Family Friendly Winter Activities in Yallingup
Winter is a fabulous time to bring your family to the south west: there’s a wealth of things to see and do without summer’s crazy queues. You can get a table at your favourite restaurant at short notice AND a car park at Yallingup Beach without having to park half way up the hill! And at the end of a busy day relax in front of the fire with a Margaret River Cabernet.
While it’s a treat to spend rainy days at home playing scrabble or reading the newspaper, with children you might not have that luxury! So we’ve compiled our tips for the best places to take kids in Yallingup, Dunsborough and Margaret River this winter.
Here they are – we hope you enjoy.
Vicki, Julie, Lizzy & Shiv
Family Friendly Activities
Ngilgi Cave, Yallingup
It’s warm and dry underground, and the kids LOVE the adventure! Sing songs in the amphitheatre and look for fairies in the depths of the cave. Just 5 minutes from Wildwood Valley. Tours take you into the cave every 30 minutes. Once they’ve given you the background/history and cave rules you’re free to explore at your own pace. Great for kids 4+. margaretriver.com
Gardens at Caves House Hotel
This heritage garden is prime fairy-finding real estate for young kids – and the grassy banks are perfect for rolling down too. The pub serves meals and Ngilgi Cave and Yallingup playground and beach are both just a 10 minute walk away.
A fabulous adventure playground near Yallingup Beach. During summer the car park is overflowing – during winter you’ll get to meet some local families and your child won’t need to wait for the swing.
Climb Big Rock, Dunsborough
Most locals don’t know about it, but it’s a short 5 minute stroll and you’re rewarded with a fabulous view of Geographe Bay. If the weather is clear take a walk through the bush land. Park at the end of Big Rock Place, Quedjinup. Google Map
Shearing Shed, Wildwood Road
Our neighbours on Wildwood Road. Younger children love feeding the sheep ($1 for food) or watching the shearing demo which happens daily. It’s a quick but enjoyable detour on the way back to your accommodation at Wildwood Valley.
A boardwalk stretches over this magnificent coastal granite outcrop. A fab place to watch the sunset or just check out the ocean. Walk to Smiths Beach or The Aquarium (a secret summer swimming spot) if time and the weather permits.
Cheeky Monkey Brewery
This playground! It’s expansive and fully enclosed so you can relax knowing the kids are happy. Great range of beers on tap and pub grub food. Located on Caves Road 20 minutes south of Yallingup.
Whale Watching in Augusta
We’ve just had friends visit from Europe and this was the highlight of our touring. Curious Humpbacks, Southern Right and Blue Whales can be viewed in Flinders Bay off Augusta as they migrate from Antarctica to the warmer water north of Broome. There’s several good whale watching companies, bookable through margaretriver.com
Family Friendly Food & Coffee
Goanna Cafe for Breakkie or Lunch
My kids won’t eat vegetables or anything spicy, but they can devour an adult portion of Indo Rice in a nanosecond! Great quality food and a family-friendly business. There’s an outdoor play area and the cafe backs onto native bush land so it’s a superb outlook. Open Wednesday to Sunday 8am – 4pm. goannacafe.com.au
Caves Park Store
The building has barely changed but the cakes and coffees are fab! There’s undercover tables and they serve lunch too. This is the closest place to buy newspapers, milk and other basic supplies.
Albert + Nikola Coffee
Best coffee in Dunsborough. They use Pound and Essence coffee beans and will give you a mug rather than takeaway cup if you ask. My kids love to tear around on the grass outside Albert + Nikola or kick around the Sherrin. Located where the tourist bureau used to be: a few doors down from Tas’s Bakery and Occy’s Brewery.
Canteen Kitchen (formerly Samudra)
Sadly Samudra is no more, but Canteen Kitchen is doing a fantastic job and the garden is looking lush as ever! It’s a large spacious dining hall with comfortable tables both indoors and out, and a serious kitchen garden your kids will love to explore. Open for breakfast, lunch and coffee. Dunsborough.
Burger Bones at The Shed Markets, Vasse
“Best burgers in Australia” – it’s a big call, but we love them! Cheap and cheerful outdoor dining at Busselton’s newest markets. Open for breakfast and lunch Thursday to Sunday plus dinner on Friday. Facebook
Dunsborough Country Club – Chef Hamish McLeay
Chef Hamish McLeay and his wife Tracey ran Bunkers Beach Cafe for years and now offer the same seriously delicious food at great prices in an informal setting. Think bowling greens the kids can run around on, counter service and plastic tables. They have fish n chips/casseroles/roasts on Friday night from 5pm, and (my favourite) tapas 4.30-7.30pm Saturday and Sunday evenings. The menu changes weekly, but try the goat curry or fennel salad if they’re available, they’re sensational! Facebook
This is certainly not an exhaustive list – we’re spoilt for choice here in Yallingup!
Please let us know your family’s favourites and we’ll include them next time round.