Sweeping natural coastlines, terrific wine tours, sheltered beaches, spectacular sunsets and a quaint seaside city that’s home to plenty of indulgent food and wine venues scattered alongside the bustling city lanes – we’re talking about Busselton – a coastal oasis perfect for a weekend getaway with the family.
While swimming and surfing might be less desired during the cooler months, Busselton has a range of experiences to enjoy no matter the season. We’ve done our research, so to make life easier, we’ve compiled a 3-day getaway Busselton itinerary, so you can ensure you’re getting the most out of your next family trip.
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DAY 1: A LOCALS DAY
Start your first day waking up to the sounds of gentle sea breeze rustling through natural bushland and the whispering peppermint trees that surround RAC Busselton Holiday Park. If it’s chilly out, don’t let that stop you. Wrap up warm and take the 300 metres stroll from the park to the white sands and pristine waters of Geographe Bay, named after French explorer Nicolas Baudin’s ship, Géographe. If you’re up early enough, take your camera with you for some ultimate insta-worthy shots of the warm winter sun rising beautifully over the horizon.
After you’ve done some exploring around the Holiday Park, jump in your car and take the 15-minute drive into town for some breakfast. Stop by The Goose Beach Bar + Kitchen, a modern waterfront venue with an incredible vibe. It’s well known by locals as one of the finest restaurants and cafes in the area, and we must say, the locals aren’t wrong. Enjoy great food and service as you soak up the sensational views of the bay.
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After your tummies are full, potter over to the famous Busselton Jetty, the second longest wooden jetty in the world at 1.8km long. Have access to dive, fish, swim or walk the Jetty with a $4 Jetty Day pass (kids under 17 are free.) If you have kids in tow, the new pirate themed adventure playground on the foreshore is a must.
If you’re up for some extra afternoon excitement, board the Jetty Train and visit the Underwater Observatory. This unique building allows visitors to experience one of Australia’s greatest artificial reefs. Descend 8 metres to the ocean floor via a spiral staircase to discover a truly spectacular underwater world full of vividly coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates.
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After experiencing the Jetty, head into town and visit the local shops and lunch spots.
Our top pick for an afternoon feast is the Urban Coffee House, a cosy little café with hanging artwork that covers the walls and oddly potted plants scattered on vintage style tables. Enjoy a nice lunch on the patio and people watch to your hearts content.
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After spending all day exploring Busselton city, head over to Equinox Restaurant for dinner. This top tier restaurant and bar boasts full 180-degree views of the Geographe Bay waters and the historic Busselton Jetty.
The menu is nothing short of amazing either. Indulge in some local produce and delicious wines. The kid’s menu is also generous, offering $12 meals such as pizza, pasta and bangers ‘n’ chips. Enjoy 180-degree views of the Geographe Bay waters and the historic Busselton Jetty right from your seat.
DAY 2 – ADVENTURE AWAITS
After a relaxing first day staying close to your accommodation at RAC Busselton Holiday Park, get set for an action-packed day 2 of family fun.
We suggest starting this day a little earlier. Pack the family up in the car and drive to the beautiful Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. The new extensive observation platform at the base of the lighthouse tower rewards visitors with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, Cape Naturaliste, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and the beautiful Geographe Bay coastline – perfect for photography or for just soaking in the beauty of the Cape region. Take a tour and learn about the history of the lighthouse, and if you’re lucky enough, spot a breaching whale.
You don’t have to travel far for a light breakfast either. Check out the heritage-themed Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage Cafe at the base of the lighthouse, serving delicious cakes, coffee, homemade pies and light refreshments. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee as the kids burn off some energy on the nautical-themed playground.
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After a fulfilling morning at The Cape, head back towards Busselton and make a stop at the Country Life Farm in Dunsborough. The kids can enjoy hand feeding the friendly farm animals, jumping on the giant bouncy castles, running amuck on the indoor adventure playground, and bumping around on the Dodgem Cars and so much more. There’s even free tea and coffee for mum and dad.
For lunch, we suggest the Clancy’s Fish Pub. With a huge grassy area for the kids to play on while the adults can kick back, relax and enjoy an ice-cold beverage while enjoying whatever great music entertainment is on.
After an action-packed day of fun, head back towards Busselton for a nice relaxing dinner. Grab an order of fish and chips from Cod Rocks, head down towards the bay and enjoy a family picnic while watching the beautiful sunset.
DAY 3 – A DAY TO REMEMBER
While whale-watching can be a rewarding experience, why not take it to another level? Jump aboard the Exhilarator, the fastest high-speed jet-boat in Western Australia. This jet-boat will take you through the rugged natural environment around Cape Naturaliste, where you can get up close and personal to beautiful humpback whales, dolphins, seals and incredible bird life. Both kids and adults will love it, and it’s a super unique way to check out the scenery while having fun.
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After an exhilarating morning, head on over to Simmos Ice Creamery and family fun park. This huge playground is ideal for the kids. There’s a wooden fort, a boat, a truck and a plane to set the imagination off on an adventure to a far-away land. There’s also stepping logs, a mega-chain bridge and fantastic elevated walkways to bring back old-fashioned fun.
And of course, the ice cream! Take a picnic blanket and sit under the shady trees while tempting the taste buds with their famous ice cream, hot waffles and delicious award-winning Yahava coffee.
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For your final evening in the great South West, why not have an unforgettable experience and discover Margaret River’s amazing nocturnal wildlife on an exclusive 2 hour family friendly night tour.
Discover adorable rare animals such as the Woylies, a small kangaroo-like marsupial that forage the ground for fungi. Other animals such as kangaroos, bandicoots, possums and more.
On arrival, a short guided bush walk will take you and the rest of the group to the animal viewing site. While you sit down and enjoy some bush billy tea and biscuits, your guides will tell stories and provide factual information about the wildlife and bush tucker that’s native to the Margaret River Region.
For more information and prices, visit their website.
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