Brown Hill Estate

Venture to the South West of WA and you’ll notice a change. The air itself is fresher, the forests lusher and the soil takes on a richer quality. These changes are deeply intertwined with the rich cultural heritage of the Wadandi people, the traditional custodians of the Margaret River Region.

The shifting weather patterns in the region are guided by the six Wadandi seasons. These weather patterns play a big role in shaping the region’s landscape, and are one reason why the soil is just right for grape growing and other kinds of farming.

The region's world-class wine and produce are shaped by its well balanced, unique microclimate. Photo: Dylan Alcock

Research conducted by the University of Western Australia says that the warm Leeuwin current, which flows south along the WA coastline, is a key factor driving weather variations down south. The ocean current interacts with prevailing winds and atmospheric conditions, creating a unique microclimate in the region.

The mild temperatures of this microclimate are particularly well suited to grape growing, as warm days and cooler nights allow the grapes to slowly ripen and develop complex flavours, while keeping their acidity. The sandy, well-drained soils (known as terra rossa) also provide an excellent environment for viticulture.

But it’s not just wine makers who benefit from the distinct terroir of the Margaret River Region. Holiday makers, locals and anyone partial to a down south adventure get to soak up the wonders of the six Wadandi seasons.

Here are some tips on getting the most out of every one.

Boranup Forest
The Boranup Forest is a highlight in any of the the six Wadandi seasons. Photo: Tim Campbell


December to January | Average Temperature: 14°C to 29°C

Birjak marks the beginning of summer in the South West. Expect long sunny days, balmy evenings and gentle sea breezes. It’s the perfect time to be outdoors.

Best time to:

  • Jump into the refreshing waters of Gnarabup, Geographe Bay or your nearest beach.
  • Eat and drink in the sunshine at a vineyard or brewery.
  • Head to a concert at Leeuwin Estate or an outdoor film at Cape Mentelle.

What to pack: Swimming gear, sun smart clothing and a picnic blanket for impromptu forest and beachside chilling.

Ocean swimming
There's nothing quite like a quick, sneaky dip in the ocean on a hot day during Birak. Photo: Rachel Claire


February to March | Average temperature: 14°C to 30°C

Bunuru brings warm temperatures and the occasional afternoon shower, which is more than welcome after the drier Birak season. Mornings can be dewy, with clear skies during the day.

Best time to:

What to pack: Light rain gear, insect repellent and good walking shoes. You’ll also need something warm for the cooler evenings.

Stand up paddle boarding
Grab your board, grab your paddle and enjoy sunny Bunuru days on the Blackwood River. Photo: Tim Campbell


April to May | Average temperature: 12°C to 24°C

Djeran signals the transition to autumn, with cooler temperatures and occasional gusty winds. The mornings are crisp, the afternoons are mild and mist often lingers in the valleys.

Best time to:

What to pack: A windbreaker and warmer clothing for when the temperatures drop.

Barret Street Weir
Djeran is the perfect season to discover our beautiful region by foot or car. Photo: Jarrad Seng


June to July | Average temperature: 8°C to 18°C

Makuru translates to ‘cold and wet’ and signals the beginning of winter in the South West. Temperatures get cooler, rainfall increases and the days get shorter.

Best time to:

What to pack: Warm clothing, a rain jacket, umbrella and other waterproof gear.

Winter Accommodation
Rug up and enjoy the Margaret River's most comforting indulgences in Makuru. Photo: Elements Margaret River


August to September | Average temperature: 9°C to 19°C

Djilba is the start of spring. It’s a season for renewal, when wildflowers and wildlife flourish, mild temperatures kick in and gentle breezes warm the once cool air.

Best time to:

  • Take in the wild flowers along the Bibbulmun Track.
  • Whale watch along the Busselton coast or on an eco-friendly tour.
  • Enjoy a picnic packed with locally sourced produce.

What to pack: Cool weather clothing, hiking boots and a pair of binoculars to catch a close up of migrating whales.

Whale watching
The annual whale migration during Djilba is a spectacle that will never get old.


October to November | Average temperature: 12°C to 24°C

Kambarang is the peak of spring, which means mild temperatures and clear skies. The days are beautiful and warm, while the nights are a little cooler.

Best time to:

  • Mountain bike on one of the many incredible trails around the region.
  • Enjoy a lazy day at the beach.
  • Visit a family-run winery for an intimate tasting.

What to pack: Sunscreen, hat and a cabana for the beach, if you have one. A helmet and biking gear (or hire it when you arrive).

Beach walk
The milder days of Kambarang draw you back to the beach. Photo: Tim Campbell

Stay a while

Whether you’re looking for a cosy cabin over Makuru season or a beachside spot to enjoy the sunshine of Kambarang, there are plenty of incredible places to stay in the Margaret River Region.

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