‘Kidspo’ – All the inspiration you need for the autumn school holidays



All the inspiration you need for the autumn school holidays

It is autumn school holidays and perfect outdoor weather for keeping the kids active and engaged with things to do in Your Margaret River Region.

To make the school holiday planning easy we have collated a top selection of ‘things to do this April school holidays’.  We know how pivotal it can be getting the activity mix right for your children, and visiting friends and family.

We have a variety of options for all ages to suit your ‘no screen time’ strategies with back to nature outdoor activities, educational options and those special experiences to tuck up your sleeve for surprise holiday memories.  Staying one step ahead of the famed question “what are we doing today?” will result in a school break enjoyed by everyone.

‘Free’ and ‘ticket’ notes below will clue you into finding the most suitable ideas for your family’s school break.

surf-proDrug Aware Margaret River Pro
8 – 19 April, FREE

Kids love live action and the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is a free event for everyone to attend. There is nothing more exciting than being on location as the world’s best battle it out. It is big names, on big waves playing on big screens with instant replay commentary.  Surfers Point becomes a surf hub full of festive atmosphere where visitors can see their idols, grab a bite or pick up some official souvenirs…. it is well worth the bus trip from Caves Road to Surfers Point for the experience.  A quick tip is, keep tabs on the competing days as surf conditions often move planned Surfing Heats.


See Event Details and Location

bike path

Outdoor antics
Beach cricket, group picnics & cycling expeditions – FREE

Free of charge and totally refreshing is a day outdoors at one of the many family friendly beaches, park, forest and garden settings in Your Margaret River Region.  Back to nature days are the perfect way to get kids into action whilst connecting with the environment.

Share in family experiences as you discover a new favourite beach or sandy inlet as you cycle a section of the 30km coastal walk and bike path from Busselton to Dunsborough.

Why not introduce yourself to a local eagle ray at the stunning Hamelin Bay or picnic in your favourite park. There is even the Organic Garden Trail where you can learn the philosophy about organics in gardens cared for by our most passionate environmentalists.

Climb a lighthouse
Kids & Family passes available

Everyone wants to climb a lighthouse.  In each of us a child exists who yearns to experience the wonder of reaching the top of these stoic attractions. And for holiday makers in the South West there are two iconic lighthouses to discover, Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse near Dunsborough and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse near Augusta.

Steeped in local history, the stories of the lighthouse inhabitants, the importance of their tasks and the beauty of their wind swept locations are all elements to be explored.  The breathtaking views from the tower decks cannot be paralleled and with kids and family passes available a lighthouse climb is a ‘must do’ as part of a day out.


Ticket prices, family passes and tour times

Inspirational art & culture
FREE + Kids tickets

Margaret River Region Open Studios, 9 – 24 April

Open Studio Rebecca Cool 25.3.2015 - Photo credit Elements Margaret RiverI am sure they add creativity to the drinking water in Your Margaret River Region.  There are over 120 artists who are producing artwork in a range of mediums in time to share their studio’s and creative sanctuaries with the public for free.  As a visiting friend or family during the April school holidays you can be inspired by meeting the artists themselves. They are opening their personal and intimate spaces for one month only so be sure to take a look!


Design your own artist trail here


Holiday Art Classes – Margaret River, $45

Child art classes painting-85781_1280Give your children the chance to get their creative juices flowing and their hands dirty with a passionate art lover and teacher.

Developmental as well as fun the classes offer a different art medium for each workshop focusing on motivating creativity and exploration. You can choose from a range of workshops from sculpture, to drawing, to art at play.


Art Classes with Kate Dunn

Amaze & engage
Kids & family passes


Isn’t a family day out enjoyable when all your family needs are met with absolute convenience. There is nothing more satisfying than drinking a good coffee in comfortable surrounds  while your kids enjoy an attraction.

Some of our family fun park favourites start with your choice of three great mazes to find yourself and your family in.  Set a family challenge of who can make it out first!

Then there is some fun with our fury friends. Let the kids get up close and personal with some interesting animals at Country Life Farm and Naturaliste Reptile Park. For the more adventurous there is loads to do at Xscape at the Cape and Busselton Archery & Family Fun Parks.  Be assured that there will be excited shrills and first time thrills to share in.

Megafauna fun-shops, Kids & discounted adult tickets

Let your children experience, explore and examine at Western Australia’s Megafauna Funshops every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the school holidays.  These educational and fun sessions will fascinate both adults and kids alike. Who knew there were oversized native Australian animals that inhabited Your Margaret River Region!


Megafauna Funshops Margaret River

Playground & play spaces on the menu


Your Margaret River Region welcomes families to share in their holidays in fun, well thought out surrounds so parents as well kids have a great time.  A few family friendly eating favourites where kids have playful reign is 3 Oceans Winery, Dunsborough Tavern and Other Side of the Moon, Bunker Bay to name only a few.

And being famous for our wineries see our family friendly suggestions plus the  micro-breweries with playgrounds.  Everyone deserves time to relax and enjoy the best of Your Margaret River Region’s food, wine and beer.  Let the kids run free in safe and set up environments.

Happening horse trails
Kids & family prices

Visitors horse riding

The rural landscapes and beautiful farmlands of the region invite experienced horse riders or holiday horse lovers for an unforgettable day on horse back.  With more than a few horse riding locations and schools there is plenty of opportunity to surprise the family with some authentic family fun.  Experience the personality and skill of these well loved animals in a variety of scenic settings.  There is something for everyone, with playgrounds for littler non-riding folk and even pony rides for toddlers!


Find your ideal riding experience here

Rainy day discoveries
Kids tickets

When your sunny outdoor plans turn to grey don’t panic, there are great educational and adventurous options to get the kids out and about to let off steam.

Read our rainy day activities blog, which highlights sweet treats at Cowaramup’s Candy Cow, Naturaliste Reptile Park in Dunsborough and lots more.


See our 'Rainy Day Family Suggestions' here

Make this April School Holidays an adventure of your choice!


See here for more family leisure holiday ideas!
Nicola Jean Smith

Author Nicola Jean Smith

Nicola Jean Smith is passionate about travel and the destination marketing industry. Margaret River’s gourmet food and wine drew Nicola to the South West where untouched beauty, the ability to connect to nature and love of beach landscapes spoke to her yoga lifestyle. Now living locally with her young family she is inspired by the vibrant community culture and is a strong advocate for growth and development in the tourism industry.

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