48 hours in Margaret River

Margaret River is a spectacular setting for couples seeking a getaway for two, nestled near Perth’s south coast. From beautiful riverside scenery to wineries and gourmet eateries, why not indulge in a short break and 48 hours on a romantic couples’ retreat in this lovely part of Australia?

Here’s how to fill your romantic getaway to the Margaret River to the brim with spectacular experiences you’ll both treasure.

Friday night

When you arrive in Margaret River on Friday night, take the time to settle in with a mouthwatering meal. 

Casina is a charming cottage located in the beautiful surroundings of Dunsborough. It is known for its exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, drawing inspiration from various countries and regions such as Northern Africa, Levantine, Agean, and Southern Italy. Led by executive chef Daniel Johnson, Casina offers a menu that showcases fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients, providing a delightful dining experience.

If you want something a little more casual or are getting into town late, you’ll soon wind down into the laidback local way of life with a meal at Settlers Tavern.


Saturday morning

Get the day started with a breakfast at Drift Café, located just off the main street. The menu features classic breakfast dishes with a unique twist, such as their house-made tomato chutney infused with native pepper berry. The café takes pride in sourcing ingredients from local farmers, including Burnside Organics avocados, Margaret River Woodfired Bread, and Bannister Downs milk. With its delicious food and warm ambiance, Drift Café is a favourite among locals and visitors alike.

Wander barefoot along the shore, splash in the shallows or, if you’re adventurous, head out on a diving tour of nearby shipwrecks or try your hand at surfing. 

No matter what you do, the scenery is positively breathtaking, with sheer limestone cliffs and long, deserted stretches of beach. Take a photo or two for a romantic memento! 

Fill up on lunch at the White Elephant Beach Cafe, which has beautiful views of the shore. Serving up classics like juicy burgers and tasty milkshakes, you and your other half will love the chilled out vibe here.

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Saturday afternoon

Now it’s time to explore the wonderful vineyards in the Margaret River region. Hop on a wine tour so you can see a bunch of the highlights without having to drive! After all, there are over 150 wine producers in the area. 

When knocking on those cellar doors, make sure you and your loved one try the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, as these is some of the region’s specialities. Expect intensely flavoured wines and a few surprisingly taste sensations here and there, too. 

Brookwood Estate and Brookland Valley Vineyard are good places to start. 

Saturday evening

Now it’s time to treat yourself to yet another wonderful dining experience in the Margaret River. Enjoy a gourmet dinner at one of the wineries you visit, or head back into town.

Try the beautiful flavours of Fervor restaurant, which strives to use fresh, local produce to amazing effect.

48-hours-Margaret-River couple on beach

Sunday morning

It’s time for you and your other half to indulge in another delectable breakfast. This time, why not visit Yardbyrd? It’s a unique, quirky space and they’ve got great coffee to give you the perfect start to the day. 

You’ve been pretty busy leading up until now, so why not take today down a notch with a visit to a spa retreat? The Injidup Spa Retreat is set in the middle of the Margaret River wine region, with beautiful decor and plenty of privacy. Have a healing (and romantic) couples’ massage or unwind with other indulgent treatments.

You might also love Hanu Day Spa, which takes inspiration from gentle Hawaiian, Balinese and Eastern healing techniques. There are so many options to choose from! They also offer yoga!

In the afternoon and evening after your relaxing spa experiences, wander the Margaret Riverfront to take in the beautiful sights one more time. If you’re keen to get active you could even embark upon a gentle kayak or canoe. Whatever you do, it’ll be an experience to remember – after all, you’re with the one you love!

For dinner, pack a picnic for the riverfront, or head to the Margaret River Hotel restaurant, famous for its roaring hospitality and old country influences.

It will be a busy 48 hours and will fly by with all the wonderful activities you include. It’s a great chance for you and your loved one to reconnect with beautiful surroundings and an array of things to see. With world-class dining, scenery and wine, who wouldn’t fall in love with the ever-romantic Margaret River?

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