Follow Cowaramup Bay Road off Bussell Highway to the coast
Gracetown was developed in 1963 and named in honour of local Western Australian heroine Grace Bussell.
The town is well known for its many surfing spots. North Point is a powerful break that provides good tube rides for surfers. South Point is popular because it works well when the breeze is onshore and Huzzas, in the middle of the bay, is a less powerful wave that is popular whenever it breaks. The main beach area, located in the bay, is an easily accessible swimming beach suitable for families with small children. Close to Gracetown are several other excellent surfing locations. The Cow Bombie surf break is 2 km offshore west of Gracetown and holds the honour of serving up the biggest waves ever ridden in Australia.
The Cape to Cape Track runs across the beach to the west of the town and it is one of the few towns located along the track.
Memorial Drive Cowaramup WA 6284
Formally known as “Rails to Trails” this path is open to walkers and cyclists. The Wadandi Track showcases the heritage of the former Busselton to Flinders Bay Railway and takes you through some of the most beautiful natural bush, farmland and vineyards in the Margaret River region.
The track currently begins or ends (depending where you start) at Cowaramup and finishes at Witchcliffe. Passing though peppermint, jarrah and young karri forest the trail provides a firsthand view of the abundant bird life. The track offers the opportunity to experience the Margaret River region through its natural environment, Aboriginal heritage and the rich history of the industries and communities served by the railway from 1884 to 1957. Along the 5 kilometres north of Margaret River there are numerous bridges crossing a major river and creeks and streams of varying sizes. The trail is easy to navigate with picnic areas along the way. The spectacular birdlife includes yellow robins, parrots and blue wrens and the wildflowers are stunning in Spring (September to December).
As it was a railway, the gradient is relatively flat, and the terrain is generally gentle. However, it can get moderate in some places and a mountain bike is recommended. The railway line was built in the 1880s by prominent timber businessman M. C. Davies, who laid a number of lines to take timber from his mills to jetties at Hamelin Bay and Flinders Bay for export. By 1916 the timber industry had declined and the railway from Augusta to Margaret River was bought by the WA Government. It was extended to Busselton by 1925 to service the remaining timber industry, the original group settlements, farming and domestic passengers. As the road network improved, more of the cartage was done by trucks and the Busselton to Flinders Bay branch railway eventually closed in 1957, after which most of the rail line and sleepers were salvaged for other uses. A handful of sleepers and rail line can still be spotted today and some major elements of the railway infrastructure remain in place. These include the original railway formation; cuttings; embankments; and many of the bridges and culverts.
Since the closure of the railway, several roads and some public facilities have been constructed on the trail reserve. Some parts of the reserve were leased to adjoining landowners. While all of these leases have lapsed or were terminated, some of the activities that were permitted under the conditions of these leases are still taking place within the reserve – including grazing, plantations, dams and quarrying of local resources.
There are four discrete sections that can be traversed:
Cowaramup-Carters Road 11.0km
Carters Road-Margaret River 3.4km
Margaret River-Gnarawary Road 4.1km
Gnarawary Road-Witchcliffe 4.6km
Parking is available at the following locations:
• Cowaramup – next to the Fire Station
• Carters Road – formal car park
• Margaret River – off Clarke Road next to former Goods Shed
• Gnarawary Road – formal car park
Public toilets are located at the following locations:
• Cowaramup - next to the Fire Station, in Pioneer Park and Cowaramup Hall
• Margaret River – Rotary park, Old Settlement, Memorial Park, Fearn Avenue
• Witchcliffe – Bussell Hwy
Need to Know:
Time depends on mode of transport and individual itinerary
Distance is 23km one way
Trail starts at Memorial Drive, Cowaramup
Trail ends at Witchcliffe, 8km (10 minutes) south of Margaret River
Degree of difficulty is easy, suits majority of fitness and experience levels.
No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for rickshaws and wheelchair users who have someone to assist them
Cowaramup Town Centre
Cowaramup is now home to a wonderful herd of 42 lifesized fibreglass Friesian cows and calves wandering the streets, parks and shops of the village. You will encounter them as you drive into town or as you wander around and at least one cow is visible directly from the verandah of Bakehouse '38!
The cows love having their photographs taken and often dress up for the occasion.
A community project supported by the local Lions Club, the udderly delightful bovines mooved into the town in July 2012.
Each year in July, we celebrate our cows with a huge Cow Town Birthday Party . Called Deja Moo – a Legend Dairy Country Fair is a wonderful extravaganza where locals and visitors come together for a day of cowabunga fun and frivolity.
This year Deja Moo will be held on Saturday 8th July, the middle weekend of the July school holidays, from 9 am to 3 pm.
2/64 Bussell Highway Cowaramup WA 6284
The Clarity Tribe
Designed to Clear the Mind ~ Relax the Body ~ and Nourish the Soul. Organic Luxury wellness products for that moment of “Clarity”
Created and hand packaged in Cowaramup, Margaret River Region of Western Australia, The Clarity Tribe's exclusive collection of unique products have been carefully chosen and united just for you, or your loved ones. They focus on sourcing organic and/or sustainably harvested ingredients, recycled materials and eco packaging. A 100% Australian owned business, THE CLARITY TRIBE also purchase from Australian owned suppliers, ensuring you are provided with a superior product along with quality customer service.
The newly opened retail space is located at 64 Bussell Hwy Cowaramup WA and in addition to wellness products they have a large selection of dreamcatchers, homewares, jewellery, giftware and local art that reflects their concept.
The Chiefs at The Clarity Tribe have been so kind to provide us with some beautiful products for you to experience during your stay at the Bakehouse. Return the favour and go in to their store and explore their entire fantastic range. Buy some to take home for yourself or friends and family!
Metricup Road Wilyabrup
Enjoy a visit to Sandalford's charming Cellar Door in Margaret River. The rustic, rammed earth building sits among a beautiful country garden surrounded by grape vines and Southwest bushland. Bring your family and friends to relax and picnic in this gorgeous location, using the covered pergola and free BBQ facilities.
At the Margaret River Estate you can sample and purchase Sandalford's complete range of Estate Reserve, Margaret River Range and Element wines, as well as the fortified Founders Reserve Liqueur Port, Botryitis Semillon and Sandalera. You can also discover and purchase a variety of local artwork, wine accessories and Sandalford merchandise.
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and open 12pm - 5pm ANZAC Day 25th April
9 Bussell Highway Cowaramup
Margaret River Wine Centre
Cowaramup really is the centre of the Margaret River Wine Region. At the Margaret River Regional Wine Centre in Cowaramup, you can taste and buy the wines of Margaret River in one convenient, central location. And you'll get great service and advice from the knowledgeable staff who live and breathe Margaret River wine.
Its the ideal place to begin your exploration of this renowned and varied wine growing area. Here, you can sample your favourite styles in the tasting room, then plan your winery tour. They've got all the maps, tourist guides and information you will need.
The centre is owned and managed by local wine identities who have extensive knowledge about grape growing and making wine. If you catch one of them in the shop, be sure to ask them about their labels.
Shop 3 64 Bussell Highway Cowaramup WA 6284
Settlers Ridge Wines
Settlers Ridge is a unique Organic Winery that produces 100% certified organic wines from the beautiful Margaret River Wine Region. With a strong commitment to sustainability and careful vineyard management, the environment is kept in pristine condition with our organic practices. These organic wines are also Asthma and Allergy Friendly wines, They are Vegetarian friendly and most are also Vegan Friendly due to low inputs. Settlers Ridge also produce three Preservative Free wines. Due to our organic methods many Naturopaths are recommending our organic wine range. A small, family owned winery, Settlers Ridge Organic Wines was established in 1994. Twenty years on Settlers Ridge have won numerous awards, competing in mainstream wine shows. This has dispelled the perception that quality may be compromised with organic methods.
Pop in and see Kay in the town centre cellar door and sample the beautiful wines on offer!
229 North Treeton Road Cowaramup WA 6284
Cowaramup Brewing Co
Located in a picturesque rural setting 4km east of Bussell Highway in Cowaramup, Cowaramup Brewing Company offers quality hand crafted ales and lagers, a range of local wines with an excellent menu focusing on local produce.
The brewery is open 7 days a week from 11am to 6pm year round. The brewery is available for private functions outside these hours. (The brewery is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day & Good Friday).
Cowaramup Brewing Co is providing an opportunity to participate in a behind the scenes tour of the brewery where the brewing process is explained in detail. Followed by a tasting of our 6 beers matched with food.
$75 bookings are essential
Maximum group size 20
Phone 97 555 822
56a Bussell Highway Cowaramup WA 6284
The Black Sheep Deli
Healthy, Real, Raw, but most importantly bloody delicious food made from scratch with honest local and organic produce, something for everyone here!
Brookwood Estate, 430 Treeton Rd Treeton WA 6284
Brookwood is home to a unique range of wines, a selection of gourmet food products, and a relaxed winery café.
Sit back on the verandah, take in the sweeping vineyard views, breathe in the open spaces and slow down the pace of life.
Brookwood Cafe is open daily from 11am to 3pm.
The cellar door is open daily from 11am to 4.30pm.
4259 Caves Road Cowaramup WA 6284
Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery
Blessed with an idyllic location on the famous Caves Road. It’s a location that affords the kind of space where you can relax, kick back and enjoy a long lunch.
Open from 10am to 6pm. Lunch served from 11.30am to 3.30pm with pizzas available til 5pm everyday.
Bookings: Walk-ins only. If you have a group of 15 or more, please give us a call. Don’t Monkey about, arrive early to beat the crowds!
8772 Bussell Highway Cowaramup WA 6284
Adinfern Estate is located just 4km south of the township of Cowaramup on Bussell Highway. Visit the Cellar Door which is open seven days a week from 11am to 5.30pm where their friendly staff will offer a selection of tastings of their wide range of dry, sweet, sparkling, dessert and fortified wines.
415 Harman’s Mill Rd, Metricup WA 6280 (Cnr Harman’s Mill Road and Tom Cullity Dr)
The Margaret River Chocolate Company
The Margaret River Chocolate Company’s original factory in the Margaret River region was opened in 1999 and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Western Australia.
It has an amazing range of chocolate products, with Free entry and Free tastings, as well as viewing windows to see the products being made.
The Chocolate Cafe has a range of delicious light lunches and sweet treats, where you can enjoy everything from burgers, chips, salad and soup, to a sumptuous range of cakes, desserts, chocolate fondues, milk shakes, hot drinks and the best chocolate brownies in Australia!
The Chocolate Cafe provides indoor and outdoor dining.
Open every day from 9am to 5pm, except Christmas Day.
8063 Bussell Hwy Metricup WA 6280
The Margaret River Dairy Company
The Margaret River Dairy Company’s origins go back to 1966 when a group of Italian artisan cheesemakers began selling their farmhouse and ricotta cheeses in a small store in suburban Perth. In 1990 they moved to the unspoilt South West to be closer to the rich soils and rolling green pastures beloved by dairy cattle. The Margaret River Dairy Company has gone from strength to strength ever since.
They trace their origins to a group of Italian immigrants who were proud of both their heritage and their new home. These pioneers longed to recreate their favourite foods and began crafting dairy products that were steeped in tradition, though new to Western Australia. Soon the wider community began enjoying the fruits of their endeavours. The rest is history, their legacy The Margaret River Dairy Company.
The very first vineyard planted in our famous wine region. Here is their story:
A little known fact about the Cullen family is that their association with wine in Western Australia dates back to the 1880’s, when Kevin Cullen’s grandfather, Ephraim Mayo Clarke (1846 – 1921), purchased a small business and plot of land in Bunbury, Western Australia, where he started a store and winery. He successfully produced the highly popular ‘Punchbowl’ wine which he sold through the family shop and as far afield as the WA Goldfields. Kevin’s mother Elvie and her nine siblings all worked at the winery. When Ephraim died, it passed into the hands of his only tee-totalling son, who left the vines unattended. They eventually went into decline and the land was sold.
Kevin Cullen grew up in Western Australia and studied medicine at the University of Western Australia, where he became the first recipient of a Medical Degree. He was an outstanding student and in 1941 was invited to Melbourne University to continue his medical studies. It was here that he met the enigmatic young Diana Adams. Diana was studying Physiotherapy and was at the top of her class and a popular student.
They were married in 1946 and moved to Tasmania where Diana’s family was well known and featured regularly in Hobart’s social pages. Soon after they were married, Kevin’s father Pat, who was living in Bunbury Western Australia and working as a doctor himself, sent word to Kevin that a doctor was desperately needed in Busselton. In 1947 Kevin moved to Busselton to become their local doctor and it wasn’t long before Diana joined him to work as a physiotherapist.
Their family quickly grew with the addition of Rick, Shel, Stewart, Digby, Ariane and finally Vanya.
Kevin and Diana purchased land in Wilyabrup where they tried their hand at raising sheep and cattle; Diana tending the farm, clearing land and working alongside labourers whilst raising their six children. All this time, Kevin worked at the Busselton Hospital and in his own practice, being on call and travelling back and forth between Busselton and the family farm to help Diana. In 1966 he also commenced the famous Busselton Health Survey; the world’s longest running longitudinal health study, which is still in place today.
In 1971, they made the decision to plant vines on the land, having taken the advice of Dr John Gladstones and undertaken considerable research themselves in their overseas travels.
In only the second year of production, Diana’s efforts were recognised with her riesling being awarded a gold medal at the Melbourne Wine Show. In 1977 she won best wine at the Canberra Wine Show and in 1982 she made history as the first woman to win a trophy at the Perth Royal Show. She honed her winemaking skills by reading, learning from others and from the extensive travel she and Kevin undertook across Australia, the US and Europe, picking up tips and ideas everywhere they went. Diana’s dedication paid off and she continued to win awards and accolades for her outstanding wine, becoming Cullen’s chief winemaker in 1981until daughter Vanya took over in 1989.
Kevin always had a great love of Cabernet Sauvignon and constantly referred to its need to have a steely backbone and they purchased many great wines from Bordeaux during their travels to obtain a clear image of the direction that their wine should take.
He was also a passionate believer in the potential for Margaret River to become one of the great areas for chardonnay. He initiated the Cullen Wines Great International Chardonnay Tasting, to enable the wines from Margaret River to be compared with chardonnays the world over. 2016 marked the 31st International Chardonnay Tasting which continues to be a sold out stellar event on the Australian wine calendar.
Cullen Wines have decided to recognise Kevin and Diana’s pioneering contribution to the wine industry by naming their flagships in their honour – the Diana Madeline (Cabernet Sauvignon blend) and the Kevin John (Chardonnay), which both consistently receive some of the highest ratings in Australia, year after year.
Kevin passed away in 1994 and Diana in 2003. Both Kevin and Diana have been awarded life membership with the Margaret River Wine Industry Association, and in 2003 the WA Wine Industry Association introduced the annual ‘Diana Madeline Cullen Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the WA Wine Industry’ in her honour. In 1995 they were jointly named ‘West Australian Citizen of the Year’ and in 1994 Kevin was awarded the Order of Australia for his services to medicine and wine. Diana was awarded the Order of Australia for her services to viticulture and wine in 1999.
Cullen Wines is jointly owned by the six Cullen siblings. Youngest daughter Vanya Cullen has been winemaking at her family’s Wilyabrup estate since 1983. She was appointed to Chief Winemaker in 1989 and Managing Director in 1999. Several of Kevin and Diana’s grandchildren, or ‘gen 3’ also have a keen interest in wine and wine production.
Cellar Door 10am – 4:30pm, 7 days per week.
Cullen Wines Restaurant open from 10am to 4pm, Friday to Tuesday.
The full lunch menu is available from 11:30am to 3pm, with cheese and desserts until 3.30pm. Coffee, cake and wine available at all times.
543 Miamup Road Cowaramup WA 6284
Howard Park & Madfish Wines
Visit the Margaret River Cellar Door daily from 10am to 5pm to try a diverse range of wines from the Howard Park, MadFish, Marchand & Burch and Franck Bonville labels.
10am - 5pm, 7 days a week
Open 12pm - 5pm on Anzac Day
Closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Corner of Tom Cullity Drive & Miamup Rd Cowaramup WA 6284
Bettenays Margaret River Nougat Company
In 1989 the Bettenay family searched the Margaret River area for an ideal property on which to grow grapes. They had a head start in this quest as Eric Bettenay had spent many years working for the CSIRO mapping the soils of Western Australia. With Greg’s academic background of an Honours degree in Horticulture, it is not surprising they ended up with one of the best vineyard sites in the region. This site was planted in 1989 to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Later plantings of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon were established in 1997. The property now boasts 25 acres under vine with the excess grapes being highly sought after by neighbouring wineries.
The premises also includes a nougat kitchen and full nougat and wine tasting area maximising the experience for visitors to the premises. Bettenay Wines & Nougat tasting room is open 7 days a week, 9:30am - 5pm.
36 Armstrong Rd Cowaramup WA 6284
Your visit to Olio Bello will be the perfect opportunity to savour a range of organic, estate pressed Olio Bello Extra Virgin Olive Oils and other produce. The tasting room, envisioned as an educational centre where you can experience guided tasting of oils, allows you to discover some of the culinary delights of this ancient elixir and further expand your palette. You’ll experience first hand the subtle flavours of their oils including unique citrus pressed oils and sensational infused oils of roasted garlic & chilli and parmesan. You can also try delicious deli lines. A unique range of preserves is made exclusively from produce grown organically on the farm.
You have the unique opportunity to watch the olive milling process during the pressing season (April-June) and taste Olio Nuovo (New Oil) of the season which has been a most memorable experience for many. The products will provide you with tastes you've never experienced before.
Open 7 days a week 10am - 4.30pm
Corner of Boundary Road & Bussell Highway Cowaramup WA 6284
3 Oceans Wine Company Winery & Cafe
Margaret River Winery, Cellar Door & Cafe/Restaurant.
Also a venue which has regular concerts featuring local and international acts. If heading to a concert here is the reason for your trip down south, then staying at Bakehouse '38 is a very handy location for your accomodation requirements.
Cellar Door 10 - 5pm.
Fully Licensed Venue serving Premium Sparkling, White & Red wines, WA Craft Beer, Spirits & Liqueur selection.Open daily, excluding, Xmas, New Year & Good Friday.
Corner of Bottrill Street and Bussell Highway Cowaramup WA 6284
The Candy Cow
At the centre of the Margaret River wine and food region sites the Candy Cow - "the most wicked sweet shop in the South West".
It can be found admidst rolling green dairy country, glorious beaches and acres of vines in a picturesque little town called Cowaramup (locally known as Cow Town).
Everything in the Candy Cow delights the senses - the smiling faces, the vibrant colours and busy sounds, the mouthwatering aroma and delectable tastes, the amazing range of 'old fashioned' lollies, fine fudge and nougat to die for, delicious chocolate and incredible quantities of fresh, crunchy, golden Honeycrunch as it is lovingly crafted before your very eyes.
A popular spot for sweet-tooths to visit while in the region, drop in to see Norm and his staff to experience it all for yourself!
Memorial Drive Cowaramup
Cowaramup District Social Club
Cowaramup is still a small, genuine country town in the middle of the thriving Margaret River Wine Region. As the restaurant at Bakehouse '38 is not quite yet ready to open for night time service, if you don't feel like driving the 10 minute drive into Margaret River you can dine at one of the local cafes which are open on various nights or head on down to the District Club.
Established in 1954 by the Cowaramup community, the "Cow Club" is a place for members, visitors and guests to gather. New members welcome.
Mon-Fri: 4pm --
Sat-Sun: 2pm --
-- until there are <6 people being served at the bar (or midnight).
60 Bussell Highway Cowaramup WA 6284
The Golden Jersey
The new owners of The Golden Jersey want to take you back to the good old fashioned service and country hospitality of the 1930's, when the fuel station began.
They offer full driveway service.
The general store boasts natural locally made ice-creams, everyday grocery items, fresh bait that catches big fish, ice, hardware, agricultural supplies and hangover cures!
As bike lovers, they would love to service your bike or supply you with bike accessories, as well as offering you inside knowledge on the local trails.
There is also beautiful art on display at The Cottage, directly behind The Golden Jersey. Come for a wander through this delightful original 1930 cottage and view work by 3 talented local artists. Open 7 days.
314 Wirring Road Cowaramup WA 6284
Delicious ice cream handmade from their own farm fresh milk, and served in a unique rural setting, is a just a taste of what Millers Farm Café has to offer.
Third generation dairy farmer Paul Miller, and his wife Trish, run a working dairy farm, produce ice cream and bottled milk, and run the Farm Café. Located about 3km south east of Cowaramup town, the Farm Café is a family venue suitable for everyone, from toddlers to grandparents.
The Farm Café, open daily, is a restored 90 year old cottage set on spacious grounds, offering rural views, adventure playground, gift shop, home made treats and light lunches, coffee and of course…an enticing selection of award-winning, handmade ice cream!
Guests regularly comment on the lovely natural setting, the well-maintained grounds, friendly staff and the creaminess of Millers milk and ice cream. You can enjoy your ice cream scooped, in milkshakes and iced coffees, or a tub to takeaway…it’s up to you!
Be sure to take the short, scenic drive out of Cowaramup, along Wirring Road, to Millers Farm Café, for a real old-fashioned treat and a memory to take home.
Bakehouse Lane Cowaramup WA 6284
Molly Coy- artist, printmaker, fine binder
In Molly's own words:
After more than two decades of working and teaching in the visual arts disciplines, including - painting, airbrushing, typography, design and visual merchandising, studying bookbinding in 2000 was a much needed creative revival. The following 15 years spent restoring beautiful old books connected me to the Artisans of the past, developed and honed my skills and perception.
Moving to the Shire of Augusta Margaret River in 2013, establishing a new studio/workshop and selling my binding business in 2015 has allowed me the time and space to concentrate on painting again (mixed media and watercolours) and to study printmaking, developing a Portfolio of block, intaglio and monotype prints.
I have also applied my book making skills into the creation of individual and limited edition artist books, now combining mixed media and print-making within the book structure thus extending my capacity to frame and develop concepts and images.
Recent collaborations to produce limited edition artist books include:
• ‘Loneliness to Solitude’ with photographer/textile artist Unhi Mook.
• ‘Overprint’ with artist/printmaker Leon Pericles.
• ‘Handscapes’ (winner of the 'City of Busselton Art Award 2016') with letterpress historian/printer Dr Claire Bolton.
Visits to Molly's studio are by appointment only or during the Open Studios event which runs through April each year.
Contact Molly: Phone 0466977309 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web Mollycoy.com
2/69 Bussell Hwy Cowaramup WA 6284
Mukau Giftware & Gallery
Nestled in the tiny town of Cowaramup in the heart of the Margaret River region, MuKau Giftware & Gallery is a unique giftware store owned and operated by Kiwis Wendy and Kerry Sibly.
The shop stocks a wide range of interesting gifts for all ages including a great range of handbags, jewellery, scarves and hand creams, home wares including ceramics, cushions and lamps, men’s novelty gifts, cufflinks, and books, old world tin robots, souvenirs and a great selection of children’s toys, craft, and games. Upstairs, the gallery houses paintings and photography by local artists, including some of Kerry’s own surfing and kite surfing paintings.
Their philosophy for the store is to create a warm and inviting shopping experience for all ages.Local quality handmade products, along with other unique items are sourced from around the globe, setting MuKau apart from the usual. At the same time their prices remain affordable!
Just the Spot for Quality Gifts!
4/34 Bottrill Street Cowaramup WA 6284
Margaret Riviera is dedicated to showcasing the best local produce from the Margaret River district in the lush south-west of Western Australia. While the rustic-looking shop focuses on all that is good in the local district, it also stocks a growing array of tasty goodies from elsewhere, particularly cheeses. They feature sauces, vinegars, dressings, pickles, jams, preserves, nuts, cereals, beverages and sweet things. Located in the heart of the Margaret River wine district in Cowaramup, about 10km north of Margaret River. Stop in next time you’re in Cow town!