5 Excellent Eco Experiences

Amazing Forests, Beaches & Animals on a Busselton Camping Holiday

 

Finally spring has sprung and it’s time to get the kids away from the telly and exploring the great outdoors. It’s time for a Busselton camping holiday!

Busselton’s the perfect camping locale thanks to ‘goldilocks’ weather throughout spring and summer; it’s not too hot, nor too cold. It’s just right. Nights are cool, but the days are perfect for exploring.

There’s so much you’ll want to see and do; the whale migration, mountain biking and some awesome MTB events, local wildflower walks and spectacular beaches to explore.

Loads of this stuff is free too, which makes it even better!

 

Camp under a million twinkling stars

We can’t quite remember how the saying goes – something about camping in a million-star hotel? It’s the ultimate way to reconnect with your partner and kids and camping at BIG4 Beachlands you get some of the little comforts you won’t find at other holiday parks. Heated floors in the family bathroom, a great big communal kitchen with fridges, freezers, BBQs, microwaves, toasters and more. Plus there’s a jumping pillow, aqua play zone and a swimming pool.

The grassed camp sites have power and shade cloth flooring, and many are shaded by peppermint trees. Look out for endangered ring tailed possums that call these peppies home!

 

SUP Geographe Bay

Stand-up Paddle boarding is a renowned favourite when it comes to summer activities. SUPing is the perfect relaxing activity for parents and doubles as great fun for the kids! Find the Stand-up Paddleboard hire next to the Busselton Jetty, where you can get a SUP for an hour and experience the ocean from above. If you’ve got your own SUP, Meelup, Castle Bay and Eagle Bay will be your go-to beaches with the family.

Cost: BYO SUP – free. Approx $35/hour to hire.

 

Meet the Woylies tour

What better way to experience the South West’s wildlife than with a tour where you can meet them? With this 2-hour night tour, you’ll be able to meet Margaret River’s nocturnal wildlife up close and personal in an intimate tour environment. Brothers Mick and Ryan from South West Eco Discoveries will pick you up in their minivan and take you to a private conservation sanctuary in Yelverton. You’ll enjoy a short bush walk before arriving at a clearing, where you will see kangaroos, bandicoots, possums and the star of the show – the endangered woylies. The boys shake a food tin and the woylies come running – sometimes joined by possums, bandicoots, kangaroos and other nightlife too. This family-friendly tour is entertaining while being a great learning experience for the kids.

An amazing experience, highly recommended.

Cost: Adults $55, $30 children (4-14 years), $155 Family (2+2).

 

Whale Watching 35,000 Whales

That’s right, there’s 35,000 humpback whales estimated to make their annual migration along the WA coastline each spring, passing through Geographe Bay after birthing their calves in the warm Kimberley waters. You’ll have the best luck spotting whales between September and December.

Jump on a whale watching cruise if funds allow – we can help book your tickets – and see the whales up close. Cruises leave from Port Geographe (Busselton) and Dunsborough daily.

Alternatively head to one of the excellent free land-based lookout points. We recommend Point Piquet which is between Meelup and Eagle Bay, or the whale watching lookout which is a 2.4km round walk from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse.

Cost: Free for land-based whale watching lookouts.

 

Take a Wildflower Walk

From August to October/November there are dozens (if not hundreds) of multicoloured wildflowers blooming across the Cape to Cape region. Sure, if you’ve got youngsters in tow you’ll want to stick to one of the shorter walks like between Meelup and Castle Rock, or Meelup and Point Piquet (bonus points for whale watching there).

Or take a wander through Boranup Forest – the highly Instagrammable karri forest just south of Margaret River, filled with thousands of beautiful Karri trees, which grow to around 80 metres, the third tallest tree in the world. Boranup was logged in the 1800s and (fortunately) replanted, hence the trees are a uniform height. The trail is roughly 15km, beginning and ending at Lovespring road in a loop. With this trail joining with the Cape to Cape track, you’ll see many beautiful views of the forest. Enjoy this walk any time of year – it never loses its beauty.

Check out our Family Friendly Walking Trails blog for more excellent ideas.

Cost: totally free!

 

Mountain Bike the Meelup Trails

Just past Dunsborough lies Meelup Regional Park and its 7km mountain bike trail, made famous by the Dunsborough X Adventure Race and Cape to Cape MTB. The pea-gravel track offers windy, tights rides and some incredible sea views.

The nearby Dunsborough Country Club also has some excellent trails – better for beginner riders, plus there’s the foreshore bike path – fully sealed between Busselton and Dunsborough, for leisurely family riding.

Cost: free if you BYO bike. Bike rentals are available at Bike Shed in Dunsborough.

 

See the Friendly Hamelin Bay Stingrays

They may look daunting to young kids – 200-kilogram stingrays with a 2 metre wingspan – but these graceful animals are a gentle as they are curious. They’ll glide over your feet, hopeful to be offered a little fish – they’re used to scraps from fishermen at the boat ramp.

You’re pretty much guaranteed to see the sting rays daily in summer, making it the best time of year to visit. Hamelin Bay is a beautiful destination for a day trip with the family, and you can visit Boranup Forest on the way. While you’re down in Hamelin Bay be sure to stop in at Augusta for some delicious fish and chips by the river.

Cost: free