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ON THE LAND
Rotary Park in Busselton has a
big playing field area, adventure
playground, barbecues, and access
to a jetty on the Vasse River for
bird- and duck-watching. The Old
Broadwater Farm and Broadwater
Resort both have large play areas
with swings, slides and a barbecue
area. The Yoganup playground is
Country Life Farm
Children can interact with
goats, sheep, horses, cows,
alpacas, llamas, donkeys and
kangaroos at this animal farm
near Dunsborough. There is also an
indoor area where they can hold
and feed guinea pigs and rabbits.
Kids love the large bouncy castle,
and there’s an indoor adventure
playground catering for toddlers to
teens. There’s a merry-go-round
and bumper cars, plus paddle cars
on the lake. For adults, tea and
coffee is free.
and Fun Park
There’s Edward, the ice-cream
eating emu, along with an
adventure playground, mini
putt-putt, goofy golf, giant ludo,
giant snakes and ladders, twister,
pickup sticks and a new game
called kubb – a combination of
bowling, horseshoes and chess.
They run school holiday activities
too. Oh, and there’s ice-cream.
Margaret River Chocolate Factory
Kids can lose their parents at two
mazes – one in Yallingup and one
south of Margaret River. Both have
appeal beyond the muddle of green
hedges. There’s puzzles, games
and other active adventures to be
had within the grounds.
Keeping the kids happy is a snap in this region. First, there’s
the abundant natural attractions. What child isn’t enchanted
by the wonderland of a limestone cave? How perfect are Busselton’s
long, flat beaches for families? Which part of whale watching isn’t
pure delight for kids? The man-made wonders are icing on the
cake. Maze exploring anyone? Lighthouse climbing? Chocolate?
Ice-cream? Here are a few ideas for family-friendly outings that will
keep everybody in good spirits.
HOLIDAYING WITH KIDS
Children in tow? The Margaret River
region has a bounty of options
BY THE WATER
Extending from Port Geographe
to Dunsborough are vast stretches
of beach with no waves and
shallow water. There are public
toilets with showers along the
foreshore, some shade protection
areas and free parking. The town
beach has lawn areas, cafes, and
locally made ice-cream. There’s a
huge playground at Yoganup Park
that caters for toddlers to older
kids. A skate park is opposite.
The train is running on the
newly renovated 1.8km-long
Busselton Jetty. Hourly trips take
passengers right to the end of the
structure, where the Underwater
Observatory awaits. An
interpretive centre and gift shop
at the start of the jetty houses the
Cultural Heritage Museum, and
details the jetty’s history.
Augusta is a great vantage point
for migrating whales in winter.
Take the kids on a boat trip,
or watch from the shore at
Flinders Bay. In spring, head to
Dunsborough to see the whales
cavorting in Geographe Bay.
Lighthouses await at Cape
Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin.
Climb the winding steps for some
old seafaring spirit and a view that
will take the kids’ breath away.
The water is flat and the sand
makes a perfect foundation for
sandcastles at this favourite family
beach out of Margaret River.
Fishing and crabbing
Beach fishing abounds along the
foreshore, and the Busselton Jetty
has dedicated platforms and fish
The playground at Aravina Estate.
Walking the trails at Cape Naturaliste (Photography
Geographe Bay Tourism Association).
The region has treats galore, not
least the tempting ice-creams.
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