The Margaret River Region is famous for Cabernet and Chardonnay, big waves and even bigger forests, sublime beaches and decadent dining. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or looking for a new way to explore its treasures, this spring there’s a short window of opportunity to experience first-hand the abundance this region offers.

Now in its 10th year, Margaret River Region Open Studios lets us step inside private studios and meet 166 local artists. Among them is a renowned surf photographer in a new gallery, a winemaker and his futuristic digital exhibition in an old cellar, a botanic artist painting delicate wildflower watercolours and a barista-turned-ceramicist sculpting whales.

Try an art trail adventure to meet some incredible locals and a new perspective on the gentle way of life between forest, coast and vines.

Photographer Russell Ord is one of the extraordinary artists you'll meet along the trail

Futuristic Art in an old wine cellar

Meet Scott Baxter

Winemaker and viticulturist Scott Baxter is putting the neon-lit finishing touches on a visual and sensory digital art installation in Gralyn Estate’s original 1978 cellar door. Inspired by the futuristic feel of a favourite Japanese restaurant, Scott blurs the lines of realism and digital culture in his not-for-profit exhibition, raising money for the Cancer Council of Western Australia.

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Scott Baxter Scott blurs the lines of realism and digital culture in his not-for-profit exhibition

Big Wave energy captured in art

Meet Russell Ord

Photographer Russell Ord is best known for his intense big-wave surf and ocean photography, and his willingness to take risks in pursuit of the perfect shot. Meet the man himself in his sleek new Russell Ord Gallery space just off Caves Road, pore over his latest works and learn how he emerges from some of the Indian Ocean’s gnarliest breaks.

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Russel Ord's intense big-wave surf and ocean photography

Find wildflowers in botanical art

Meet Christine Creswell

After studying Horticulture at University of Melbourne, Christine Creswell was gifted a botanical illustration course at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Realising she loves painting plants as much as growing them, Christine’s watercolours depict well-known exotic plants to wildflowers endemic to the south west.

Christine Creswell

Culture and Landscapes of Wadandi Boodja

Meet Martine Perret

Paris-born photographer Martine Perret is known for her aerial landscapes and just released a new book Above – Margaret River, featuring the colours, patterns, and textures of Wardandi country.

In 2022 she travelled to Paris with Wardandi Elders Vivian Brockman Webb, Mitchella Hutchins and artist Roly Skender to launch the UNESCO International Decade of Indigenous Languages, presenting Wannang Biridge which is exhibiting at Margaret Rive HEART.

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Martine Perret's 'La Riviere'

Whales and whimsy at Two Seas Collective

Meet Kaya Danae

Ceramic artist Kaya Danae channels the enchantment of a childhood spent exploring Margaret River’s forests, bushlands and deep blue sea in whimsical clay creations adorned with bespectacled whales and mermaids. Her talents converse at Two Seas Collective, where she makes excellent coffee and cakes each morning, and spends afternoons immersed in clay.

Margaret River Region Open Studios is free to attend. It runs 9th to 24th September across the region. Pick up an event guide or visit Meet the Artists to plan your journey.

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Handbuilt with clay, Georgia's sculpted busts of pirates and functional ware is inspired by the ocean.