It’s summer, the days are long and the sun is shining. It’s also the School Holidays, which means people on school holidays are free to do absolutely anything they want for a good long time.
Now, we know how hard it can be trying to fill your days up with amazing things to do all the time, we have put together a handy little list of the best school holiday activities you can get up to these holidays in the Margaret River region.
We’re really not trying to be biased, but seriously, can you think of a better thing to do than take a Thrill Ride with Jet Adventures on a hot summer’s day? Book a Jet Boat Thrill Ride and experience the South West of WA on a tour like no other! Can you handle the power and adrenaline rush as the boat races over open water? Peter pulls out all the stops with exhilarating 270° spins, power brake stops, donuts & fishtails and speeds reaching up to 90km/hour. Our custom designed and built boat, the Exhilarator, offers incredible stability, even in the open water.
The Thrill Ride immediately lifts your spirits and sends the wind whistling past you while you enjoy the views of the aqua blue bays like you never have before. On a hot day (hello, summer), this is the best thing you could possibly do outside of actually living in the water. Peter will then kick things up a notch by pulling some amazing tricks to make you feel like you’re on an F1 race on the water.
Not a fan of too much adventure? Jet Adventures’ Cape Naturaliste Wilderness Cruise is the perfect combination of exciting and informative, making it the perfect family activity.
Unlike the Thrill Rides where Peter pulls out all the stops, tricks and turns to make you lose your breath, the Cape Naturaliste Wilderness Cruise sets off at a fast but steady pace. It feels much like being on a fast boat, enjoying the wind and the sunshine while learning about the iconic Cape Naturaliste and everything within it.
Come on down to Yallingup Maze over the school holidays – the perfect destination for the whole family.
Yallingup Maze caters for everyone. The maze itself is all about making your way to each of the four corner towers. The hardest challenge is finding the towers in the correct order. You get to choose which challenge to complete and your maze pass is for unlimited entries for the entire day. Water pistols are provided and are perfect fun for the warmer days. The café boasts a huge selection of wooden puzzles and brain teasers which are all free to play during you stay.
The puzzle shop is stocked with the latest boardgames and many of the old favourites, making a trip to Yallingup Maze well worth the visit to entertain the family and perhaps purchase a game to take home with you.
Café serving an awesome selection of burgers, salads, pizzas, nachos, arancini balls, fresh juices and smoothies, homemade cakes and slices. Local wines and beers.
Nature playground, bouncy castle and a licensed air-conditioned café all make Yallingup Maze a popular choice for families this summer.
Next Level Monkey Business is a zipline and rope course based in Dunsborough. An awesome day out for the entire family, this adrenaline park is a must-do during your visit down South.
Containing a variety of courses that have varying levels of difficulty, Next Level Monkey Business will have your kids swinging, zipping and climbing their way through the forest!
Situated right next to Clancy’s Fish Pub, it’s also a pleasure to pop right next door for a feed and a lie down on the grass.
There are of course a massive amount of activities you can do EcoAdventures Margaret River
Did you know the Busselton Jetty is 1.841km long? It is the longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere! They also run a number of seasonal activities such as Mermaid Tours, Canoe Tours, not to mention that Jet Adventures’ Thrill Rides depart from the Busselton Jetty on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays! Check out their other activities here!
Caves & Lighthouses
Formed approximately 1 million years ago, a number of these complex and fragile karst systems are open to the public. Go inside and be amazed by these massive labyrinths decorated intricately with limestone crystal formations.
Cave tours range from completely easy ‘at your own pace’ self-guided tours, guided tours along boardwalks with great commentary, ‘off piste’ adventure hard-hat tours to extremely adventurous ‘abseil your way in’ expeditions.
You can marvel at the reflections on Lake Cave’s permanent lake, be dwarfed in Jewel Cave’s enormous chambers and take it easy on the Mammoth Cave self- guided tour. At Yallingup’s Ngilgi Cave (pronounced ‘nilgi‘), you will learn the Aboriginal legend as you look up at limestone shawl formations– or delve deeper into the cave on an adventure tour.
Discover the truth behind some of Western Australia’s most secretive, mysterious critters. Deadly or Dangerous? A unique educational experience in a fun environment. From venomous snakes and spiders to fork tongue lizards, large constricting pythons and a very handsome crocodile.
With over 30 different species of reptile and amphibian, the Discover Deadly snake pit showcases the largest display of its kind in the south west.
They also have a School Holiday specific program that you should definitely check out HERE.
The slip and slide at The Beerfarm opened on December 19th and will be sliding all the way through until April.
It’s open everyday during school holidays from 11-3pm, and only on weekends after that (2nd Feb). The slide is only for children aged 3 – 16 years old (they must be able to walk and talk, or have an adult accompany them if they’re too small to slide by themselves).
The slide unfortunately, is for kids only – but adults can be lubricated by the bar! In addition to the slide, they also have a playground at the farm.
A copy of their summer menu can be found here, which has a ‘Little Farmers’ section just for kids: https://beerfarm.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Summer-Menu-2.pdf
This local brewery is family friendly, dog friendly, and all around awesome place!
A little off the beaten track and not as tourist heavy as the Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Gabriel Chocolate sources beans all over the world and makes their chocolate fresh in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Region. Tip: Their chocolate chip cookies? BEST chocolate chip cookies in the world.
Looking for more, Simmos Ice Creamery is a popular choice among tourists and locals alike, and boasts impressive grounds for the kids and an ice cream stealing emu. Yahava Koffeeworks is dog friendly, kid friendly, lets you get your coffee fix while being taken on a koffee safari! The Berry Farm is a quaint cellar door and cottage cafe known for their homemade jams and preserves, as well as their sparkling fruit wines, dessert wines and ports. Let the kids explore their new Adventure Playground while you have a cuppa in their cafe surrounded by wildlife.