If you’ve been seeking a way to escape from the fast pace of the modern world, you may just find your perfect retreat in Augusta. Tucked between the Southern and Indian Oceans, Augusta offers serenity in spades. In the unique drawcard of this locale lies the perfect opportunity to truly rest and renew in some of WA’s most laid-back and environmentally conscious retreats.

Shipwright's Mistress
Photo: Rachel Claire

Little House Republic: a regenerative retreat

Nestled in the heart of Scott River, just north of Augusta, Little House Republic is a prime example of regenerative and sustainable living. It’s more than just a place to stay; it’s a haven for conscious living and environmental harmony, offering guests a chance to reset their pace and focus on the essentials.

The space embodies minimalism without sacrificing comfort. Utilising off-grid technology such as solar power, rainwater collection, and composting toilets, LHR demonstrates that living in sync with the environment doesn’t mean giving up modern conveniences. Its tranquil surroundings – a beautiful mix of coast, forests and meadows – provides ample space for nature walks, bird watching, and stargazing.

Mornings at Little House Republic begin with the sun gently creeping through the windows, the soundtrack of chirping birds serving as a gentle alarm. Guests can spend the day exploring the surrounding trails, practising yoga on the deck, or simply enjoying a good book by the large picture windows.

Little House Republic
Little House Republic is a haven for conscious living. Photo: Rachel Claire

The Shipwright's Mistress: unplug in style

The Shipwright’s Mistress is a true testament to rustic elegance, combining the charm of a maritime theme with the comforts of modern design. Situated right on the banks of the Blackwood River, this in-town accommodation feels remote – and is the perfect spot to renew your spirit while soaking up breathtaking river and forest views.

In keeping with its unplugged and laidback energy, a television is deliberately absent from The Shipwright’s Mistress to provide a more ‘switched off’ experience. Environmentally conscious features include solar power as well as a water-efficient bathroom.

Days here are all about embracing serenity and calm as guests ground themselves by the banks of the Blackwood. Enjoy fishing and kayaking nearby, or venture into Augusta for a taste of local cuisine and seafaring history. If resetting in seclusion is more your thing, get cosy by the woodfire and enjoy a tea while sinking into the peace and quiet that Augusta has to offer.

Shipwrights Mistress
Embrace serenity and calm with a stay at The Shipwright's Mistress. Photo: Rachel Claire

Molloy Hideaway Holiday Park: off-grid adventure

For the adventurous at heart, an expedition off the beaten track as close to Molloy Island as you can get, presents an unforgettable off-grid camping experience. Molloy Hideaway Holiday Park is located on the mainland side of the Blackwood River and is a secluded paradise offering an unspoiled environment for the ultimate digital detox.

The perceived isolation of the holiday park fosters a deep connection with nature, where time seems to slow down, allowing one to fully absorb the peaceful ambiance. Its rugged beauty, complete with coastal walks and a variety of native flora and fauna, provides the perfect backdrop for camping under the stars and simply reflecting amidst nature’s wonders.

Molloy Hideaway Holiday Park
Laze under a shady tree at Molloy Hideaway Holiday Park. Photo: Supplied

Reflecting on this corner’s natural wonders, embed in your venture to cruise the lower Blackwood River onboard Augusta River Tours. Tours are a must for birdwatchers and nature lovers as you cruise the peaceful, silky water from the River mouth to Molloy Island and enjoy the scenery and unspoilt wetland ecosystem. Your guide Graeme will share stories and local tell-tales while pointing out species of birds as they rest on the shallow sandbank, and dolphins and fish as they joyfully play in the wake of the quiet boat.

After exploring WA’s longest continually flowing river, head down to the sea to discover why Augusta’s Rare Foods Australia is world renowned for its sustainable and innovative approach to growing abalone. Afterwards experience more rare food moments at the Ocean Pantry café and retail outlet on the ocean’s edge.

Cruisy the beautiful Blackwood River with Graeme from Augusta River Tours. Photo: Tim Campbell

Boogaloo Camp: detoxifying body and mind

Tucked down the southern end of the cape, you might have guessed that Boogaloo Camp is a top pick for active glampers. The campsite is full of gorgeous bell tents, all ready and set up for you on arrival. All you need to do is unpack, roll out your yoga mat and get your zen on.

The campsite is unpowered, so this is one for nature lovers who really want to slow things down and have a peaceful stay. All linen is included for up to four people, along with an esky with refreshments. You’ll be able to enjoy hot showers and toilets in a rustic sea container, and if you’d prefer to pitch your own tent that’s fine too.

With a yoga and massage yurt nestled amongst the accommodation, you’ll be able to roll from your mattress to your mat in record time. If you find tranquillity amongst the froth, then grab a surfboard and hit the waves just down the road.

Boogaloo Camp, Augusta
Get your zen on at Boogaloo Camp. Photo: Supplied

Private Properties: The Flinders Bay House

The Private Properties Flinders Bay House’s high elevation takes full advantage of its views with large windows and balconies looking out to the Bay. The casual and relaxed living areas make it the perfect space to reconnect with family and friends and the generous, well-appointed bedrooms and bathrooms mean that everyone has their own space.

This very special holiday home has been designed to ‘bring its visitors back to the physical world’, and one thing’s for sure, after time well spent at Flinders Bay House, you’ll feel a million miles away from everyday life.

Feel 'a million miles away' with a holiday in Augusta. Photo: Tim Campbell