11 Great Things For Kids On The South Coast Of Western Australia

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The South Coast of Western Australia has to be one of the most rugged, wild, and isolated places on earth. Visitors to the South Coast of Western Australia seem to overlook it alongside its far more sophisticated and glamorous, cousin Margaret River.   While the Margaret River Wine Region becomes more populous, and even trendier (if that is possible), the South Coast offers that taste of wilderness.  It offers life in connection with nature that originally made Margaret River famous.

We totally recommend the extra drive (of about 2 hours further south) to discover one of Western Australia’s best-kept secrets.  These are the 11 not to miss things on the South Coast of Western Australia with Kids.  Read on to find out all about the WA coast.

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Walpole, South Coast of Western Australia

The Walpole Wilderness

This Wilderness area is a group of 7 national parks that celebrate land that is untouched by humans!  Even for Australians, who are used to large spaces, this place is a gem with untouched beaches, forest and more.  If you want just a taste, we recommend the Mt. Frankland Wilderness view.

For more walks and beaches that celebrate wilderness read our full review:  “Things To Do In Walpole With Kids”.

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Mt Frankland Wilderness View Lookout

The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk

The jewel in the crown of the Walpole area and certainly the place with the most bang for its buck is the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk.  Walk 40 metres above the forest floor on a canopy walkway through 400-year-old red tingle trees that can measure up to 20 metres around at their base.  This is a place of gigantic proportions and should not be missed!  The Valley of the Giant Tree Top Walk is one place that should not be missed on any vacation to the South Coast of Western Australia.

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Walk 40 metres above the trees on the Tree Top Walk

Nature’s Natural Palette

Wildflowers are in season from August through October.  Just the other day we drove a 100km stretch towards Walpole and were rewarded by a reds, yellows, purples, and whites for most of the trip.  Take the opportunity to enjoy the quieter August through September period and be rewarded colorfully!

Wildflower season

Experience a Farm Stay

There are a number of farm stay experiences in the Walpole and Denmark areas.  Seriously, what could be better than staying in a villa or cottage and experiencing the fresh air and farm life?   Each rural farm stay offers a different range of farm style activities, including pony rides and animal feeding.  You should contact each one directly for availability, and details before booking.

Recommended Farm Stays around Walpole include:

Tree Elle Resort Lovely gardens and plenty of animals to pet.  This property has a luxury farm stay feel to it. It is located half-way between Walpole and Denmark.  Check here for current prices to stay at the Tree Elle Resort.

Walpole Wilderness Resort – Nature at your doorstep; where kangaroos graze on the lawns right outside your accommodations.  Four different chalets, each with a heated whirlpool tub with views of the forest.  Check here for current prices to stay at the Walpole Wilderness Resort.

Billa Billa Farm Cottages A rustic farm stay experience with traditional, self-contained cottages.  This is also a pet friendly property.  Check here for current prices to stay at Billa Billa Farm Cottages.

Click here for a full list of hotels and different types of accommodation around Walpole.

Places to Eat around Walpole, Western Australia

The hamlet of Nornalup (blink or you will miss it) offers two delicious places to eat.

The NornaBar

Tingles Bakehouse, just between Nornalup Village and the Valley of the Giants Road.

Denmark, South Coast of Western Australia

So-called the “next Margaret River”, a couple of days in this delightful, slightly hippy, town is highly recommended.  Located roughly in the middle of the other destinations in this guide (Albany and Walpole), you could base yourself here for an awesome place to explore the little-known South Coast region.  For full information, take a look at the complete guide to “Denmark, Western Australia With Kids”.  Denmark is a great place for families on the WA coast.

William Bay National Park

With waters so turquoise, you would think you are in the tropics. This National Park offers stunning scenery and sheltered swimming for the entire family.  We love exploring the granite outcrop “Elephant Rocks” named for their likeness to a herd of elephants, or  going for a swim at Madfish Bay.

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Denmark Animal Farm

Formerly known as the Denmark Alpaca Farm, this little farm offers a lot of animals to pet in a small area.  Our kids love the kangaroos and alpacas while the parents can’t help but be charmed and, as a bonus, the Denmark Animal Farm is located on the extremely scenic Scotsdale Road which is dotted with a number of world-class wineries.

Denmark Animal Farm is so awesome it was included in The Ultimate Guide To Australian Animal Encounters”.

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Feeding the Alpacas at the Denmark Alpaca Farm

Denmark Town & River Area

With so much to do in the surrounds, it is worth mentioning that the town of Denmark warrants some time, especially if traveling with littlies.  Buskers often play in the streets, and the kids will love the playgrounds, especially the Kwoorabup Community Adventure Park.  Not your conventional playground, this fun, and funky  nature park challenges your kids to play differently and use their imaginations.  After you wander back into town, older kids might enjoy a paddle on the Denmark river.  While smaller kids will be happy with the typical playground located across the road from the Pub.

Our Kids go crazy in the nature inspired Adventure Park in Denmark

Recommended Farm Stays Around Denmark

Misty Valley Country Cottages  Great family farm stay experience. Centrally located to all the nearby attractions.  Check here for current rates to stay at the Misty Country Cottages.

Cinnamon Coloureds Farm Cottages A true farm stay experience for families.  Kids can pet and feed the resident alpacas and mini-horses.  Check here for current rates to stay at the Cinnamon Coloureds Farm Cottages.

Click here for a full list of hotels and different types of accommodation around Denmark.

Places To Eat Around Denmark Western Australia

Boston Brewery, with a relaxed atmosphere, live music and a playground among the vines wins our recommendation for family-friendly eateries in the Denmark area.

However, there are some other good options like Mrs.Jones Café or try an award-winning pie from the delicious Denmark Bakery.

Albany, South Coast of Western Australia

The biggest city in the area.  Albany has lots to do and see for families but, in our experience, you have to dig a little deeper. Below is our suggestion of things to do in Albany WA.

Middleton Beach & Emu Point

Our kids love to play at both of these popular beaches.  With well-equipped playgrounds,  stunning beaches and tasty café’s nearby there is plenty to do for at least half a day.  Check out our complete wrap up of Albany Playgrounds.  There is so much stunning scenery on the WA coast.

Middleton Beach
View of Middleton Beach on a Summer’s Day

 

The Gap and Natural Bridge

These are stunning rock formations on the extremely wild and rugged coastline near Albany.  Brand new, state of the art facilities mean that you can get close to these fascinating attractions, without being at risk. (When you see the location of these places you will see what we mean).  We still held Master 3’s hand tightly, but overall it was safe for smaller children.

The Albany Windfarm

Our family believes that harnessing the power of the wind and sun is vital for the future survival of our planet. A visit to the Albany wind farm gives you the chance to get up close and personal to huge wind turbines while also understanding more about how the electricity is made.

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Discovery Bay

Formerly known as Whaleworld, this complex includes the former Whaling Station, a Wildlife Park, and a Wildflower Garden. With a kids playground and restaurant, as well as impressive 3D movies that are shown in the converted whale oil tanks there is plenty for your kids. Ours particularly enjoyed exploring the old Whaler the Cheynes IV.   Depending on the age of your kids, you might want to avoid some of the grislier explanations of what whaling was all about – our 5-year-old was visibly perturbed.  However, for older kids, a visit to the old Whaling Station is a valuable educational experience.

Bonus!

National Anzac Centre

We haven’t been to this recently built facility but it was voted as Australia’s No.1 Museum.  Normally we don’t include places on our list that we can’t recommend personally and friends who have visited with younger children found their interests were limited.  We have decided to make a visit when our kids will better understand the information provided at this important facility.  At a guess suitable for ages 8 up, but that is a guess!

 

Places to Stay Around Albany

Dolphin Lodge Self-contained apartments, very helpful staff.  Choice of self-contained apartments, villas, or suites.  Perfect accommodation for families visiting the area.  Check here for current rates to stay at the Dolphin Lodge.

Albany Holiday UnitsVery clean, well appointed, self-contained units.  Close to the National Anzac Centre and a short ways to the beach.  Check here for current rates to stay at Albany Holiday Units.

Albany Gardens Holiday ResortPerfect family accommodations in Albany.  They offer holiday units as well as and camping caravan facilities.  The property also has a swimming pool.  Check here for current rates to stay at Albany Gardens Holiday resort.

For a full list of accommodation around Albany Western Australia, click here.

 

Places To Eat Around Albany WA

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  • We haven’t been to Australia yet and when I think of traveling there, it kind of overwhelms me because it’s such a large place. I like how you narrowed it down to a particular location and that all your suggested activities are outdoor. That’s always our favorite place to be.

  • Wow, there is so much to do! I have read your posts about Denmark before and it really appeals to us as a family. Discovery bay sounds amazing too, and I love that they go into detail about whaling. I think it’s important for children to understand things like that. At the end of the day, it still goes on in some parts of the world and unless the next generation fully understand it, they’ll never be in a position to stop it. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips
    Nat.x

  • Discovery bay sounds like a great place to visit with kids, albeit the history of whaling, as you pointed out, can be grueseome. Western Australia looks like it has a lot of family friendly highlights waiting to be explored.
    Thank you for linking up with Bebe Voyage #bebevoyage

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Hi! We are a multicultural family from Peru, Nicaragua & Australia. We believe adventures can be global – and local – and are one part of our sustainable lifestyle, and raising children who are global eco-citizens.