Five Busselton Adventures for Fun-Loving Families

Busselton has so much to offer; superb beaches perfect for swimming and paddle boarding, serene forests, the longest wooden jetty in the world and incredible surf right on our doorstep. Best of all, it’s wonderfully uncrowded, so you can feel like you’ve discovered something magical.

So pack your bathers, bikes and boogie boards – there’s adventures awaiting you in Busselton!

FYI, we can book your tours! Pop into reception or call us and we'll arrange it all. With our local knowledge of all the best tours and experience, we've got you covered.

Jump off Busselton Jetty

The historic Busselton Jetty was built around 152 years ago for the region’s flourishing timber trade. Nearly destroyed by fires and a cyclone, the Busselton community rallied to save the beloved jetty, and it’s now open for fishing, train rides and gentle strolls – it’s a 3.6km round trip to the end and back!

There’s nothing lovelier than jetty jumping with friends – jumping off the jetty a couple of metres into the cool, clear water. There’s platforms and ladders dotted along the jetty – look out for one of these, and always jump safely.

Alternatively, check out the Under-Water Observatory – eight metres below the water level, you can take a guided tour and see the beautiful coral and sea life growing on the timber piles. You’ll see fish and star fish, and a mermaid, seal or octopus if you’re very lucky! (We’re serious about the mermaids – check the timetable in summer).

Jetty entry $4 adults (17+), children (0-16) free.

 

Surfing Lessons at Yallingup

Enrol the grommets in a surfing lesson in the shallows of Yallingup Beach. Better still, book a private family lesson – why should mum and dad miss out on all the fun? Crystal Simpson runs Yallingup Surf School with a great team of instructors, and she’ll deck you out in a wetsuit and beginners surfboard. Never stood on a wave before? Don’t worry – these legends will have you on your feet!

Private lesson for 3+ people, $60 per person

Climb Big Rock in Dunsborough

Big what? That’s right, even most locals don’t know about the enormous granite boulder with jaw-dropping views on the outskirts of Dunsborough. Park at the end of Big Rock Place and follow the short pathway through a little bushland to the rock. Cross the small bridge and you’re on the rock. Climb up, looking out for crystals and fairies (those of you with daughters) and behold the incredible view of Dunsborough, Geographe Bay, Busselton and beyond.

If the kids will allow it, enjoy the scenic bushwalk around the rock, it’s about 1.5km and it’s great for wildflower spotting.

Big Rock Pl, Quedjinup. Free!

Swing through the forest like Tarzan

Forest Adventures South West is mind-blowing fun; strap on a harness and helmet, clip onto the French carabiner safety system and fly through the forest, Tarzan-style, on 500 metres of zip lines and other fun-tastic obstacles.

Experts are on hand to give you a 20 minute training session and show you how to use the safety system. Double carabiners mean you’re always attached to the course.  

There’s six courses, easy through to advanced. Course one is designed for younger kids; tall people won’t fit in the suspended tunnel. Course four features the ‘parrot’ totem ladder which dangles 18 metres in the air. Totally worth the nerves though; it’s followed by the longest stretches of zip lines.

We can’t recommend it highly enough; bring the family for some fun in the forest, you’ll love it and want to return next holiday!

Bookings recommended. $44 adults, $36 children (7-16)

Bike riding in Boranup

Boranup Forest is simply magical; thousands of giant karri trees on gently undulating land give the place an ethereal feel. There’s a system of 4WD and bike tracks throughout the forest; pack your bikes, water bottles and snacks and spend a day exploring. It’s an incredibly peaceful place; quiet except for the squawk of birds or the rustle of the wind. Look out for emus, parrots and the occasional carpet python.

There’s several mountain bike tour operators who will gladly show you around Boranup; Surf n Dirt Adventure Tours is a favourite.

Full day MTB tours $140 pp

Check out the nearby caves too; Lake Cave and Mammoth Cave are both located within Boranup Forest. Lake Cave fully guided tours depart on the hour, and you can do a self-guided audio tour through Mammoth Cave. Both are spectacular and filled with impressive crystal formations.

$22.50 Adults, $12.50 Child, $58 Family (2 adults, 2 children)

Read for more fun? Try these adventures next...

-          Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup

-          Aquatastic by the Busselton Jetty (summer)

-          Stand Up Paddle boarding at Meelup

-          Whale Watching tours

You'll need somewhere to stay. Check out our nine different accommodation styles, and a camping option too. You'll find family-friendly accommodation to suit any budget. 

For kids: We make it a little easier with awesome play equipment for the kids; a brand-new playground and jumping pillow installed in November 2017, NEOS360, a swimming pool with shallow toddler area and a waterplay zone. There’s also pedal karts for hire which can be used within the park, and family bikes for hire which can be taken out of the park.

Holiday Park facilities: You’ll find immaculate park amenities, including separate family bathrooms with a bath to make washing kids easier, a heated bathroom floor and fully equipped camp kitchen. We’re 150 metres to the beach and a 3.5 km bike ride or drive into town.

We allow a small number of dogs in the park, but bookings with dogs must be made by phone on 08 9752 2107. Read our dog friendly Busselton accommodation page for information, terms and conditions.

Image: Beachlands 179 (Tim Campbell)