I'm often asked by our guests 'is there anything worth seeing" on their drive down to Margaret River.
Some guests can't wait to get to their Margaret River beach house wanting the quickest possible route, whilst others happily meander their way down so they can take in some sights.
Quickest Possible Route
The most direct route, no detours, allow 3 - 3.5 hours to drive. For interstate and international guests, I'm guessing you'll have a GPS in your hire care. From Perth you will take the Kwinana Freeway which becomes Forrest Highway, following the signs to Bunbury, then (via Bussell Highway) to Busselton and on to Margaret River. Large green directional signs will guide you all the way.
If you need petrol, there's a couple of large service stations on Forrest Highway but if not, at the 1/2 way point you'll find a quirky cafe called The Crooked Carrot serving a good coffee and real home-style food. A recommended stop!
Leisurely Drive Down and Places to Visit
The leisurely option allows for some sight seeing on the way, however, you'll need to divert off the Freeway.
Just 1 hour south of Perth, Mandurah is one of WA's largest regional cities. On the estuary foreshore you'll find plenty of cafes dotted along the Mandurah Boardwalk. Take the Mandjoogoordap Drive Exit off the Freeway.
Places of Interest: Peel Zoo Koala Encounter
Bunbury is the next main town, 2 hours south of Perth, however you'll take the bypass and head (via Bussell Highway) to Busselton. On the bypass you'll see the Bunbury Farmers Market - an awesome place to stop for groceries and provisioning.
Places of Interest: Dolphin Discovery Centre
Bussell Highway will divert you past the coastal haven of Busselton, but if time permits it's well worth heading down to the Busselton Jetty. The foreshore is extremely picturesque with expansive shaded lawns, seriously cool children's playground and a beautiful swimming beach. There are several cafes and kiosks for a quick bite to eat.
On to Margaret River
From Busselton head to straight to Margaret River rather than taking the scenic route via Dunsborough and Yallingup along Caves Road. You will be able to visit these coastal towns during your stay.
Once you hit the town of Margaret River you will be able to provision here at the local supermarkets and gourmet merchants, either on the way thru (depending on time) or pop back once you've checked in at the beach house. The Roozen Residence is located in the seaside village of Prevelly just 8 minutes from the town centre.
Tourist Drive from Busselton to Margaret River via Dunsborough and Yallingup
To be continued....