Things to do in Margaret River with Kids

All the best things to do in Margaret River with kids. From kid-friendly wineries to beaches and caves, here’s what to do in Margaret River with the family.

Things to do in Margaret River with kids

Margaret River Australia is one of our favourite family holiday destinations. We have visited seven times over the past ten years and so it feels almost like a second home to us.

Although we head here mainly for the fabulous wineries, over the years we have checked out a lot of fun things to do in Margaret River with kids.

Yes most people come to Margaret River for the wine and visiting the Margaret River wineries is one of the most popular things to do in Western Australia.

Luckily there are many family friendly-wineries to choose from, whether you pop in for a quick tasting or decide to stay for a fabulous Margaret River winery lunch.

Beyond the wineries there are many other fun Margaret River attractions too.

The beaches here are some of the most stunning I have visited anywhere in the world, so make sure you factor in a few mornings at the beach.

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On top of this there are many other Margaret River activities to enjoy with the family – caves to explore, animal farms to visit, mazes to escape from and lots of yummy ice cream to enjoy.

So if you are wondering what to do in Margaret River with kids, here we give you our favourite Margaret River tourist attractions to make the most of your family vacation.

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Visit the Margaret River Wineries

You can’t go to Margaret River and ignore the wineries; it’s pretty much the point of the place. Luckily having kids in tow doesn’t mean you have to skip the joys of wine tasting, as so many of the Margaret River wineries have child-friendly facilities.

From kids menus in the restaurants, to toy boxes in the tasting rooms, to large grassy lawns with garden games, and even playgrounds, the Margaret River wine region is paradise for oenophiles with children.

Will's Domain Margaret River

I have to confess – we once visited 19 wineries in a week, but far from complaining, our kids rushed into each one excited to find what ‘games’ they had.

Some of our favourite wineries to visit with kids include Aravina, Laurance, Swings & Roundabouts and Will’s Domain. Read Child-Friendly Wine Tasting in the Margaret River for more recommendations.

Relax at the Margaret River Breweries

These days its not just wine that is attracting interest in the Margaret River. Craft beer is also big business these days and there are nine family friendly breweries in Margaret River now to choose from.

Serving up everything from traditional pale ales and pilsners to chocolate or chilli beer, you’ll find something to intrigue every palate.

Offering laid back and casual surroundings, children’s playgrounds, live music, barbecue facilities and/or great food, spending a relaxed afternoon at a Margaret River brewery is an experience not to be missed.

 Favorites include The Cheeky Monkey Brewery, Eagle Bay Brewery, Bootleg Brewery, Beer Farm and Bush Shack Brewery.

Play on the Margaret River Beaches

It’s not all about wine tasting in Margaret River – the region boasts some of the world’s most stunning beaches along its wild, rugged coastline too, and spending a morning at the beach is one of the top things to do in Margaret River.

Running over 120km from Cape Naturaliste in the North to Cape Leeuwin in the South, the Western border of the Margaret River region is where the raw natural beauty of the area is at its most evident.

Bunker Bay beach Margaret River

Long stretches of pure white sand run alongside rugged rocks and dunes, while the beautifully clear water is impossible to resist.

Pack your boogie boards, snorkels and buckets and spades and head west to the coast, and you are bound to find an incredible beach to spend a few hours on. Some of our favourites include Smiths Beach, Eagle Bay and Gnarabup Beach.

Read  more about the best beaches in Margaret River here.

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Visit a Margaret River Animal Farm

If you have city-kids like me, then they will love the opportunity to visit the petting farms and see all the animals up-close.

At the Wonky Windmill Farm, kids get to feed sheep, goats, ponies, pigs, ducks, emus, kangaroos and even llamas and alpacas. Also on the agenda, is bottle-feeding milk to the little lambs and calves and cuddling a rabbit or guinea pig.

Wonky-Windmill-Farm

Sunflower Animal Farm offers more of the same, with the option of a Margaret River farmstay where the kids can enjoy pony and tractor rides and help collect the eggs in the morning.

Explore the Margaret River Caves

If your kids fancy themselves as adventurers, then head for the caves, one of the best things to do in Margaret River region.

While most people associate the Caves Road with the many wineries dotted along it, it is actually named after the complex of more than 150 underground caves that run the length of Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge.

Two of the most famous show caves – Jewel Cave and Lake Cave – can be visited via guided tour, where you descend into the depths of the Earth to marvel at the beautifully lit stalactites, stalagmites and other natural calcium sculptures.

Lake Cave Margaret River

There are a lot of steps, but we managed Lake Cave with two 4-year olds with no (okay, maybe just a little) whinging. If you prefer to wander at your leisure, then visit Mammoth Cave to stroll the boardwalks of the crystal chambers guided by an MP3 audio tour.

Ngili Cave (formerly Yallingup Cave) is another cool cave in Margaret River. Located close to Dunsborough, you can visit this cave as a semi-guided tour, meaning the guide gives you an introduction and takes you to the cave entrance but then you are free to wander around at your own pace.

If you have older children (aged 10 and above) the best cave in Margaret River to take the caving experience to the next level is Moondyne Cave, where you don overalls, gloves and helmets to explore the tunnels and caverns via torchlight. Cool!

Take a Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

For a fun way to explore the lesser-visited parts of the region, Margaret River Stand Up Paddleboard offer a national park river tour through the wilderness of Blackwood River National Park.

The 2-hour tour takes you along the twists and turns of the river as you look out for eagles, waterbirds and the occasional kangaroo.

No experience is necessary as the tour begins with a beginners’ lesson. Kids aged 8 and over can join in.

Click here to visit the Margaret River SUP website.

Enjoy a Margaret River Ice Cream

What’s a family holiday without ice cream? Luckily for the kids (and maybe Mum too), Margaret River also excels in this domain. Our favourite stop-off for Margaret River ice cream is Simmo’s, just outside Dunsborough.

I judge all ice cream I try in the world by the White Chocolate and Malteser ice cream they have at Simmo’s and it’s still my favourite!

This ice creamery dishes up 60 flavours of seriously amazing ice cream, and also has a playground, a large shady lawn, mini golf and an ice cream-eating emu named Edward to entertain the kids.

Simmo's Ice Cream Margaret River

If you find yourself with sweet cravings further south, then head to Millers Ice Cream, located on the family farm just outside Cowaramup. Millers fabulous ice cream is made using milk from their own cows, and the farm café has an excellent adventure playground for the kids too.

Get Lost in a Margaret River Maze

A Maze’n Margaret River, is one of the most fun places to visit in Margaret River for kids. This Margaret River maze features a three-metre high giant hedge maze and a 18-hole mini golf course, in addition to five hectares of landscaped gardens with a selection of games, more mazes and playgrounds.

Amaze'n Margaret River

Yallingup Maze has a large wooden maze, in addition to bouncy castle, a large playground and a café full of puzzles and games.

Swing through the trees at Next Level Monkey Business

Kids love the thrill of the zip line and ropes course at Next Level Monkey Business Margaret River. There are 3 levels: Cheeky Chimps for ages 4+, Mini Monkeys for ages 9+ and Great Gorillas for 13+.

Kids can practice their walking, balancing, climbing and zip lining through the natural bushland as they go over rope walks, net bridges, tunnels and other obstacles. There is also a mini zip for the younger ones, a mega zip for the bigger kids and a bouldering wall for everyone. Fun!

Open Friday – Monday, 9am – 4pm. Online booking recommended.

Click here to visit the Next Level Monkey Business website.

Meet the Stingrays of Hamelin Bay

Hamelin Bay offers something very special that you will rarely find at any other beach in the world – stingrays! Big, beautiful stingrays that come right into the beach and swim around your feet.

Hamelin Bay Sting Rays

Go to the boat ramp where the fishing boats come in and you will see several sting rays and eagle rays, all hoping to score some fish scraps off the fishing boats.

Get the kids to shake their fingers on the surface of the water and the rays will swim up to them in search of food. One of the most unforgettable Margaret River things to do.

Learn to Surf in Margaret River

With 75 breaks along a 130-km coastline, Margaret River is also a major surfing destination in Australia. And with all those gorgeous beaches, where better to learn how to surf?

Margaret River Surf School provide lessons on some of Margaret River’s most pristine beaches. Families can book a 2-hour private lesson, or choose from a 3-day or 5-day course if you’re super keen. SUP lessons are also available.

Click here to visit the Margaret River Surf School website.

Discover Australia’s Deadly Animals

Yes, Australia is famous for its deadly animals, but at Discover Deadly they are all about encouraging a positive attitude towards the country’s snakes and spiders.

Snake

With 30 different species of reptile and amphibian, this small reptile house has the largest collection of its kind in the South West. Marvel at the snakes, lizards, crocodiles, dragons, turtles, frogs and spiders and watch animal feedings, listen to talks and even hold a snake.

Open Weds – Sun 10am – 4pm.

Click here to visit the Discover Deadly website.

Meet the Bird of Prey

Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and conservation of birds of prey and owls, the Eagles Heritage Raptor Wildlife Centre has the larges collection of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls in the whole of Australia.

Set in a beautiful natural bushland setting, visitors can watch twice-daily flight displays and even wear a glove and have a bird of pretty sit on your arm.

Click here to visit the Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre website.

Getting to Margaret River

The distance from Perth to Margaret River is around 270km. It is a pretty easy drive down the highway and it takes around 3 hours. We usually break up the journey and have lunch in Bunbury on the way down.

Looking for family accommodation in Margaret River? Click here to read our post Best Family Accommodation in Margaret River.

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4 thoughts on “Things to do in Margaret River with Kids”

  1. It looks like a great spot, saving this for later. When we are back in the southern hemisphere it will be great to be able to take trips to places like this.

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  2. I’ve heard of Margaret River but yes, I kind of thought of it as a place to drink wine and go surfing. Surprisingly, it happens to be a perfect place to go with the kids.

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