Are you off on a family trip these school holidays? The South West in WA makes for a fun and relaxing family trip with many family friendly activies, relaxing restaurants and beautiful beaches, and all of this not far from Perth. Here our Guest Tribe from Heavenlee Swimwear have shared their Top 5 things to do in the South West with the tribe.
Country Animal Farm Dunsborough
Bring the family to Country Life Farm and let the kids hand feed the friendly farm animals! Rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, geese, ducks, donkeys, ponies and lots more. You will not know where to start with so many fun activities! There is a huge infatable slide and two huge bouncy castles. The grounds offer large grassy areas with barbeques and outdoor equipment to keep the kids busy.
The merry-go-round goes every hour to ensure all kids get a ride. Make sure you try out the large indoor play centre offering a toddler section and a big kids section. All kids and adults must wear socks inside the play centre or if you forget you can buy socks there for $3. Mum and Dad can enjoy FREE tea and coffee, and outside there’s also paddle boat rides, which the whole family will love.
Stroll over the ocean and walk underwater without getting your feet wet! Extending 1.8km over the protected waters of Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Only 2.5 hours drive south of Perth, the Busselton Jetty attracts over 400,000 visitors per year. As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Western Australia, it is a must see for any visitor to the Margaret River wine region.
The whole tribe will enjoy the Jetty Train experience. With 50 seats available and trips leaving throughout the day, the Jetty Train is the perfect way to experience Busselton Jetty. From glimpses of dolphins frolicking to spotting local fishermen snaring their catch of the day, the Jetty Train trip promises to deliver something for everyone.
At the end of the Jetty, the Underwater Observatory has been designed to accommodate up to 40 people at one time. Descending eight metres beneath the waters’ surface, visitors can view the amazing corals and fish life through 11 viewing windows. Described as Australia’s greatest artificial reef, the Busselton Jetty, with more than 300 individual marine species, is host to an awe inspiring “forest” of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. All money raised goes back into restoring and maintaining the Jetty.
The Berry Farm Cafe and Cellar Door
Established in 1986 the original settlers Cottage Cafe is a wonderful place to relax over Devonshire tea or a superb casual lunch as you sit surrounded by cottage gardens abundant with native birdlife. Offering a large playground with slide, sandpit and climbing equipment to entertain the kids, The Berry Farm Cafe is the perfect place to sit back and enoy the taste testing and lunch while the kids play.
Visitors to The Berry Farm are welcomed by tastings of their scrumptious range of fruit jams, preserves, sauces, condiments and vinegars, alongside the truly unique range of fruit wines, sparkling wines, liqueurs and fortifieds all crafted in on the farm.
Fresh cafe style lunches are served daily including perennial favourites such as the Beef and Red Wine Pie, Roasted Veggie Tart and ever popular Scones with Berry Farm Jam and mouth-watering Boysenberry Pie. This is definitely a family friendly Winery and Cafe that offers a range of children’s activities such as a large chalkboard in the Cellar Door, a huge covered playground, fun bags, bird feeding and a kiddies menu. All bound to keep them well entertained while you relax and enjoy the lovely garden setting.
Xscape At The Cape Fun Park
I love the way the Margaret River appeals to all members of my family. We try to mix the wine tastings and breweries with equal amounts of fun activities for the kids.
There is so much fun to be had at Xscape at the Cape Fun Park offering wacky putt putt, train rides every half hour, a mine shaft maze, inflatable bouncer and large trampolines. There were two different combo packs available for the kids depending on their height. One combo for kids under 120cm, and another for kids over 120cm. The taller kids were allowed on “Jungle Mountain”, but not allowed in the “Kid Zone” and vice versa. I loved this feature, as it meant my younger son was not going to be trampled by bigger kids, and my older children could play on “big kid” stuff without the worry of stepping on the little ones.
The size of the Fun Park was perfect. There was plenty to keep the kids busy for a few hours, but the park was small enough to feel at ease with three kids running in separate directions.
The grounds were lovely with plenty of shade trees and places for parents to sit while the kids burned off steam. The kids did not stop playing long enough to enjoy anything from the cafe, even though I offered several times. I did however glance at the menu and was delighted to see a nice selection of “homemade” food with very reasonable prices. Xscape at the Cape serves local Yahava coffee and straight from the cow ice cream from Millers Ice Creamery. Yum!