass of local wine, or dine at one of the many winery restaurants, where local chefs celebrate the local produce. Favourite’s include Aravina Estate, Cullen, Wills Domain, Leeuwin Estate, Knee Deep, Vasse Felix and Voyager Estate.
Keep the family busy
If you are needing to keep the kids entertained for a few hours while your rider completes the stage then why not take the family to Amaze’n Margaret River! A vast expanse located on Bussell Hwy, Amaze’n has multiple activities to keep the kids busy including mini golf and a maze. For more information click here!
Another great one to entertain the whole family is the Naturaliste Reptile Park, a great opportunity to get up close and personal with some of those critters you may not always get to see in the bush. Located just off Bussell Hwy, slightly north of Margaret River, the Naturaliste Reptile Park is sure to provide fun for the whole family! Find out more here.
Give surfing a go
Margaret River is the undisputed surf capital of WA. It is home to a huge array of challenging and powerful waves, with more than 75 major breaks located between Cape Leeuwin in Augusta to Cape Naturaliste in Yallingup. Anyone from the novice to the experienced surfer can enjoy the ultimate surfing experience and spectacular coastal lookouts provide vantage points to watch those taking on the ocean.
Get the adrenaline pumping
If you are looking for an adrenaline rush and are looking to explore the Margaret River region then why not book in with Eco Adventures Quad Bike Tours. Get a guided tour through the spectacular bush that our South West has to offer, all while being in the safe hands of the Eco Adventures staff. Click here to find out more information!
Walk or train to the end of the Busselton Jetty, and meet the fish under the jetty at the Underwater Observatory
Jump on board and take the leisurely train ride along Busselton Jetty, which celebrated its 150 year anniversary in 2015. Alternatively, you can walk the 1.8 kilometre journey to the end of the jetty. The Underwater Observatory, at the end of the jetty, provides visitors the opportunity to experience one of Australia’s greatest artificial reefs.
Picnic or camp in Boranup forest
The area, which is part of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, is well known for unique for its proximity to the coast and the tall pale-barked karri trees which can reach 60 metres or more in height. A short walk takes you to Boranup Lookout, which gives sweeping views of the forest and the coast. There are several spots to stop for a barbecue or picnic and there’s a camp ground at the southern end of Boranup Drive.
Sample a local brew
An emergence of award-winning Margaret River boutique breweries are becoming internationally recognised for their range of brews, from traditional pale ales and pilsners, through to ginger or chocolate flavoured beers. Sample a local favourite at one of Margaret River’s many breweries, including Eagle Bay Brewing Co, Cowaramup Brewing Company, Colonial Brewing Company, Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery, and the most recently opened Young Henrys Brewery.
Head underground on an adventure tour of the magical caves systems
The Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association operates three spectacular show caves; Lake, Mammoth and Jewel. These caves are easily accessible, each with their own story to tell and decorated with their own unique and dazzling formations.
Walk a section of the Cape to Cape track (or all of it, if you’re game!)
The Cape to Cape Walk Track runs for 135 kilometres along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between the lighthouse of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the far south west of WA. Designed to bring people in close contact with the environment, the track mainly follows the coast, alternating spectacular sweeping cliff-top views with stretches of pristine beach. There are several inland loops, which take in some lovely sheltered woodland sections as well as the magnificent Boranup karri forest.
Head up the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and see where the Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean meet
On the most south-westerly tip of Australia, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet, stands the historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. One of the last in the world to remain manually operated, at 39-metres Cape Leeuwin is also mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse.
Spend a day at Yallingup Lagoon
Located right in front of Yallingup’s famous surf break, Yallingup Lagoon provides the perfect sheltered swimming area. The reef-enclosed lagoon is ideal for swimming, fishing and snorkelling and offers the perfect access to the long soft white sandy beach which extends south.
Go mountain bike riding
Set to an iconic backdrop of world famous surf beaches, private farmlands, wineries, rocky outcrops and national forest, the Margaret River region is an ideal place to go mountain bike riding. Dirty Detours are your go to people. They offer a range of tours, from relaxed forest rides, to a sip’n’cycle wine tour or frenzied attacks of adrenaline and thrashing pedals.
Abseil at Wilyabrup
The Wilyabrup sea cliffs rate as one of the premier abseiling and rock climbing sites in the South West region. Perfect for adrenalin junkies, various programs introduce participants to the basic principles of abseiling including all safety aspects. Participants progress from small to higher cliffs and for those who are up to it, there may be an opportunity to try forward abseiling.
There’s plenty for visitors to see and experience while in Western Australia. Visit www.westernaustralia.com to plan an extraordinary holiday to WA.