“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.
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)
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?