Road Trip from Perth to Margaret River WA

The South West of Western Australia is a stunning region which offers endless encounters with lively towns, beaches and marine life.

Take a Road Trip to Wine Country of Western Australia

A road trip from Perth to Margaret River covers approximately 275km and approximately 3.5 hours of continuous driving. However, this road is also filled with once in a lifetime experiences, and more than enough reasons to take two or three days to complete the route.

It’s true; there are many opportunities dive, surf and swim along the way and a host of beach-towns with nature and wildlife in between.

When you reach Margaret River, you can also join a tour of world-renowned wineries and the local guides will often make this a highlight of the trip. Either way, you are free to explore the beautiful region, which is arguably best known for surfing and a stunning coastline that stretches all the way from Capes Naturaliste to Leeuwin in the Southwest of Western Australia.

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Road Trip from Perth to Margaret River WA - Travel Times & Highlights

Please note: Distances and travel times are estimates only and may vary due to alternative routes, weather and road conditions. Please check with Main Roads Western Australia for updated information before commencing your journey.


perth city wa

Perth is a place of contrasts where white sandy beaches and leafy parks can be found next to busy bars and a fascinating art scene. 

You will find colourful neighbourhoods here and lively schedule which showcases a long line up of concerts, festivals and events throughout the year. This is also the ideal place to pick up last-minute supplies and prepare for your road trip from Perth to Margaret River.

This can also feel like an urban oasis as the landscapes outside of Perth are wild and barren in every direction. You can encounter unique wildlife and prestigious wineries and then there’s Rottnest Island.

Situated just off the coast, Rottnest Island is a haven for quokkas and features some of the most iconic vegetation, beaches and turquoise waters in Western Australia.

Distance from Perth: 27 min (21.5 km)


There’s plenty of things to do in Fremantle.

Fremantle is renowned as Perth’s Old Town, full of vibrancy, colour and culture. The streets buzz with buskers singing and the sidewalks fill with a wild collection of art and the music that floats out from trendy cafés and bars.

Spend a night or two with an excellent selection of accommodation options ranging from friendly backpackers to luxurious hotels.

Distance from Fremantle: 53 min (68.6 km)


mandurah foreshore wa

Mandurah, WA’s largest regional city and is set against a backdrop of magnificent beaches and an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour. Originally known as Mandjoogoordap, Mandurah means ‘meeting place of the heart’.

Mandurah is home to Perth’s best beaches, with clear water, soft sand and private spaces to hideaway! These are some of the best natural playgrounds for you and the whole family.

Distance from Mandurah: 33 min (32.3 km)


rockingham penguin wa

Rockingham boasts 37km of spectacular coastline, and is a popular holiday destination with a wide range of immersive experiences and exciting activities.

Visit one of the many neighbouring islands, with vast stretches of white sandy beaches, sailing a yacht within the protected bays, or swimming amongst playful wild dolphins – Rockingham promises a memorable and unique experience for every visitor.

Distance from Rockingham: 1 hr 34 min (134.2 km)


bunbury wa

Bunbury is  located in the heart of the Bunbury-Geographe region.

Bunbury is rich in art, culture and heritage. Home to Bunbury Regional Art Gallery the largest A class regional gallery in Western Australia, Bunbury is also the region’s cultural and entertainment hub with cultural and entertainment offerings and many award winning and cafés, restaurants and small bars.

Bunbury boasts a number of natural and tourist attractions, and is coupled with a Mediterranean climate, making it an ideal holiday destination.

Distance from Bunbury: 43 min (52.9 km)


busselton wa

Busselton is known for its sheltered beach and seasonal humpback whale populations. The beachfront features the 19th-century Busselton Jetty that stretches nearly 2km to the Underwater Observatory, where life in a coral reef is on view.

Devour freshly-caught fish and chips on the foreshore, while athletes and enthusiasts alike swim up and down and around the Jetty. Morning strolls along it take you out to sea, from where you look back in awe and appreciation.

Busselton gives so much enjoy.

Distance from Busselton: 23 min (23.5 km)


meelup beach yallingup

Dunsborough is situated on the west coast of Australia’s South West tourist region. Dunsborough faces north to the Indian Ocean and is on the shores of Geographe Bay where the ocean is very calm and sheltered and at low tide, walking out on the sandbanks.

Dunsborough is a great base to explore Cape Natualiste’s pristine beaches, walking trails, and lighthouse. You will have a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars on your doorstep, with many of them being family-friendly.

With its beautiful natural surroundings it’s easy to see why Dunsborough would be on your list of places to visit in Western Australia.

Distance from Dunsborough: 9 min (11.1 km)


yallingup wa

Yallingup is a seaside suburb and one of the most popular places for Western Australian’s to holiday. Boasting trendy breweries, white sand beaches, surf breaks, and beautiful national parks with the views of the Indian Ocean from the winding roads are stunning and an incredible place to watch the huge waves crash onto the shore.

This region has the most incredible beaches. There are plenty to choose from; the sheltered shores of Geographe Bay or the surfy beaches on the other side.

Distance from Yallingup: 31 min (36.5 km)

Margaret River

margaret river wa

Surrounded by ocean on three sides, the pristine and geographically isolated environment ensures that every wine is special but not one is the same. Sustainability and innovation is a core focus for many of the region’s wineries specialising in organic, biodynamic and natural winemaking.

Journey through Margaret River’s 90+ cellar doors (over 65 of which are rated Halliday 5 star wineries) is sophisticated yet relaxed, authentic and unique. 

The diversity ranges from farm-style to architecturally elaborate, many of which have casual cafés ranging to world-class restaurants.

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