Here we have collated 11 must see things to do in Margaret River for kids. For each of the things we have given you a “Northern” or “Southern” option, so that you can minimize your travel time around the Margaret River area.
Margaret River, Western Australia has enough to keep you occupied for two weeks or more. Over a series of short stays we would have spent at least that long in the area.
However, if you are short of time we have taken the headache out of researching. Here is our hit list of Things to do in Margaret River for a short stay of 2-3 days.
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#1 Visit A Cave In The Margaret River Region
The ancient caves around Margaret River were formed approximately 1 million years ago and there are over 150 highly decorated limestone caves beneath the surface of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge. Visitors are lucky that a number of these fairy-tale grotto’s are open to the public. Some of them are filled with lights, others are guided, and others an adventure that include scrambling through tight areas. Each one is different and it is worth doing some research as to which one suits your family!
Most recently we chose Mammoth Cave. It was self-guided meaning the kids can go at their own pace (and make plenty of noise when there was no one around). It was a great experience and one we recommend. One of the top things to do in Margaret River for kids.
We’ve done Ngili cave, which was offered as a guided tour and tended to be a bit limiting for the kids while the guide was talking. However, we found it very colorful and brightly lit.
Margaret River Wine Region Northern area: Ngili cave
Southern Area: Jewel cave
#2 Explore Pristine Beaches Around Margaret River
The coast around Margaret River is as stunning as you will find anywhere in the world. White sands, turquoise waters, but also incredible rock formations due to the geology of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge are a real highlight. We expected the white sands, but we were amazed by the weathering and erosion of the different colored rocks at a number of different places.
Marg’s (as it is known fondly in Western Australia) is famous as a world class surf destination and the waves are incredible. However, there are lots of more sheltered swimming options for kids as well. You can’t go wrong with the Margaret River beaches that is for sure!
Northern area: Yallingup Beach and Canal Rocks are stunning.
Southern Area: Hamelin Bay is a fave year round, as is the gorgeous Flinders Bay at Augusta, and the Waterwheel Beach nearby to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.
Hamelin Bay bonus – if you are lucky you will see the stingrays that congregate here during the summer months.
#3 Visit A Winery Or Brewery
While the fame of the Margaret River Wine Region is now well established across the world, breweries are now firmly stamping their mark on this region which has loads of fine foodie events. For families, there are plenty of options of wine/beer + food + playgrounds as some of the best establishments offer all of them!
So far, we have enjoyed the following places for a family time out. This is, however, a work in progress. If you have a fave kid friendly winery in the Margaret River area please drop it in the comments as we are totally open to suggestions!
Xanadu, Margaret River – With plenty of places to play, a playground, and delicious food, you can’t go wrong. Check here for more information about Xanadu Margaret River.
#4 Visit The Cows in Cowaramup
This cute little cow-town has taken country innovation to a new level. Cowaramup is now full of amazing black and white Friesian cows which inhabit the main street and are found in all sorts of places. The kids absolutely love visiting this town, as well as its amazing sweet shop!
#5 Visit a Lighthouse
The Margaret River Region is blessed with not one, but two amazingly attractive lighthouses. Perhaps it is testament to the wild and woolly coastline in this area! Tall and imposing, both Lighthouses capture the kid’s imagination and are definitely a photographer’s dream.
Located in the North of the Margaret River region, the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse is an easy climb and offers stunning views over the surrounding areas.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse marks the Southern end of the Margaret River region and ticks the boxes for people who like the biggest/tallest and landmarks. It is Australia’s tallest mainland lighthouse, located at the most south westerly tip of Australia. The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse also has a lookout where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet – which is a cool fact. Otherwise, if you are just looking for a windy walk and some rugged coastline, this is the place for you!
#6 Get Zen With Stunning Trees
Ok, Boranup Forest it is among the most Instagrammed places in this very attractive region. This area of stunning Karri trees is worth a visit. Interestingly, the gorgeous straight trunked Karri trees, almost symmetrically aligned through the forest are the result of logging in the late 19th Century. You can do an amazing scenic drive through the forest, or stop for a short walk or picnic. Unmissable, and very enjoyable and high on the best things to do in Margaret River.
#7 Get Lost In A Maze
Mazes are lots of fun for kids, as they run about trying to find the right way to go. Most parents can only afford the time/energy for one maze, so it is worthwhile to know a little bit about the differences.
The Amaze’n Maze; the only Margaret River Maze is located to the north, near Yallingup. It is huge and has amazing gardens.
The Boranup Forest Maze is very different – rustic, but fun for the kids all the same.
#8 Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
As an established foodie paradise, eating has to be high on the list of Things to do in Margaret River. Also, if you like sweet stuff; there are certainly some delectable treats that you and the kiddos will enjoy.
Simmos Ice Creamery in Dunsborough is mouth-wateringly delicious, with over 60 super creative flavors to choose from. Plus, they have a fun park and mini golf on the grounds, so you can make it a winner with the kids as well as enjoying the ice-cream. Check here for more information about their ice cream and family fun park.
Just as tasty is Millers Ice-cream in Cowaramup. Millers Ice cream is a bit of a drive off the main road, but has a great play area, and feels, connected to the farming land. There are great cows that kids can pretend to milk and a we thoroughly enjoyed our visit here.
The Margaret River Chocolate factory offers free tastings – so how can you go wrong? Check here for more information and opening hours.
#9 Do A Short Walk
So far on this list we’ve included rather sedentary indulgent activities, and Margaret River is most certainly known as a place for kicking back, and enjoying fine food and wine. But it is also a nature lover’s paradise, and we’d suggest that to get your best out of the region, do allow some time for a short walk. We enjoyed our walks around Hamelin Bay (part of the famous Cape to Cape Track) and also a short walk in the Boranup Forest.
#10 Learn The Margaret River Region’s History
As one of the older farming regions in Western Australia, Margaret River has some interesting historical sites to visit, like the Waterwheel at Augusta.
On our personal list of things to do in Margaret River for kids are visits to these two historical homes in the Margaret River region, but we can’t comment yet, not having visited.
#11 Have An Animal Like Experience
There are a lot of establishments offering farming experiences and the chance to get close to the animals, you could consider staying at a farm stay, or (Taunton Farm gets good reviews) or look for an animal farm in the area.
For our next trip, we are definitely going horse riding in Margaret River. It just made it onto our list due to our horse mad daughter spotting an ad in the Margaret River brochure. Enjoy the stunning sounds and smells of the bush from horseback – this is totally on our to do list for the next trip! For more information on horse back riding in Margaret River check here.
Bonus- Things To Do In Margaret River For Kids
Never forget that there are plenty of FREE Things to do in Margaret River for Kids – like Playgrounds. There is a great one in central Margaret River, and another down in Augusta. We broke up each of our days with stops at these playgrounds. I think that the mood of the entire traveling party was better for the break!
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