Who doesn’t dream of some time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life? Whether it’s a weekend you want or a few weeks, here are some tempting ideas of places to explore and relax for you and your family.

Down South

The southwest is home to world class wineries, yet it is so much more than that. It has long been a favourite with families and friends.

One of its biggest draw cards is its distance from Perth, making it ideal for both weekends and longer stays.

Highlights include:

  • Caves • Dolphins
  • Whale watching • Forests
  • The Busselton Jetty
  • Food, food, food • Farm stays
  • Wonderful wine • Beaches, swimming , surfing
  • The Valley of the Giants and Tree Top Walk
  • Fishing • Camping

For longer stays, Margaret River is a great spot from which to base yourself. It has so many attractions to suit young and old.

  •  Other tasty spots • The Margaret River Fudge Factory
  •  The Margaret River Nougat Company


If you decide to burn some of those kilojoules off, there are plenty of other activities to do. The beaches are world renowned for surfing and have several surf schools in the area.

For more information visit www.margaretriversurfschool.com



For something magical, why not visit a real cave?

There are a few in the Margaret River/Augusta area, with Jewel Cave being the biggest. You really can let your imagination run wild there.

For more information visit www.margaretriver.com


Amazing mazes!

These are great places for young and old in which to get ‘lost’.

  • A Maze’n Margaret River (You can also play mini golf!)
  • The Yallingup Maze • The Mythic Maze

For more information visit www.amazenmargaretriver.com.au www.yallingupmaze.com.au | www.mythicmazes.com.au

Tree Top Walk Walpole

This is great for all the family for the following reasons:

  • You literally are walking amongst the tops of the trees
    • Suitable for prams
  • Strollers and wheelchairs can be hired
    • Suitable for all ages

For more information visit www.valleyofthegiants.com.au

Whale Watching

If you’re keen to do some whale watching, then Albany is the place to go. Whale watching is run from June until early October and can be absolutely amazing.

For more information visit www.whaleworld.org | www.albanywhaletours.com.au

For something more suitable for the littlies, why not visit/ stay at a farm? There are several around and it’s great fun for everyone. Most children love the opportunity to ‘look after’ the animals. Imagine their faces while milking a cow!


Colleen has roamed the world for many years on her own and with her husband and daughter, Rebekah. During this time, Colleen has been a teacher and an award-winning recipient of Flight Centre both in Australia and overseas. Colleen will guide you through family travel the way she knows best!

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