Busselton to Perth: fun stuff to do on the drive home

Family friendly things to see, buy and do between Busselton and Perth

Boo hoo – the holiday is over, but the fun doesn’t have to stop on check out. Put the joy back into the journey with our guide to fun stuff on the drive between Busselton and Perth. 

Forest Adventures South West

"whoa, I did it" fun at Forest Adventures, above. Photo: Tim Campbell Photo

For the Adventure Lovers

When we first heard of Forest Adventures, we thought it sounded okay. Then we visited, climbed 18 metres straight up a suspended, gently swaying ladder, and the white-knuckle fun began. Admittedly, course 4 (of 6) is the highest point in the whole course, but it’s the one we loved best because it has NINE consecutive ziplines which are an absolute joy to zoom along, singing “wheeeeeee” at the top of your lungs.

Suitable for kids aged 7+, and adults of any age, there are six courses that range from easy / low-ish to the ground, to adrenaline-inducing. Course 5 and 6 end with a BASE jump, but it’s absolutely safe; you’re attached to a machine that catches your freefall after a fraction of a second (it feels like longer) and gently lowers you to the ground.

10/10 for “whoa, I did it” fun

12 Ludlow Park Road, Busselton. Bookings recommended.

www.forestadventures.com.au

 

For the younger kids

Gravity ETC in Dalyellup, 5 minutes south this side of Bunbury, is a giant trampolining and play centre where the kids can burn some energy and break up the drive home.

They’ll need a set of grippy socks – bring your own or buy a pair as you arrive. There’s a sea of trampolines, a gladiator-style battle above a foam pit, trampolines you jump off onto a cloud-like pool, and a bounce-bounce-stop game with prizes too. If only they had this when we were kids! Upstairs is a coffee shop, and all facilities are spotlessly clean and very new.

99% guaranteed to have the kids sleeping the rest of the way home.

43 Norton Parade, Dalyellup. Bookings recommended

https://www.gravityetc.com.au/

Bunbury Farmers Market

Fresh and delicious food at Bunbury Farmers Market

Bravo, Bunbury

For the Foodies

Market Eating House was one of those lucky finds; having a shopping day in Bunbury, we stumbled into this seriously good wine bar/restaurant. Sitting at the table opposite was Rob Broadfield and Dany Angove (then head chef of Leeuwin Estate) – a clue we were in for a treat.

The service is welcoming and food is superb; the wine list is equally enticing. Many of the dishes are perfect for sharing. There’s a middle eastern / Ottolenghi-ish skew to the food; roast pumpkin salad, spiced cauliflower, pomegranate jewels, Turkish dumplings and Persian meatballs.

9 Victoria Street, Bunbury. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

We’ve often made a trip to Bunbury just to visit the Bunbury Farmers Market, the food is THAT good. There’s a fabulous selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, all beautifully, generously presented. Things you can’t usually find at the supermarket too, like green papaya for a Thai salad.

The meat and fish are awesome value – yearling beef fillets for about $25/kilo? Beautiful fresh fish? Yes please.

Their ready-made meals are our favourite though; family sized steak pies, chocolate mousse, finely shredded slaw, giant pastry desserts to feed a crowd. We’re hooked. Bring an esky and fill up for the week ahead.

2 Vittoria Road, Bunbury. Open 7 days.

 

For Kids + Nature Lovers

Two must-visits; the Bunbury Wildlife Park is an affordable and totally down-to-earth place to chill out and explore with kids. There’s a wombat, young kangaroos you can walk amongst, all kinds of birds including a walk-in aviary, dingoes and more.

Prince Philip Drive, South Bunbury. Open 10am-5pm, 7 days.
www.bunburywildlifepark.com.au

The Dolphin Discovery Centre is about to re-open following major upgrades and renovations. Splash out on a Dolphin Eco Cruise, or try your luck at the interaction zone where wild dolphins come to interact with humans. It’s been a while since we visited, so we’re looking forward to checking the new and improved centre very soon!

Koombana Drive Bunbury.
www.dolphindiscovery.com.au

Owys Garden Bunbury

Above: Owys Garden

For Green Thumbed Gardeners

Treat yourself to a beautiful new and unusual plant (or a whole boot full) at Owys Garden near central Bunbury. It’s an emporium of fabulous succulents, cacti and bromeliads, with gorgeous owners and a wonderful dinosaur garden the whole family will love.

36 Moorland Ave, Glen Iris (Bunbury). Check opening hours.
https://www.facebook.com/owysgarden/

Crooked Carrot Cafe Myalup
The newly extended playground at The Crooked Carrot Cafe

 

For Hungry Kids

We love the Crooked Carrot between Mandurah and Bunbury for a few reasons; amazing home made sausage rolls and coffee. And now they’ve added a huge adventure playground, we love them even more!

It’s a sweet little café with great outdoor seating, and being in the middle of a major agricultural area, they’re big supporters of buying local and supporting farmers.

Stroll the fabulous herb garden, fill up on a scrumptious meal and let the kids have an amazing time on the newly extended playground.

Cnr Rigg Rd and Forrest Hwy, Myalup
Instagram / @thecrookedcarrotcafe

 

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