Spring School Holidays
Rain, hail or shine, we've got you covered
With periods of sunshine followed by patches of rain, activities for your Spring school holidays can be a little hard to plan, but there is still plenty you can do with the kids.
We’ve put together a list of our favourite Spring time activities that you and your little ones can do in any weather.
We suggest you pack the hats, warm jackets and a couple of umbrellas just in case, then get ready to make some magical memories.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
For nearly 120 years, the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse has stood majestically as a sentinel to help protect shipping off WA’s treacherous South West coast. Still a working lighthouse today, it’s the perfect day trip destination for all the family.
Standing proudly at the juncture of two great oceans, the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse was first mooted 1881 but it took another 15 years (due to lots of wrangling on where exactly the lighthouse should be located) for the project to get off the ground.
In September 1992, the romantic era of manned lighthouses ended and Cape Leeuwin was fully automated. Operated, like other lighthouses, by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Cape Leeuwin remains a vital beacon to guide shipping and warn of the dangers of coming too close to the rugged coastline, its unceasing light flashing every 7.5 seconds.
Today the lighthouse, which at 39m is the tallest on the Australian mainland, is open to the public. Just 9km from the town of Augusta (and 50km from Margaret River), the beautiful headland at Cape Leeuwin is also the perfect location to gaze in awe at the power of the sea, where the Indian and Great Southern oceans converge. You may even see pods of dolphins or whales.
Visitors can opt for either a guided tour (run every 30 minutes from 9:00am – 4:30pm) or a self-guided precinct audio tour.
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
Visitors to the top balcony of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Cape Naturaliste, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and the beautiful Geographe Bay coastline. Built from limestone quarried from nearby Bunker Bay, at its highest point the lighthouse is 123 metres above sea level.
Friendly tour guides provide a fascinating insight into the functions of the working lighthouse, history of the area and ghost stories that will send tingles down your spine!
Numerous walking trails lead from the Lighthouse around the stunning bays and beaches of the Cape, providing amazing views over the ocean and of the local wildflowers. A platform and shelter provides magnificent whale watching during the annual migratory periods, from September to December – a special experience not to be missed!
Bookings required for groups. Tickets can also be purchased at the site or at the Margaret River, Busselton, Dunsborough or Augusta Visitor Centres.
Margaret River Breweries have really stepped up their game in the child friendly department. Understanding the importance and appeal of family friendly venues and the difference it makes to holiday goers with children, our breweries have truly out done themselves.
Gone are the days when your kids were offered a bucket of coloured pencils and colouring book. We’ve now got water slides, football goal posts, mega playgrounds and planned activities emerging at our breweries, which means the whole family can enjoy their afternoon.
Kids menus have also had a shake up and you’ll commonly find healthy options alongside some mouth-watering treats.
Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery, Margaret River
Cheeky Monkey has a large, colourful, modern playground that is fully fenced for safety. There are tables situated right next to the playground and they have a great kids menu.
The brewery also has activity packs, high chairs and baby change facilities for the little ones.
Colonial Brewing Company
Set amongst lush green pastures, gardens and vineyards The Colonial Brewing Co is popular with locals and visitors alike, the Colonial is well known for their award winning beers, chicken wings and great family friendly atmosphere.
Indoors they have a kids’ corner with toys, books, colouring in paper and pencils perfect rainy days.
Outside they have a huge playground that you can sit right next to, outdoor toys, sporting equipment and lots of room to run around.
Little ones are well catered for with a kids menu, high chairs, baby change facilities and ramp access.
Cowaramup Brewing Company
Just outside the idyllic community “Cow Town”, between Busselton and Margaret River, lays the Cowaramup Brewery.
Everyone is welcome at the Cowaramup Brewery including dogs!
There is a playground outside with views of the adjoining Treeton Estate Winery and lush green fields. The Cowaramup Brewery is a great family friendly place, with a relaxed atmosphere, brilliant food and beer, in a peaceful location.
They are well known for their pizza but they have great selection of wholesome hearty food and a kids menu too.
Brewhouse Margaret River
Brewhouse Margaret River is an easy walk or ride from town set on the north bank of the river.
Its elevated location amongst the Karri forest in the backyard of an iconic 1940’s settler’s cottage, on the edge of town, makes it the perfect setting for locals or visitors to relax for an afternoon session.
For kids there’s plenty of grass, delicious healthy menu, a play area with an old boat, monkey gym, sand pit and plenty of trees to climb and bush to explore.
For pets there’s water and lawn and pet friendly staff.
The Beer Farm
Offering a rustic and historic experience The Beer Farm uses the converted dairy farm as a beer-centric visitor venue. The main entrance was the old creamery; the Roundhouse (where the cows were milked) is now the Brewhouse and the tavern tasting bar is the old hay shed overlooking 30 head of grain fed cattle grazing its picturesque property.
This venue is a perfect start to an ale trail adventure with plenty of space for kids to stretch their legs.
The Megafauna Funshop commences at Lake Cave theatrette, with an interactive presentation including a hands on fossil dig! Learn all about the megafauna, which lived throughout the South West region and across Australia up until 40,000 years ago.
You then head to the stunning Mammoth Cave (5 minute drive), where your Funshop continues with a fully guided tour of this beautiful cave system. This is the site where many megafauna species were first discovered, and you’ll even see bones still lodged in the wall of the cave.
Learn about the formation of Mammoth Cave and marvel at the myriad of speleothems which decorate the walls and ceiling of its caverns.
Available only at 9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school holidays.
Ideally suited for ages 5 – 10 yrs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Join Naturaliste Charters for a whale watching experience of a lifetime.
Cruise on board its 20m purpose built whale watching vessel ‘Alison Maree’.
Naturaliste Charters has a spacious lounge area with seating for 60 passengers inside the cabin, a huge fore-deck and for an exhilarating whale watch experience, or join the skipper upstairs on our fly-bridge and see the ocean from the second level of the boat, with 360 degree views!
Naturaliste Charters guarantee viewing for everyone and provide a hydrophone on-board to listen to the haunting sounds of the majestic whales.
Enjoy an informative and interesting commentary by the skipper and the team who have studied and researched whales for many years.
Cruises depart Daily at 10am and 2pm from AUGUSTA (late May – August) and DUNSBOROUGH (Sept – early Dec).
At A Maze’n you’ll discover a half hectare Giant Hedge Maze, 18 Hole Mini Golf and five hectares of beautiful Botanical Gardens.
The three metre high Giant Hedge Maze is now 22 years old, and consists of 2,000 Leightons Green plants, on 1/2 ha of land, with 1.5 km of paths.
Amongst the 5 ha of gardens there are five other mazes – some more challenging than others – as well as Giant Chess and Draughts which are in shaded parts of the gardens.
There is truly something for the young and not so young to enjoy, making a great day out for all with stunning walks, nooks and crannies, always something somewhere in flower.
Board the Jetty Train, and visit the Underwater Observatory. This unique building allows visitors to experience one of Australia’s greatest artificial reefs.
Descend 8 metres to the ocean floor via a spiral staircase to discover an awe inspiring forest of vividly coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. Eleven viewing windows at various levels within the Observatory allow visitors to look out on some of the 300 different marine species that live beneath the jetty. Provision of a lift within the Observatory ensures that this amazing experience is available to those with limited mobility.
Located 1.7 kilometres from shore at the end of the Jetty, the Underwater Observatory has been designed to accommodate up to 40 people at one time. Descending 8 metres beneath the waters’ surface, visitors can view the amazing corals and fish life through eleven viewing windows, at various levels within a 9.5 metre diameter observation chamber.
Described as Australia’s greatest artificial reef, the Busselton Jetty, with more than 300 individual marine species, is host to an awe inspiring “forest” of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. There is a small fee of $4.00 for a Jetty Day Pass for those 17 years and over.