Life after lockdown- What to do in Margaret River during winter

Let’s face it. 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. Some more than others. We started 2020 with the destructive bushfires which devastated our nation and now the world has been overwhelmed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Covid-19 has transformed many people’s
lives and forced us and many other businesses to close their doors back in March.

On behalf of all of us at Stay Margaret River, we are excited to announce we have reopened our doors and are welcoming you all back! We closed up in Autumn and now we’ve reopened in winter and we can’t wait to have you!

You must be wondering, what does one do in Margaret River during the cooler months?

Winter is renowned for being miserable, lifeless, boring and dull. Come to think of it, winter really does get a bad rap. But have you ever spent a winters day in Margaret River? The Margaret River Region is notorious for its beautiful wineries, phenomenal landscapes, amazing beaches and delicious food. There is so much to do in the winter months, it may be beginning to rival summer as the most perfect time to stay.

Below are some fantastic events and locations to get you down to Margaret River during winter 2020!

1: Cabin Fever Festival- July 17th -26th July 2020

Choose from events that embrace all the best food, wine and music of the region, laden with unexpected twists and turns. You’ll find winter feasts, rich wines, magnificent parties, live music and a wilderness that grows from the inside out. Choose from the weird, the
decadent and the raucous – a celebration amidst stormy skies and open fires in the epic Margaret River region. For further info, head to

2: CinefestOZ: 26th August 2020- 30 August 2020

Set against the stunning backdrop of Western Australia’s iconic south west region, film lovers, filmmakers and stars are drawn to the Margaret River region to share in five days of immersive film experiences at the region’s cinemas, wineries, boutique breweries, small bars and galleries. For more info, head to

3: Willow Grill: Breakfast 7 days a week and dinner Monday – Saturday

Willow Grill, located at Stay Margaret River, serves up breakfast daily and dinner Monday – Saturday evening. Their menu is a Tapas style modern Australian with an Asian influence. Their dishes cater for all tastes and are gluten free friendly. The menu changes seasonally but the classics stay due to popular demand. They love hosting big functions and special events as well a quick bite to eat after a long day out in the wineries. Pop in for dessert and coffee, appetiser and a glass of wine, or a full dinner. To check out the menu and book online, click here!

4: Lighthouses & Caves

The most perfect winter day activity! There’s no better way to soak in the cooler weather by heading underground into some of WA’s most remarkable show caves and by climbing up the amazing lighthouses. 
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is perfect to start with!

Being a super admired attraction in the region and only 60 stairs to climb up, visitors are rewarded with breathtaking ocean views one you hit the top!

Ngilgi Cave was Western Australia’s first tourist attraction and has kept its flawless reputation with its extensive boardwalks that lead visitors along the striking chambers of this underground fairyland! The kids can stay entertained with the junior explorers’ tunnels. Illuminated signage allow you to educate yourself and your family as you go!

5. Markets

With winter producing more rainfall, the Margaret River region is blessed with delights such as blood oranges, grapefruits, mandarins, truffles and turnips! But obviously that is in addition to the usual suspects of cheese, pasta, honey and Margaret River made artisan bread. For more info on all the markets and produce merchants, head to

There you have it; winter really is an abundant time in Margaret River! We hope the next few months are prosperous for all and you are all slowly overcoming the effects of the COVID-19. Let’s all stick together and continue to overcome this as one. Whether you need a weekend getaway for a full week of enjoyment at Margaret River, Stay Margaret River is always happy to host you and your loved ones. But wherever you stay, stay safe and stay happy.

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