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Margaret River is famous for its world-class surf and each year hosts the
Salomon Masters, an international competition that attracts some of the best
surfers in the world. We asked Josh Palmateer, owner of Josh Palmateer Surf
Academy, where you can find the best breaks in the region, how you should surf
them and what to watch out for.
“Surfers Point It has a very consistent and powerful wave but there are
a lot of locals surfing there every day, so as a visitor you must be
respectful or watch out.
Contos This is nice on a medium swell for all abilities, but watch out for the
rips, which can be dangerous for inexperienced surfers and swimmers.
Gallows A fairly rough track in, but it can be a good fun little wave when
the tide is high and swell is small.
Inji Point This is a sensational wave but it does need a lot of swell to break
and can get very busy when it is on.
Left Handers Probably the most surfed wave down here, it breaks just
about every day, but, again, can get very crowded.
Box This is probably the most notorious wave down here. Everything about
it is dangerous. It should only be tackled by experienced surfers or be
prepared to end up in hospital. Know your ability.
Three Bears A great fun wave offering many surfers a variety of different
reef breaks. The track in can be very rough during the summer months
due to many people surfing there.
Grunters Another heavy break that should be surfed with caution – it
comes out of deep water and heaves over a shallow ledge. Be prepared for
long hold-downs – you may have to even climb back up your leg rope.
Guillotine This is a wave that’s surfed when the swell is fairly small, but it’s
usually not very crowded. It can be a fun wave on its day.
Cow Bombie Not for the faint-hearted. First of all, you need a jet ski to get
out there as it’s 2km offshore, then you need to be a little crazy to even
attempt to tackle this beast of a wave – it’s the mecca of big waves in the
South West and could certainly be a man-killer. Approach with absolute
caution and good luck, you’ll need it!”
Keep your children happy with outdoor activities and delicious treats.
There’s more to Margaret River than just galleries and wineries. The region features just about everything you
need for a perfect family holiday. There are some fantastic self-guided or guided tours available and many of the
wineries have indoor or outdoor play areas for children. There are also venues where you can watch Merino sheep
being sheared, see farm dogs working and bottle-feed baby animals. The Wardan Aboriginal Centre is also a great
place for you and the kids to discover the Indigenous history of the area. For something gastronomic, hit the local
food factories for chocolate, cheese, ice-cream and lollies. The kids can burn off the extra sugar with surf, kayak
and canoe lessons – and that’s just before lunch!
+ Kid-friendly wineries
Barwick Estate – picnic tables and lawn area. Bootleg Brewery– lawn with a playground and swings.
Colonial Brewery– playground. Leeuwin Estate – packs with pencils and lawn. Saracen Estate and Duckstein
Brewery – lawns and playground. Voyager Estate – gardens, books, pencils and paper. Watershed Winery –
playground, tunnel, chairs and tables.
JOSH PALmATEEr | Surfing margaret river
Think surf, think South West – we discover the best breaks in the region.
You’ll find world-class surfing beaches here;
(inset) relax at the cafes and shops in
the centre of town in margaret river.
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