Written by Bonnie Rae Eckersley
So you've booked your stay with us here and now you want to plan your days in Margaret River right? Well there is SO many fun things to do in Margaret River with kids! There's something to suit all ages, year round. Here's a few of our must-do's when visiting the region with kids.
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Amaze'n, Margaret River
Only five minutes from Margaret River is Amaze'n! It is a giant 23-year-old hedge maze set amongst beautiful gardens combining mini golf and outdoor games and puzzles. It's a truly unique place offering fun for adults and children alike. There is an on-site café and the scones are a popular choice. It is easily accessible for prams and wheelchairs and also has picnic areas and BBQs so its the perfect spot for a day out!
They are open year round and admission starts from $12 for kids, $15 for adults (Golf only) to $16 kids and $24 adults (all areas). There are family package or group discounts offered as well.
Bushtucker Margaret River Canoe Tour, Prevelly
Suitable for children from just 2 years, Bushtucker Margaret River Canoe Tour is a memorable way to spend time with your loved ones!
Departing from the Margaret River Rivermouth (or transport can be arranged if required) you'll already be taking in an iconic view of Surfers Point and where the majestic Margaret River meets the ocean before you even set off!
You'll enjoy a peaceful journey up the river passing cliffs, sacred aboriginal sites, flora and fauna and untouched natural bushland and forrests. There are no motorised boats allowed on the river so you'll truly be experiencing a peaceful, meandering path on tranquil, clean waters.
This package suits 2 adults and up to 3 children seated in 2 - 5 seater canoes. All equipment and instruction as well as lunch is provided. Lunch is a beautiful selection of local delights and wild foods like kangaroo, emu, pestos, chutneys and fresh baked bread.
Bushtucker Tours have been operating in the region for over 25 years and are truly amazing at what they do.
Prices start at $40 per child, $95 per adult or $220 for the family package (2 adults + 3 children).
Margaret River Chocolate Company, Metricup
If you visit Margaret River with your kids and don't take them to the Margaret River Chocolate Company did you really visit Margaret River?
An absolute favourite for any family visiting the region, you'll always find the chocolate factory vibing with good energy, an abundance of treats and smells to delight your senses.
Ask the kids what their favourite part is and we will guess they say the bowls of free samples! Otherwise perhaps the viewing window where you can watch the fabulous chocolate artisans create their magic.
The café on site is perfect for a lunch stop with light snacks, treats, coffee, burgers and chips, salads, milkshakes and even chocolate fondue available! Known for the best chocolate brownies in Australia we recommend visiting with an appetite.
Entry is free, tastings are free so enjoy spending your money on whatever sweet treats entice you.
Jewel Cave, Karridale
Jewel Cave is the biggest show cave in Western Australia! It has three massive chambers and one of the longest straw stalactites in the world.
To visit Jewel Cave is to really absorb the magnitude of this wondrous place. Touring Jewel Cave is fully guided and takes approximately an hour.
You'll hear stories of ancient wonders included the now extinct Tasmanian devils that fell and perished inside the cave.
There is an on-site café where you can purchase coffee, light refreshments and snacks.
Prices start from $11.50 per child (4-16) and $22.50 for adults but discounts are available if you're booking multiple caves. The caves aren't recommended for children under 4. Book here.
Mammoth Cave, Boranup
Mammoth Cave is one our favourites to do with children. It is a large and easily accessible cave and is self-guided. (That's one of the reasons we love it!) Mammoth Cave is surrounded by beautiful Marri forrest recently impacted by bushfires but already regenerating.
The first chamber of Mammoth Cave is accessible to wheelchairs with entry via a sloping boardwalk. You'll be able to pick up an MP3 audio pack to enjoy learning about the history of the cave and surrounding flora and fauna on your tour.
A highlight for the kids will be discovering one of the 10,000 fossils embedded here of giant animals long extinct.
Prices start from $11.50 for children and $22.50 for adults but kids under 4 are free and discounts are available for multiple cave bookings. Book here.
Lake Cave, Forest Grove
Lake Cave is situated amongst the towering Karri forrest and offers beautiful, sweeping views from the landing before you enter the cave. Lake Cave is currently closed due to recent bushfires with an expected re-opening of Easter 2022.
What makes Lake Cave unique is that there is actual a lake inside the cave! This means as you walk down into the depths of the cave you’ll hear the acoustics of water drops. It’s truly mesmerizing. Lake Cave is also home to the iconic “suspended table” which is a unique formation weighing several tonnes and is one of the only of it’s kind in the world.
There are many steps down (and therefore back up) to Lake Cave so we suggest adhering to the recommendation of children over 4 only.
Prices start from $11.50 for children, $22.50 for adults but again, we recommend booking a second cave tour and getting a discount. Book here.
Ngilgi Cave, Yallingup
Closer to Dunsborough, Ngilgi Cave is the last of our four show caves to share with you. This is semi self-guided so quite a relaxed tour where you can explore at your own pace but another guide is positioned in the cave to answer any questions.
Ngilgi was formally known as Yallingup Cave and showcases stunning stalactite, stalagmite, helictite and shawl formations. Ngilgi Cave has a playground, picnic facilities and a BBQ so is the perfect family destination.
Prices start from $11.50 per child or $22.50 per adult with discounts available for multiple bookings. Book here.
To find out about more about the other caves in the region, check out Margaret River Caves: Our Complete Guide.
Simmo’s Ice Creamery, Quindalup
A favourite for all ages Simmo’s Ice Creamery offers the most famous ice cream in the south west! That’s not all though, they have an adventure playground, mini golf, café, animals and picnic areas.
Pistachio? Mango Sorbet? Cookies and Cream? There is 60 different flavours to choose from! The café also offers coffee, sundaes, waffles and other light snacks. Simmo’s offer shady areas to sit and relax and play equipment to suit toddlers through to teens.
There’s no charge for entry but mini golf starts from $10.50 per person with discounts available for families.
The Humble Horse, Cowaramup
Such a beautiful way to spend the day in the south west! The Humble Horse are tucked away not far from the little town of Cowaramup. Giving you all the good feels of a rural environment, the Humble Horse are lovely professionals that can guide young children or first timers on their way.
They also offer lessons or trail rides for intermediate to more advanced riders and can cater to small group events (Hen's Day and then a picnic anyone?).
Prices vary depending on age, ability and tour times. Enquire here
Sunflowers Animal Farm, Burnside
Not far from town along Caves Road is Sunflowers Animal Farm. Situated on a working cattle farm, sunflowers offers a real insight into rural life in the south west. With over 350 very friendly farm animals and a hands on baby animal nursery your children are sure to be delighted.
There’s bottle feeding twice daily for the babies on the farm and buckets of food to purchase and walk around with at your own pace. There is picnic and BBQ facilities here as well as a playground so take your time and soak up the farm atmosphere.
Entry starts from $14.50 with buckets of food additional however guests that stay at the Farmstay enter the farm for free.
Wow Illusions, Metricup
One of the newest kid friendly attractions in Margaret River, Wow Illusions is right in the heat of the cape to cape region. Only a few minutes drive from Cowaramup it’s an easy must-do to ad to your list.
Wow Illusions is a collection of weird and wacky rooms and zones including the amazing mirror maze, the gravity defying room, your head on a chopping block and the most bizarre toilets in the south west.
There is also an on site playground and café and prices start from only $10 for children, $12.50 for adults and a family discount applies.
Xscape at the Cape Fun Park, Dunsborough
Close to Dunsborough town, Xscape at the Cape is super popular, especially in the warmer months. Offering waterslides, water cannon, water guns and a 1000L tipping bucket be prepared to get wet!
There’s also a unique and wacky putt putt course, trampolines and younger kids play area. This is the quintessential family fun park and one that your kids will ask to come back to time and time again.
Entry is free however activity price varies.
Busselton Jetty and Underwater Observatory, Busselton
The Busselton Jetty and foreshore precinct just keeps getting better and better! Sit back, relax and enjoy the 1.7km iconic Busselton Jetty Train Ride before entering the Underwater Observatory. Be sure to wave to passers by and the fisherman on the way past and they might even show you their catch! If you’re keen to throw a line in yourself check out our fishing guide here.
The underwater observatory descends about 8m below the surface and is a thriving view in to a treasured marine park. You and your children will be able to view the thriving aquaculture under the sea including bright colourful fish and coral and even the occasional mermaid. What a memorable experience for your holiday in the Margaret River Region!
If you're reading this from another part of the world, check out the Live Webcams of the Busselton Jetty which includes one looking out at Geographe Bay, and two underwater ones filming all the underwater life! How many fish can you see?
There’s plenty to do close to the jetty including a pirate ship adventure playground, which you can learn more about here. Of course if you’re looking for family friendly accommodation in Busselton, look no further than here.