Parents of young children are all too familiar with the feeling of getting to their holiday destination and quickly finding their bearings. Specifically speaking – locating a good coffee shop and a playground. First world problems perhaps, but the struggle is real for sleep deprived parents with little ones, who are up with the sun chasing their caffeine fix and a place to let the kids run wild.
Sounds simple? Well the coffee shop/playground combo is actually a bit of a rare diamond. The café needs to have good coffee, access for prams, a play area onsite or nearby, babyccinos are a bonus, and a view wouldn’t be bad either! These are not dime-a-dozen cafes and finding the perfect spot can require some serious searching.
Luckily, the Margaret River Region’s café scene has evolved considerably in the last few years, and with kids in mind, there are several great options for mums and dads. We’ve put together a list of our finest.
White Elephant Cafe in Gnarabup.
1. White Elephant Cafe – Gnarabup
Positioned right on the beach in Gnarabup, this little gem has top quality coffee and a great breakfast menu, while allowing the kids to get sandy digging holes and building sandcastles, or splashing around in the water and rock pools. Remember to bring your swimming gear and towels if the weather is warm! The family-friendly café also welcomes dogs on leads.
2. Shelter Brewing Co – Busselton
The newest brewpub in the region and located on the Busselton foreshore. The café is open daily from 7am serving light bites include coffees and bagels, cinnamon scrolls and choc top ice creams. Kids will love playing in the vintage caravan inspired playground. For big kids, they can kick a footy on the open space next to Shelter Brewing Co or head across to the award-winning Sea Play by the Bay park.
The vintage caravan inspired playground at Shelter Brewing Co, Busselton
3. The Equinox or The Goose and nearby playground or skate park – Busselton
A couple of great options for visitors in the Busselton area. For those with little kids, grab a coffee from The Equinox, then head west to the massive playground on the Busselton foreshore. This spot has loads of equipment after a big renovation about 2 years ago. Adjacent to the playground is a BBQ area, with picnic tables too if you want to set up for lunch.
For those with bigger kids, get your caffeine fix at The Goose then head to the nearby skate park. A beautifully designed park sitting right on the foreshore, the Busselton skate park offers progression from the beginner through to the advanced rider (and includes the deepest bowl in WA at 3m in depth!)
The Goose sits right on the foreshore looking out over the Busselton Jetty too, if you prefer to let the kids cool off in the shallows.
4. Takeaway coffee at the Yallingup nature playground – Yallingup
Grab a takeaway coffee as you drive to Yalls main break from the Yallingup General Store & Cafe (locally known as Andys), then continue on the road. Just past the carpark at the beach entrance, is Yallingup’s world-class nature playground which is arguably one of the best play areas in the region. Keeping with the surf-theme, the rustic playground made from repurposed timber, features a surf shack cubby and a misty wave for the kids to get barreled. All this right in front of Yallingup main break, which is perfect for a walk or a dip depending on the weather.
Tip – if you are hungry after all the activity, go back past the Yallingup General Store for one of their famous ‘kitchen sink’ burgers.
The award-winning Sea Play by the Bay playground at the Busselton Foreshore has several cafe options nearby
5. The Hairy Marron – Margaret River township
Located near the entrance to town, by the river, is the perfectly positioned Hairy Marron café. Grab yourself a coffee and babyccinos for the kids, then wander across the footbridge to Rotary Park and let the kids feed the ducks. Across the bridge, toddlers and older children will enjoy playing on the fully equipped playground in the beautiful bush setting (perfect for when the weather is hot, as it is well-shaded). The Hairy Marron doubles as a bike rental if you want to don a helmet and follow the heritage trails to explore the bush.
6. The Colourpatch – Augusta
With prime location on the Blackwood River you can grab a takeaway coffee and light bite to eat from The Colourpatch in Augusta. Head across the road and venture a little south for a small playground with swings and open lawn for the kids to run around. If the kids are looking for something more adventurous, there’s a nautical themed adventure playground at Flinders Bay.
Images Elements, Stephen Norman and Jacinta Keeble
Augusta has a great nautical themed adventure playground perfect for kids
The White Elephant Beach CafeMonday - Sunday: 7:00 AM until 3:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Takeaway,WiFi
Gnarabup Rd, Margaret River WA 6285
Shelter Brewing Co.7 days a week, 10am-10pm and from 7am for Coffee & Bagels.Great For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Dog Friendly,WiFi
11 Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA 6280
The Goose Beach Bar + KitchenMonday - Sunday: 7:00 AM until 9:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Temporarily Closed,WiFi
Geographe Bay Rd, Busselton WA 6280
Equinox Restaurant & BarMonday - Sunday: 9:30 AM until 8:00 PMGreat For: Dine In
1 Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA 6280
The Hairy MarronMonday - Sunday: 8:00 AM until 4:00 PMGreat For: Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Mountain Biking & Road Cycling,Rainy Day,Scenic Spot,Sunny Day,WiFi
69 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
The Colourpatch Cafe & BarGreat For: Dine In,Scenic Spot,Takeaway
98 Albany Terrace, Augusta WA 6290
Busselton ForeshoreOpen 24 HoursGreat For: BBQ,Child Friendly,Children's Attraction,Dog Friendly,Free,Outdoor Playground,Picnic Spot,Scenic Spot,Scuba Snorkelling & Diving,Stand Up Paddling & Canoeing,Swimming
Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA 6280
Blackwood RiverGreat For: Birdwatching,Fishing & Boating,Free,Scenic Spot,Stand Up Paddling & Canoeing,Swimming,Wildflower Spotting
Blackwood River, Western Australia
Flinders BayGreat For: BBQ,Dog Friendly,Fishing & Boating,Picnic Spot,Scenic Spot,Scuba Snorkelling & Diving,Swimming,Whale Watching,Wildflower Spotting
Flinders Bay, Western Australia