The Margaret River wine region in Western Australia has become a hugely popular family holiday destination over the past few years. We have visited several times over the past eight years, and it is one of my favourite places for a family vacation.
For me, it has some of the best beaches in the world, there is plenty to do with the kids in Margaret River, the food is fabulous… Ok, who am I kidding? I come here for the wine – the Margaret River region provides 25% of Australia’s premium wine. So yes, I come here for the wine.
It seems year on year Margaret River gets more and more busy with holidaymakers, so if you are visiting during a popular holiday period (Christmas & New Year, Chinese New Year, Australia Day, Easter) then you will need to plan ahead and book your accommodation well in advance.
We have stayed at several different types of accommodation in the Margaret River, and have also checked out many others over the years. Below you will find what we think to be the best accommodation for families in the Margaret River.
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort
The Pullman Bunker Bay Resort is the most renowned hotel in the Margaret River area, and is a great choice for families. The one and two bungalow-style villas include kitchens and laundry facilities, and accommodation is free for 2 children under 12 years sharing their parents’ room. It’s just a few steps from the fabulous Bunker Bay beach and also features a stunning outdoor heated infinity pool. A Kids Club is also available for children aged 5-11, and they offer a babysitting service. Perfect!
Find out more information and check prices for the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort here.
Smiths Beach Resort
Dream of waking up to stunning ocean views every morning? Smiths Beach Resort sits on one of the most spectacular beaches in the Margaret River region. The self-catering accommodation at this stylish resort ranges from 1-bedroom apartments to 4-bedroom beach houses, with all rooms featuring private living areas with full kitchen, outdoor barbecues and private parking spaces. There is also an excellent onsite restaurant, Lamont’s, as well as a gourmet deli and bottleshop, plus swimming pool and tennis court make this an excellent option for a relaxing family holiday.
Find out more information and check prices for Smiths Beach Resort here.
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Sunflowers Animal Farm
If you’re raising city kids like me, then you could cause some major excitement by staying on a farm for your holiday. Sunflower Animals Farm provides farmstay accommodation in four separate cottages. The accommodation itself is distinctly no-frills in design, but guests staying here get unlimited access to the farm, including free buckets of animal food, as well as the opportunity to get involved in the farm activities, such as pony rides, tractor rides and collecting eggs.
Find out more information and check prices for Sunflowers Animal Farm here.
Regency Beach Club
Handily located just a short walk from the centre of Dunsborough (where you will find a supermarket, shops and several restaurants), Regency Beach Club offers a range of 1- to 5-bedroom houses, all facing out to sea. All houses are individually designed and priced, but all come with gardens and balconies or patios with barbecues. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool, gym and tennis court on site.
If you don’t have any luck with Regency Beach Club, check out Halcyon Bay next door – it offers more of the same.
Find out more information and check prices for Regency Beach Club here.
Private House Hire
Hiring a private house is a great option for families – and especially if you are more than one family. There are loads of large properties available for hire, which give you all the space you need for the kids to run around and entertain themselves, and come with laundry, barbecue and kitchen facilities to help make life easier. We have used Private Properties several times when visiting the Margaret River. They have a fabulous selection of high-end houses to choose from– and they can work out to be fantastic value when split between families.
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