Welcome to our guide for visiting the Margaret River with Kids. Here you’ll find a comprehensive summary of all the family friendly things to do and places to stay and eat to help make your trip here an awesome one.
We originally visited Margaret River for the surf but once we arrived we were pleasantly surprised with the vast amount of family friendly experiences on offer throughout the region. Having stayed for three weeks it’s easy to see why families return here year after year.
TRAVELLING TO MARGARET RIVER
Just three hours drive south from Perth, Margaret River makes the perfect family getaway. Driving here is the best and easiest option however there are some public transport routes available.
Our Perth to Margaret River Travel Guide provides you with detailed information on travel options, suggested stop overs and things to do with the family en route to the Margaret River.
WHERE TO STAY IN MARGARET RIVER WITH KIDS
Margaret River is becoming an increasingly popular destination and so demand during peak times is high. If you plan to visit during a holiday period (Christmas, Easter, School holidays etc) you’ll need to book your stay well in advance.
There’s plenty of great places to stay when visiting the Margaret River with kids. The area has a range of hotels, apartments, homes, eco-lodges and farmstays to suit all budgets.
Here’s a round up of the some of the best…
Margarets Beach Resort
This all-apartment resort has an outdoor pool, kids’ playground, free bike rentals and an onsite bistro with terrace seating and ocean views. Located just a 12-minute walk from the family friendly Gnarabup Beach.
There’s a choice of 5 “home from home” pet-friendly holiday villas just a short stroll from the beach. Enjoying all the mod-cons, BBQ facilities and enclosed gardens, these holiday homes have everything a family could need.
TOWN CENTRE ACCOMMODATION
Margarets In Town Apartments
Perfectly located in Margaret River town, adjacent to the beautiful forest with walk and bike trails right on your doorstep. Here you’ll enjoy free parking and wifi, heated pool, tennis court, and bar. It’s a short stroll to the Margaret River shops and restaurants and a short drive from beaches and wineries.
Forte Leeuwin Apartments
Self-contained holiday apartments located just a five minute walk into Margaret River town. On-site theres an outdoor pool and playground.
ECO-FRIENDLY & FARM STAY
Bussells Bushland Cottages
8 delightful rammed-earth cottages situated on a private 20 hectare bush block just 5km away from the centre of Margaret River. These lovely self-contained cottages offer families bush walks and WA wildlife right on the doorstep. Waking up to the wild kangaroos around your cottage is an incredible experience.
Sunflower Animals Farm
These no frills family holiday cottages gives you access to the farm, the opportunity to feed animals and get involved in the daily farm tasks like collecting eggs.
Margaret River Hideaway & Farmstay
The Margaret River Hideaway & Farmstay is a peaceful wildlife retreat. Its well appointed holiday cottages, situated on 57 acres of private bushland, provide a lifestyle and farm experience like no other. Children are actively engaged in the fun-filled experience of life on the farm – the animal feeding sessions are a must!
RAC Margaret River Nature Park
Set in the heart of Margaret River, this site offers a tranquil nature experience for families. With a choice of dorms, cabins, lodges and safari tents, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. There’s also powered bush camping sites available.
THINGS TO DO IN MARGARET RIVER WITH KIDS
There’s absolutely loads of fun and adventures you can have in the Margaret River with kids.
Travelling throughout the region, you can access a range of wildlife, adventure, outdoor and wine experiences which the whole family will love.
Best Family Beaches in Margaret River
Margaret River is renowned for its world class beaches but due to strong currents and surf, some beaches are more family friendly than others, especially with toddlers in tow.
Here are some of the best Margaret River beaches to visit with kids:
Smiths Beach – expansive white sands and calm waters. Its really fun to watch the surfers riding waves at Yallingup beach next door.
Gnarabup Beach – the perfect family chill out beach where you can enjoy safe swimming and great snorkelling.
Margaret River Mouth (Prevelly Beach) – the river mouth provides a calm safe haven for kids to paddle and have fun. The main beach is definitely not suitable for swimming – but you’ll watch some world class surfers take on the tide here though!
Family Friendly Margaret River Wineries
Visiting one of the best wine regions in the country and not going through a cellar door feels a little like sacrilege. So what you do if you find yourself in the Margaret River with kids? Take them with you, of course!
Thanks to a handful of family friendly wineries in the region, parents don’t need to miss out. Offering first class wine, beer, food and play areas for the kids, the following family friendly wineries are well worth stopping by:
Cheeky Monkeys offers relaxed and casual dining with shaded outdoor playground and kids menu
THE BERRY FARM
The Berry Farm has a beautiful country garden setting with amazing adventure playground, kids menu and fun activity packs (available to buy for $2)
When visiting the Watershed Winery , head straight to the Watershed Café. This family friendly space offers casual dining & a kids playground in the courtyard.
RIVENDELL RESTAURANT AND CELLAR DOOR
There’s no playpark at Rivendell Restaurant and Cellar Door but has expansive gardens, colouring sets and kids menu.
COWARAMUP BREWING COMPANY
The Cowaramup Brewing Company is a family owned microbrewery offering a range of beer, ales and local wines. Large open outdoor dining space with play area and swings.
Aside from beaches and wineries, there’s still plenty of family fun to be had in the Margaret River region. Here’s a range of ideas for fun things to do in Margaret River with kids which do not involve vineyards or sandcastles…
FUN THINGS TO DO IN MARGARET RIVER WITH KIDS
1. MARGARET RIVER CAVE EXPERIENCE
There are hundreds of spectacular and unique caves in this region so you need to make visiting one a top priority when in the Margaret River with kids.
The best Margaret River caves to visit with kids are;
- Jewel Cave – the biggest of the caves, Jewel is explored with a tour guide on a route along 700 metres of boardwalk and stairs. It’s a really impressive, well decorated cave which is better suited to kids who are happy to follow a tour/guide. Jewel Cave houses one of the longest straw stalactites found in any tourist cave in Australia.
- Lake Cave – the smallest and deepest of the caves, Lake cave is truly one of a kind. The mirrored underground wonderland contains a “suspended table” which hangs from the ceiling, almost touching the waters of the lake below. It is believed it may be the only decoration of its kind on earth. Jewel is best explored with older children who can navigate the many (300+) steps and walkways.
- Ngilgi Cave – the cave tour is great for kids and really relaxed. You can delve deeper into the narrower parts of the cave if you wish, but little ones will need a helping hand.
- Mammoth Cave – ideal for children of all ages, this large easily accessible cave allows families to self tour at their own pace. The cave still contains the fossil jawbone of one of these giant marsupial species who roamed the forest above 50,000 years ago.
2. EAGLES HERITAGE
A unique wildlife education centre which holds the largest collection of birds of prey in Australia. It specialises in rehabilitation and breeding programmes for endangered species.
The daily flying displays are not to be missed (11am and 1:30pm) and there’s also the chance to pose for pics with an owl or a falcon!
Eagles Heritage is a not for profit organisation so your admission fee goes towards vital conservation work.
3. MARGARET RIVER CHOCOLATE COMPANY
Visit the Margaret River Chocolate Company’s original factory in the Margaret River. Its free to enter and you can even watch the chocolate being produced. The onsite Chocolate cafe, with both indoor and outdoor dining, has a range of delicious treats and lunches. Try the brownies… allegedly the best in Australia!!
4. DISCOVER DEADLY
A fun and educational experience helping visitors to discover the truth behind some of Western Australias most mysterious critters. You’ll find venomous snakes, spiders, lizards, turtles and even a crocodile! The staff here are brilliant – really friendly, knowledgeable and great with kids. The daily python cuddles are a great experience for anyone feeling brave enough…
5. EXPLORE COWARAMUP
Known locally as “cow town” this is a quirky little place to visit. Take a trip to Cowaramup to visit the legendary Candy Cow and Millers Ice Cream Farm Cafe. Make sure you take your picture with the resident ornamental cows!!
6. GAME ON AND ON
A must visit for any gamers! The only game arcade in Margaret River brings you a mix of traditional arcade games and high tech modern simulation experiences. It’s a cool place to visit if you’re in town or want something fun to do when its raining.
7. VALLEY OF THE GIANTS TREE TOP WALK
Experience the wilderness in this majestic tree top walk adventure. You’ll get a full forest floor to canopy experience as the walkways gently rise from the ground up to 40 metres high! Walk amongst the foliage taking in the incredible views and abundance of birds and plant life that surrounds.
8. ENJOY A FAMILY BIKE RIDE
Explore the spectacular forest and bushlands of Margaret River on two wheels.
The bike trails here are a mix of gravel and single track – perfect for novice riders and children. The Wadandi Track (Rails to Trails) and Ten Mile Brook tracks are perfect for family rides. The Ten Mile Brook trial also passes by Rotary Park where there’s a large play area for kids.
You can hire bikes and safety equipment from Life Cycle Bikes hire in Margaret River township.
9. BUSSELTON DAY TRIP
Twice voted the best tourist town in Western Australia, it’s a great seaside spot, especially for families. The calm waters here are perfect for swimming, paddling and snorkelling.
Must see things to do with kids are…
- Busselton Jetty – at 1.8km long, its the largest timber jetty in the Southern Hemisphere! You can walk or take a train ride to the end of the jetty where you descending 8 meters to the ocean floor to the spectacular Underwater Observatory.
- Gelato Buonissimo – just a short stroll from the jetty, is the first and longest-running authentic Italian gelato in Western Australia. The owners still use traditional gelato making methods but use local, seasonal produce to create some tantalising flavours like Wild Flower Honey, Rosemary and Orange Zest.
- Tuart Forest National Park – stop here to see the largest remaining pure forest of tuart (eucalyptus) in the world. It also has the tallest and largest specimens of tuart trees on the Swan Coastal Plain, some of which are more than 33 metres high!
- Forest Adventures – Perfect for those wanting an adrenaline hit! Climb ladders, hang around in the trees, ride the flying foxes, unicycle across ropes and take on suspended bridges in this awesome arial tree top adventure!
Family Friendly Dining in Margaret River
Opting for self-catering accommodation will give you maximum meal time flexibility – really useful if have younger kids. However if you’d rather stay away from the stove – or fancy a break from the washing up! – there are some great places to eat in the Margaret River with kids.
Any of the family friendly wineries/breweries listed above serve kid friendly menus. There’s also a range of Margaret River restaurants which are great to visit with kids…
Brewhouse Margaret River
La Scarpetta Trattoria
Teddis Big Spoon
White Elephant Beach Cafe
So that’s a wrap on our guide to visiting the Margaret River with kids. We wish you and your family a really great holiday in this lovely South West haven! If you have any questions, we’d love to help. Feel free to pop a comment below.
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