7 MORE Awesome Activities: Family Friendly Busselton Holidays

FUNtastic Family Activities in Busselton

Following on from our #1 most popular blog 7 Awesome Activities to Wear Out the Kids, here’s another 7 fantastically fun things you don’t want to miss while on hols!

 

Explore the NEW playgrounds

There are 3 awesome new Busselton playgrounds for the kids to try out (in fact, you'd better check out our blog Playgrounds in the Margaret River region too)

Sea Play on the Bay is a $3m adventure-style playground on the Busselton foreshore between Equinox Café and The Goose. It’s a huge wooden shipwreck complete with crows nest you can climb, a jetty with water pump, a whale and giant squid.

Ours were the ONLY kids who got saturated showering under the water pump – be sure to bring spare clothes, towels and bathers for a swim at the beach opposite.

The Equinox Café has a great fish and chips-style takeaway menu, and The Goose has just opened ‘Salt’, a takeaway bar with American style food – loaded fries, pulled pork burgers and more. Yummo. There’s plenty of space to relax under the trees, so pack a picnic blanket as you can easily while away a few hours between the playground and beach.

A new nature-style Toddler Playground just opened in December next to The Goose and the skatepark. We haven’t checked it out yet, but we hear it’s perfect for the younger kids to explore and climb.

Finally, we just discovered the beautiful Vasse Nature Playground. Featuring natural timber, rocks and greenery, there’s plenty of obstacles to climb and beams to balance on, and a wonderful lookout fort.

Minimum age:  none!

Requirements: sunscreen, spare clothes

Busselton Foreshore near the Equinox, The Goose and the Skatepark

Vasse Nature Playground (Dawson Estate Nature Playground) corner Amberjack Avenue and Napoleon Promenade, Vasse.


Above: Next Level Monkey Business

Next Level Monkey Business

While Forest Adventures South West sets the bar high for adrenaline adventures for people aged 7+, Next Level Monkey Business is a NEW zipline suitable for younger kids, with zipline adventures starting at age 3.

‘Little chimps’ (aged 0-4) can play in the nature playground for free. ‘Tree huggers’ (ages 3-7) can start ziplining, climbing and balancing across obstacles, albeit at a lower height. ‘Great gorillas’ (age 10+) get to indulge in a whole lot of zipline fun, like swinging bridges, climbing walls and rope walks at height.

Located next to Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough, Next Level Monkey Business opens in January 2019.

Minimum age:  Kids 3+ can start ziplining

Requirements: sense of adventure, enclosed shoes

Next Level Monkey Business, 1710 Caves Road, Dunbsorough

 

Bike ride along the foreshore

There’s nothing better than a family bike ride along Busselton foreshore – it’s so picturesque and flat, perfect for cycling!

The bike path stretches 27km from Busselton Jetty to Dunsborough. Too far for most kids, but a fab challenge for sporty families.

Bring your bathers in summer, as the path takes you some superb swimming beaches and riding can really warm you up. Geographe Bay is protected from ocean swells by Cape Naturaliste, so the water is usually quite calm and kid-friendly.

Minimum age: none, even babies love a bike ride, albeit in a baby bike seat

Requirements: BYO bikes or hire family bikes from us, just ask at reception.

 

Play big ball golf at Chilli Waters

This is a good little secret, tucked away in Wilyabrup in a converted dairy paddock about 20 minutes from Busselton. We discovered it on a drive home from Margaret River, and it’s loads of laughs.

The golf clubs and balls are bigger than usual, and way more fun than mini golf. It’s like a low pressure golf the whole family can enjoy, and definitely more exercise.

Because you can’t hit a big ball well, it levels the field so don’t be surprised if your kids beat you.

The owners have created a lovely garden, and putt putt (mini golf) facilities too, which are interesting enough that adults can enjoy too.

Minimum age: old enough to whack a ball!

Chilli Waters, 314 Harmans Mill Road, Wilyabrup

Little Monsters Play Centre in Busselton

Rainy days at Little Monsters

Finally Busselton has a great indoor play centre! Little Monsters opened in Busselton’s light industrial area in winter 2018 following the success of their sister venue in Margaret River.

Even in summer we occasionally get a cooler day, so keep Little Monsters in mind if the rug rats really need to burn off some energy indoors, and you need to put your feet up.

There are two play areas; one for babies and toddlers, plus a more challenging zone for bigger kids. They’ll enjoy slides, ball pits, obstacles and all kinds of stuff to climb over and under.

Plus a café with delicious raw treats, local drinks and birthday party rooms.

Minimum age: Adults and kids aged under 1 are free!

Requirements: kids must wear socks while playing

Little Monsters Play Centre, 53 Strelly St, Busselton

Archery and Bubble Soccer at the Archery Park

Busselton Archery Park is just a few minutes from Beachlands, set in pretty gardens amongst peppermint trees.

It’s bit of an oasis on a warm day, and we recommend it for families with kids age 6+ due to the concentration factor required for archery. It’s a big responsibility holding a bow and arrow in your arms, hence there’s an age limit.

Bubble soccer is a barrel of laughs too, and you can make a team for a game of soccer or have a roll around playing ‘bubble smash’ with your friends. Try your hand at 9-hole minigolf, or a bungee run. The park changed hands earlier this year and the new owners are working hard on beautifying the garden.

Minimum age: 6

Requirements: concentration!

Busselton Archery Park, 11 Cookworthy Road, Abbey (Busselton)

 

Fishing Busselton Jetty

End the day by throwing a line in off the jetty. Walk out as far as the kids will happily go (jetty entry is free after 6pm, by the way, or $4 for adults during the day) and find a comfy spot to sit. You’re most likely to catch herring, skippy or squid. Occasionally people catch salmon or mulloway.

There’s a cleaning station on the jetty, or, if you’re staying at Beachlands, use our deluxe fish cleaning station! There’s also free barbecues to cook up your feast.

Fishing is so popular amongst Busselton visitors and local alike we actually wrote about it; The best places to go fishing in Busselton and beyond.

Minimum age: none!

Requirements: patience

Busselton Jetty

 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

We nearly forgot - we just got five beautiful new SUPs for summer fun! SUP stands for Stand Up Paddleboard, and they're such an awesome way to have fun at the beach. Ours are lightweight so you can easily carry them down to the beach which is just 150 metres away, and they're super buoyant, perfect for beginners. 

The calm waters of Geographe Bay are perfect for a paddle, and if you're lucky you might just see a dolphin or sting ray swim past. Big kids can SUP, or little kids can hop on the front of a parent's SUP.

 

 

Family friendly Busselton Accommodation

Looking for an awesome base for your Busselton adventures? We've got plenty of family friendly accommodation options - including luxe bungalows, villas, cabins and camping sites. Our holiday park is relatively small so it's got a great family feel, and amazing facilities the whole family will appreciate; a heated pool (including a toddler pool), water play zone, NEOS360, playground, jumping pillow, a campers kitchen, free barbecues and leafy shaded grounds. You can hire stand up paddleboards, bikes and pedal karts from reception.