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A Cluster of A-Frames Hugs White Sand Dunes on Australia’s Southwestern Coast

A Cluster of A-Frames Hugs White Sand Dunes on Australia’s Southwestern Coast

Two transplants from Sydney turn an overgrown and outdated holiday resort into a cozy compound that comes complete with fresh baked goods.

Located about two hours by air from the Western Australia state capital of Perth, the coastal area of Esperance is known for its white sand beaches and turquoise waters. On the edge of town sits a cluster of recently restored A-frames, log cabins, and cottages, located just behind the dunes. Called Esperance Chalet Village, the revived holiday community is the product of a multi-year journey that began with one couple's Sunday drive.



Esperance Chalet Village is located in the southwestern coastal town of Esperance, Australia. The compound features a mix of A-frames and other structures updated by Fiona and Matt Shillington, who purchased the property after moving to the area from Sydney five years ago.



Several of the larger A-frame cabins feature a brightly illuminated second floor. The couple updated the interior with a simple coat of white paint, opting to freshen up the space without making it feel overly modern or fancy.

It was a wrong turn during that Sunday afternoon that led owners Fiona and Matt Shillington to discover the overgrown and neglected property. The compound offered some of the area's original holiday rentals, and they immediately recognized its untapped potential. Five years later, the bet has paid off-the laidback couple are ready to welcome guests who want to enjoy the communal atmosphere with friends or family.



Simple furnishings of built-ins line much of the living space while large windows and doors open onto a patio at one end.



Contrasting with the property's overall rustic vibe, the interior of all the cabins offer a kitchenette, private bathroom, as well as a mix of vintage and local furnishings.



A look at the bathroom, which features antique tiles and fixtures.

In addition to six small and four large A-framed cabins, the property offers several log cabins, along with multi-bedroom cottages and 'shacks.' The 17 structures come in different styles and sizes, with prices starting at $160 AUD (~$115 USD). Amenities include self check-in and on-site baked goods when available, as well as options for fishing or kayaking in a nearby creek. Complementary bikes for exploring the town are also provided.



Outside, each of the cabins feature a large patio for relaxing or dining.

The town of Esperance sits along a 24-mile scenic drive that connects sheltered beaches and popular surfing destinations. A few miles east is Cape Le Grand National Park, where granite rocks lines the shore and kangaroos are often spotted along the beach. Numerous other national parks and nature reserves dot the landscape further outside of town. Keep scrolling to see more of the property and surrounding landscape.



The charred exterior of each log cabin contrasts with a lighter, wood-clad interior.



A look inside one of the two log cabins, both of which are filled with antiques the couple brought in from Sydney and other pieces found locally.



The village promotes communal activities with fire pits and other gathering areas scattered around the property.



A creek winds along one side of a walking path that leads to the beach. The private grounds feature an abundance of native plantings, including: Hakea, banksia, paperbarks, salt bush, and rush grasses.



Views of Esperance Bay and the ocean open up at the end of the walking path. The surrounding area is home to numerous national parks, scenic drives, and surfer hotspots.

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