Marvel at the beautiful Boranup karri forest on an eco bike tour
Taste bushtucker and canoe the Margaret River on a guided tour
Experience the ancient Ngilgi Cave – your kids will love the crawl tunnel
Lose track of time with hours of fun at A Maze’n
Fly through the tuart forest on a zipline adventure
Pick up your hire car from Perth Airport or the city and drive south towards Busselton. Just before Busselton, take the scenic Tuart Drive through the last remaining tuart forest in the world.
Fancy flying through the forest on an exhilarating zipline, ‘snowboarding’ between trees or climbing a cargo net high off the ground? You’ll love Forest Adventures – it’s the only high wire course in the south west, and they’ve brought in world-class equipment from France. Suitable for kids aged 7+ and taller than 110cm.
Continue to Busselton and head for the historic 150 year old Busselton Jetty. At 1.8km long it’s the longest wooden jetty in the world. The whole family will love the jetty train which takes you all the way to the Under Water Observatory at the end of the jetty. Descend 8 metres underwater to see the incredible coral and over 300 marine species – including rare sightings of seals and mermaids!
The calm water is perfect for swimming and older kids will love jumping off the small jetties. For the little ones, there is a great playground or for those a little older, try the Busselton Skate Park, both at the Busselton Jetty Foreshore.
If you’re ready for lunch, both the Equinox Café and The Goose Beach Bar & Kitchen offer casual dining with stunning water and jetty views. If you’re on a budget, pick up picnic or BBQ supplies and make use of the newly renovated foreshore BBQ area.
Pop in to the Busselton Visitor Centre for the latest seasonal activities and a great map of cellar doors, foodie outlets and art galleries to explore and more.
Head to Siesta Holiday Park Resort, an idyllic, relaxing, nature-based property set half way between Busselton and Dunsborough on the calm shores of Geographe Bay in the Margaret River Region. All units are self-contained, with open plan lounge, kitchen and dining areas. Many of the villas and chalets are just metres from the beach with ocean views.
Siesta Park Holiday Resort prides itself on being family friendly with adventure playgrounds (such as the flying fox and tarzan swing), play areas for younger children, tennis courts, a 50 metre long private jetty for fishing and/or crabbing, possum spotting in the trees at night time and meeting new friends.
Overnight – Siesta Holiday Park Resort
Add some adventure!
Climb to soaring heights and speed along flying foxes through the tree tops at Forest Adventures South West. They’re on Tuart Drive in Ludlow, just ten minutes before you get to Busselton.
Or jump aboard Jet Adventures, the red jet boat based in Dunsborough. Hang on tight for a fast and furious ride – skipper Pete performs exhilarating 270 degree turns, doughnuts, fishtails and reaches speeds up to 90km/h.
After breakfast head to Yallingup Beach for a swim in the lagoon. Young kids will love the adventure playground, and older children might be keen on a surfing lesson that runs during the warmer months.
Check out the ancient Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup. It’s a fascinating and fun-filled visit for all ages – kids adore the crawl-through tunnel and you can practice singing in the natural Amphitheatre. Daring teens and adults might like to book an Adventure Tour where you don hard hats and leave the boardwalks, climbing through the cave.
Grab lunch at Bunkers Beach House – a café nestled in the sand dunes overlooking Bunker beach.
Join a Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse tour for maritime history and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and Geographe Bay. Around 100 metres above sea level, surrounded by water on 270 degrees, you might be lucky enough to spot a whale in spring. The lighthouse itself is only 19 metres tall, so it’s manageable for younger kids, stair-wise.
Have an afternoon swim at Castle Rock Beach or Meelup – the bay is protected by onshore afternoon breezes. Enjoy crystal clear water and clean white sand, and a relatively quiet beach.
Stop for dinner at one of the local Dunsborough restaurants.
Overnight – Siesta Holiday Park Resort
Enjoy a quick breakfast in your apartment and pack up your things before hitting the road and heading south. Before a fun filled day of adventure check in to your accommodation at Big Valley Campsite.
Big Valley Campsite is nestled amongst the hills of a family owned working sheep farm, ten minutes south east of Margaret River.
The farm encompasses a beautiful secret valley hidden from the outside world by natural forest. You can BYO camping gear or avoid the hassle and book one of their glamping tents. Their 5 meter luxury canvas bell tents are furnished with everything you need to be comfortable whilst being out in nature. Big Valley campsite is also pet friendly so there is no need to leave your extended family behind on your holiday.
Today, we’re off to explore Boranup Forest on an eco quad bike! EcoAdventures Forest Explorer Tour leaves at 10am, and it takes one hour from Busselton or a 20 minute drive from Margaret River.
Gary re-engineered the quad bikes so they run on electricity – about $1.80 worth per 100km. They’re very quiet, super safe and have no emissions or fumes, perfect for protecting the forest tracks, flora and fauna. The bikes reach a maximum speed of 25km/hour and require a driver’s license, and you’ll feel very safe as you cruise through the forest. The tour is suitable for children 4 years+ as passengers.
You’ll learn about the history of the region, and the beautiful forest. The Boranup Forest itself is breathtaking – thousands of karri trees on gently undulating terrain. The forest was logged in the late 1800s but fortunately was replanted, hence the new growth is so uniform in height, accentuating the trees natural beauty. Using fun iPads you’ll learn about the history of the region, the extinct Tasmanian Tiger that once roamed the region and be regaled with tales of shipwreck on the rugged coast.
If your kids are too young for an eco bike tour, then A Maze’n Margaret River is a fabulous alternative – a true hedge maze, with plenty of extra games and puzzles.
Have lunch at Boranup Café – a magical little spot surrounded by towering karri trees.
Venture a little further south to Hamelin Bay where friendly sting rays gently glide over your feet. It’s an incredible natural experience for young and old.
Finish the day with a uniquely Australian experience – the McLeod Tours Sunset Kangaroo Safari. Taste billy tea and homemade cake and see wild kangaroos on the McLeod family farm.
Have dinner in Margaret River town.
Add some excitement
Take a whale watching cruise with Naturaliste Charters – Whale Watching and Eco Tours. Cruise on board their purpose built whale watching vessel ‘Alison Maree’. Join the skipper upstairs on the fly-bridge and see the ocean from the second level of the boat – 360 degree views!
Today’s adventure takes place on the waters of the Margaret River – it’s the Bushtucker Cave and Canoe Tour, a family-friendly escapade. Have a quick breakfast in your accommodation and head down to Prevelly Beach to meet your guide.
Take in the splendid view off Surfers Point, and the spot where the Margaret River mouth meets the beach. Hop in a double canoe and gently paddle up the river, past cliffs, caves, pioneer and Aboriginal sites. The water is clean, clear and tranquil – boats aren’t permitted on the river.
Stop for lunch and taste wild foods, learn the history of our first native inhabitants and the trials of the famous Bussell family.
The Bushtucker lunch is a special treat, with an exotic selection of wild food tastes from all over Western Australia, together with locally made pestos, chutneys, dips and baked breads. Kangaroo, tender and tasty, emu with wild nut pesto, and wild turkey topped with rosella chutney as well as crocodile are all on the menu. Vegetarians are well catered for. Enjoy 20 unique native tastings.
Paddle back to Surfers Point, the tour finishes at 2pm.
Spend the afternoon exploring world-famous wineries and boutique cellar doors. There are plenty of wineries and breweries that go above and beyond when it comes to providing playgrounds and other fun stuff for the kids! Check out the list here of family friendly wineries and family friendly breweries with playgrounds.
The kids can also ‘taste’ their way around the region. You can’t go wrong with a visit to, Gabriel Chocolate in Yallingup. Western Australia’s first bean to bar chocolate makers, this place is a treat for adults and kids alike. Sample their newest award winning chocolate creations, warm up with their famous hot chocolate or cool down with a delicious chocolate inspired gelato.
Other hotspots include:
Have fish and chips by the beach for dinner.
Spend your last morning at the beach or head to Goanna Café just outside Dunsborough for a delicious breakfast or brunch in the bush. Start your journey north, allowing time and explore some more of the farm gates, cellar doors, brewing companies, providores, chocolate companies, olive oil producers and galleries.