The South West of Western Australia is not just a great place for sampling some of the world’s finest wine (although that is massive bonus!). It is also a fantastic place for children of all ages!
We visited the Margaret River region with our four year old in April 2016, it’s such a magnificent part of this beautiful world. I thought I’d share some of our top kid friendly activities. This list is by no means exhaustive as there is
just so much to offer!
This is definitely number one of our list! Yallingup Maze has something to offer for the whole family. It’s one of the best mazes we have ever visited. Ever changing and really challenging. Yallingup Maze is also home to a fantastic puzzle cafe. Puzzles are readily available for customers to play. You could easily loose a few hours in there (we did!). There’s a fantastic outdoor area with play equipment and a bounce castle as well as plenty of seating. We can’t recommend Yallingup Maze enough!
CAPE NATURALISTE LIGHTHOUSE
Educational and fun! Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is steeped in Maritime history. You can book guided tours or just explore on your own. There’s nature trails that wind right around the lighthouse. The lighthouse offers stunning views from the top! Kids will love getting an insight into the inner workings of the lighthouse!
The Margaret River region is home to some of the most stunning show caves in the world. We didn’t visit the caves as we felt that it was best suited for an older child. Mammoth Cave is by far the most easily explored cave. The first chamber is wheelchair accessible. There are lots of stairs though so be prepared to feel the burn!
Not only are the beaches famed for there surf, they are genuinely some of the most beautiful and breathtaking beaches in the world. We visited Surfers Point, Prevally, Gracetown, Yallingup and Sugarloaf Rock whilst in the region. Lochlan is a real beach baby! Some of the beaches are best viewed from the shore as they are very rough but beaches such as Prevally Beach are perfect for less confident little swimmers.
MARGARET RIVER FUDGE FACTORY
Right in the centre of Margaret River, the Margaret River Fudge Factory is a great stop of your journey! Grab a coffee and some delicious fudge. The kids can also watch the fudge and other scrummy treat beings made through the large glass window in the shop!
MARGARET RIVER CHOCOLATE FACTORY
We didn’t visit the Margaret River Chocolate Factory because Lochlan has a dairy allergy and where’s the fun in visiting a chocolate Factory if you can’t have some! This is a very popular stop for families.
A lot of the local Guided Wine Tours are very child friendly! Whilst a full day wine tour might be pushing it a bit a half day is perfect. We visited a couple of wineries ourselves and I can honestly say they were great with Lochlan! Many even have playgrounds to keep the little ones busy.
Doing a self guided wine tour obviously means that one parent is “designated dave” but if you visited one each day etc you could both sample some of the regions famed wines!
I hope you find this post helpful for planning your trip to Western Australia’s stunning South West!
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