It’s that time in Australia right now, the mid year school holidays. There’s that constant battle – do we just bunker down & fill our days with activities & play dates, or do we hit the road & get away? Lucky for us, we took the chance to get away from the day to day grind for a little while and take a few deep breaths. We loaded up the car & hit the road. To Busselton.
Busselton, or Busso if you’re a local, is an easy 2 hours drive south west of my home town Perth on the beautiful W.A. coast. I spent plenty of time in Busselton whilst we were living in Nannup. It’s the closest major town to Nannup, so it’s where I use to spend the day food shopping, visiting the doctor or grabbing some Chinese takeaway as a treat!
It’s always had a bit of a bogan reputation, not really being able to compete with the wineries & shopping of it’s surrounding cooler neighbours like Margaret River & Dunsborough.
But those times are changing. Busselton has become a place I’d like to visit more often, especially with my family. Here’s just a few family friendly suggestions of the variety of activities you can get up to in Busselton in W.A’s beautiful South West.
Where We Stayed: Options are endless, but by the beach is the key. We are Accor Vacation Club Members, so we made use of The Sebel in Broadwater. The kids loved the pool, we loved the self contained unit, easy walk to the beach & the family friendly restaurant Stilts.
What We Did:
Playtime! Busselton has loads of playgrounds dotted all over the town. This one was a two minute stroll from our Accommodation & right on the beach. Plenty of fresh air, running around – what more could you ask for? There’s parks by the beach, by the river (feed the ducks!) & most importantly, near coffee!!!
Beached It! If you can’t wear the kids out at one of Busselton’s gorgeous parks, then hit the beach! Busselton has in my opinion, some of the best beaches in world! Picture perfect, the beaches are more protected than the surfing mecca of Margaret River & Dunsborough just round the corner. The beaches are calm & clean & perfect for swimming, wading, collecting shells & building sandcastles! And maybe a cartwheel or two….
Visited the Busselton Jetty! Next stop, the Busselton Jetty train, which we all loved. The Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere stretching almost 2 km out to sea & said to be the third longest wooden structure in the world!!! There is the option to walk the jetty, but the kids loved the miniature train ride & I found it most relaxing…..
The train stops at the spectacular Underwater Observatory which descends 8 metres below the water’s surface. Pretty cool. There’s also an Interpretive Centre. Can I just for a moment mention the water – how gorgeous is the ocean – crystal clear & a myriad of blue & green – just beautiful!
Surrounding the Jetty are more fantastic beaches, parklands, a playground & a couple of gorgeous cafes. There’s ice cream, naturally, & a pub if you’re after a family friendly counter meal (complete with playground & outdoor tables in the sun!)
And all this is walking distance from the Busselton town centre. There’s more great shopping, pubs, restaurants, cafes, galleries & historical sites to be seen.
So there’s just 3 Family Friendly activities for you & your tribe to catch up on next time you’re up for some relaxing in, my opinion, one of the most beautiful corner’s of Australia! Enjoy!
You can get more information about Busselton & it’s surrounding areas at the Busselton Visitor’s Centre.
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