The Margaret River Nature Tour will visit the most picturesque locations discovering stunning panoramas. If you like scenery and photography, this is the tour for you. As well as enjoying great tastings, you will learn about the landscapes, terroir, history and wildflowers that make the Margaret River Wine Region so unique. You will have a great day so click here to book now! for an accommodation and tour package.
This tour is only for guests of The Margaret River Bed and Breakfast as part of an accommodation and tour package.
This is a bespoke tour so we will discuss the various options before we leave. There are options to see stunning coastal scenery, beautiful Hamelin Bay (stingrays -weather permitting), majestic Boranup Karri Forest and a cave. We can also do some 4WD driving to Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs or to some remote beaches. It can be about wildflowers or birds or the landscapes or just beautiful photograph. Dirk is a geologist with an interest in all things nature.
On our way, we also pass by many other attractions. So if you like, we can also visit a few boutique wineries for tastings as well perhaps, tastings at chocolate, coffee, olive, jam & nougat factories and other attractions including breweries and distilleries, depending on time and inclination. This can be an all day tour or a half day tour.
Lunch is at your own expense. We can drop you off at a winery restaurant and pick you up after lunch and continue with the tour. But there are also many cafes that are lovely, or you can get a BYO picnic lunch as there are many beautiful picnic locations to stop at.
Note: Because of Covid-19 restrictions, not all venues are conducting tastings and some wineries are now charging for tastings. Wine tasting fees are not included in the tour package. These fees are waived on any wine purchases.
So let us put together a special itinerary just for you. Call 0414 385 350 or email for more information on our accommodation and tour packages.
More detail on the tour is given below:
Known internationally for its wines and as a great place to visit, the region also has some spectacular scenery. This tour will take you to the best sights where every photo will have a wow factor in it. But there is a reason why those locations are where they are, so the tour will unravel the secrets of the rocks, the soils and plants and the landscape. Margaret River Nature Tours will show you the beautiful natural history of the South West, concentrating on the Cape to Cape Region which coincides with the famous Margaret River Wine Region. Discover the underlying geology that has created the spectacular landforms and ideal soils that produce all the wonderful food and produce that you can enjoy here.
Our ancient geological history has also created incredible diversity in plants and animals. The Nature Tour will bring you to examples of the unique plants of the South West, many with exquisite wildflowers. The ancient Leeuwin Complex (1.5-0.5Ma) is not as old as the Yilgarn in the rest of the south west and comprises granitised meta-sediments and gneissic granites. Permian, Jurassic and Cretaceous sediments of the Perth Basin are exposed at a few localities and an Early Cretaceous basalt flow can be seen that heralded the separation of India from Australia. Early Tertiary tropical climates 50 million years ago produced a deeply weathered terrane, resulting in thick laterites (gravels) and etching out the joints and fault lines in the granitic gneisses of this ancient complex. Ice Age sea level changes and desert climates resulted in sand dunes then covering most of the terrain. Those sand dunes closest to the coast were rich in shell fragments and the remains of calcareous algae that dissolved and re-cemented the dunes into calcarenites (limestones). Many spectacular caves then formed in these cemented dunes.
The White Cliffs of Hamelin Bay are a classic example of the effects of climate change and the ice ages. If interested, you can learn about what caused the ice ages and what potential effects the current climate change may do to the Earth.
The many different rock types (gneissic granites, sandy/coaly Mesozoic sediments, laterites and sand dunes) are all very low in nutrients. The soils produced from these rocks are also very poor and mostly very thin. The plants of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge have had to adapt not only to these poor soils, but rapidly changing climates during the ice ages. Climates that went from dry and cold with desert forming low CO2 concentrations to hot summers and wet winters during the inter-glacials, such as our present climate. The nutrient and climate stresses and the opening of new niches have resulted in one of the major bio-diversity hot spots in the world.
Spring is the best time to see wildflowers and most of them are endemic to the region. But because of the diversity, there is an all year abundance of flowers to examine and photograph. With an abundant and diverse flora, there is also a diverse and abundant fauna, particularly insects. There once were many small mammals in the forests but these have been decimated by foxes and feral domestic cats so seeing wildlife is not so easy. But there is no shortage of kangaroos. Birdlife is also abundant and you will no doubt see many during the tour.
Each tour is individually structured to cater for each person’s interests and to create a memorable experience. There are many photo opportunities where we can stop as long as is necessary to get the shots you want. Apart from stunning coastal scenery, geological exposures and botanical spectacles, we will pass by many attractions that can be visited, if you wish. These include wineries, breweries, cheese, chocolate and nougat factories, distilleries, olive, silk and cosmetic factories and more.
The tour starts at 10am and finishes about 4:30pm. Your accommodation at The Margaret River Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Region and central to all attractions.
Some options for this bespoke tour are given below:
In the Morning
Starting from the Margaret River Bed and Breakfast, the tour will take you north along the tree lined Caves Road and passing gorgeous vistas of vineyards on the rolling hills. Depending on interest, weather and time, we may stop to examine geological features at places such as Gracetown, Moses Rock, Willyabrup Cliffs and Canal Rocks. We may even visit Cape Naturaliste . The most scenically spectacular are the Wilyabrup Cliffs.
On our return, there are many famous wineries as well as boutique vineyards and breweries where we can stop and enjoy free tastings. You will learn about the origin of the different soils and climates that result in unique terroir that can produce some of Australia’s finest wines. Unfortunately, time seems to fly on a tour and not everything can be visited.
Where you have lunch is up to you and it is at your own expense. You might like to book a lunch at one of the many fabulous winery restaurants in the region. We will drop you off and pick you up when you are ready. However, there are some lovely cafes for a more casual lunch or you can pack a BYO picnic lunch and we can stop at one of many beautiful picnic locations.
After lunch the tour will head south, maybe visiting a jam and fruit wine factory that is always very popular. The road then winds through peaceful rural country, crossing the Blackwood River and maybe enjoying a second tasting at a lovely boutique winery until we reach famous Hamelin Bay. This historic bay is scenically spectacular and includes some fine examples of coastal morphology. A bonus is that the bay is a special nature reserve for stingrays and there is a flock of them that patrol the beach and they can also be hand fed. Note that the stingrays are not always there, particularly in rough weather. Returning up Caves Road, via a drive through the majestic Boranup Forest to look at giant Karri trees and the undergrowth vegetation, we can also stop at a giant sinkhole and discover the geology of cave formation.
Time and interest permitting, the tour can also visit the tallest mainland lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin and its many exposures and features.
The actual itinerary and order of visiting the various locations will vary day to day, depending on the weather and the interests of the group. It is not possible to visit all locations in the one day, which is why a unique itinerary is developed for each group of visitors.