Hey there, awesome families! 🌟 Are you dreaming of an unforgettable vacation that’s jam-packed with fun for everyone? Well, you’ve hit the jackpot because you’re reading the Ultimate Best Things to Do in Margaret River with Kids Guide!
I’m Donna, your go-to expert for all things Margaret River. With my husband, 5 kids, and pesky Siberian husky, we have lived in Margaret River since 2016, and in that time, I’ve literally helped thousands of families plan their vacations here! And, since I have a million kids who hate being at home, we are always out and about experiencing the Margaret River Region in alllllllll the kid-friendly ways. So, you can trust me when I say I know the ins and outs of this magical place like the back of my hand!
From exploring the depths of local caves to the heights of the Karri forests, there’s no end to the family-friendly activities here. Whether you’re looking for things to do in Margaret River for families or specific activities for toddlers, this guide has something for everyone And because I’ve lived here for nearly 7 years, I’ve sprinkled in some local secrets that you won’t find anywhere else. So buckle up, because we’re about to explore over 59 family-friendly activities that will make your trip to Margaret River truly unforgettable!
This is a really big list, so use the table of contents to jump around the post!
Let’s dive in!
Why Margaret River is Perfect For Families
Margaret River is just awesome for families, no kidding! It’s safe, which is a big deal for parents, and there’s a whole bunch of stuff to do. You’ve got beaches that are perfect for building sandcastles or catching waves, and forests that feel like you’ve stepped into a storybook.
Being a Margaret River local since 2016, I’ve been around here long enough to know the best spots that aren’t always in the guidebooks. Whether your crew is into surfing, cave exploring, or just munching on some tasty local food, there’s something for everyone.
And don’t stress about where to stay or eat; there are plenty of family-friendly options. Once you hang out in Margaret River, you’ll get why it’s a fave for families like yours!
59 Best Things To Do With Kids Margaret River
1. Horse Riding
Horse riding in Margaret River is a fantastic family activity! With family-friendly stables like Jesters Flat and The Humble Horse, even the little ones can saddle up. Imagine riding through scenic trails, surrounded by lush forests and the sounds of nature while your children connect with nature.
Mountain biking in Margaret River is a family-friendly adventure you don’t want to miss. The Woodjitup Trails are perfect for all skill levels and are just a quick ride from town. With well-signed routes and fun elements like berms and jumps, it’s a great way to spend quality time outdoors with the kids.
3. Forest Bathing
Forest bathing, also known as Shinrin Yoku, offers a meditative experience that’s perfect for families looking to slow down and reconnect. Joy Trails in Margaret River provides guided sessions where you can learn techniques to calm your mind and uplift your soul.
But if you’re more of a DIY person, the Boranup Forest is an excellent spot to try forest bathing on your own. Inspired by Japanese traditions, this practice involves walking slowly through the forest, taking in the sights, sounds, and scents around you. It’s a proven way to reduce stress levels and offers both cardiac and pulmonary benefits.
For families looking to explore the great outdoors, Margaret River offers some fantastic hiking trails that are both easy and enjoyable. The Chimney Trail Loop in Wooditjup National Park is a flat and manageable 3.3km loop that takes about an hour to complete. It’s a great choice for families with kids, offering a scenic walk through the National Park. Another family-friendly option is the Wadandi Track, a smooth and evenly graded trail that’s wheelchair accessible during the dry season. It offers scenic lookouts and picnic areas, making it a delightful day out.
If you’re up for a challenge, have older kids, and want to take your hiking experience to the next level, consider the iconic Cape to Cape Walk Track. This long-distance trail stretches 125 km along the coast and offers breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. It’s a more demanding option but well worth the effort. You can also walk small sections for a taste, although these may not be suitable with younger kids.
5.Fat Bike Adventure
For those seeking a unique outdoor experience, the Fat Bike Adventure has you covered. Run by Western Australia’s original Fat Bike touring company, this adventure takes you deep into the Boranup Karri Forest and along the remote coastlines of Margaret River.
Your journey kicks off in the forest, where you’ll be equipped with a top-of-the-line Specialized Fatboy bike. Pedal through the towering Karri trees and make your way to the awe-inspiring Contos beach cliffs, all while keeping an eye out for local wildlife like emus, kangaroos, and parrots.
You just need to be at least 140cm tall to ride one of their bikes, so keep this activity for the older kids!
6. Zip Lining
For families seeking a thrill, zip-lining offers an exhilarating way to explore the treetops. Forest Adventures South West in Busselton takes you on an unforgettable journey through the Ludlow Tuart Forest. Spread across eight acres, the park features six high ropes courses and flying foxes.
Meanwhile, Next Level Monkey Business in Dunsborough, located at Clancy’s Fish Pub, provides a diverse set of adventures. You can zip-line through trees, glide over a lake, or challenge yourself with some tricky climbing elements. It’s a fantastic way to experience the natural beauty of the Margaret River region up close.
If you’re eager to elevate your adventure game, consider giving abseiling in Margaret River a go. Originally a technique for climbers to navigate challenging terrains, abseiling has evolved into an adrenaline-pumping recreational activity. It also serves as a powerful team-building tool, enhancing communication, trust, and confidence.
Margaret River Climbing Co. caters to a wide audience, offering abseiling packages for social events, schools, corporate groups, and special occasions. It’s a unique way to challenge yourself and connect with others, all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Margaret River region.
For an adventure that combines rock-hopping, shore-scrambling, and swell-riding, coasteering is your go-to activity in Margaret River. Offered by Margaret River Adventure Co., this unique experience starts in the Ngari Marine Park.
You’ll be fully equipped with a steamer wetsuit, buoyancy vest, and helmet. The adventure involves scrambling and jumping around rocks as the current surges and ebbs. It’s a great way to explore the secluded granite coast area, which is both safe and challenging. Depending on the season, you might even spot whales or sea lions.
Suitable for all levels of adventure, you only need to be able to swim 25m unaided, coasteering is tailored to meet your comfort and skill level.
9. Eco Bike Tours
For a family outing that’s both fun and eco-friendly, consider taking an Eco Bike Tour with Eco Adventures Margaret River. These unique electric quad bikes are designed for minimal environmental impact, offering a smooth and quiet ride through Forest Grove.
It’s a one-of-a-kind experience where you can explore hidden gems of the forest that even locals rarely see. You’ll also learn about the history of the region and contribute to its conservation. It’s a win-win for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike.
From gentle waves for beginners to challenging swells for the pros, Margaret River’s Surf Scene is diverse. Huzzas in Gracetown is a go-to for families and those new to surfing, offering smaller, manageable waves.
If you’re keen to learn or refine your skills, Margaret River Surf School provides comprehensive lessons for all skill levels, complete with equipment. It’s an ideal way to immerse yourself in the surf culture of the region.
11. Stand Up Paddleboarding
For a serene yet active way to enjoy Margaret River’s natural beauty, stand-up paddleboarding is a fantastic option. You can master this skill during a 90-minute lesson led by a professional instructor.
The adventure begins at the picturesque Gnarabup Beach, where you’ll receive a comprehensive briefing before hitting the water. As you learn the basics of paddleboarding, you’ll have the stunning backdrop of Gnarabup Beach to enhance the experience. And don’t worry about capturing the moment; a professional photographer will be there to document your lesson.
All the necessary equipment, including the paddle, board, and waterproof vest, is provided free of charge. You must be at least 8 years old to do this lesson, so keep this in mind.
For those who love the water but prefer a more relaxed pace, kayaking in Margaret River is a must-try. You can paddle up to 3km along the pristine section of the Margaret River from the Rivermouth upstream, where motorboats are absent and tranquility reigns. Margaret River Kayaks and Canoes offer various options, and you’ll find them at the Rivermouth for equipment hire.
If you’re looking to combine adventure with a touch of luxury, consider this Margaret River Kayaking and Winery Tour. Start your day kayaking along the Blackwood River, surrounded by untouched scenery and wildlife. After working up an appetite, you’ll be treated to a delightful lunch at The Berry Farm, followed by a tour of some of Margaret River’s finest boutique wineries.
13. Whale Watching
From June to December, Margaret River becomes a haven for whale watching. You can spot various species like Humpback and Southern Right whales, either from the shore or on specialized cruises. The season kicks off in Flinders Bay and moves to Geographe Bay, offering multiple vantage points for this natural spectacle.
14. Jetty Jumping
For a quick adrenaline rush that’s a hit with both kids and adults, jetty jumping at Busselton Jetty is a local favorite. This iconic structure is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere and offers a perfect setting for a daring leap into the clear waters below.
It’s a simple yet exhilarating activity that requires little more than the courage to take the plunge. Just make sure to always prioritize safety, checking the water depth and potential obstacles before you jump.
Snorkeling in Margaret River offers a range of spots perfect for families. The Aquarium in Yallingup is a secluded natural rock pool, ideal for a calm snorkeling experience. For younger members and beginners, Granny’s Pool in Augusta provides a safe and easily accessible tidal pool. And if you’re near Busselton, the iconic Busselton Jetty itself is a great spot for snorkeling, teeming with marine life.
Ah, fishing in Margaret River! Now we’re talking about one of the most relaxing and rewarding activities you can do here, and also my family’s favorite past time! So I’m sorry in advance, but you’ll have to indulge me here because I had to tell you a tiny bit more about fishing then I did some of the other activities on this list!
Margaret River has an awesome variety of fishing spots that cater to kids. Whether you’re looking to cast a line in the river, off a jetty, or even from the beach, Margaret River has you covered. Without further ado, here are the five best locations for fishing with kids in Margaret River (read my entire list of fishing spots in Margaret River if you want to know more!)
1. Margaret River Mouth
- Location: The River Mouth
- Best For: Bream, herring, and whiting
- Tips: Early morning or late afternoon are the best times to fish here. Also, it’s a popular spot, so get there early to claim your space.
- Location: Gracetown Beach
- Best For: King George whiting, skippy, squid, herring, and potentially samson fish
- Tips: Gracetown Beach has parking really close to the beach (this is important for families!), and is a fantastic spot for the kids to play on the beach when the weather’s good.
3. Augusta Boat Harbour
- Location: Augusta Boat Harbour
- Best For: Squid, King George whiting, skippy, herring and snapper
- Tips: There’s a massive parking lot here, and you’ll see a jetty near where people can launch their boats. Fishing with kids is good here, my boys have caught plenty of squid and KGW (and a John Dory once too!)
4. Hamelin Bay
- Location: Hamelin Bay, south of Margaret River
- Best For: Stingrays (for viewing, not fishing!), king george whiting, herring, salmon in season and squid
- Tips: This is a family-friendly spot with calm waters. It’s also great for snorkeling.
- Location: Ellis Street Jetty, Augusta
- Best For: Black bream and herring in plague quantities, salmon trout, skippy, king george whiting, flounder, blue swimmer crabs (take your crab net!)
- Tips: This is where we do most of our fishing at the moment, as it’s probably the safest place to fish with kids. The area is also excellent for kayaking.
For families with young kids, Margaret River offers a variety of beaches that are perfect for safe and enjoyable swimming.
Busselton Foreshore and Dunsborough Foreshore are ideal for little ones to splash around, thanks to their calm waters. Meelup Beach is another gem, offering shallow waters and a family-friendly atmosphere. Gracetown Beach/Cowaramup Bay Beach, and Gnarabup Beach are also great picks for a day out with the kiddos.
If you’re looking to explore the waterways around Margaret River, consider renting a houseboat from Blackwood River Houseboats. These self-contained boats come with all the essentials, including a galley kitchen and BBQ decks. No Skippers ticket is required, and you’ll get a full induction upon arrival.
For a different kind of boating adventure, Augusta X-Treme Outdoor Sports offers a variety of options, including 6HP and 18HP dinghy boats. They’re a one-stop shop for all your outdoor needs, making it easy to plan a day on the water on the Blackwood River.
19. Boat Tours
For a unique experience on the water, Augusta River Tours offers cruises on the lower Blackwood River. The tours are a hit with birdwatchers and nature lovers, showcasing a variety of bird species and even dolphins. The boat, Dolphin Discoverer, is a comfortable, all-weather vessel, and the tour includes local stories and history. You’re welcome to bring your own food and drinks, making it a customizable outing.
If you’re looking for a more luxurious experience, South West Cruises offers the “Taste of the Bays,” a 7-course progressive dinner on a 60-ft boat. The cruise takes you through iconic bays and beaches, pairing a gourmet menu with premium Margaret River wines. The cruise even offers the option to swim or snorkel in pristine bays, rounding off a perfect day on the water.
20. Canoe Tours
For a family outing that’s both peaceful and adventurous, consider a canoe tour. Suitable for kids as young as 2, the tour starts at the scenic Rivermouth and takes you past cliffs, Aboriginal sites, and untouched bushland. The package includes all gear, instruction, and a lunch featuring local and wild foods.
Nature and Wildlife
Margaret River is a treasure trove of natural wonders, and the caves here are no exception. With over 100 limestone caves in the region, six are open to the public, offering a range of experiences from guided tours to self-guided adventures.
For families, Ngilgi Cave is a top pick, rich in history and stunning formations. Jewel Cave is another family-friendly option, boasting three massive chambers and easy walks, making it ideal for little explorers. Lake Cave is a crystal wonderland, perfect for older kids and adults. If you’re up for a self-guided tour, Mammoth Cave offers an audio guide, allowing you to explore at your own pace.
👉 Insider Tip: All the caves in Margaret River are good in their own way. If you only have time for one, I always told people to choose a cave closest to their location for convenience. For example, if you’re staying in Augusta, Jewel Cave is a great option.
👉 Did You Know?: Lake Cave is the most ‘actively dripping’ cave in the region and has a permanent lake inside, creating a mirrored wonderland.
👉 Safety First: Some caves like Giants Cave involve climbing and crawling and are not suitable for young children or those with mobility issues. Always check the cave’s requirements before planning your visit.
22. Forest Walks
When it comes to reconnecting with nature, nothing beats a walk through the Boranup Forest. This forest is a spectacle of towering Karri trees, some of which are over 60 meters tall! It’s a magical place that feels like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale. However, always stick to the marked trails and keep an eye on the little ones, as the forest is vast and it’s easy to wander off the path.
23. Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre
Eagles Heritage offers a unique chance to get up-close with various birds of prey. With twice-daily encounters at 11am and 1.30pm, it’s a fun stop for families. Your visit helps support the sanctuary’s ongoing conservation efforts. A great educational outing for the children!
24. Animal Farms
For a delightful day out, consider visiting Sunflowers Animal Farm or Country Life Farm. Both are located in the northern part of the Margaret River region. Sunflowers Animal Farm has recently moved to Ludlow, near Busselton, and offers a variety of friendly farm animals to pat and feed. Country Life Farm in Dunsborough lets you hand-feed animals like kangaroos, llamas, and even Highland Steer. Both farms are open daily and offer a range of activities beyond just animal interactions.
25. Meet the Hamelin Bay Stingrays
Hamelin Bay is famous for its friendly local stingrays. These incredible creatures often come close to the shore, providing a unique opportunity for visitors to observe them in their natural habitat. It’s a magical experience for kids and adults alike, but remember to keep a respectful distance and follow local guidelines to ensure both your safety and that of the stingrays, as they are wild animals, after all.
26. Spotting Kangaroos in the Wild
For those eager to see kangaroos in their natural habitat, there are plenty around in the paddocks, but if you haven’t been having any luck, and want to guarantee a sighting, a drive down Kevill Road near Margaret River is a must.
This quiet, narrow road not only leads to the stunning Kevill Road Waterfalls but is also a kangaroo hotspot. You’ll often find these iconic Aussie animals hopping and grazing along the way. While it’s tempting to get close, remember they are wild animals. Always admire them from a safe distance to ensure both your safety and theirs.
For a unique night out with the family, consider a Nocturnal Animal Tour out of Busselton. You’ll get exclusive access to Yelverton Brook Conservation Sanctuary, where you’ll embark on a short guided bush walk to the animal viewing site. As the sun sets, you’ll spot kangaroos, bandicoots, and possums, and if you’re lucky, you might even see a woylie—a rare, small relative of the kangaroo. The tour also includes stargazing and a cozy round of Billy tea and biscuits. It’s a magical way to experience the Western Australian night sky and its elusive residents.
28. Wildflower Walks
From late winter to early summer, the area bursts into a vibrant display of native wildflowers. Trails like the Cape to Cape Track or shorter walks in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park are excellent spots to catch this floral spectacle. These are some of the best things to do in Margaret River with toddlers
If you’re a fan of waterfalls, Margaret River has a couple that are worth visiting. Quinninup Falls is a hidden gem that requires a bit of a hike but rewards you with a stunning waterfall surrounded by native bushland. Yalgardup Falls, on the other hand, is far more accessible, in fact, it’s a ten-minute drive out of Margaret River and you can see it from the road!
Local Cuisine That’s Family Friendly
30. Fish & Chips
Nothing says Aussie beach vacation like fish & chips. Thankfully, there is a couple of options in Margaret River. Squid Lips is a hit with families, thanks to its central location and easy parking. They’re open from midday to 7:30pm, making it perfect for those early family dinners. For a more adventurous option, Hooked Up Fish & Chips is a food van often parked at Surfers Point in Prevelly. They offer a simple yet delicious menu that even the little ones will love, like Fish Tacos and Cajun Calamari. Plus, the kids will be thrilled with the ocean view.
31. Wineries with Playgrounds
Many wineries in the Margaret River region have gone the extra mile to be kid-friendly, making them a top Margaret River activity for families. Swings & Roundabouts Winery and Happs Wines are top choices for families, each offering playgrounds to keep the little ones busy. Leeuwin Estate offers a more refined experience but still welcomes families with a grassy area for kids to play. Aravina Estate goes all out with a dedicated sports car gallery and a playground, making it a hit with both kids and adults.
32. Ice Creameries
Simmo’s Ice-Creamery and Millers Ice-Creamery are the go-to spots for a frozen treat in Margaret River especially if you’re looking for things to do with kids in Margaret River. Simmo’s, located near Dunsborough, offers a wide range of flavors made from local produce and caters to various dietary needs. It’s a family haven with a mini-golf course, BBQs, and a playground set in a shaded area.
Millers, situated just outside Cowaramup, is known for its ultra-creamy ice-cream made from local milk. They also offer options for those with dietary restrictions and feature a fun playground and open grassy areas for kids. Both places make it tough to pick a favorite!
When it comes to bakeries in Margaret River, or kid-friendly things to do in Margaret River, you’re spoiled for choice. The iconic Margaret River Bakery is a must-visit, offering a range of baked goods and meals. It’s a staple in the community and a great spot for a photo op. Augusta Bakery, a bit of a drive but worth it, is my personal favorite. Their bread rolls are to die for, and the view of the Blackwood River adds to the experience. For sourdough lovers, don’t miss Margaret River Woodfired Bread. They bake fresh, organic sourdough daily between 3 pm and 6 pm, using woodfire ovens made from volcanic stones.
34. Pizza & Burgers
If you’re in Margaret River with the kiddos and craving something hearty, here are some Margaret River family activities that involve food. Burger Baby is your go-to. Not only do they cater to all dietary needs, but they also have a spacious lawn where the kids can run around.
For pizza lovers, Pizzica is a must-visit. Their wood-fired pizzas are a hit, and the menu is extensive. If you’re after quick and reliable, Domino’s in Margaret River is surprisingly better than you’d expect. They open early on weekends, making it easy to sort out dinner for the little ones, and they deliver!
Want to know the best cafes and restaurants that offer a hearty breakfast in Margaret River to start the day right for the whole family? Here are some kid-friendly Margaret River options:
- Willow Grill at Stay Margaret River: A full buffet breakfast for only $25! Plus, it’s one of the few accommodation places in town with an on-site restaurant.
- Margaret River Bakery: Known for its Instagram-worthy walls and charm, it’s a great place for the whole family to enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
- Drift Café: Offers vegetarian dishes like smashed pumpkin bruschetta and bircher muesli with apple compote. A local favorite!
- Margs Cafe: Located in the Woolworths complex, it’s cozy and convenient. The waffles here are to die for, and there’s a little pyramid play area thing in the centre of the complex my kids love playing on, so this is a good choice if you have kids that won’t sit still.
- West Coffee Co: Located near the skate park, it’s a cool place to grab a coffee and a muffin while the kids play.
- White Elephant Cafe: Offers one of the most iconic views in the region. A great place to start your day after a morning dip in the Indian Ocean or a stroll along the coast.
36. Farm-to-Table Restaurants
For a delightful farm-to-table experience that’s kid-friendly, don’t miss out on these gems. The Margaret River Venison Farm offers a unique chance to try locally sourced venison in a family-friendly setting. Olio Bello, renowned for its organic olive oil, also serves up dishes that are a hit with the little ones. And let’s not forget Glenarty Road, where you can enjoy a meal grown on the farm while the kids explore the farm.
37. Food Trucks
For a delightful and casual dining experience the kids will adore, check out Margaret River’s food truck scene. These are great Margaret River activities for families. Hooked Up Fish & Chips is a go-to, especially for a sunset dinner at the iconic Surfers Point. They’ve got kid-friendly options and are open from Wednesday to Monday. Ma La Dumplings offers a different twist, serving up delicious dumplings that are a hit with all ages. Finally, Soul Cocina adds a Latin touch to your meal options. They’re often found at local holiday parks and community events, so keep an eye on their socials for their next stop.
38. Sweet Shops
For families with a sweet tooth, Margaret River really has you covered. These are some of the best kids activities Margaret River has to offer. Candy Cow in Cowaramup is a must-visit, offering a range of homemade candies and interactive candy-making sessions for kids. Margaret River Sweet Shop is another gem, with its classic lollies and treats.
Of course, you can’t miss the Margaret River Chocolate Company for a wide variety of chocolates and free tastings. The Margaret River Fudge Factory offers mouthwatering fudge flavors, while Gabriel Chocolate transforms raw cacao beans into artisan chocolate bars. Last but not least, Temper Temper Fine Chocolate is a haven for fine chocolate lovers, offering unique flavors and cacao percentages
Play and Learn
39. Wow Illusions
If you’re looking for a mind-bending experience that’s fun for the whole family, don’t miss Wow Illusions in Metricup. This is what to do in Margaret River with kids who love puzzles. Just a short drive from Cowaramup, this attraction features quirky rooms like a mirror maze and a gravity-defying room.
40. Amaze’n Margaret River Maze
Just five minutes from the heart of Margaret River, you’ll find Amaze’n Margaret River, a 29-year-old hedge maze that’s more than just twists and turns. This spot is a full-on family day out with mini-golf, outdoor games, and puzzles, as well as five hectares of stunning gardens.
41. Yallingup Maze
Yallingup Maze is another fantastic spot for families looking for a blend of adventure and mental challenge. Unlike your typical maze, this one changes its pathways regularly, offering a new experience every visit. Alongside the ever-evolving maze, the venue features a café serving tasty treats and a puzzle shop that will keep the kids (and adults) entertained. It’s a great place to relax and let the kids explore, especially since they have a nature playground.
42. Art and Craft Spots
For families with a creative flair, Margaret River offers some fantastic art and craft spots. These are some of the best family activities Margaret River has for the artistically inclined. Origins Market runs school holiday workshops that engage kids in various crafts and activities. From painting to gardening, there’s a workshop to spark every child’s imagination. 🎨
Happs Pottery is another must-visit. They offer pottery experiences and workshops that are perfect for little hands eager to mold their own masterpieces. 🏺
Don’t miss out on Gathered Organics, especially during school holidays. They host nature play and craft sessions that blend outdoor fun with artistic expression. It’s a wholesome way to keep the kids entertained and connected to nature.
43. Libraries and Bookstores
Margaret River is a haven for book lovers, offering cozy spots where families can dive into a good read. These are great kids Margaret River activities for rainy days. The Margaret River Library is not just a place to borrow books; it’s a community hub with a dedicated children’s section and regular storytelling sessions. For those looking to purchase a keepsake, Margaret River Bookshop offers a wide range of titles, including a delightful children’s section. It’s the perfect way to spend a quiet afternoon with the kids, especially if you’re looking to escape the outdoor elements for a bit.
Educational and Historical Spots
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is another popular tourist attraction in Margaret River, and for good reason. The views from the top are absolutely breathtaking, and you can see for miles in every direction.
The lighthouse itself is also really interesting, and you can learn all about the region’s maritime history on a guided tour. Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is located about 40 minutes north of Margaret River, near Dunsborough.
Note: With only 59 steps, Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is suitable for all ages.
45. Learn the Margaret River Region’s History
For families keen on diving into the rich history of the Margaret River region, there are a few must-visit spots. These are educational Margaret River things to do for families.
Busselton Museum offers a fascinating look into the area’s past, housed in the old butter factory. It’s a hit with kids who love to explore. In the heart of Margaret River, the Old Settlement Margaret River captures the essence of the region’s early timber days. Finally, the Augusta Historical Museum provides a comprehensive view of the area’s history, from its Indigenous roots to its maritime past.
Each of these museums offers interactive exhibits that are sure to engage kids and adults alike.
46. Indigenous Culture
For families looking to immerse themselves in the rich Indigenous culture of the region, Koomal Dreaming is the place to go. Here, you can take part in various experiences that offer a deep dive into the world’s oldest living culture. From exploring ancient caves to learning about traditional bush foods and medicines, it’s an educational and enriching experience for both kids and adults. Plus, it’s a fantastic way for the whole family to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the land you’re exploring.
Ellensbrook, located near the coast, offers a glimpse into the lives of the region’s early settlers and its Indigenous significance. Wonnerup House, on the other hand, is a beautifully restored homestead that showcases 19th-century life. Both places offer educational and interactive experiences, making history come alive for kids and adults.
48. War Memorials
For a somber yet educational experience, consider visiting the Margaret River War Memorial and the Augusta War Memorial. These memorials honor the brave souls from the region who served in various conflicts. The Margaret River War Memorial is centrally located and offers a quiet space for reflection. The Augusta War Memorial, situated with a backdrop of the Blackwood River, is another poignant site that provides historical context.
Art and Culture
Looking for a local experience that’s perfect for families? Don’t miss the Margaret River Farmers’ Market. Held every Saturday from 7:30am to 11:30am, it’s a great way to kickstart your weekend. You’ll find it on the TAFE grounds just south of Margaret River on Bussell Highway.
For those staying closer to Busselton, Origins Market is a must-visit. It’s open Thursday to Sunday and offers a nature-style playground to keep the kids entertained.
And if you find yourself in Augusta, the Augusta Community Markets offer a relaxed vibe with a range of crafts and local produce. They’re a bit irregular, so check with the visitor center for the schedule.
50. Public Art
With over 50 pieces of public art scattered around the region, you and the kids can turn a simple walk into an art treasure hunt. From vibrant murals that bring buildings to life, to intricate sculptures that tell stories of the area’s history and culture, there’s something to catch your eye at almost every corner.
👉 Insider Tip: Keep an eye out for the whimsical sculptures near the river and the colorful murals in the town center. They make for great photo ops and are a fun way for kids to engage with art.
51. Local Galleries
Margaret River is a haven for artists, and its galleries showcase a wide range of art forms. While some galleries focus on high-end art, others offer interactive experiences perfect for families. For instance, Happs Pottery is not just a gallery but a working studio where kids can take pottery lessons. It’s a hands-on way for older kids to engage with art.
Similarly, Leeuwin Estate is known for its Art Series wine labels and has a gallery featuring over 150 paintings. It’s a more sophisticated experience but can be educational for older children interested in art.
52. Music Venues
Margaret River’s music scene is vibrant and diverse, offering something for everyone, including families. Settlers Tavern is a local favorite that hosts live music regularly and has a relaxed atmosphere that’s great for older kids and teens. The River is another venue that features a variety of genres and is known for its family-friendly vibe. For a more laid-back experience, Clancy’s Fish Pub in Dunsborough offers live music in a casual setting, perfect for a family night out.
Check out Whats On Margaret River to find out what’s on in town while you’re visiting.
53.Cinemas and Outdoor Cinemas
When it comes to catching a flick with the family, the Margaret River region offers a few unique options. Orana Cinemas in Busselton is your go-to for the latest releases in a traditional cinema setting. For something a bit different, there are a few places offering an Outdoor Movies experience, where you can watch films under the stars at various locations. Margaret River HEART also screens films in Margaret River.
Seasonal Activities and Events
54. Fruit Picking
If you’re looking to add a hands-on, tasty activity to your family itinerary, consider blueberry picking at Lorien Blueberries. This charming farm offers a delightful experience where you can pick your own fresh blueberries. The pick-your-own season starts mid to late December and lasts until late February/early March depending on the crop. Contact them for details and their address on their Facebook page.
Free and Affordable Activities/DIY Activities
55. Margaret River Playgrounds
When it comes to keeping the little ones entertained, Margaret River has a fantastic selection of playgrounds. From the adventure-packed Rotary Park near the river’s edge to the sprawling Gloucester Park with its sports fields and skate park, there’s a playground for every age and interest. Many of these spaces offer shaded areas, BBQ facilities, and nearby cafes, making it easy for families to spend a whole day outdoors.
Looking to venture a bit further? There are some fabulous day trips from Margaret River that are perfect for families. Head to Busselton for a walk on the iconic jetty and a visit to the Underwater Observatory. Dunsborough is another great option, offering stunning beaches and the family-friendly Country Life Farm.
For a touch of history and some rugged coastline, consider a trip to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta. Each of these destinations is less than an hour’s drive from Margaret River, making them convenient options for a day filled with adventure and exploration.
57. Beach Scavenger Hunt
Ah, the beach scavenger hunt—a classic way to keep the kiddos entertained while soaking up the Margaret River sun. Create a list of items for them to find, like seashells, driftwood, or even specific types of seaweed. You can also add some educational twists, asking them to identify different bird species or rock formations.
58. Nature Art Project
Nature art projects are a fantastic way to engage kids with the natural beauty of Margaret River. Collect leaves, twigs, and other natural materials during your bushwalks or beach outings. Once you’ve got your nature supplies, let the kids’ creativity run wild. They can make leaf prints, twig sculptures, or even a nature-inspired collage.
59. Picnic Spots
Margaret River is dotted with idyllic picnic spots that are perfect for families. One of my favorites is the Prevelly Park Beach Reserve, where you can enjoy your sandwiches with a side of ocean views. If you’re into forest settings, the Boranup Forest is a magical place to lay down your picnic blanket. For river views, don’t miss Rotary Park near the Margaret River Visitor Centre. It’s got easy parking, a playground, and lovely spots right by the river. I also have a comprehensive list of Margaret River wineries you have can have a picnic at if you need more ideas.
Wrapping Up: Best Things to Do with Kids Margaret River
From exploring the depths of local caves to the heights of the Karri forests, there’s no end to the family-friendly activities here. Whether it’s indulging in the creamiest ice creams, discovering underwater worlds while snorkeling, or simply enjoying a loaf of freshly baked bread, Margaret River offers a diverse range of experiences that cater to every family’s needs.
So pack your bags and your sense of adventure; Margaret River is a playground waiting to be explored! From kids activities in Margaret River to fun for the whole family, this guide has got you covered.
Got questions? Send me a DM on Instagram @accommodationmargaret and I’ll try and help you out!
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Australia Travel Planning Guide
🚑Should I buy Australian travel insurance?
100% YES! — Australia has “free” healthcare but it’s only for citizens and permanent residents. Foreigners visiting need travel insurance in case anything happens on their visit. I like SafetyWing – their Nomad Insurance starts at just $1.50 USD a day!
🚗Should I rent a car in Australia?
Yes — Renting a car is a necessity in most of Australia! If you want to go on road trips or adventures outside of the major cities, and even if you’re staying in a major city, you’ll want to rent a car. If you are visiting Margaret River, it will be even more important that you hire a car, you’ll need it to be able to get around and see all the great attractions and wineries!
🏨What’s the best way to book my Australian accommodation?
My go-to for Australian hotels is Booking.com. Pretty much all registered accommodation use Booking.com (but not necessarily any of the other major booking platforms), and even most of the holiday homes and caravan parks use Booking.com too!
If you’re planning a trip to Australia where you will stay at multiple locations, it’s super handy to have all your accommodation listed in one place, and accommodation owners like Booking.com because it’s easy to contact the guests using the messaging platform if the guest has an international phone number.
I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit to Margaret River!