Situated amongst historic dairy-farming country, in the heart of the picturesque Margaret River wine appellation, Bussells Bushland Cottages is a gazetted “Land for Wildlife” property. The rustic charm of our 8 well-appointed (self-contained) rammed-earth cottages is complemented by the natural (20 hectare) bush block. The property is well treed with jarrah, marri, banksia and peppermint trees; and is home to prolific birdlife, possums, brush-tailed phascogales (wambengers), bandicoots and kangaroos.
With its easy accessibility and convenience to all of the region’s delights, Bussells Bushland Cottages remains the property of choice for many hundreds of visitors to the region. They love the tranquillity of the bush block and come back again and again.
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Travelling south along Bussell Highway and just before entering Margaret River township, turn right into Carters Road and proceed for around 4kms, then (on the left hand side) enter the property’s 600 metre (tree-lined) driveway. You’ve now arrived at one of Western Australia’s most idyllic accommodation properties.
Gazetted "Land for Wildlife" Property
Signposted trails criss-cross the property and early morning walks will enable you to commune with the birds and kangaroos which call this property “home.” A 1.3km stroll around the perimeter will introduce you to pastoral scenery and valley views. We invite you to share this totally natural Australian experience.
The birdsong in the early morning can be quite strong as our gorgeous splendid fairy wrens skitter around looking for breakfast. Other varieties you might see include Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-Winged Fairy Wren, White-Eared Honeyeater, Willie Wagtail, Western Rosella, Red Wattlebird, Common Bronzewing, White-Naped Honeyeater, Southern Boobook Owl, Ring-Necked Parrot, Galah, Australian Magpie, Great Fantail, Laughing Kookaburra, New Holland Honeyeater, Silvereye, Long-Tailed Black-Cockatoo, White-Browed Scrubwren and Scarlet Robin.
We also share the bush block with mobs of kangaroos and possums, brush-tailed phascogales (wambengers), bandicoots and a variety of other lesser animals.
What's on at a glance...
Farmers Market: Saturday mornings from 8am to 12noon at the Margaret River Education Campus, on the right hand side (southern end of town). Make an early start and procure (cheap) free-range eggs, wonderful vegetables, fruit, bread and pastries, superb cheeses, home-made delicacies, local produce, meat and (frozen) seafood. Organic produce is available and there’s usually a coffee van on site, so you can start your day off with a bang!
Friday nights at Colonial Brewery: Each Friday night between 6 and 10pm, Colonial Brewery converts to a “Supper Club,” offering fresh, delicious and affordable adult-sized pizzas - from $10.00 (eat-in) and $15.00 (takeaway). And, of course, Colonial Brewery offers its array of award-winning beers; as well as ever-changing entertainment. All in all, a smashing (and affordable) evening’s fun. Colonial Brewery is located on Osmington Road.
Whale Watching: Southern Right and Humpback whales make their first appearance in Flinders Bay (Augusta) from June and Legend Charters operates boat trips at 8.00am, 10.30am and 1.00pm (daily) through August. Then, between September and November, they move to Geographe Marina (Busselton) with departures at 9.30am and 1.00pm (daily). Guests staying with us will be entitled to a 10% discount. Check legendcharters.net.au for full details.