The Busselton effect

Relaxation meets adventure in the seaside town of Busselton, a quintessential summer holiday hotspot for many a family.

Jan09

The Busselton effect

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Like magic tricks? Head to the RAC Busselton Holiday Park and your family will disappear right before your eyes. Well, that’s what happened to me, anyway, on a recent trip to Busselton.

Just a two and a half-hour drive south of Perth, Busselton boasts all the essentials needed for a classic seaside holiday. Its shallow, calm waters act as a safe haven for little kids to play, while everything from swimming, snorkelling, sailing, diving, fishing and surfing attract big kids to Geographe Bay.

Then, there are the attractions – the Busselton Jetty, complete with electric train and underwater observatory; the Cape to Cape Track, which offers coastal views of whales, dolphins and wildflowers; the ancient Ngilgi Cave, home to a plethora of stalactites and crystal formations; and the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, a 20-metre tower overlooking the Indian Ocean, Cape Naturaliste and Geographe Bay.

The perfect base for exploring these South West icons, the RAC Busselton Holiday Park also offers plenty of activities for the kids. So many, in fact, that minutes into arriving at our cabin, mine had already vanished into thin air. I didn’t spend too much time dwelling, though. Instead, I plonked myself under a leafy peppermint tree for a little R&R and a generous cup of tea.

Mid-sip, I spotted something out of the corner of my eye. Waving and screaming like drivers in the Formula One, the kids zoomed past me on two of the park’s peddle karts. Sometime later (and more time than he’d like to admit), their dad followed drearily behind.

After chasing the children around eight hectares of the property – which features a swimming pool, BMX track, basketball court, mini-golf course and more – he lay on the grass next to me and fell asleep before I could finish my tea.

A cool sea breeze soon lured us to the ocean, just a mere 300 metres away. Hopping on our bikes, we gently rode up and down the coast in search for our own slice of paradise. With more than 35 kilometres of white sandy beach between Busselton and Cape Naturaliste, we sure were spoilt for choice. After picking a spot, the kids began constructing the Busselton Jetty’s iconic boatsheds and a leaning lighthouse out of wet wads of sand, while mum and dad enjoyed a nice relaxing dip in the sea.

Back at the park the kids practised levitating atop a giant jumping pillow, while dad finessed his floating skills in the pool. As the sun began to set, sizzling snags and fried onions wafted through the air – a smell that evokes fond memories of summer holidays for me, and now my family.

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