Margaret River

Ultimate guide to things to do in Margaret River with kids

Margaret River packs a hefty holiday punch for a small town. Nestled in the bushland of WA’s coast, it’s a three-hour drive south of Perth. The region is Western Australia’s holiday capital and you’ll find incredible fresh produce, some of Australia’s best wine, a bounty of natural attractions and surfing that attracts champions from all over the world. 

The region incorporates Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta and each is packed with a huge variety of kid friendly things to do and great family accommodation.  From family friendly wineries with well-placed playgrounds to pristine beaches, epic snorkeling and diving, fun parks, mazes, horse riding and more, families will be spoiled for choice.

Busselton Jetty Aussie road trip hidden gems
Busselton Jetty

Internationally renowned as one of the best big-wave surfing locations in the world, take a drive along the coast to watch the surfers catching waves and wiping out on the treacherous breaks, and if your kids are a little older and have the skills, they too can enjoy a part of the watery action.

There is a limestone cave network beneath the surface of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge and incredible national parks including The Boranup Karri Forest and Bramley National Park which are ideal for hiking and exploring with the kids. 

Busselton is one of the jewels in Margaret River’s tourism crown. The seaside town is a popular spot for families with plenty of resorts and accommodation for every budget. Here you’ll find easy access to the vineyards and other attractions, plus ample playgrounds, calm sheltered white sandy beaches and, of course, the famous Busselton Jetty.

Top things to do in Margaret River

Just a short drive from Perth, Margaret River has plenty to offer families. Here are ten must dos for your family’s holiday hit list.

  1. Climb the Lighthouse in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park  
  2. Take to the waters for whale spotting during the annual migration. 
  3. Stop to smell the flowers on a wildflower walk.
  4. Hit the surf on one of the patrolled beaches.
  5. Nibble your way through Margaret River Chocolate Factory
  6. Stroll the length of Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden jetty in the world.
  7. Explore the ancient wonders of Ngilgi Cave.
  8. Get lost at A Maze’n Margaret River Maze and garden.
  9. Learn about native flora and fauna on a Cape Cultural Tour.
  10. Canoe up the Margaret River for a bushtucker meal.

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Kids standing on the tree top walk platform 40m above the Valley of the Giants forest floor
Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Photo: Margaret River Region

Best time to visit Margaret River as a family

Though it is touted as an all-year round holiday destination, the best time to visit this stunning West Australian region is from April to September, or the dry season as the locals refer to it. During this time temperatures are comfortable and access to all attractions is almost guaranteed. Add to that clear skies and the result is great days out from sunrise to sunset.

Autumn offers mild daytime temperatures, sunny days and vineyards filled with ripening grapes. Early April is popular with surf enthusiasts, as it hosts an international surf tournament that features surfers from around the world, but this draws a lot of visitors so book well in advance.

Spring is idyllic and nature lovers will love the months of September to October for its mild weather and blossoms. In summer, many Perth locals retreat to the region for the beach, surf, sun and sand as the temperatures peak.

Customers enjoy a free sample from friendly employee at Margaret River Chocolate Factory in Western Australia
Complete chocolate overload, Photo: Tourism Western Australia

Family-friendly places to eat in Margaret River

Boasting the sea to one side and rich farmlands on the other, the Margaret River region offers the best fresh produce when it comes to cuisine. Add to that seasonal delights such as berries and free chocolate sampling to form part of a free tasting trail, and no one should go away hungry. 

The local produce from the area is world-class and exported to all corners of the globe. A top tip is to allow some extra room in your luggage for a bottle of jam, olive oil or another regional speciality to take home or give as a gift. The Berry Farm, in a stunning location, has 40 tasting opportunities while at the Fudge Factory you can taste and watch the mouth-watering sweet being made. And you can’t go past Simmo’s Ice Creamery, made using the best ingredients and local dairy products.

top regional destinations for families
The Margaret River WA. Picture: Shutterstock

Things to do for free in Margaret River

  • From Margaret River to Busselton, Augusta and Dunsborough, there is no end to the fun things you can do in this region. Take to the surf, stroll a deserted beach, watch whales breach and stingrays splash. Margaret River Mouth, where Margaret River meets the ocean, is a calm, sheltered family beach and Hamelin Bay is simply stunning and one of the best places to spot stingrays.
  • Explore the coast from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. Boranup Karri Forest and Bramley National Park offer peaceful scenic drives and Cape Leeuwin is worth a day trip, as it’s the most south-western point of Western Australia, where two oceans come crashing together. 
  • Visit one of the family-friendly wineries or growers who will welcome you in to see how their produce is grown and prepared.  Head on a free food tasting tour filled with samples of chocolate, ice-cream and other delicacies before working it all off with a walk.
What’s on?

Annual events for families in Margaret River

January- Oz Rock Busselton

Australian music and talent come together in this picturesque seaside town

January - Western Australian Circus Festival

A 3-day event held in Karridale, a short drive south of Margaret River, that showcases international and Australian circus performers.

January - Leeuwin Estate Family Concert

The Leeuwin Estate stages its annual family concert with popular artists and entertainment for the kids.

March – Emergence Creative Festival

Join the best of music, film, digital and the visual arts in this celebration of creativity.

March - Act Belong Commit Augusta River Festival

The Augusta River Festival is a two-day event that provides water and land based activities and entertainment for the whole family.

April – Margaret River Region Open Studios

Visit artists and check out exhibitions from the region’s vibrant artistic community

June – Truffle Kerfuffle

A week-long festival of truffles and entertainment

October - November – Margaret River Gourmet Escape

A feast for all foodie families in one of Australia’s finest greatest growing food bowls.

December – Southbound

This annual music festival in Busselton is always a hit with families.

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