Western Australia’s South West Coast is famed for its rugged, dramatic and stunning beaches and of course the many world class wineries! It’s true that the Margaret River region is a wine lovers and surfers paradise but did you know that it is also a wonderful destination for families?
We visited the Margaret River region with our son in 2016, I thought I’d share some of our top things things to do with kids in the area (beaches and wine do feature). This list is by no means exhaustive as there is just so much to offer!
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Margaret River Region – Best things to do with kids
This is definitely number one on our list! Yallingup Maze has something to offer 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 lose a few hours in there….we did! There’s a fantastic outdoor area with play equipment and a bouncy 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 are 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 explored and accessible cave. There are lots of stairs though so be prepared to feel the burn!
Not only are the beaches famed for their 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. L 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 are perfect for less confident little swimmers.
Margaret River Fudge Factory
Right in the centre of Margaret River is the Margaret River Fudge Factory , 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 L has a dairy allergy and where’s the fun in visiting a chocolate Factory if you can’t have some! This is however a very popular stop for families. Sample some of the region’s finest confectionery.
Many 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 would be perfect. We chose to do a self guided winery tour, visiting a couple of stunning and very family friendly wineries! I can honestly say they were great with L,. Staff at each of the wineries we visited offered him water to sample “God’s wine” so they he didn’t feel left out. Many even have playgrounds and toy areas to keep the little ones busy.
Doing a self guided wine tour obviously means that one parent is “designated dave” for the day but if you visited one each day etc you could both sample some of the regions beautiful wines.
Where We Stayed
We chose to stay the Riverview Tourist Park for three nights. We booked a deluxe cabin that had two bedrooms and was fully self contained. I can’t recommend this holiday park enough. The cabin was comfortable, clean and well equipped (if a little dated).
The facilities on-site are great for travellers, there is a camp kitchen, laundry room, bike and canoe hire, reception stocks a good range of store items such as milk and bread as well. The location is perfect, just a ten minute walk from the centre. The park is nestled in bushland on the banks of the Margaret River. The BBQ area on the waterfront is beautiful, we spent most evenings there enjoying the company of other travellers and cooking up a storm on the BBQs.
Where To Eat
You won’t be short of places to eat in Margaret River. We chose to self cater most of our stay, there’s a good range of supermarkets in the town including Coles, Woolworths and IGA.
Restaurants are in abundance with many wineries offiering fine dining options as well as light bites and snacks. In the town itself you will find a range of different cuisines, we can recommend the Settlers Tavern for great pub food and amazing American style BBQ and the iconic Squid Lips for delicious fish and chips! Both offering excellent gluten and dairy free options.
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Check out our Margaret River Road Trip video (unfortunately it’s a bit shaky but many of things I’ve mentioned above feature in the video included the Riverview Tourist Park)
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