Frequently Asked Questions
What are the seasons and weather conditions?
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Distance and travel time from Perth?
It's roughly 290kms from Perth to Margaret River and it takes around 3 hours (non-stop). The speed limit varies (maximum 110kmh) and we urge drivers to watch out for signs and to take care, particularly at dusk (and south of Bunbury) when kangaroos can be out and about.
The bungalows do not have on-site managers, however we do have supervisory staff within a few hundred metres. Guests will be advised, in advance, of their respective bungalow number and an access code. Key boxes are located alongside the entry door. Our supervisor will make every effort to meet guests as soon after arrival as may be possible; and contact numbers are provided, in case there’s a need to communicate.
What are the bungalows like?
Our 3 bungalows are constructed of timber, colorbond and glass. They're simple in design, but ideal for short term accommodation.
What facilities are there within the bungalows?
All have an open-plan living area, with fully-equipped kitchen, dining suite for 8, living room furniture, 140cm UHD LED LCD “Smart” TV and a pot-belly wood fire.
The bedrooms each have an open wardrobe and offer several different configurations including King (#1), Queen (#2) and 2 X Single + bunks (#3). All linen is supplied and beds are made up.
In the bathroom, there’s a vanity unit, shower and toilet; and we supply towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner and toilet paper. On the spacious front verandah is an outdoor setting, gas-fired BBQ and supplies of firewood (except between mid-December and late-March when there is a total fire ban).
It's important to note that when guests book 1 bedroom, the 2nd and 3rd will be locked; and that when guests book 2 bedrooms, the 3rd will be locked.
What provisions are provided?
These are self-catering properties however, to assist guests on the morning after their arrival, we provide a "starter" breakfast, consisting of 1 small packet of cereal (per person), milk, orange juice, slices of bread (for toasting), spreads and sachets of coffee, tea, sugar, salt and pepper. Beyond this, guests must cater for all their own food requirements, there being supermarkets and numerous food outlets within 800 metres. We also provide supplies of toilet paper, soaps, shampoo and conditioner. Additional supplies of toilet paper can be obtained, on request. Replacement towels can be requested after 4 days; and a mid-stay clean is offered when guests stay 7 (and more) nights. We do not provide a daily clean and guests are expected to maintain the bungalow throughout their stay.
How are the bungalows heated and cooled?
Between mid-May & mid-September, the temperature in Margaret River drops significantly and locals dress warmly and for comfort rather than style. During this period (in living rooms), guests can choose between reverse-cycle air-conditioning and very efficient pot-belly wood fires - which would normally be lit around 5pm, kept topped up with wood through the evening, then closed before slipping off to bed. Between mid-September and mid-April, the cottages are (mostly) comfortable through the day and can be cooled down by opening doors & windows. Only the security-conscious will find it necessary to use the air-conditioning unit in the living rooms. There are ceiling fans, also, in the living room and bedrooms. Electric blankets are provided, except for the bunks. For all but December, January & February, warm clothing is recommended for the evenings. Please note that there’s a total fire ban in place between mid-December and mid-April and that firewood will be removed across that period.
What style of pillows and bedding?
We supply microfibre pillows and quilts, as well as blankets. Guests from Western Australia might wish to bring along their own pillows to get the most from their stay as experience tells us that what’s good for one is not necessarily good for another. Hard beds as to soft beds, fluffy pillows as to hard pillows…sorry folks, but we can’t cater to particular fancies.
Mobile and internet connectivity
There's a Telstra tower within 1 kilometre, so mobile connectivity (for most) is strong. Internet is free-of-charge and supports e-mails and streaming of Netflix and SBS On Demand.
Is there a laundry?
Each bungalow has its own commercial grade, coin-operated, washer ($2.00 per wash) and dryer ($1.00 per cycle). We've done things this way to conserve water, this resource being critical.
Anything else we should know?
Margaret River Bungalows operates at a year-round average occupancy of over 90% and with no stays fewer than 2 nights. We have a very high rating as reported by the main on-line travel agents, so we’re confident that we're meeting the market's expectations. But that’s not to say we will satisfy everyone and must leave it to guests to make a considered choice.
How long should we stay?
The average length of stay at Margaret River Bungalows is 3 nights however guests have told us (via questionnaires) that their preferred stay is nearer to 6. Perhaps that means you should try, by all means possible, to extend your stay by 1 night more than you had initially thought.
Where can we access information relating to the region and to sightseeing?
Guests are entitled to a 10% off the costs of sightseeing / winery tours via our associate (All about Margaret River). We recommend you email firstname.lastname@example.org to lay out your plans and to claim your discount.
For other information, check with the Margaret River Visitor Centre on (08) 9780 5911 or visit their website…
We trust this information has been useful.