07.12.2022

From beaching to bike riding, mini golf to mazes, and all the adventures in between. Mother of two Lizzy Pepper has rounded up the top family friendly activities in and around the Margaret River Region.

Spring School Holidays - Horse Riding at Jesters Flat
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Horse Riding

Saddle up for a horsemanship lesson or a peaceful trail ride through the bush.

Both The Horse Resort and Jesters Flat are known and loved for their superb horses and scenic trail rides through gorgeous Margaret River country.

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Caves

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Hit The Beach

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Walk A Trail

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Mountain Biking

Bring your bikes, as we’re totally spoilt for options. My girls love the green beginners’ trails of Wooditjup National Park and Dunsborough Country Club.

The Wadandi Trail is a nice flat ride, perfect for an adventure minus the downhill thrills.

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Forest Bathing

Find a peaceful patch and share a moment of appreciation for the forest, wildflowers, birds, fungi and insects with your children. Close your eyes and listen, and then name all of the sounds of the forest.

Listen to the breeze whistling through the Boranup Forest canopy, look for red winged fairy wrens in Wooditjup National Park and be dazzled by ocean glimpses in the Meelup Regional Park.

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Bike Riding

There’s a fabulous coastal bike path connecting Dunsborough with Busselton, perfect for youngsters on balance bikes, or families riding into town or looking for a secluded beach.

Set Strava and see how far you can go!

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Boogie Boarding

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Cakes & Bakery Treats

Now we’re talking. We have a soft spot for Nutella donuts at Dunsborough Bakery and petit gâteaux at Maison Lassiaille. Homemade cakes at the new Two Seas Collective café in Augusta also went down a treat with my daughters.

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Fish & Chips

Busselton Foreshore Playground. Credit Ryan Murphy
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Playgrounds

We’ve spent many a sunny afternoon at Sea Play By the Bay, Djiljit Mia Dunsborough and Yallingup Adventure Playground, plus loads more included in this Best Playgrounds blog.

Special shoutout to the parents with runaway kids – you’ll enjoy Aravina Estate and Cheeky Monkey Brewery’s fully fenced playgrounds.

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Jetty Jumping

Cool down while leaping off the jetty – there’s no better way to spend a scorching January afternoon.

The U-shape jetty 50m west of Busselton Jetty, in front of Equinox Café, is our go-to, but the pontoon at Gnarabup next to The White Elephant Cafe is a favourite amongst Margies locals.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding & Kayaking

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Learn To Surf

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Zip Lining

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Whale Watching

Marvel at the world’s largest mammals from land or sea, as the Margaret River Region has the world’s longest whale watching season.

A whale watching charter boat with marine scientists will get you up close, while land-based spots along the coast are just as delightful. Point Picquet is a good bet, as is both Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin (depending on the time of year).

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Ice Creameries

You’re not just ‘having an ice cream’, you’re sampling quality artisan produce made fresh with local milk.

Visit Millers Ice Creamery in Cowaramup or Simmos in Dunsborough, and the hardest part is choosing from the myriad of flavours!

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Iconic Rocks

We love a big rock adventure, and there’s plenty of mind-boggling 600-million-year-old granite to admire (weave that into a story for your dinosaur-loving kids!)

Visit Sugarloaf Rock, Canal Rocks or Big Rock near Dunsborough for amazing views and great climbing, too. Note: stay on the path for safety, and be especially careful or avoid the area during big swell.

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Markets

Stock up for a meal or grab food on the go at the region’s lovely markets. My girls make a beeline for the warm cinnamon buns at Margaret River Farmers Market and Sour Boys (who make lollies in front of your eyes) and Dusty Buns (incredible filled donuts) at Origins Markets in Busselton.

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Eagles Heritage

Meet Ivy the Barn Owl or Booey the Boobook at Eagles Heritage, where the Birds of Prey Encounter is equal parts entertainment and education.

Behind the scenes is a rehabilitation hospital for up to 90 injured birds.

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Pram Walk

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Sweet Shops

We can’t go past Hot Chocolatte Dunsborough, Candy Cow in Cowaramup or the Margaret River Sweet Shop without the kids negotiating/demanding a visit.

Try the peanut butter chocolate frogs at Hot Chocolatte; they’re scrumptious!

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Fishing & Crabbing

Busselton Jetty is a fantastic spot to throw in a line, and crabbing along the foreshore after dark is fun too. We took the girls crabbing at Quindalup in spring and didn’t catch any crabs, but were awed by phosphorescence in the sand!

Here’s 6 family friendly fishing spots.

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Breakkie

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Climb A Lighthouse

Two working lighthouses bookend the Cape to Cape Track; Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse in the north, and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in the south.

The first is an easy 59-step climb, great for youngsters who will also appreciate the small playground. Cape Leeuwin is much taller, with a fantastic interp centre that includes portraits representing people who once lived and worked at the lighthouse, which spring to life and tell stories of what their life was like in the early days.

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Wander A Maze

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Meet the Hamelin Bay Stingrays

Bright, white sand contrasts cerulean blue water at Hamelin Bay Beach, but it’s not just the breathtaking beach scene you’re here for. Stand on the shore and admire the great sting rays gliding past.

Please exercise caution though; they are wild animals with poisonous barbs, so please stand at least 2 metres away as they swim past.

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Visit A Brewery

Parents love a brewery, where the vibe is as chilled as the beer, and a playground is just about guaranteed. There are around 13 craft breweries to discover, here’s our list of the most kid-friendly breweries in the region.

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Chocolate

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Wineries

Woman and two kids standing on a rock by the ocean after a swim. Credit Aquabumps
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Coasteering

I haven’t yet taken my kids, but I know they’d love scrambling across great rocks and leaping into the surging water. Coasteering with Margaret River Adventure Co is as safe as it is exhilarating. Brilliant for courageous kids.

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Abseiling

Another thrill for the adventure seekers, there’s nothing quite like descending over the lip of a massive sea cliff hearing the ocean crashing below. Margaret River Climbing Co offers abseiling amongst some of the most dramatic scenery on the Cape to Cape Track.

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Pick up a python

Observe snakes, lizards and their scaly mates at Discover Deadly, the local reptile farm.

Aim to visit during feeding time and see if your kids are brave enough to pick up a (non-venomous) python!

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Meet Woylies

These endangered marsupials from Perth Zoo’s conservation program live in unspoiled native bushland protected by Yelverton Brook’s electric fox-proof fence.

South West Eco Discoveries operates this excellent twilight tour, where native Australian animals flock by your feet.

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Lunch

Quirkier lunches we love include homemade pies at Anniebrook where the girls fawn over guineapigs, pizza and supa putt at Golf Gardens or an Insta-worthy meal at Meelup Farmhouse where chickens, swings and a highland cow delight all ages.

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Pizza & Burgers

Sure to please the fussiest eaters, we recommend Pizzica for the authentic Italian feel, Peace Pizza Dunsborough and Al Forno Busselton for superb takeaway pizza. Hot tip for Pizzica: save room for the fried dough drizzled with Nutella – molto bene!

Everyone is happy with a burger in their mits. Burger Baby on Margs main street, Burger Bones in Busselton and Bayside Burger Bar Dunsborough are a few of our faves.

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Sculptures in a giant’s garden

South of Boranup, near Hamelin Bay, you’ll find Margaret River Sculpture Park, with 10 acres of huge sculptures carved from recycled wood, stone and steel.

Like a treasure hunt featuring works by local craftsman Brendan Booth, it’s sure to spark the imagination.

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Animal Farms

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Mini Golf

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Find A Food Truck

margaret river holiday cottages
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Enjoy A Farm Stay

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Skate Park

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Cape To Cape Track

While the full 125km trek isn’t a mainstream kid friendly activity, hiking a chunk is a great adventure. We walked from Contos Cliffs to Redgate Beach as a school group, a decent 6km stroll, learning Wadandi stories and maritime history along the way.

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Possum Nightstalk

The Western Ringtail Possum, or ngwayir, is a smallish, critically endangered possum found only in southwest Western Australia. Grab a torch and head to the peppermint trees on the Dunsborough or Busselton foreshore, or in the forest surrounding Margaret River, for some night-time possum spotting.

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Waterfalls

If you are visiting in Makuru (winter) it’s a great chance to check out a waterfall. We discovered Yalgardup (Kevill Road Falls) and it’s a beaut spot to reconnect with nature and admire the rush of water over rocky ledges.

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BBQ with a view

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Admire Public Art

Our local murals tell stories of wildlife, culture and history; larger than life Cowara birds are Cowaramup’s namesake (find them in Pioneer Park), pose the kids in front of giant wings and learn about Sam ‘Yebbles’ Isaacs on Prince Street Busselton.

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Go Camping - Or Glamping

Whether you stay in a tent, caravan or onsite cabin, there’s nothing better than seeing the kids enjoy the pool, playground or other facilities – and making new friends while they’re at it.

Check out the dozens of camping options from Busselton to Boranup and everywhere in between.

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Underwater Observatory

The historic Busselton Jetty stretches 1.81km out into Geographe Bay – it was extended time and again as ships got bigger and Busselton was a busy port.

Now you can catch an electric train to the end and descend 9m underwater to find a thriving ecosystem of over 300 marine species.

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Eco Bike Through Boranup

Silently roll through the towering karris of Boranup Forest on eco-friendly electric quad bikes with EcoAdventures. Suitable for anyone aged 4+, it’s a lovely opportunity to cuddle your kids as you drive along, hearing stories of megafauna and incredible forest facts.

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