10 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Margaret River

Rainy Days in Margaret River Can Be Fun Too

Winter is a great time to visit the South West, but let's face it, the weather can be a little cold and sometimes, a lot wet. But that doesn't mean you can't still have fun. In fact, there are plenty of things to do on rainy days in Margaret River, Busselton, Dunsborough, and Yallingup.

So, if you're on holiday and it's raining outside, don't add to the water works, get out and about and make the most of your Margaret River holiday. Here's 10 family activities when it’s raining in the region.

Photos by Jennifer Morton

Little Monsters Play Centre

When travelling with kids, finding places for them to run off excess energy while having a ton of fun is vital. Thankfully, Little Monsters Play Centre has two branches (Margaret River and Busselton) of their colourful kid-zone that little ones love to explore. Kids can climb, slide and bounce to their hearts content. And don't worry parents, there's a cafe at both for endless coffees and snacks.

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Find shelter in a cave

Escape the elements like our animal friends do by taking shelter in a cave. Don't worry, our tourist caves don't have wild animals, but kids will revel in seeing the megafauna fossils.

Mammoth Cave is a kid-friendly grotto for a few reasons:

  1. There's no ladders taking you deep underground. You can walk straight in this one from a timber boardwalk (but there are stairs).
  2. The self-guided audio tour lets everyone go at their own pace.
  3. Afterwards, head to Boranup Café for a hot chocolate and/or lunch. They’re proudly breastfeeding-friendly, handing out a free hot drink to nursing mums, which we think is awesome.

If your kids are a little older (aged 10+) and you’re feeling adventurous, we recommend Ngilgi Cave’s Adventure Tour with double thumbs up. Put on your helmet and head torch for an off-boardwalk climbing and crawling adventure along the old riverbed, past ancient, sparkling crystals.

Eat chocolate and cheese

Eating yummy food is a big part of any Margaret River holiday and a rainy day is the perfect time to hit some sweet spots. Chocolate and cheese are amongst favourite foods for kids and adults alike. Head to Margaret River Dairy Factory to sample their best cheeses and yogurt, and never miss a chance to get your hands in the big bowls of chocolate chips at the Margaret River Chocolate Company. The cafe serves light meals, coffee and decadent hot chocolate too.

PS we wrote a whole blog about where to find amazing chocolate, enjoy!

Watch the rains fall

Instead of cursing the rain, sit back and appreciate its beauty at your favourite coastal cafe. White Elephant Beach Cafe, Bunker Beach House and The Goose overlook the beach while keeping you warm and cosy with hot drinks and comforting food. If you love the sound of rain trickling through the forest, Cafe Boranup serves delicious homemade pie.

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Find suds and bubbles

Stock up on pamper products at Corrynne's Soap Factory in Dunsborough. This gorgeous shop is full of handmade soaps and bath products! It looks and smells fabulous, which will add some brightness on a drab, rainy day. Another place to find beautiful soap and pamper care is Vasse Virgin in Wilyabrup. Their try-before-you-buy washing station will have your hands feeling extra clean and soft. They also offer workshops so you can create your own special product.

cape leeuwin lighthouse on a rainy day

Pretend you're the lighthouse keeper

Experience the weather just like the lighthouse keepers did: with windswept hair. Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, at the bottom of the region in Augusta, stands tall at the most south-westerly point of WA. The cape cops the weather so be prepared for furious winds and sideways rain. Climbing the 176 stairs to the top of the lighthouse is guaranteed to be a thrilling adventure on a blustery day. Closer to home (if you're staying with us at Beachlands Holiday Park) is Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. Fewer stairs but just as thrilling.

Coffee lovers rejoice

Is there anything better than a hot coffee on a cold rainy day in Margaret River? At Yahava KoffeeWorks, south of the Margaret River townsite, not only will you get a fine coffee, but you'll also learn all about the world's most popular morning beverage. Tea drinker? Don't worry, Yahava's onsite Tea Shed will let you explore the world's best teas too.

Do lunch at Dunsborough Tavern

This is our go-to playground when it’s bucketing down; they have a large indoor playground (of the bright plastic variety) with a floor-to-ceiling glass window looking into the pub, so you can kick back and keep a close eye on the kids.

Good value meals, an epic array of craft beer and a kids menu will keep the whole team happy.

Play possum

The Western Ringtailed Possum is critically endangered, with only about 3500 of the cute and fluffy creatures left in the wild. They love to munch on peppermint leaves, so if the weather permits we can recommend taking a torch around twilight and looking for possums amongst Busselton’s plentiful peppermint trees.

Alternatively, head to Passel Estate to learn more about endangered possums and their rehabilitation project, and enjoy a cheeky wine tasting while you’re there.

Curl up on a couch

Dunsborough’s only bookshop Text & Co changed hands in early 2019, and the new owners just completed a superb renovation. Owner Lindsay is a keen crocheter and stocks Wool and the Gang products alongside books. So curl up on the couch with your knitting or a coffee (Merchant Espresso delivers) and watch the world go by. Last we heard, they were planning a tipi for the kids to enjoy while you browse.

Looking for terrific family friendly accommodation? 

Beachlands Holiday Park is right by the beach in Busselton, and 10/10 kids recommend us. A huge playground, a giant jumping pillow, heated swimming pool and water play zone make lazy days at the park an easy choice, plus we're right amongst all the action in terms of wineries, caves and other awesome activities. We have great camping and caravan facilities, plus onsite accommodation ranging from budget-friendly to the super luxurious. Call us on 9752 2107 or browse our accommodation options online. Oh, and we're dog friendly, too! Bookings with dogs must be made by phone.