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From Mandurah to Margaret River: Your ultimate guide to summer down south

Drive south like never before with this ultimate down south itinerary!
Travelling down from Mandurah to Margaret River is a popular jaunt, and with so many points of interest, no two trips are ever the same!

For a spectacular holiday down south, we’ve got the must-do experiences curated for you.

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Mandurah

Mandurah is well known for its beautiful 134km² estuary. This protected wetland is home to pelicans, black swans, and around one hundred wild dolphins!

Do check out Mandurah Cruises and discover heritage landmarks, cultural sites, and canals dotted with luxury homes over a one-hour scenic voyage with Mandurah Cruises. The Dolphin Cruise & Views “Dolphin Promise” allows you to travel with certainty, knowing that you’ll see the smartest animals in the sea!

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See the Amaze Miniature Park to entertain the little ones, it helps to think… small.

This wonderland features 70 charming miniature buildings and model trains, as well as hedge mazes, mini golf, and a playground to keep everyone entertained.

Figure: Instagram: @amazeminiaturepark

Eat at Little Stiller when you’re ready to fuel up for more fun and discovery. Bite into Little Stiller’s delicious selection of bao buns for a scrumptious afternoon in the sun.

If you’re a cocktail lover, this venue will be your dream come true. Enjoy four uniquely crafted gins at this gorgeous distillery with scenic views overlooking the Mandurah Estuary. Gin enthusiasts will have to try the Little Stiller Experience to taste the signature, pink, mandarin, and peach gin!

Figure: Instagram: @littlestiller

Busselton

This stunning summer travel destination has been well-travelled but have you really done and seen it all in Busso? There is so much to add to your bucket list.

Do the Undersea Walk at Busselton Jetty to change your perspective!
Dive a little deeper on your next holiday with the SeaTREK Undersea Walk.
The 150-year-old Busselton jetty spans 1.8km and has been embraced by over 300 marine species. The best part? You dive underwater without ever getting your hair wet thanks to the custom-made ‘breathe-easy’ SeaTREK helmet.

Figure: Instagram: @divebusseltonjettyofficial

See the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands for a truly special experience, visit the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands. Recognised on an international level for their conservation of natural fauna and flora, these wetlands are a must see for any wildlife lover. Or just to get some This area contains roughly 30,000 waterbirds from 90 different species. This hidden gem is only a short 7-minute drive from Busselton!

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Eat at Bodega, a “Corner Shop” venue that’s the place to be in Busselton. Opening from 4pm, stop in to enjoy tapas and cocktails in style at this warm, cosy venue. With dishes designed to share, the menu here includes mouth-watering Chicken Wings, Grilled Chorizo, Sweet Corn Croquettes and Fried Cauliflower.
While you’re here, make sure you enjoy a Pisco Sour for us…

Figure: Instagram: @bodegabusselton

Dunsborough

This cosy little coastal town becomes a hive of activity during the warmer months, so make sure you plan your holiday, book in advance and make this trip to Dunsborough the best one yet.

Do enjoy the Naturaliste Charters Whale Watching Tour if you’re travelling to Dunsborough during the migration season! This is an absolute must. The two-and-a-half-hour Whale Watching Tour will jet you around the Geographe Bay waters and allow you to spot magnificent Humpback Whales as they pass through the bay with their calves. This tour is led by a marine biologist, meaning you'll be in for an insightful and informed experience on this cruise.

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See Castle Rock Bay situated just around the corner from the ever-popular Meelup Beach, where you can relax and enjoy the pristine waters and white sandy beaches. This peaceful spot is sheltered from south-westerly winds thanks to the sizeable rock formations flanking the bay.

Accessible from roadside carparks, as well as through a stunning coastal bush walk, beginning at the end of Gilford Road and Hurford Street in Old Dunsborough, this destination is a must do on your travels.

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Eat at Eagle Bay Brewing Co for the most delicious seasonally inspired menus and even have a cheeky pint while you’re here. From delightful share plates to tasty woodfired pizzas, there is sure to be something that will tantalise your taste buds at Eagle Bay Brewing Co. With a beautiful outdoor grass setting, overlooking the local paddocks, this venue is great for the whole family.

Figure: Instagram: @eaglebaybrewingco

Margaret River

Margs has always been known for its beautiful boho vibes, wonderful wineries and beaches to challenge even the most stunning of postcards. But when was the last time you tried something new on your travels down here?

Find some well earned time and space for yourself at The Margaret River Wellness Centre. This facility is designed to provide health and wellbeing care to both locals and holiday goers. Their Remedial Massages can be tailored to include soft and deep tissue therapy, myofascial release and dry needling. We can feel ourselves relaxing already…

Figure: margaretriverwellness.com.au (website)

See Margaret River from above! If you feel like you’ve seen and done everything in Margaret River, then why not see this lovely town from above… Book a helicopter tour with Scenic Helicopters.
From romantic beach packages to rugged heli-fishing adventures, this is an awe-inspiring adventure for your next down south journey.

Figure: scenichelicopter.rezdy.com (website)

Eat at Miki's Open Kitchen Margaret River for a tailor-made degustation. How divine! They’ll take care of you with three course options to choose from (including one for the kids). Pair your meal with an eclectically curated menu of Japanese sake, whisky and local wine.

Figure: Instagram: @mikisopenkitchen

Testimonials

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Bay Beach House - Peppermint Grove Beach, Peppermint Grove Beach

Amazing fireplace and day bed makes this a romantic place and the bath tub is more than big enough for two to pass the time away together too.

Shane from Perth
Yallingup Retreat, Yallingup

The view from the top is great (especially at night with the stars), the house is clean, the beds are comfy, the potbelly warms the place right up and you feel cosy and at home. Can’t wait to return!

Caitlin from Perth

Fantastic location, beautiful house, very clean and well presented.

Paul from Ashfield

Very clean modern house with lots of room.

Shane from Bedford

Really lovely place to stay. Very cosy and comfortable and lovely house. The backyard was amazing and the whole experience was just so homely and romantic. Would stay again in the future.

Piper from Aubin Grove
Yallingup Retreat, Yallingup

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Location is amazing if u like running/cycling Awesome out door area for kids - loads of kangaroos beautiful indoor area.

Gemma from Gwelup
Kangaroo Retreat - Margaret River, Margaret River

Fantastic views, we saw whales from the verandah. The property was very cosy with comfortable beds, we all had a great sleep..

Sarah from Como
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