The Magical Margaret River

A long weekend to Western Australia’s jewel in the crown, the Margaret River region, just got a whole lot easier for Melbourne foodies, surfers and nature-lovers – with Jetstar this week announcing that direct flights between Melbourne and Busselton-Margaret River will commence on March 25 next year.

The flights will depart Tullamarine at 8am (AEST) on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, arriving at the recently upgraded Busselton Airport at 10am local time. From there, the wonders of the Margaret River region are upon you.

From a long lunch and cellar door tasting at one of the many world-renowned wineries, to a hike along the stunning Cape to Cape coastal track; a surf at one of the world’s most consistent surf breaks, or luxury spa treatment overlooking the Indian Ocean as whale’s frolic before your eyes (seriously!) and so many more hidden gems to uncover…you’ll soon see why Lonely Planet named this part of the world the number one destination to visit in Asia-Pacific this year.

In exciting news for holiday-makers, it’s the first time East Coast Australia has had direct air access to South West WA. Standard fares with Jetstarstart from just $139 one-way, so there’s never been an easier or more affordable time to head West.

From a fun-filled long weekend, to an extended stay to unwind and reconnect – has everything you need to start planning your ultimate South West adventure. New itineraries can be found here:

And why not plan your trip to coincide with one of the many impressive and diverse events on the annual South West calendar. More event details and inspiring ways to fill your days in Margaret River can be found here:

2020 Calendar of Events

MarchEmergence Creative Festival – a creative playground for one of the world’s most inspiring “anti-conferences”.

May: Margaret River Open Studios – Australia’s biggest free art event.

April: Margaret River Pro – grab some mates, and head down to Surfers Point, Prevelly to watch the best surfers in the world battle it out.

MayMargaret River Readers and Writers Festival

JuneJazz By the Bay

JulyCabin Fever Festival – You’ll find winter feasts, rich wines, magnificent parties, live music and a wilderness that grows from the inside out.

AugustCinefestOz – Australia’s Premier Film Festival, awarding Australia’s Greatest Film Prize.


Strings Attached – a 3 day festival for players, makers and enthusiasts.

Cape to Cape MTB – Australia’s largest, longest running and most popular four day MTB stage race. This iconic riding experience includes access to stunning private trails, vineyard visits, brewery finishes and some of the warmest hospitality the region has to offer.

November: Western Australia Gourmet Escape – A gourmet celebration of fresh food and fine wine, featuring celebrity chefs, immersive experiences and exclusive culinary delights in ridiculously picturesque locations.


January: Leeuwin Concert –  a highlight in Australia’s social and cultural calendar. Visitors from all over Australia and abroad make the pilgrimage to the Margaret River Estate to enjoy the music of the industry’s greatest performers set against the backdrop of the majestic Karri forest.


Busselton Jetty Swim – The premier 3.6km ocean swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty attracting over 3,300 competitors from around the world each year.

South West Craft Beer Fest – not only blessed with beautiful wines and picturesque beaches, the region is also home to a large number of award-winning craft breweries. Sip and savour the best golden nectar the South West has to offer.

Be sure to follow the #MelbstoMargs journey on social media in the lead-up to the inaugural flight departure on March 25, 2020. #margaretriver #AustraliasSouthWest #ThisisWA #JetstarAustralia #BusseltonMargaretRiverAirport #Busselton