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Heading south for the holidays? 3 popular locations to put on your radar

December 17, 2020

Heading to WA’s South West for the summer holidays? If you’re like most, you can’t help but get caught up in the down south lifestyle and that can often lead to a spot of house-hunting.

If 2020 made you consider a new home or a dream holiday home, here we cast a shining light on the iconic South West suburbs, their village vibes, and also share a couple of insider tips on the trendiest places to check out this summer.

Busselton – more than the jetty.

Busselton has flourished into one of WA’s best-kept secrets. It’s surrounded by nature’s beauty: the beach and the forest. As a place to set down roots, there’s a bustling town centre with all the amenities you would need, a stack of terrific schools, and a strong sporting and recreational culture.

Surrounded by Geographe Bay, Busselton is the best spot for a day at the beach where you can swim, snorkel and paddle board. When you’re worn out from the beach, it’s worth a drive through Newport Geographe and McGregor Estates.

Drive time:  25 mins to Dunsborough | 30 mins to Margaret River | 30 mins to Bunbury

Insider tip: A new face on the Busselton Foreshore is Shelter Brewing Co who’s as local as we are. Serving up locally brewed beer and authentic Italian pizza, their food is perfect for sharing.

 Vasse –  quaint as can be.

The emerging suburb of Vasse is a hidden treasure on the fringe of Busselton. Vasse village is also home to neighbourhood essentials including several local gems like One Rustic Bloom, Cinco and Gypsea Collective.

A tight-knit community lives in Vasse, and you’ll find a calendar of events that connect locals and visitors alike. And not to mention The Shed Farmers Market that has been most loved by locals for over 20 years.

Have we talked you into living here yet? Call into our Vasse display home, The Signature, and get a sense for this charming suburb.

Drive time:  10 mins to Busselton | 15 mins to Dunsborough | 30 mins to Margaret River

Insider tip:  Walk, ride or drive to neighbouring Amelia Park Lodge. Known for their amazing Margaret River style wines and Aussie-style pub-grub, the tavern’s terrace rolls onto expanses of lawn, making it a great place to take the family.

 Dunsborough – the ‘douth’ getaway.

Dunsborough is the ideal down south holiday with some of the best beaches in Western Australia. Take Meelup Beach for example, it’s a local’s favourite for its crystal turquoise waters and pristine sandy beach.

Dunsborough always gets people talking about a sea change. Perhaps it’s the vibrant dining and wine scene or the niche shopping for fashion and homewares that seem that bit different. Or the feeling of getting out in nature that makes you feel at home.

If you’re serious about living in the South West, then land estates Dunsborough Lakes and The Cove offer an affordable way into the down south lifestyle. This autumn, Ventura South West is opening two new display homes in Dunsborough Lakes. For the first time, you’ll see our Ventura First and Ventura Forever homes side by side, showcasing our design standards.

Drive time:  25 mins to Busselton | 30 mins to Margaret River | 60 mins to Bunbury

Insider tip: If seafood lights the fire in your belly, then you must head to Blue Manna. Their menu is inspired by local seafood and produce, infused with Asian savour. Best of all, Blue Manna sits centrally in Dunsborough town, so it’s easy to get to.

Turn your vacay into a staycay.

Have we won you over yet?

Whether you’re building your dream home to live in or holiday in, Ventura South West builds in Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Augusta, and anywhere in between. Each colourful town has its own character and charm, and our stunning display homes draw inspiration from all of it.

Because we live here, we know what it takes to build a new home that captures your idyllic south west home. So, when you’re ready to put down roots, we’ll be able to help.

Because it’s our home too.

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