Family-Friendly Walking Trails Around Busselton

Walking is a great way to see the sights and stay fit on your Busselton holiday

Exploring Busselton via its many family-friendly walking trails lets you get up close and personal with the land, weather, flora and fauna of the area.

Hiking with kids allows them to experience through touch, sight, sound and smell. Spending time in the great outdoors is a day of learning through exploration. The coastline and bushland of the south west is lush, colourful and plentiful so there's lot to see and do. Walking in nature is also a fantastic time to capture a few photographs of the family playing and interacting.

In this post, we've listed Busselton's best family-friendly (and a couple dog-friendly) walking trails that only require two feet and a heartbeat to be enjoyed.

Trek The Geographe Path

The Geographe Path is the paved walking trail along the foreshore. It stretches 23 kilometres from Busselton to Dunsborough; that's a hefty hike or bike. But the good news is that it can be broken up into shorter, family-friendly jaunts. Guests of BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park can enter the path at Earnslaw Road. From here it's four kilometres to the Busselton Jetty and five kilometres to Abbey.

Dog-friendly? Yes, on a lead.

Hike The Bush Loop

The Bush Loop in West Busselton is a 4.5 kilometre hiking and biking trail. Enter the trail from Frederick Street in the Light Industrial Area and follow the path along bushland. The path will begin to loop at Queen Elizabeth Avenue, then you'll follow the Vasse Diversion Drain along College Ave, cutting in through suburban streets to arrive back where you started.

Dog-friendly? Yes, on a lead.

Stroll Along The Busselton Jetty

Every visitor to Busselton wants to see the famous 1.8 kilometre long wooden jetty and what better way than a slow stroll to the end. Kids will love walking out to sea and Mum and Dad will love that their feet stay dry. Stop along the way to see what the fishers are catching or to watch the brave do back-flips into the water from the jumping platform. Too tired for the walk back? Treat the family to a train ride back to the mainland.

Tip: Jetty entry is $4 per person, but it's free after 5pm, and it's lovely to walk the jetty on a fine evening, chatting to fishers along the way.

Dog-friendly? No

Walk The Beach

Busselton is blessed is beautiful beaches so it only makes sense to take advantage of these natural walking paths. An early morning beach hike is a great way to get everyone out of bed and into nature. Western Australia puts on glorious sunsets so be sure to head to the beach to capture the glow during the evening too.

Dog-friendly? The stretch of beach closest to BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park, off Earnslaw Road, welcomes dogs to run and play off-lead. Another popular dog beach in Busselton is from King Street to the first set of timber access stairs you'll come across as you make your way towards the jetty. This section of the beach is sign posted. 

Tip: see our blog Best family-friendly beaches in Busselton, Dunsborough and Yallingup for some more marvellous beach walks.

Busselton's dog friendly walks and dog beaches

Meander Meelup Beach to Point Piquet

Meelup Regional Park is a conservation area full of hiking paths that are perfect for recreation and fitness. An easy bush trek for all human family members is the 1.1 kilometre paved trail from Meelup Beach to Point Piquet. Be sure to bring a towel for a refreshing dip once you reach the gorgeous turquoise waters at the point.

Dog-friendly? No. Pets are not allowed in the national park.

Tip: Point Piquet is one of our favourite land lookouts for whale watching in spring. Look out for blue whales and humpbacks around September, October and November.

Photos: Jennifer Morton