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Activities For Kids In The Margaret River Region

Bunker Bay

Stunning beaches, tonnes of activities for the kids, world-class wines.  How could you not love Australia’s Margaret River region.  After a fun few days in Perth/Fremantle and an overnight on the Ferguson Farmstay, we headed 90 minutes south to this famed region. Enroute we drove via Busselton to get a look at the famous jetty (the longest in the southern hemisphere).  

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There is a cute little train that takes you on a 1.7k journey on the jetty. Unfortunately it was just too hot when we were there and we hid in the shaded beachside playground instead.

You know you’ve arrived somewhere special where you see signs for wineries on one side of the road and glimpses of the beautiful Indian ocean on the other.  The Margaret River Region encompasses a number of towns including Yallingup, Dunsborough, Eagle Bay and Margaret River itself.  I chose to split our four day stay between a cottage in Yallingup (booked through Stayz) and The Pullman Bunker Bay.  I was really pleased with this decision as it gave us the chance to explore Yallingup and the area south on the first few days and then the Bunker Bay/Eagle Bay area on the last few.  With the added bonus of a hotel pool!

With over 100 wineries in the region and a tonne of other fantastic eateries, I’ll save the food & drink for another post!

What did we do?

  • There’s no better way to spend your mornings than at the beach.
    Yallingup beachOur favourite was Yallingup Beach as it is protected by the reef, making the immediate water safer for kids.  There’s also a really nice playground and grassy area by the car park.
    Yallingup beach playgroundBe sure to pick up a coffee from Prontocino, the mobile coffee van in the first carpark on the left as you’re entering the beach.  Smith’s Beach and Bunker Bay are also stunning, picturesque beaches.  Beware there’s no shade on all so bring your hats!
  • I’m a sucker for a cave and there are 4 in the region.  We visited Ngilgi Cave which was Western Australia’s first tourist attraction!  The semi-guided tour means you get a history of the cave but you can then walk around it at your own pace.  The stalagmites and stalactites are very impressive and there’s a ‘Tunnel of Doom’ for the kids to crawl through.  There are lots of steps running through the cave so only take kids who are confident on their feet (or be prepared to carry them).
    Me at Nigilgi Caves
  • If I’m a sucker for a cave, you can now also add lighthouses to the list.  They are so majestic (I can just see my husband rolling his eyes at this).  There are two you can visit in the region, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste.  We visited Cape Naturaliste which was built in 1903 and the last lighthouse keeper left in 1996.  There’s a little museum in the grounds and then you can give a gold coin donation to walk up to the lighthouse. There are also tours available but unfortunately my kids were not interested in going inside (not sure why I listened to them).
    Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
  • Xscape, just North of Dunsborough is a fun adventure park for the kids.  There are water slides, trampolines, a maze, jungle mountain and train. Tickets were quite expensive for all the activities so we chose to buy entry for the jungle mountain. There’s a comfy seating area close by for parents to relax whilst their kids run riot.
    Margaret River - Xscape
  • Watching chocolate being made at the Margaret River Chocolate Company.  Not a huge amount to see but there are lots of tasters around 🙂
    Margaret River Chocolate Factory
  • We had intended to visit the Yallingup Maze but unfortunately chose the one week of the year it was closed!  A tip from a friend is that the trap door is necessary to find tower 2 and 4..!
  • There are a few farms dotted around where kids can feed the animals.  We were going to visit the Country Life Farm and the Yallingup Shearing Shed (shearing show at 11am, 5 times a week) but again it was just too darn hot.  Mum On The Move recommends going to Wonky Windmill Farm where kids can even bottle feed little lambs.

 

 

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