7 Activities to Wear Out the Kids in Busselton

Awesome Activities for Busy Kids in Busselton

Holidays with kids can be full-on for everyone involved – they need exciting physical activity as much as we need some rest and relaxation! Kids are keen to get out and explore. Parents want to chill out at night with a glass of wine and a good book. In order to guarantee a relaxing evening, you’ve got to wear the kids out with some serious fun.

Family holidays in Busselton are full of things that kids will love; things that will induce an early bedtime so they can get up and do it all over again the next day.

Here are seven activities to wear out the kids during your Busselton family holiday.

Fly like a fox

Climbing trees. Swinging from ropes. Zip lining through the forest. A two-hour session at Forest Adventures South West in Busselton is the kind of outdoor adventure that will challenge, motivate and exhaust kids (and parents too). Located amongst the Tuart trees, this high ropes course is a testing, but fun day out for the entire family. New: they've just added an archery course which we haven't tried yet, but if it's half as good as the ziplining then we're all in for a treat.

Minimum age: 7

Requirements: Courage, physical fitness

Forest Adventures South West, 12 Ludlow Park Road, Busselton. Open 9am-4.30pm Thursday to Monday.

Jump off the jetty

One of the favourite summer pastimes of the local kids is jumping off the Busselton Jetty. Not far past the Interpretive Centre on the right side of the jetty, is the exit stage. This is where kids and adults of varying ages dive, flip, roll and throw themselves into the sea. It's a short swim to the ladder at the (near) water-level platform, then a quick jaunt up the stairs to do it all over again. A couple hours of this action will definitely tire the kids out.

Minimum age: Parents to decide

Requirements: Bravado, swimming. $4 admission for ages 17 and older.

Busselton Jetty, on the Busselton foreshore 3.5km east of Beachlands Holiday Park. Open 24 hours, free after 5pm.

Mini golf and ice cream at Simmos

An afternoon at Simmos Family Fun Park is a delicious way to experience the sweet side of life. Start with an ice cream. With 60 flavours to choose from, it's not so easy to decide on just one. Afterwards, burn off the sugar rush with a family game of mini golf or let the kids run around the grassy lawns and play at the playground. Remember to say hi to the resident emu, Edward. But be careful. He loves Simmos ice cream too.

Minimum age: All ages welcome

Requirements: Love of ice cream and fun

Simmos Ice Creamery, 161 Commonage Road, Quindalup (5 minutes from Dunsborough. Open daily 10am-5pm.

Ngilgi Cave Yallingup is a great family adventure

Explore the caves of the south west

Adventurous children will love taking a trip down under the ground to explore the cave systems of the south west. Start with a semi-guided tour of Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup. After hearing the Aboriginal legend about the rivalry between the good and evil sprits, a guide will lead you down the stairs and into the cave. From here, explore the impressive stalactites on your own. Be sure the kids try the Tunnel of Doom, a hidden crawl tunnel that transports you through the chamber. The record stands at around 60 loops of the crawl tunnel - see if your kids can beat it!

Minimum age: All ages welcome

Requirements: Closed-toe shoes (recommended), sense of adventure

Ngilgi Cave, 76 Yallingup Caves Rd, Yallingup. Open daily 9am-5pm. Guided tours depart every 30 minutes.

Compete in a game of lazer tag

It's the reds against the blues in the wooden Mine Shaft Maze at Xscape at the Cape water park near Dunsborough. Kids will become part of a team whose main mission is to 'tag' their opponents with a lazer gun. At the end of each round, all hits are added up to determine the winners. The kids are sure to be sweaty and tired after this one. Good thing there's a giant inflatable water slide to cool off afterwards.

Minimum age: The park has activities for all ages.

Requirements: Lazer tag is restricted to kids 120cm and taller.

Xscape at the Cape, Caves Rd & Quindalup Siding Rd, Dunsborough. Open 10am-3pm weekdays, 10am-4pm weekends. Hours vary seasonally, so check their website before you go.

Experience life on the farm

A great day out for little ones is a trip to Country Life Farm for some time inhaling the country air. Let the kids feed and pet the farm animals, monkey around on the playground and jump in the bouncy castle. There's even a Merry-Go-Round, dodgem cars, row boats and an indoor play area. A day in the country is sure to make the kids sleepy at bedtime.

Minimum age: all ages

Requirements: love of animals and lots of energy

Country Life Farm, 1694 Caves Rd, Dunsborough. Open daily 9.30am-5pm.

Play in the pool at Beachlands Busselton

Swim to your heart's content at BIG4 Beachlands

Our kids happily spend hours in the pool until their fingers and toes are prune-like and they're ravenously hungry from all the swimming. It's gently heated so it's a nice 'goldilocks' temperature (not too hot, not too cold) which helps prolong the swimming. There's a shallow toddler area, and plenty of sun lounges to stretch out on.

Minimum age: all ages

Requirements: BYO towels, and be sure to stay at Beachlands for access to all our great facilities. The pool, new playground, jumping pillow and NEOS360.

 

Family friendly Busselton Accommodation

Looking for an awesome base for your Busselton adventures? We've got plenty of family friendly options - including luxe Jacuzzi Bungalows, spacious Spa Villas, 2 Bedroom Chalets and caravan and camping sites. You might even find a special accommodation deal if you're visiting off-peak.

 

Photos: Busselton Jetty and foreshore, Ngilgi Cave - Elements Margaret River. Beachlands pool: Tim Cambell.