Backpackers guide to Margaret River – Margaret River Backpackers

Van touring Margaret River

Your insider’s guide to Margaret River

Ten things every Backpacker needs to know when visiting Margaret River


“The soupie”: Huge vegan curry serves, Pay $5 or whatever you have. Always three different types of delicious curry, two salad choices and a variety of tea. Frequented by backpackers and a welcoming community. Every Monday and Wednesday from 5-6pm at the Community Centre  (21-33 Tunbridge St, Margaret River)

The Cape to Cape Track: This track spans the whole coastline from Dunsborough to Augusta and offers spectacular views from every step of the journey. It’s a relatively quiet path offering a variety of easy walking terrains and landscapes. Short walks are easily accessible for a day hike if preferred. Cheap, beautiful and unforgettable way to spend a day or week in the area! More info

Surfing: Home to some of the most world renowned beaches for surfing, Margaret River is a surfer’s paradise. Never tried? No dramas, you can always rent a board and wetsuit at the Rivermouth. But chances are, you’ll find a friend to take you out when the swell is good! If you’re an experienced surfer, you’ll feel right at home with the talented surfer community.


Margaret River

Afternoons at the beach


The beaches: The main draw to the Margaret River area is the endless amount of gorgeous beaches. The whole Prevelly area, Redgate, Contos, Kilkarnup (only accessible by 4WD but can always hop in other beachgoers’ cars once there), and Gracetown are some local favourites. Perfect place to watch the sunset with some friends and a few drinks!

Quiz night: Thursday nights starting at 7:30pm at The Corner Bar. Free to play and plenty of space to sit with a group!

Colonial Brewing Co. Pizza Fridays: You won’t get a better dinner deal in town. $10 gourmet pizzas starting at 6pm on Fridays. Live DJ, good beer, relaxed atmosphere, and a beautiful property perfectly equipped for big groups. A great way to start off your Friday night. You’ll be sure to run into other backpackers here!



Colonial Brewery


Free live music at Settler’s Tavern: The most popular bar in town,  “The Tav” offers plenty of opportunities to see some quality live music. Go to free “Sunday Sessions” from 3-6pm or keep your ears open for the frequent free concerts on other nights.

Margaret River Library: It might not sound like much, but a free membership gives you access to free wifi, computers and book & DVD rentals. The calming atmosphere is a nice refuge from hectic backpacker life.

Wine tasting: With over 200 vineyards, a trip to Margaret River wouldn’t be complete without a wine tasting. If you can afford it, hit up one of the many tour groups and don’t worry about driving. For those on a stricter budget, tastings are free if you would rather do a self-guided tour.

“No Lights No Lycra”: Head over to the CWA Hall in town for one hour of uninterrupted dancing in the dark. Great playlists that change each week, great people who dance like no one’s watching, and a great mid-week release. Wednesdays at 7pm, $5.

Honourable mentions: Blackwood River kayaking and camping, caves, canoeing down Margaret River, chocolate and cheese tastings.



Settler Tavern