Western Australia’s Family Friendly Destinations

Offering an array of expansive parks, idyllic beaches, juxtaposed natural beauty, public spaces, city zoo and fun activities, Western Australia and what the destinations have to offer cater to many, including families.

Mundane everyday life calls for a break to reconnect with those who matter most, family. Perth as the gateway to Western Australia is located at an easy 4.5-hour flight from Jakarta, making Western Australia perfect for family getaway. With its beautiful weather, endless beaches and parklands, family-friendly wining and dining, and cuddly animals, what more could you want for unforgettable family time? These are our top three Western Australia destinations to explore on a family getaway.

Perth
No family holiday in Perth is complete without a trip to Rottnest Island, which recently diversified their fun-packed summer offerings suitable for families who wish to experience the marine better. Book a stay at one of the island’s holiday units or heritage cottages, with many overlooking crystal clear bays and beaches. Another option is Discovery Rottnest Island, a glamping resort nestled behind the dunes of the iconic Pinky Beach where visitors can sleep under the stars, explore boardwalks through the sand dunes to Pinky’s Beach Club and laze by the pool. The new resort will open to guests on 1 March 2019.

This is possibly the most relaxing Perth holiday destination for families and makes a wonderful day out too. Rottnest is one of the easiest places to learn to snorkel in the beautiful, calm, pale turquoise ocean. Voted the cutest animals on earth, a #quokkaselfie is, of course, always on the list of things to do on a trip to Rottnest Island. Join a free guided walk to meet the quokkas when you first visit the island, to make sure little ones understand how to approach these very tame and trusting wild creatures.

For another memorable experience, Mandurah is a destination worth adding into your itinerary. No surprise there, as this is another really easy and fun place to spend time with the whole family, with plenty of space to run, lots going on at a relaxed pace and foreshore dining to keep the grown-ups happy too. Join a Mandurah Cruises tour to meet and learn all about dolphins as well as wild seafood, stroll around the canals in Mandurah Boardwalk for peering at the boats and browsing the shops, lastly, oust your hunger away by visiting Mandurah Foreshore strip to catch the freshest seafood the town is known for.

South West
Just three-hour drive south of Perth and only 110km from end to end, the internationally- renowned Margaret River region in the South West is regarded by many as the jewel in Western Australia’s culinary crown. Families with children can enjoy a day under the sun at award-winning Simmos Ice Creamery and Family Fun Park in Dunsborough, take a pick from over 60 flavours available, and set up a picnic at their open space. For more delectable goodies, tour the Margaret River Farmers’ Market for wide range of top-notch local produce or farm shops for dairy products, sweet honey and preserves, chocolate and fudge, to name a few with options accessible online. Moreover, the South West came up with options of food and beverage trails that visitors can refer to.

Take a detour from Margaret River’s culinary options, by wandering through pristine natural wonders accessible and suitable for children of all ages. Stroll around a stunning 600-metre long walkway positioned 40 metres above the ground, amid the spectacular heights of the tingle forest canopy that is Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. Another recommended site is Busselton Jetty & Underwater Observatory. Located at the same site, the Busselton features the longest timber jetty in the world best enjoyed with a Jetty Train which takes visitors on a 1.7 kilometre journey across the calm, clear waters of Geographe Bay, and Underwater Observatory, where lies Australia’s greatest artificial reef, host to an awe inspiring forest of more than 300 species of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates, making it one of Western Australia’s most popular eco-tourism attractions.

Coral Coast
Fun, adventure, pristine beaches, spectacular coastal scenery and dazzling displays of spring wildflowers await in this amazing region, located north of Perth. A family self-drive itinerary offers a range of fun and activities for all ages, including walking among a moon-like landscape at The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park; a factory tour and lobster lunch at the Lobster Shack; afternoon picnic on the banks of Ellendale Pool; and feeding wild dolphins at Monkey Mia, located within the Shark Bay area – one of two of the Coral Coast’s World Heritage sites – with the other being Ningaloo Reef, best accessible from Coral Bay and Exmouth.

For more helpful advice and information on family holiday fun in Western Australia, you can check the WA Holiday Guide website which includes an online holiday planner.

Text & photos courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

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