The Margaret River’s a primo surfing destination, but some of the drives in are pretty rowdy! We were lucky enough to hit the road with World Surf League Pros Filipe Toledo and Jordy Smith in search of some of Western Australia’s best breaks. We needed some capable rigs to get us there – so we took a few of the all-new Jeep Wranglers to get the job done.
Whether you’re hunting swell, tackling the famous 140km Cape to Cape Track or just road trippin’ for views, there’s no shortage of activities to get you revved up. The sand gives way to rolling green farmlands and ancient forests too, making it easy to see why this jewel of the West is such a favourite.
Now we’re back from our trip and the rigs are hosed down we’re ready to bring you the best spots for surfing, driving and exploring in Margaret River. Hop in!
Big Barrelling North Point Right Handers
Kick start your day with a sugar hit at the iconic Margaret River Bakery, tourists and locals flock here for homemade delights. Get there early to avoid missing out! Throw in a coffee and rumble on towards Gracetown and the infamous surf spot, North Point. This gnarly right hander is revered as one of the best surf spots in the region.
If fast barrels aren’t your calling there are plenty of other options; across the inlet, South Point offers up a more mellow left, while the groms are more at home on the kid-friendly break knows as Huzzas. The surf spot is a scene in itself, with seemingly half the town hanging in the car park to watch the surfers get the barrel of the day. It’s well worth a trip just to check out the raw power of the coast.
Going Off-Road At Cape Naturaliste
Head off the beaten track in WA and you’ll undoubtedly strike gold. The Jeep Wranglers have some pretty unrivalled out-of-the-box off-road ability and were begging to get dirty – they were perfect for wranglin’ (ha ha) our way into the more remote spots like the Three Bears.
Chuck the boards in and hit the rocky track that winds along the Cape Naturaliste coastline from Sugarloaf Rock. Down the bumpy road lies a pot of gold; three waves offering up varying degrees of difficulty. Whether you’re chasing the fast barrels of Papa’s, the quick walls of Mama’s, or the more relaxed Baby’s, the surf has something for everyone.
You can also pull on your hiking boots and hit a section of the Cape to Cape Track, which links Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste.
The Beauty Of The Boranup
The South West isn’t all sun, surf and sand, it’s also home to the unique Karri Tree forests. The Boranup Forest Drive just south of Margaret River is a must do, these forests seem to stop time. It’s well worth going for a walk through Boranup forest to witness the towering trees up close, and to experience the serenity of this area – it’s one of the top ten biodiversity hotspots in the world!
If you need your beach fix, continue cruising south down Caves Road until you find yourself at Hamelin Bay. This spot is renowned for its white sand, turquoise water and stingrays. If you’re not game to join the wild rays for a swim, chuck your walking shoes on and explore one of the many treks around the area. There’s even a campground!
Check In To Nature’s Massage Parlour At The Indijup Natural Spa
If you’re ready for some rest and relaxation, the Indijup Natural Spa is your port of call. These pristine rock pools can be found if you turn down Wyadup road, off Caves Road. A bumpy drive and short walk along the rocks will have you at a crazy little inlet made for swimming, its waters safe from the often monstrous swells of the Indian Ocean. Take a load off and watch the waves spray over the red rocks.
Beach Driving At Joey’s Nose
Keen for some sandy tracks? Head north of Margie’s towards Kilcarnup Road and make your way down to Joey’s Nose. You can’t beat the exhilaration of four-wheel driving on the beach. Let your tyres down and cruise in total solitude, alongside the turquoise of the Indian Ocean.
We whipped off the Freedom Panels on the Wranglers to turn our fourbies into convertibles and feel the wind in our hair. Ace.
A Bit Of Serenity Meelup Beach
Hit Caves Road again and roll further north towards the tip of Cape Naturaliste and its picturesque beaches near Dunsborough. The drive across farmlands and dramatic coastlands is an adventure in itself and Bunker Bay is the first stop.
This beach is a natural wonderland, ideal for swimming, snorkelling or throwing a line in. Next up is Meelup Beach, another ripper spot to set up camp for the day. If you need a break from the swells of the Indian Ocean, these are the calmer water spots to unwind in.
Before You Hit The Track!
Off-roading is a serious adventure, even in a serious rig like the Jeep Wrangler. It’s best to buddy up with another car, bring recovery gear and take it easy driving on changing surfaces like sand. Check in with the locals about current conditions and tides before setting out to ensure the good vibes keep flowin’.
Stash your swimmers and take On the West Coast!