Windmills Break

Yallingup, Margaret River, Australia Book from

Reviewed by Lara Dunston
A wonderfully welcoming boutique hotel with elegant rooms and landscaped grounds in the Margaret River wine region
We arrived at Windmills Break close to midnight, several hours later than anticipated after a slow, harrowing drive through a storm. We must have looked hungry, tired and a tad stressed, for just after showing us our elegant suite, the same staff who’d whisked away our bags reappeared with an ice bucket and chilled wine. Ten minutes later, while I was snooping around our spacious split-level suite, he returned with a colossal tray of food: fresh oysters, delicious antipasti composed from regional produce, succulent spare ribs, and sweets for dessert!

Add to this accommodating attitude a relaxing lounge with double-sided stone fireplace, spa baths in the larger rooms, and a superb breakfast with some of the best Eggs Benedict around, and you've got all the ingredients for a relaxing stay. Windmills Break (named for a stunning local surf beach) also has 10 acres of gorgeous gardens, and an infinity-edged swimming pool with loungers and a hot tub, which is so inviting it's hard to leave! And given its handy location close to beaches (Yallingup, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay), wineries and galleries, in rural splendour yet just 5 minutes from town, you'd be pushed to find a better place from which to explore the lovely Margaret River wine region.


  • Hospitable, affable and efficient young management and staff dedicated to making your stay as restful as possible
  • Contemporary, understated rooms and suites with local photography and private courtyards or gardens
  • Excellent leisure and spa facilities, including a good gym, big swimming pool, jacuzzi and tennis courts, plus facials and massages
  • Inviting bar and cosy lounge with an open fireplace - ideal for curling up with a warming glass of something in winter
  • Superb location between Dunsborough and Yallingup - ideally situated for swimming, surfing, wine-touring, and gallery-hopping


  • No evening meals and the nearest restaurant is a short drive away
  • Some find the rooms' clean lines and contemporary style a bit business hotel-like
  • Pricey, but the facilities, service, setting and ambiance provide value for money
  • Full pre-payment required at the time of booking

Best time to go

The Margaret River region is gorgeous all year. Summer (December to February) can get hot but is the best time of year to visit. It can get busy over school holidays so book well in advance. Spring (September to November) and Autumn (March to May) are a delight, with a clarity to the light that is incomparable. Winter (June to August) can be cold at night but the days are pleasant.

Our top tips

Windmills Break is great for a weekend break but you could easily spend 4-5 days here. There is plenty to do in the Margaret River region – from wineries and breweries, gallery hopping, beachcombing and bushwalking, to surfing and swimming.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Luxury Boutique Hotel
  • 12
  • Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
  • Over 16s only
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Tennis Court
  • Fireplace
  • Walking/jogging track
Room: Deluxe Courtyard Room


Decorated in warm chocolates, creams and beiges, with a single striking landscape photograph on the wall (by Christian Fletcher, who has a gallery in Dunsborough), Windmills Break’s spacious rooms are elegant yet understated with a clean contemporary look often associated more with business hotels - except for the touch of glam in the Glomesh cushions and champagne flutes!

We relished the colossal bathrooms, and close attention to detail found all rooms, including the entry-level Deluxe Courtyard Rooms. There’s everything you could wish for in a five-star room, including movies, books, games, well-stocked mini-bars, bathrobes, and even candy in a jar. The 3 'spa' categories also come with spa baths of course, and there are qualified therapists on call and massages, facials and other treatments on offer.

Each room has a terrace, courtyard or garden area, all with sun beds, although the swimming pool isn’t far away. Some rooms are located in the main building, while some are in detached buildings.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Desk
  • Dvd player
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Iron
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Satellite tv
  • Sun loungers
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


The gigantic gourmet breakfast here is a real treat - with fresh juice, fruit and yoghurt, good coffee and locally baked breads, all generously sized and served on the restaurant’s alfresco terrace overlooking the garden. We also heartily recommend the Eggs Benedict, although the Windmills Gourmet cooked breakfast with pan-fried field mushrooms is also popular.

There’s an excellent lunch menu served 4 days per week, with selections including Tempura battered Fish and Chips, Scotch Fillet Steak Sandwich and Chips, and Chicken Parmagiana and Salad.

Complimentary tea, coffee, port, fruit, biscuits and cakes are served in the guest lounge daily, the perfect accompaniment to curling up in front of the fire.

The bar has a local wine list, but be sure to try their own wine varietals - Windmills Cabernet Merlot and Windmills Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. You can also BYO and drink the fruits of your winery tours in the rooms and suites. Note that the Premier Spa Apartment has a kitchenette so you can self-cater from time to time. Grocery shops are in Dunsborough (4km).

Guests are welcome to use the barbecue in the summer, but most will prefer to explore the plethora of restaurants in the area - staff can make recommendations and reservations - and book taxis. Highlights includelazy lunches at the Bunkers Beach Café, on one of the region’s most beautiful beaches, and the superb Lamont’s with an adjacent gallery. You can also bring a take-away back to your suite and eat contentedly in its courtyard, terrace or garden.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service


  • Wine tasting is why most visit the Margaret River, so pick up the Margaret River Map and Guide from Reception (they can also help with recommendations as the choice can be bewildering!) or the helpful visitors centre in Margaret River township and plan your day carefully – many wineries close by 5pm

  • Book a table for lunch at one of the superb winery restaurants that rival some of Perth’s best, such as Vasse Felix, or enjoy a casual meal at a buzzy Margaret River bistro such as Wino’s, on the main street, which serves delicious tapas and Mod-Oz dishes

  • Join a winery tour if you don’t want to drive; try Margaret River Tours, Wine For Dudes or Margaret River Discovery Tours

  • Browse the many arts and craft galleries in the region – you should find a copy of the Map and Guide to local Studios and Galleries at the Margaret River visitor centre if Reception doesn’t have one. Gunyulgup Galleries has fabulous locally crafted ceramics, paintings, pottery, glass, and jewellery

  • Hit the surf in one of Australia’s best surfing regions at Yallingup or Prevelly Park at the Margaret River estuary where the annual November Margaret River Classic Surfing Championships are held, or sign up for a lesson with Margaret River Surf School

  • Do a bush tucker walk, learn about bush medicine or how to make traditional tools, or invest in indigenous art at the Wardan Aboriginal Cultural Centre on Injidup Springs Rd

  • Explore one of the six caves open to the public found within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park - the most famous is Mammoth Cave 21km S of Margaret River

  • The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is also worth visiting for walking its fabulous 120km coastline and in extensive karri and jarrah forest

  • Play golf in Dunsborough, Busselton or Margaret River

  • Fish or try your hand at other watersports eg snorkelling around Dunsborough (also good for sailing) and Yallingup beaches

  • Yallingup is also home to the Mirrivale horse riding school

  • The whale watching season is winter, best place to see them is Augusta; wildlife viewing and birding is pretty good in the National Parks hereabouts

  • There's a yoga studio in Dunsborough

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Caves
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse-riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Traditional cultures
  • Whalewatching
  • Wildlife
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga


Windmills Break only accepts adults aged 16+.

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