Close your eyes and imagine an ideal summer scene.

Smell the sunscreen, feel the sand between your toes and the warmth of the sun on the back of your neck. The salty water is lapping a few metres away, surfers are out on the break and the sound of children playing drifts by on the sea breeze. Maybe you’ve even got a cheeky glass of chardonnay in hand.

The Margaret River Region is an iconic destination for summer holidays with good reason: it’s all here. Crystal clear beaches, untouched kilometres of white sand, cool walking trails through national forests and countless wineries await with a crisp glass of white.

Here are twelve accommodation picks to suit you, from beachside escapes to cosy farmhouse stays.

Header image: Smiths Beach Resort.

Out of the Blue Private Properties - Summer Accommodation
Out of the Blue is a classic two storey home that's as close to the beach you can get.

Sea Breezes

Out Of The Blue

Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach. Just a stone’s throw from the lapping waves, the classic beach house Out of the Blue in Busselton is one of the stunners in the Private Properties portfolio of holiday homes. Turn off the alarm clock and let days drift into evenings, breakfast merge into lunch and sunset drinks roll into nightcaps. A two storey home with ocean view from almost every room, the sandy shores are literally only a stroll over the lawn away. You can’t get closer to a seaside holiday than this.

Roozen Residence

If summer equals surf then the Roozen Residence is the ultimate abode to scope out the swell from. With 180 degree views of the ocean, you won’t even need to leave your bed to see how the action looks at Prevelly’s famous breaks. This really is a property that shouts “luxury” from every corner. Three king size bedrooms mean there is plenty of space to share with other beach-loving holiday makers. Of course, it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in all of these delights on a romantic escape for two – the toughest decision will be how to take it all in without falling asleep to the gentle sound of crashing waves on a lazy afternoon.

Smiths Beach Resort

It doesn’t get much better than the spectacular Smiths Beach, and a stay at the luxurious Smiths Beach Resort is what summer holiday dreams are made of. Spend the days swimming and surfing, and exploring the Cape To Cape track, or laze away the day with a book next to the infinity pool. Prepare meals in your apartment (or have a private chef come to you), or enjoy a stylish dinner in the on-site restaurant featuring seasonal local produce and signature dishes from one of WA’s best-known chefs Kate Lamont.

Abbey Beach Resort
A stretch of coastline to yourself at Abbey Beach Resort.

Resort Relaxing

Abbey Beach Resort

Smack bang between Dunsborough and Busselton sits the luxe Abbey Beach Resort. Select from one of their fully serviced studios or apartments, kick your shoes off and pour an ice cold drink. You’ll have all the amenities that you could wish for including a restaurant, café, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and squash courts, a sauna and gymnasium. Though who needs to run on a treadmill when out the door you have endless kilometres of soft white sand to sink your toes into?

The Break

Want to stroll to the beach, dip in the pool on your doorstep and pop around the corner to the local for a beer and a bite for dinner? Then The Break from Margaret River Beach Houses is your best bet this summer. Each house is fully self-contained and self-catering so you’ll feel right at home whether it’s a girls retreat, a kid friendly holiday or a couple getaway. You can even book them all out and have a holiday to remember with the entire extended family. Situated among some of Margaret River’s best surf breaks, it’s easy to duck out for a paddle and be back before the morning brew.

Burnside Organic Farm Outdoor Tub
Soak up the views from the outdoor tub at Burnside Organic Farm.

Farm Life

Margaret River Hideaway & Farmstay

Animal lovers won’t want to go past a summer stay at Margaret River Hideaway & Farmstay. With a number of three and two bedroom cottages on the farm, there are plenty of furry (and feathered) friends to go around – emus, sheep, geese, chickens, peacocks, alpacas, guinea fowl, and Scottish Highland cattle to name a few. Kids big and small are welcome to help with feeding time; when did you last return from summer holidays with bragging rights to feeding the peacocks breakfast? Just five kilometres from Margaret River, it’s a short drive into town and the chalets are all dog friendly for families that include four-legged friends.

Burnside Organic Farm

Learn what farm life is like from the sidelines with a stay at Burnside Organic Farm, one of only five certified organic farms in the Margaret River Region. Whether you are down for a cosy cabin for two with a spa, or a family experience in the larger bungalow; you’ll relax and rewind with views over vineyards, olive groves and paddocks. Kick the trip off with a complimentary private guided wine tasting and a farm tour. After you taste how amazing the produce is with a bespoke breakfast hamper, you might even be inspired to start your own veggie patch back home!

Tree Chalets Outdoor Tub Bath
Tree Chalets is home to an outdoor claw-foot bathtub, which fills with rainwater for ultimate eco-friendly relaxation.

Forest Hideaways

Tree Chalets

After a romantic summer getaway? Prefer to doze off to the sound of wind rustling in the leaves instead of the crash of ocean waves? Well, the adults-only Tree Chalets is the perfect spot. Nothing says relax like a claw foot bath, and here things are taken to the max: the beautiful bath is outdoors on the back deck, so you can stargaze while you soap up. Powered by the sun, water supplied by rain water tanks and with tesla chargers at each of the chalets, you’ll get some seriously eco-friendly romance here.

Bina Maya Yallingup Escape

There are few places left that you can feel completely removed from everyday life, but Bina Maya in Yallingup is one of those few spots. Secluded in 7.5 acres of native bushland, the three architecturally designed buildings – two villas and the residence – are built with a calming, Scandinavian aesthetic. Marri and jarrah forests surround both properties, with valley views to the north and glimpses of Geographe Bay to the east. Run a bath, stretch out on the deck in the sunshine or lounge in bed for the morning. It’s what a holiday is all about.

Hilltop Studios

Can’t decide between beach, forest or town? Hilltop Studios is a short drive from all three and set on a picturesque 150 hectare farm. Choose from two options: a panorama studio or a panorama studio deluxe, which includes an indoor spa that opens directly onto the deck. With nature as a neighbour, you’ll be watching the sun go down with paddocks full of kangaroos and listening to the morning chorus of birdsong as the sun comes up. After a summer holiday here, you’ll be returning home refreshed, rejuvenated and raving about the benefits of switching off from the buzz of modern life.

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