Budge Accommodation Margaret River
Riverglen Chalets, Margaret River

“But Western Australia is SO expensive” a member of my family complained after a couple of days whilst here on a two week visit from the UK.

I nodded in agreement. It is, and especially coming from an overseas perspective. The Aussie Dollar is strong, and prices in WA are also high.

Point in case. Just the other day we were charged $4 for two slices of toast to accompany an omelette that already cost $23 at a beachside restaurant in Bunbury. Daylight robbery if you ask me.

Do you want to know which restaurant?

I have to say on that occasion I nearly fell over with shock, and I decided “Never Again will we be breakfasting here,” especially because I can buy a whole loaf of much more wholesome bread for less than that – and already that is expensive enough.

So being able to find Budget Accommodation in the South West is not something that sits comfortably with words like ‘mining boom’, ‘expensive real estate’, and the fact that bed space in Perth hotels is also pricey, even hard to come by during weekdays.

But all is not lost and we have found some gems that offer good value for money.

Somewhere we visit regularly for a weekend or just an overnight getaway, is Margaret River, and  one of our favourite places to stay is Riverglen Chalets on Carters Road.

Surprisingly, the chalets are not going to break the bank in the general scheme of things, ranging from around $150 per night for a two bedroom chalet, during low season.

Budget Accommodation Margaret River
A tranquil forest retreat in the heart of Margaret River on Carters Road

Riverglen is set amongst 7 acres of forested parkland and only a short walk along the river into the town itself. The self catering wooden chalets are clean and comfortable and come in a range of sizes suitable not only for empty nesters like us, but also families.

We really enjoy sitting out on the verandahs with a glass of wine at sunset or enjoying breakfast in the company of kookaburras, parrots and honey eaters making silly bird noises to attract them and throwing down scraps of muesli or even a little scrap of meat for the kookaburras.

In the winter we love curling up with a good book by the wood fires, borrowing a video from the games room, or perhaps jumping on our  bikes and going on an energetic ride along the railway track to Cowaramup.

And whatever the season, Riverglen is a pretty place to stay although I have to admit that spring is my favourite time of year to visit.

More Budget Accommodation in Margaret River

We’ve stayed at three of the following places, all of which offer reasonably priced rooms or self catering, and one comes with a good recommendation from overseas friends.

Margarets Forest – on the edge of Margaret River just off the Bussell Highway

Prevelly Caravan Park – near the beach. Apart from shady camping spots it offers offers basic, self contained cabins and cottages.

Birchfield Farm Stay – outside Margaret River, near Voyager Estate

Edge of the Forest – on the Bussell Highway (I haven’t stayed here, but friends have)

Budget Accommodation Margaret River
Birchfield Farmstay is down a country lane and quite rustic,  a great place to relax and unwind

Do you have any recommendations for budge accommodation in Margaret River, and do you think that Western Australia is more expensive than elsewhere in Australia?

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  1. Jo it is so long since my hubby and I have had a weekend away. and it is time we looked for a new place, as our two favourites, one at Nannup and one at Yallingup, we have stayed at a few times, so I think it is time for a new favourite. RiverGlen looks like the perfect option – so thank you.
    And I have to agree, the prices in our fair city are sadly going up! taking advantage of a tourist boom??? We haven’t tried the new look beachfront restaurant yet, but with prices like that I think they will be waiting.
    ps – my patio restaurant serves a lovely breakfast!

  2. I think you’ll enjoy Riverglen, Jill and hope it’s a good recommendation for you. As a photographer I think you’ll love the birds. Regarding brekkie, it actually wasn’t the new beachfront restaurant, it was a tried and previously trusted on the waterfront. Think I would like to book your nice patio restaurant one of these days 🙂

  3. $23 plus charging $4 for 2 slices of toast IS daylight robbery! It looks like their are some good budget options above. Some caravan parks are set on prime real estate.

  4. Can you believe it Jan!! Yes, caravan parks are often on sites with the best views in town – have you ever been to the one in Denmark?

  5. It’s still prime real estate, and it’s still there – after 30 years 🙂

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