Jessica Gethin, Perth Symphony Orchestra conductor and music director provides her insider tips on how to best enjoy a family-friendly getaway in the Margaret River Region.
There’s nothing quite like escaping. Loading up the Kluger high with our two ginger poppets, scooters, sandpit toys and a pretty decent selection of wine, we drove three hours south from our home in Perth to the gorgeous red earth that is our south west.
After a hectic year of travel, concerts and study, we were after a well-overdue break; one that came laptop and work stress-free, simply time to recharge and reconnect with each other.
We made our home in one of the two bedroom beachfront apartments at Abbey Beach Resort, the kids quickly settling into their rooms while we put our feet up on the balcony, opened a Leeuwin Estate Art Series and, well, just sat. Bliss!
For some reason, the two-year-old didn’t get the memo about sleeping in on holidays so our mornings started early and loud.
Bouncing with enthusiasm, we decided to get out and about to the beach, exploring the breathtaking coastline, walking on the sand, building sandcastles and snacking on second (sometimes third!) breakfasts.
Eager to burn off some more energy, we went on a mission to find a new playground. A big thumbs up then to the brilliant nature playground in Yallingup, a wonderful layout made from wood, pipes, rock climbing and ropes. You can even ‘surf’ in the sand, which Mr Six thought was just fabulous.
We spent the afternoon walking the Busselton Jetty, which is well developed with picnic areas, shaded playground and, of course, the historic jetty which for a small fee you can journey the 1.7km length of the famous jetty train and even visit the underwater observatory.