Situated between the twin towns of Dongara and Port Denison, The Retreat is where the Indian Ocean and the Irwin River come together with spectacular effect. Enjoy the stunning sunsets as you stroll along the boardwalk in either direction – crossing the river to Dongara or heading south to the Port Denison Marina, one of the biggest fishing boat harbours in WA.

Dongara and Port Denison are renowned for white sandy beaches and year round holiday weather that creates ideal conditions for water-sports and other recreational activities. The towns are steeped in history with charming heritage buildings and a fascinating past. The Retreat is named in honour of the Benedictine monks who came here on retreat from New Norcia staying at the magnificent residence known today as Denison House. Bought by the Benedictine community in 1944, Denison House was originally home to the town’s first doctor and built using stone from the region’s first flour mill, that was also built on the site. Denison House is now owned by the Shire of Irwin and houses community arts projects.

The Retreat Port Denison

This area is also known as the ‘wildflower region’, attracting thousands to see nature’s show of colour.

It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic location, yet you’re still so close to everything you’ll need. Dongara and Port Denison are well established towns with all the necessary amenities and the city of Geraldton is just over 40 minutes away, via Indian Ocean Drive or the Brand Highway. Perth is a comfortable four hours drive in the other direction, along the scenic Indian Ocean Drive.


There are plenty of local facilities and shops close by to The Retreat:


Dongara IGA

25 Moreton Terrace, Dongara WA 6525


(08) 9927 1021


242 Point Leander Dr, Port Denison WA 6525


(08) 9927 1226

Port Denison local shops

1/52 Point Leander Dr, Port Denison WA 6525

(08) 9927 2800

Dongara Bakery

24 Waldeck St, Dongara WA 6525

(08) 9927 1057

Other Useful Addresses

Dongara Community Resource Centre

11 Moreton Terrace, Dongara WA 6525


(08) 9927 2111

Dongara District High School (K- 12)

13 Cave Way, Dongara SA 6525


(08) 9927 0100

Dongara Port Denison Visitor Centre

9 Waldeck St, Dongara WA 6525


(08) 9927 1404

Southerlys Harbour View Bar & Restaurant

60 Point Leander Dr, Port Denison WA 6525


(08) 9927 2207