Holidaying with kids means looking out for fabulous new playgrounds, and there are some beauties to explore in the Margaret River region. We’ve rounded up our favourites from Busselton to Yallingup, Cowaramup to Augusta and everywhere in between.
And a bonus – some terrific family-friendly places to stay – and play!
Notable playgrounds – read on for descriptions
- Riflebutts Reserve, Prevelly
- Caves House Gardens
Rainy Day Favourites
- Dunsborough Tavern
- Little Monsters Busselton and Margaret River
- Ngilgi Cave, Yallingup
Adventure and Nature Style
- Yallingup Adventure Playground
- Sea Play on the Bay, Busselton
Accommodation with Playgrounds
- BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park, Busselton
- RAC Nature Park, Margaret River
- Margaret River Hideaway
Sea Play on the Bay, Busselton foreshore
It’s the crowning jewel in the Busselton foreshore redevelopment; a magnificent shipwreck adventure playground between Busselton Jetty, The Goose and The Equinox.
Inspired by the city’s maritime history and coastal landscape, it features a wrecked clipper ship beautifully crafted in timber, with cargo holds, climbing nets, telescope, cannons and a crow’s nest children can climb. It was inspired by the Halcyon, an American whaling vessel wrecked near Quindalup in 1844. On a sunny day you’ll find it swarming with children climbing, ringing the jetty bell and pumping water and families picnicking under Norfolk Island pines.
A huge whale’s tail spouts water, and swings hang from a giant squid emerging from the sand.
Another brand-new playground opened at the same time at Sea Play on the Bay, and it’s just next to the Busselton Visitor Centre and Skate park on the east side of The Goose. Highlights include a refurbished carriage from the Busselton Jetty Train, rainbow chimes, crazy mirrors and a digger.
Busselton Skate Park
This skate park has proved popular with both young and older skaters since it opened in 2015. It has a smooth surface with two bowls: one is WA’s deepest bowl at 3m deep. It also has four interconnected street areas ranging in difficulty allowing progression from beginner to advanced. Tip: Grab a coffee from The Goose or The Equinox.
Foreshore Playground, west side of The Equinox Cafe
Shaded by Norfolk Island Pines, and with BBQs overlooking the jetty, this has been a favourite of ours since it opened 3 years ago. There’s an Ability Whirl (wheelchair accessible roundabout), climbing spider web, equipment that spins and more. Superb location, and probably much quieter since Sea Play on the Bay opened just 100 metres away.
Little Monsters, Busselton
An indoor play centre with two locations; Busselton and Margaret River. Local mums sighed with relief when these opened a couple of years ago – somewhere we can be warm and dry while the kids tumble over brightly coloured obstacles, through ball pits and down massive slides. Bring your own snacks or buy from the simple café.
Entry fee for children, parents free.
Vasse Nature Playground
Tucked away in the new Vasse residential estate is this great nature-based play space made of wood, limestone with young peppermint trees dotted throughout.
There is a channel of water flowing through the playground, inviting kids to splash and control the flow. There are stepping stones and planks for balancing on, and plenty of cargo nets and forts to climb, a fireman’s pole and a slide.
BBQ facilities and shaded tables.
Centennial Park, Dunsborough
Set in A-reserve (possum central) you’ll enjoy the shade provided by peppermint trees. Best suited to younger kids aged 2-5, this playground has swings, climbing equipment, slides and plenty of sand. It’s right next to Dunsborough beach – a calm swimming spot perfect for youngsters. Also, a 5-minute walk to the centre of Dunsborough town.
Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp
Bring your bathers, it’s hard to resist a swim! Small but perfectly formed, this little playground has sweeping views of Geographe Bay and the boat ramp. This playground is better suited to babies and toddlers, with plastic equipment such as a slide, seesaw and swings. In front, a protected beach is circled with a shark net in summer. Silver Bullet Espresso is often here serving coffee from their vintage Airstream caravan, and the Spice Odyssey curry van is here two evenings a week.
Seymour Park, Dunn Bay Road
Don’t love sand in your shoes? This is the playground for you! It’s a modern playground with brightly coloured equipment, popular with local families who ride their bikes in. There’s a tall spider’s web style climbing frame, monkey bars, a nest swing and an Ability Whirl – a wheelchair accessible merry go round. Also, plenty of grass to kick the footy, and a short walk to the coffee shops.
An indoor playground – Hallelujah! Finally, we can stay warm and dry while the kids play, in winter. It’s big, bright and visible from the roundabout entry to town, the Tav playground is a favourite amongst Dunsborough kids. That and the generous kids’ meals. Snag a table near the playground – the wine list and extensive craft beer selection is a bonus.
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
A petite maritime-themed playground for the kids to burn off energy while you sip coffee at the Lighthouse Keeper’s Café. There is a wooden boat, a climbing net and plenty of sand – kids can use their imagination and perhaps dream up a sea rescue or pirate ship drama. Bird lovers, look out for the blue wrens – a family of about 15 flit around the lawn next to the café. You might also spy honeyeaters or fire tailed finches.
Yallingup Adventure Playground
Designed with Yallingup’s surfing history in mind, this nature-based adventure playground gives a nod to our surf heroes with a spring-loaded board and a tube wave. Younger kids might need a hand, and it offers plenty of climbing challenges to toddlers and pre-schoolers. There’s a pirate’s cubby, a climbing net, nest and baby swing, plus logs to balance, step and climb on.
Bring your bathers for a summertime swim in the lagoon, or grab coffee or a meal from the nearby Shaana Café – they serve delicious Italian food. Public toilets, showers and water fountains nearby.
Caves House Gardens – dog-friendly
Sometimes the best playground is the one where you use your imagination. There’s no equipment at all here, but sprawling gardens can keep the kids entertained for hours. Our kids love exploring and looking for fairies, you can walk to Ngilgi Cave or Yallingup Beach within 5 minutes or bring the dog for exercise.
Caves House Hotel has a great beer garden and family friendly meals.
This isn’t a playground, but it’s an awesome way to wear the kids out on a rainy day! Adventure underground into an ancient cave, and as long as your kids are old enough to walk and tackle the stairs (300 or so stairs) they should sleep well after this activity. Kids love the crawl tunnel near the cave entrance and will want to do it over and over again, adults not so much, as it’s hard on the knees. Bonus points for the science and history educational element; the cave is estimated to be a million years old, and the crystals about half a million years.
Entry fee for kids and adults aged 4+. Bookings recommended during school holidays and long weekends.
Wild Hop Brewery
The region’s newest craft brewery has some epic mural art and a pretty good playground to boot. It’s made of timber and set in a sandpit, and while not huge, it keeps the kids entertained. Delicious deep-fried pickles and a roast chook make it the perfect family destination.
Dogs welcome on a leash.
A trip to Aravina might bring back memories of times “BC” – before children. There are people on the Hamptons-esque balcony supping on fine food and wine, while you’re pushing kids on a swing in the excellent enclosed playground. There’s swings, slides, sand and stuff to climb. Bring your Keep Cup and grab a coffee, better still, stay for lunch if your kids will behave. They often have live music and a burger van on the grass in warmer months.
Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery
Anyone else with runaway children? You’ll love Cheeky Monkey’s playground – it’s fully fenced. Particularly good for younger kids, there’s loads of sand and quality equipment to climb, slide and play on. When everyone’s hungry, snack on pizza, wings, ribs or burgers. Kids meals come with a drink and activity pack.
Riflebutts Reserve Prevelly – dog-friendly
The local’s favourite, and bit of a hidden gem, this play space is guaranteed to put a smile on your dial. From the quirky public art to the criss-crossing paths perfect for scooting and cycling, the dog friendliness and proximity to the beach, this playground is a winner.
There’s the usual swings, slides and climbing frames with a soft fall base rather than sand, plus expanses of grass, perfect for picnicking, cricket and footy.
Look out for the oversize man and dog sculpture by renowned artist Russell Sheridan.
Dog-friendly, BBQ facilities and water fountains all right next to the beach.
Margaret River Rotary Park
At the entrance to town, just before you cross the river, is the popular Rotary Park. Kids flock to the heritage steam engine ‘Old Kate’, climbing over her and her log wagon. It’s a relaxing shady spot to while away an hour while kids enjoy imagination play on a ship, rocking horses and a digger. There’s also monkey bars, slides and climbing frames.
Adjacent to beautiful forest thick with native birds, there is a bush track (40 minutes) you can walk where the kids can climb on fallen logs, cross over bridges and admire ducks and wildlife.
BBQs, picnic tables, public toilets and plenty of shade.
Margaret River Skate Park
Bring your skateboards, scooters and bikes, as the local shire did a superb job on the new(ish) skatepark. Young and old feel welcome here, with an inclusive skate culture and facilities to suit beginners and experienced riders. There are undulating trails, plenty of different types of challengers and an adventure playground.
BBQ facilities, toilets, a kiosk and shaded chillout spaces.
Sometimes simple is best, and a big grassy space is just what the kids need. Yahava KoffeeWorks, Vasse Virgin and Temper Temper Chocolate share this space, so you can observe the coffee roasting process, design your own bar of chocolate (and taste plenty of theirs) and treat yourself to handmade soaps, then play tag on the lawn.
Little Monsters, Margaret River
The original indoor play centre, there’s now a sister centre in Busselton. The perfect place to play when it’s raining, young kids enjoy the ball pits, slides and climbing obstacles.
Entry fee for children, parents free.
The Berry Farm
Fill up on boysenberry pie while blue wrens vie for crumbs and the kids go nuts on two playgrounds. There’s a traditional playground and two nature-based ones (one for toddlers and one for big kids), plus plenty of lush gardens to explore.
Flinders Bay Pirate Ship, Augusta
Augusta got a superb new playground late in 2018, featuring a jarrah pirate ship on the banks of the Blackwood River. There’s a timber car, a teepee tunnel and mushroom picnic setting, a jetty and logs to step along.
BBQs and toilet facilities
Places to stay with playgrounds
BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park
Right by the sandy shores of Geographe Bay with fabulous facilities for families. There’s a giant jumping pillow, a bright playground, a fancy NEOS360 machine, water play zone and heated pool. Bring the kids bikes and scooters, and hire a pedal cart for fun. So good, you don’t even have to leave the park. If you do, hire a family set of mountain bikes or a stand-up paddleboard and enjoy the bay.
On-site accommodation plus camping and caravanning options.
Margaret River Hideaway
The playground is basic, but the big drawcard is feeding the animals each morning – kids absolutely love it. Put your gumboots on and prepare to get grubby feeding peckish emus, slobbery Scottish Highland cows, goats, sheep, chickens and more.
RAC Nature Park
Get back to basics and give the kids an appreciation of the natural beauty around us. There’s a simple birds nest swing, climbing forest and sensory trail, but the real attraction is the proximity to walking trails, mountain bike trails and that the park is walking distance to town.
Need some more local advice for holidaying with kids? Contact our Destination Specialists on (08) 9780 5911 or via email below.
Image Credits: Tim Campbell Photo, Russell Ord Photography
BIG4 BeachlandsMonday - Sunday: 8:00am until 6:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground
10 Earnshaw Road, Busselton, WA 6280
RAC Margaret River Nature ParkMonday - Sunday: 9:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly
Bramley National Park, Carters Rd, Margaret River WA 6285
Margaret River Hideaway and FarmstayGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly
225 Osmington Road, Margaret River WA 6285, Australia
Caves House Hotel & Apartments7 days a week. Reception available 7am - 5pm.Great For: Fireplace,High Tea,Rainy Day,Sunny Day
18 Yallingup Beach Road, YALLINGUP WA 6282, Australia
Wild Hop Brewing Co.Monday - Sunday: 11:00am until 6:00pm
1301 Wildwood Road, Yallingup WA 6282 Australia
Aravina EstateGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Outdoor Playground
61 Thornton Rd, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
Cheeky Monkey Brewery & CideryMonday - Sunday: 10:00am until 6:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Outdoor Playground
4259 Caves Road, Metricup, Western Australia, 6280, Australia
Millers Ice CreameryMonday: 10:00am until 4:30pm
Thursday - Sunday: 10:00am until 4:30pmGreat For: Sunny Day
314 Wirring Rd, Cowaramup WA 6284, Australia
Cowaramup Brewing CompanyMonday - Thursday: 11:00am until 6:00pm
Friday: 11:00am until 8:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am until 6:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground
229 North Treeton Road, Cowaramup, WA 6284, Australia
Yahava KoffeeWorksMonday - Friday: 6:00am until 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Rainy Day
2 Andrews Retreat, Margaret River WA 6285, Australia