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Stunning home minutes away from a world famous wave riding spot. Surfers Point in Western Australia's Margaret River has the incredible combination of waves and consistent wind that make it an unbeatable wave riding experience - and you'll often have the spot to yourself!
Kitesurf conditions
Advanced
Spot: Big waves

Surfers Point is in the remote South West of Australia on the Indian Ocean and only a few miles from the Southern Ocean. The wind is remarkably consistent through the season from November to March. Most afternoons you'll have a perfect 20 knots and through the summer you'll get another 5 or 6 knots of sea breeze. You can go out most days with a 6 or 7 and you never need more than a 9/10. Most of the locals go on this shallow reef break with a surf board and straps and you must have a leash. If you are a freestyler, while surfers point may not be perfect, you can head 1km south to Gnarabup where its more protected and flat. You should bring a wetsuit (2-3mm). In September the water temperature is 16 - 19C and it warms to 20-22C by 1st March. The water is incredibly clean and clear. Margaret River is very well known for surfing hosting the World Surf League Pro each year, but its relatively undiscovered for kitesurfing. Its not uncommon to be one of only a couple of kiters in the water with the dolphins to keep you company. Until December you will also see a lot of whales! Absolute paradise!

Trip characteristics
Typical Pickup: 159 wilderness road
Suitable for: Group, Family, Couple, Non-rider
Ambience: Wilderness, Relaxed
Experience Type: Private

The Destination

Margaret River truly is paradise. If it is water sports you love, you can literally surf and kite the exact same break on the same day. Surf in the morning, have a light lunch and kite till sunset. If there is no surf you can take out a SUP on some of the most stunning clear water, white sand beaches imaginable. Kayaking the river is also very special. If you have destroyed yourself in the water and need a break, the options are endless! Home to some of Australia's best wineries, you can dine and drink your way around the region. Margaret River is a foodies paradise with a strong emphasis on local and organic. You'll eat better in Margaret River than anywhere else in Australia! The mountain biking and hiking trails are awesome, fishing unbeatable and the Surfers Retreat is next to one of Western Australia's best regional golf courses. The township of Margaret River is laid back and friendly. There is literally not a single traffic light and there is no such thing as a traffic jam! While its a very long way to come, once you arrive, you'll never want to leave! (we didn't!)

The Experience

Located 5 minutes from the famous wave riding spot of Surfers Point, the Surfers Retreat is the perfect base for your Western Australian kite surfing adventure. A trip to the Surfers Retreat allows you to combine world class kiting with amazing food, wine and nature. The activities are endless with awesome surfing, biking, hiking and kayaking. However if you're staying at the Surfers Retreat, the best thing to do is kick back in a hammock with a locally crafted beer or wine and enjoy the Australian bush. Set on 3 acres of natural bush land, the Surfers Retreat truly is a paradise to come home to after a hard days kiting. Your only 2.3kms from the spot, so its not a long journey! You'll see kangaroos and many of the beautiful native birds and be able to watch the sunset over the trees. Make Margaret River Surfers Retreat your next kite holiday destination!

The kiting

The conditions at Surfers Point are remarkably predictable so you will be able to kite every afternoon when the wind comes in. With a perfect 20 knots, you mostly only need a 6 or 7 and never need more than a 9/10. While Margaret River is very well know for surfing, it's stunning reef break is relatively undiscovered for kiting, so it's not uncommon to find yourself with only a couple of other kiters and the dolphins to keep you company! There are other great kiting spots not too far away. Boronup Beach is a beautiful long beach break where you can park your 4WD on the beach. Augusta River offers awesome flat water riding. Both are only 30 minutes from the Surfers Retreat by car. Gas Point is good for beginners and very safe and Gnarabup (10 mins from Surfers Point) offers flatter water and is protected by a reef)

Out of the water activities

When you are not in the water, Margaret River offers endless options. Home to some of Australia's best wineries, you can experience the best food and wine the country has to offer. With a strong emphasis on local and organic food and an incredible weekly farmers market the opportunities are endless.. You can have a long leisurely lunch at a winery or brewery, eat Pizza that would rival anywhere in Italy and experience Japanese fine dining all within 15 minutes of the Surfers Retreat. The natural beauty is truly stunning and the area is well serviced with excellent hiking and mountain bike trails. Trails vary from fire trails to single track and there are a few options for hiring bikes and tours. The town of Margaret River itself is small and quaint yet has everything you need. There are plenty of places for a massage and a few options for yoga.

Getting to Margaret River

The closest international airport is Perth and that's a 3 hour drive from the Surfers Retreat. The best thing to do is hire a car and drive. The area is not well serviced by public transport and transfers are expensive. You will also need a car when you arrive in Margaret River and local rental options are very limited.

Accommodation

Surfers Retreat is a laid back holiday house set up for kiters, surfers, windsurfers, yogis, wine lovers and holiday makers in the Margaret River region. We are on a 3 hectare bush block so despite being so close to everything, you feel a million miles away from it all. The house is our home when we are in the country so it’s incredibly well stocked with everything to make your visit comfortable. There is an outdoor shower with hot water to freshen up after your days kiting, plenty of space to store boards and kites, a stand to work on your board and hanging space for drying wetsuits. Set over two levels, Surfers Retreat has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen and kitchenette, two separate living areas and two huge balcony areas. Bedrooms: Five bedrooms consisting of 1 king, 2 queens, and 2 bedrooms with 2 king singles in each, that can be made up as king beds. All made up with hotel quality linen and blackout curtains throughout mean you will sleep well at Surfers Retreat. Living areas: There are two separate inside living areas. One upstairs adjoining the kitchen with a massive L shaped sofa, wood burner stove and amazing views over the bush. The massive 12 seat dining table has a wonderfully comfortable built in bench, perfect for a long relaxed dinner!. The down stairs saloon is a cozy space with a sofa and two FatBoy bean bags. Both living areas have large TV's. The balcony and front ground floor porch are huge. Both have large dining tables, BBQ's and hammocks are the best place to chill and enjoy the bush vibe. The upstairs balcony has a mushroom heater for the colder Margaret River evenings. Kitchen: The first floor kitchen has everything you need including a large six burner stove, two door fridge with ice maker, DeLonghi espresso coffee machine, dishwasher and microwave. The kitchen is incredibly well equipped for cooking up a feast with food processor, blender, mix master, lots of large platters and boards everything you need for entertaining. There is a stunning custom made dining table and large bench seats meaning you can have a wonderful large dinner. Down stairs there is a small kitchenette with bar fridge, sink and breakfast necessities including a toaster, kettle and cafetiere. Linen and towels are provided and laundered.
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