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Things to do in Augusta

If a quieter, laid-back getaway is what you’re craving, head south. Generations of families have idled their summers away beachcombing, exploring caves, climbing the lighthouse and fishing in the bay. In this breathtakingly beautiful corner of the Margaret River Region, the Blackwood River meets the sea and Cape Leeuwin marks the southern tip of Australia, it’s not rare to be the only person on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

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While it’s undeniably peaceful, the area is fast becoming an adventure destination, too. Just off Cape Leeuwin, the Southern Ocean crashes into the Indian Ocean, which, thanks to its strong winds, draws hordes of adrenaline-fuelled kitesurfers and windsurfers. What’s more, each winter, the area is frequented by thousands of southern right and humpback whales, affording world-class whale-watching opportunities.

You will find the town of Augusta nestled between the mouth of the Blackwood River in the Hardy Inlet and Flinders Bay on the coast. Surrounded by spectacular ruggedness – a drawcard for adventure racing and hiking – the inlet offers shelter from the wind and spots for swimming or fishing.
On the coast north of Cape Leeuwin is the much-photographed Hamelin Bay, famed for its tranquil waters, long curved beach, historic timber jetty and friendly eagle rays. Inland, the majestic Boranup Forest is a must for scenic drives, picnics and walks, and the nearby townships of Karridale and Witchcliffe are full of historic charm and quirky shops.

Stay

The accommodation around town is varied, with a couple of caravan parks on the river and inlet, private chalets, luxurious modern apartment-style accommodation, motel rooms, rental cottages and even houseboats set on the Blackwood River.

For kids

Grab a bag of whitebait from the general store and visit the stingrays that circle the ruins of Hamelin Bay Jetty, and come right to shore to be hand-fed. The best times are morning or late afternoon, when the rays wait for fish scraps from the local anglers.

Local tips

  • Kayak across the Blackwood River to Molloy Island and discover the hidden inlets. A well-kept secret, this island is covered in natural bush and wild orchids. Be careful you don’t get caught in the afternoon wind!
  • Hike a section of the Cape-to-Cape Track, and reward yourself with takeaway Augusta fish ’n’ chips, and a cleansing swim at Cosy Corner Beach.
  • Start your day off underground. Jewel Cave tells its incredible story through beautiful cave decorations and huge formations. You can’t help but lose yourself to the serenity.
  • A late afternoon fish along the banks of the mighty Blackwood will provide a bounty of whiting for dinner. Nothing beats a fish barbecue on the foreshore to wrap up a very laidback day in Augusta.

Guides


Augusta Hotel

Overlooking the sparkling Blackwood River are 51 motel units and 4 fully self contained cottages. Backpackers accommodation also available. Fully licensed restaurant and bar on the premises.

    Details

    • Type:Chalets,Motel
    • Capacity:51 - 100
    • Facilities:Bar,Restaurant,Conference Facilities
    • Price Range:$50-$100

    Description

    Caters for all budgets and over half the units have river views. With Jimmy's Bar & Grill, the restaurant, lounge and public bars and even TAB and Sky channel, you have a wide choice of onsite entertainment.

    Augusta Warmstone Cottage

    Full country breakfast, queen size or twin room. Moderate tariff at seasonal rates. Close to ocean and river, walk to shops & restaurants. Enjoy fishing, boating & walking, lighthouse and cave tours, river cruises and whale watching in season.

      Details

      • Type:Bed & Breakfast
      • Capacity:under 11
      • Price Range:$50-$100

      Description

      Augusta's Georgiana Molloy Motel

      16 modern self contained apartments. Heating and electric blankets, guest laundry, parking near apartments. In the centre of town, and only 100 metres from the shopping and restaurant district. Privatley owned and operated.

        Details

        • Type:Apartments,1 - 3 Stars

        Description

        Baywatch Manor Resort

        Located in the town centre and overlooking the Blackwood River and Flinder's Bay. Comfortable budget accommodation. Variety of rooms available,

          Details

          • Type:Backpackers/Hostels,Chalets,1 - 3 Stars
          • Capacity:51 - 100
          • Price Range:$50-$100

          Description

          The Federation style, two-storey house has ensuite, double, family, twin, disabled and dormitory rooms available. Fully self-contained chalets and homes can be arranged for overnight or weekly stay, if that is more suited to your holiday plan. Bikes for hire on the premises. Linen provided and well equipped kitchen at your disposal.

          Blackwood River Houseboats

          An 'A' class drivers license and a one hour lesson is all you need to skipper this holiday of a lifetime. Leave Westbay, Augusta, and travel up the Hardy Inlet to explore the beautiful Blackwood River.

            Details

            • Type:House Boats
            • Capacity:under 11
            • Price Range:$300 - $600
            • Wheelchair Access:No

            Description

            You can choose from any of the Houseboats moorings to settle for the night and dinghy is tethered behind for more exploring, fishing or a dash to town for more wine. The houseboat is luxuriously appointed and sleeps six people in comfort. Relax on the front deck lunge, barbecue or fish from the rear deck or dine under the stars at night on the top deck.

            Molloy Caravan Park

            Close to all the attractions of the region. Great area for fishing, water skiing or bush walking. Lots of grassed, shady powered and unpowered sites, a chalet and sixteen park homes available.

              Details

              • Type:1 - 3 Stars,Caravan Parks
              • Capacity:51 - 100
              • Price Range:Under $50

              Description

              Riverside Cottages

              Our wonderful Riverside Cottages are located at 2 Molloy Street, Augusta overlooking the beautiful Blackwood River. Riverside Cottages vary in size and accommodate between 2 to 8 people.

                Details

                • Type:Chalets,Farm Stay,Lodge
                • Capacity:2-8 people
                • Facilities:Family Friendly,Functions,On the Water,Pets Allowed
                • Price Range:$100-$200,$200-$300,$300 - $600

                Description

                The Magic of Riverside Cottages Augusta
                Our wonderful Riverside Cottages are located at 2 Molloy Street, Augusta overlooking the beautiful Blackwood River. Riverside Cottages vary in size and accommodate between 2 to 8 people – from a romantic cosy cottage for two - to a large A frame cottage for the whole family. (For the young ones we have cots and high chairs by request free of charge).

                Ready for you to enjoy

                All our Riverside Cottages are equipped with the following

                Kitchen
                Gas stove, fridge, toaster, kettle, microwave, crockery, cutlery, assorted saucepans, bowls and kitchen utensils.

                Lounge
                Lounge chairs, colour TV with DVD player (DVD player in some cottages), wood or gas heating.

                Dining
                Dining table and Chairs

                Bedrooms
                Double Bed with mattress, mattress protector and pillows. Those cottages providing extra sleeping accommodation include single beds with mattress protectors and pillows.

                Laundry
                2 fully automatic coin operated washing machines and a clothes dryer are on site. Ironing boards and iron are also available for your use on request.

                Barbeque – free use to our guests
                A barbeque area is available for all guests.

                Linen
                Bed linen, blankets or doonas, towels and tea towels are provided.

                What do I need to bring?
                You will only need to bring food, beverages and any other consumables.


                Let the Magic of Riverside Cottages Augusta begin
                Riverside Cottages has everything any small family or group of friends needs for total seclusion down by the river. Your Cottage is fully self-contained and comes with either a gas or wood heater to keep you snug as a bug in a rug from the outside as well as a private bathroom, one double and single beds. Recently taken over by new management, this collection of cottages right by the banks of the Blackwood River is guaranteed to ensure you can unwind and relax, far away from your everyday stresses.

                We offer you a comfortable cottage with peace and quiet – it is so great to walk down to the Blackwood. Riverside Cottages is a fantastic place to explore the wonderful Augusta / Margaret River region at your leisure.

                Establish yourselves in your Riverside Cottage and venture out only as you wish. Stroll along the many walking tracks, which radiate from our Cottages. Pop into Augusta for supplies, a quiet drink, or lunch or dinner at the famous 100-year-old Augusta Hotel or one of Augusta’s Restaurants. Or enjoy the best fish and Chips in Western Australia at the Colour Patch Café – the last eating house before Antarctica! A trip up the mighty Blackwood River on the ferry Miss Flinders. Enjoy the spectacle of whale watching (seasonal). Augusta and surrounding areas are noted for swimming, fishing, diving, water skiing, bush walking, caving, vineyards, whale watching (seasonal – ask about our whale watching VIP packages), and spectacular scenery are all within easy access

                Riverside Cottages Augusta

                Twelve unique Cottages ready for your next holiday, next to the Blackwood River, serenity at it’s best. Next to town centre, free parking, free wifi! 30mins to Margaret River. Fun for all ages!

                • Rating:3 star

                Details

                • Type:1 - 3 Stars,Chalets,Lodge,Motel
                • Capacity:Cottages for 2 - 7 Guests,under 11
                • Facilities:Family Friendly,Pets Allowed
                • Price Range:$100-$200,$200-$300,$300 - $600

                Description

                SCOOP SPECIAL 30% OFF

                Enter SCOOPDEAL top right of our booking calendar  (on website) to recieve 30% off your booking!

                Information and Cottages images available on our website riversideaugusta.com

                Any questions please email us at [email protected]

                Escape your everyday troubles in Augusta, nestled among the eucalyptus forests on the most south-western point of Australia for over 50 years! With a comfortable Mediterranean climate and stunning coastal scenery of the Indian and Southern oceans, Augusta is the ultimate setting for a relaxed beach holiday, or a foodie one, with the culinary rich Margaret River only a 30-minute drive up the coast.

                You’ll soon forget the the screech of traffic and the word ‘deadline’ after a stay at Riverside Cottages Augusta. These Cottages are perfect for me-time - self catered, leave as you find policy (mainly for dishes), free parking, free wifi!, 5 min walk to town, 1min drive, next to the Blackwood River! Serenity at it’s best.

                Not to mention a view of lush bushland or the river from just outside your door! On site, find a laundry and barbecue area. A modest group of Cottages to enjoy your break in, just remember to lap up the bliss of the great outdoors as you can’t beat the peaceful location.

                Explore the majestic Jewel Cave in the beautiful karri forest of Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge.

                Take a dip in the turquoise waters or just admire the gold-sand scenery at Cosy Corner bay.

                Wander among the vines at Blackwood Meadery honey winery and take home a jar of sweetness.

                Haul in the catch of the day to eat later, with a deep sea fishing charter.

                Visit the antique Water Wheel for your history fix and more of that epic coastal scenery.

                Visit the Cape Leeuwin Light House where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet Augusta

                Catch a Whale Watching Tour, they guarantee a sighting!

                Sheoak Chalets

                Sheoak chalets.... are 4 star RAC``Situated in Margaret River wine region Sleep 2-8-16 disabled facil-ities offer seniors disc daily or weewly accom log fires blue wrens``pet kangaroos close to beaches caves wineries 2 golf courses river``cruises whale watching june-august``lighthouse historic water wheel ``A honey mooners delight!.

                  Details

                  • Type:Chalets
                  • Capacity:21 - 50

                  Description

                  Sheoak Chalets.... were built for comfort & relaxation in mind they are fully self contained QS beds linen & doonas supplied BBQ TV gas ``stove microwave washing machine etc``they overlook farmland & the Blackwood River set amongst karri forrest & sheoaks trees where an abundance of wrens can be fed from your front verandah, beside our chalets is the Shangri-La Finewood Gallery showcasing fine furniture.

                  Westbay Retreat Caravan Park

                  Nestled on 14 acres of natural bushland gardens with a diversity of birds and wildlife with walk trails throughout. shaded, powered drive through bays, grassed picnic areas, BBQ's, private boat ramp, modern ablutions & laundry. Pets Welcome.

                    Details

                    • Type:Caravan Parks,1 - 3 Stars
                    • Capacity:51 - 100
                    • Price Range:Under $50

                    Description

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