South West Development Centre

The South West Development Centre has been established to provide amazing experiences and development opportunities for the clubs and members of Surf Life Saving in Western Australia. The property sits on two acres in the heart of Margaret River. This unique setting will provide wonderful opportunities for clubs and members to participate in training and development activities in a purpose-built centre with access to the beaches of the region.

The Centre is available for SLSWA, affiliated Clubs and members to utilise a camp-style facility to run a variety of programs such as:

  • Youth Development and Leadership camps
  • Lifesaving Education and Training courses
  • Strategy workshops for Club Boards
  • Coaching and Officiating programs
  • Surf Sports training camps
  • Club Proficiency camps

The South West Development Centre is, first and foremost, a child-friendly and safe facility. SLSWA is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and young people involved in Surf Life Saving. Find out more about ChildSAFE.

SLSWA's South West Development Centre is a purpose-built facility located in Margaret River, with easy access to the regions beaches.

Lotterywest Grant

In 2021, Surf Life Saving Western Australia received a Lotterywest Grant of up to $867,182 towards the construction of the Surf Life Saving WA Development Centre.

The Development Centre is a key element of Surf Life Saving WA’s strategic plan, volunteer development and engagement strategy and is supported through operational, management and maintenance planning. The Centre will support the reconnection, capacity and development of volunteers and increase opportunities for further engagement and social inclusion.

Surf Life Saving WA is extremely grateful for Lotterywest’s support of the important project


The Margaret River Lodge consists of three accommodation wings that collectively house 15 dormitory-style rooms with a total of 74 beds, predominantly bunk-style. There are male and female change room facilities and an accessible change room.

Guests staying at the Lodge have access to the fully equipped kitchen and dining hall, barbecues, swimming pool and a large outdoor recreation area with sporting equipment available for use.

In the centre of the Lodge is the Yarning Circle – a special space to meet, share stories and toast marshmallows around the campfire.

The Margaret River Lodge is the ideal location for clubs wishing to accommodate larger groups for training courses, youth development camps and activities.

A Wing

4 x 8 bed dormitories

B Wing

2 x 3 bed dormitories
2 x 4 bed dormitories

C Wing

7 x 4 bed dormitories

Capacity 32 people 14 people 28 people
Type Single bunk beds Single bunk beds
King single beds
Single bunk beds
Configuration 4 dorms with 4 bunk beds per dorm 2 dorms with 3 beds per dorm
2 dorms with 4 beds per dorm
7 dorms with 4 beds per dorm
Bathrooms 1 x Male
1 x Female
Access to bathrooms in A or C wing 1 x Male
1 x Female
1 x Accessible
Minimum Stay 1 night 1 night 1 night


A self contained house separate from the Margaret River Lodge. It can host up to 18 people in twin share rooms and has its own bathrooms, kitchen facilities, dining area and lounge room.

The whole house must be booked, and individual rooms cannot be booked separately. Boodjidup House is ideal for smaller groups seeking self-contained accommodation solution.

Guests staying at Boodjidup House have access to barbecues, the swimming pool and a large outdoor recreation area with sporting equipment available for use.

Capacity 18 people
Type King single beds and bunk beds
Configuration 7 rooms with two king singles
1 room with two bunk beds
Bathrooms 1 x Male
1 x Female
1 x Accessible change room
Minimum Stay 1 night





The training room is available for meetings, training courses and can also be used as a lounge and recreation area when larger groups are staying in the centre. This facility is available for three separate booking blocks (morning, afternoon, and evening) with priority given to clubs that have a booking at the Lodge. Tables chairs and audio-visual equipment are available to use.

There are 2 x twelve seater buses that can be booked and used whilst staying at the Centre. The buses can be driven on a valid C (or C-A) license by members 25 years and older.

SLSWA's South West Development Centre is a purpose-built facility located in Margaret River, with easy access to the regions beaches.

Make a Booking

Centre bookings will happen via an expression of interest process. Clubs are invited to submit their expression of interest for the below booking period. Please note; booking expression of interest deadlines relevant to the period being booked will apply as per the table below.

Once expression of interest close, SLSWA will assess all expression of interest and advise clubs as to the outcomes.

Period Period Dates Booking EOI Close Date Clubs advised by
2025 01/02/2025 – 01/02/2026 5pm Sunday 14 July 2024 5pm Friday 26 July 2024

Clubs wishing to book the South West Development Centre are to complete the relevant tabs on the
online Booking Template (Last updated 22/11/2023) and return to

For more information on bookings see Circular 18.

Where availability allows, bookings may be made by Clubs after the EOI period has closed. Please email to check availability.