Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse Playground

5 of the Best Coffee Spots With Playgrounds

Don't throw coffee in the too-hard basket. Here's a list of café spots with a playground to take the kids in the Margaret River Region.

Parents of young children are all too familiar with the feeling of getting to their holiday destination and needing to quickly find 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 café’s 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.

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse Playground
Playground at Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse.
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Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse – Dunsborough

Brand new and ticking off all the boxes is the Cape Nat Lighthouse café. This place truly has it all. Fantastic coffee and snacks, great newly-built playground and lawn area, easy access for prams and spreading out with friends, and a stunning view to top it off. After a coffee you can even take the kids up the lighthouse or try to spot dolphins from the large observation deck. If you are in the Dunsborough township or further afield, the drive home might even put bubs to sleep in the car which is always a bonus!

Side note for locals: The Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse welcomes Mother’s Groups to their unique setting.

White Elephant Cafe Prevelly
White Elephant Café, Gnarabup Beach.
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White Elephant Café – 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.

Busselton Foreshore Playground
Hours of fun at the Busselton Foreshore Playground.
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The Equinox or Shelter Brewing Co 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 and a bagel from the morning menu at Shelter Brewing Co 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!)

Shelter sits right on the foreshore looking out over the Busselton Jetty, if you prefer to let the kids cool off in the shallows.

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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 barrelled. All this right in front of Yallingup main break, which is perfect for a walk or a dip depending on the weather.

Alternatively, Lagoon Yallingup has a handy kiosk nearby where you can grab tasty food on the go – They even have online ordering available via their website to make it as easy as possible when you’re wrangling a few nippers and want to skip the queue. Think epic toasties and fresh pastries (accompanied by Margaret River Roasting Co coffee), or if you are feeling some seafood to go with the coastal scene they also have fish & chips available.

The Hairy Marron
The Hairy Marron is next door to Rotary Park, on the left as you drive into town.
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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. 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.