I can’t even tell you the number of times I’ve been “Down South”. Especially during the pandemic when I got trapped in WA for 2 years. So many times I made an Ultimate Guide to Down South for you and also realized I’ve done more than 50 things while there.
Is worth visiting?
Most visitors will head Down South during their visit to Perth. From its luxurious wineries to its delightful dairy farms, award-winning bakeries, drool-worthy chocolate, and jaw-dropping scenery. is a road trip worth doing.. It’s about 250km from the capital city,
What is special about ?
What is unique destinations on Earth. known for? Well, I have 55 best below and you’ll find offers world-class alongside an unspoiled coastline. On top of the coastline, it also has rivers, caves, and forests making it one of the most
How do you explore ?
Most people drive to and around Australia? because distances are far in the great vast land of
However, there are several tours you might consider if you don’t feel like driving:
How many days do you need in ?
My recommendation would be a minimum of 2 nights, but a week will give you a much better amount of time to complete this list of 55 best
How many wineries are in ?
More than 25 percent of Australia’s premium comes from . It is one of the nation’s largest regions with more than 200 vineyards.
What to do when it’s raining in ?
You’ll find several activities below that are perfect for rainy days.
Where to stay in Margaret River?
You’ll find plenty of websites offering accommodation Down South like Wotif, Dunsborough Holiday Homes, Stayz, Airbnb, and Cape Executive.
2 of my family favorites are:
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Dunsborough
This resort is smack bang on Caves Road with multiple other resorts and campsites. You can get a 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom with living and kitchen. There is a pool, hot tub, tennis courts, basketball courts, free bicycle use, and free kayak use. Check the best prices here.
Big4 Taunton Farm Holiday Park Margaret River
Close to the Chocolate Factory and Dairy Farm this property is set on a big plot of land with a jumping pillow and farm animals to feed. There is no pool. Chalets consist of 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen, and living area. Check the best prices here.
Are you looking for something super lux?
This private country house hotel is a culinary retreat in the heart of Margaret River Wine Country. It’s pricey, but oh so worth it. Check the best prices here.
I’ve divided this list into sections so you can skip to the one you are most interested in. It starts with the best things to do at your accommodation in favorite places to eat Down South, then we have the natural attractions of the , followed by the best activities to do around the ., before my
What To Do At
This of course will be depending on where you stay, but here are 9 things we love doing in .
Many campsites are scattered about to give you a real earthy connection with the . I’ve done it once and it’s an experience that you should do at one stage in your life.
2. Swim at the pool/soak in the spa
We love staying at Wyndham Resorts in Dunsborough. Mainly so the kids can spend the hot summer days swimming. Most hotels will also have a spa for the adults to sit back in with a lovely plastic cup of .
The Wyndham has free kayaks you can take into the river.
We love to make use of the free bikes at Wyndham. Last time we did a family ride from the hotel to central Dunsborough for a bakery lunch and back. Lots of ocean views and some neat playgrounds to stop at.
The Wyndham also has basketball and tennis courts to keep the kids off their electronics.
6. Movie night
When you travel with kids movie nights are always a must on vacation. Bring your own Amazon firestick to play your streaming services, or pick a fun hotel that holds movie nights.
Loved our stay at the Big 4 because it included a giant jumping cushion the kids couldn’t stay off of.
8. Warm yourself by a fire
Whether it’s a hotel fire pit where you’re roasting marshmallows and making new friends with your fancy roasting sticks. Or an Airbnb fireplace you can warm your tootsies in front of with a glass of sparkling .
9. Happy Hour
Who doesn’t love a good happy hour? While you’ll find plenty of places in the offering drink specials, we love making use of the hotels, because the kids can still be busy not interrupting a quiet evening .
Food Fun In
The region is not known for its cheap eats since it is filled with wineries serving fine and even finer quality food. But here is a few places where you can eat for free, on a budget, and in the lap of luxury.
The has been giving away free milk, and white and dark chocolate chips since 1999. You can also watch how chocolate is made, eat a yummy lunch and watch the kids play. There are plenty of opportunities to shop all things yummy and I dare you to walk out with empty hands.
Also head next door to try the company’s liqueurs, and vinegar.
Side note: you’ll also find the in the .
11. Cheese factories
Along Bussell Highway are a few great places to try cheese and, of course, to add to your collection of gourmet products you’ve ended up buying from all the free tastings. Look out for The , Cheese Factory, and Yallingup Cheese.
12. Simmo’s Ice Creamery
An ice cream factory selling premium quality ice cream situated in large private parkland. They offer mini-golf, playgrounds, picnic tables, and an ice cream eating emu (if you get too close).
13. Vasse Virgin
One of my favorite places to visit, this scenic vineyard opens around 10 am. The gift shop is also a soap factory and home to the sweetest smelling bath products.
In the back, you’ll find a free food tasting, that includes a Ginger & Coriander dressing that I keep purchasing on every visit. You’ll find plenty of balsamic vinegar, olives, cheeses, chutneys, olive oils, and more. While it’s free to sample the goodies I always walk away with a lighter wallet.
14. Gabriel Chocolate
Yes, more chocolate, because there can never be too much. ‘s first bean to bar Chocolate Maker. Gabriel Chocolate imports the world’s finest quality raw cacao beans to craft award-winning fine chocolate at our Yallingup factory. This chocolate is next-level quality and even though there is free tasting, you won’t walk out without buying a block.
15. Yallingyup Wood Fire Bread
Devour a hot loaf of sourdough fresh from the oven at the famous Yallingup Wood Fired Bread.
16. Candy Cow
This fun store can be found in Cowarup, home to multiple cow statues. Candy Cow sells honeycomb, fudge, and lollies. P.s. Can you believe this is my daughter 13 years ago at 6 weeks old?
17. Clancys Fish Pub
The location is divine with the most luscious bush surrounding it, a large lawn area for kids to race around on, and a giant Connect 4 and Chess game to keep them busy. Fish and chips will set you back at about AUD$25 for one meal, but the views are outstanding.
18. The Beer Farm Margaret River
This place is a great place for a beer, but also the kids. They have a permanent wet slide on the hill, which can be seen from the restaurant. The kids will have so much fun, you’ll end up staying all day.
19. Tas’ Bakery
In the central part of Dunsborough, you will find the famous Dunsborough Bakery, which in my opinion has been resting on its fame for one too many decades. The better place to try is Tas’ Bakery. Stop in for a meat pie, sausage roll, vanilla slice, custard donut, or Australia’s national cake the lamington. You can sit right outside on the shady grass soaking up the warm sun – enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
20. Albies, Busselton
The local pub. You’ll find an all-you-can-eat salad bar with any main meal purchase. The meals are always delicious and the salad bar helps to dissipate any guilty feelings after gorging on cheese, , ice cream, and chocolate. The outdoor seating area was ideal for the kids to be loud and boisterous.
21. Take Away
There is plenty of takeaway in the Big Pig Pizza and Squid Lips . More keep popping up, with Mcdonald’s even readily available now. Notable ones in Dunsborough are for those times you are determined to stay indoors after a day of touring.
22. Cowaramup Brewery
Many of the vineyards have restaurants attached to them. On one trip, we were recommended to check out the Cowaramup Brewery which featured a scenic country vista along with a kid’s playground and sand pit. The food was delicious and I heard the beer is good too.
23. Wise Vineyard Restaurant
Overlooking rolling vineyards and the Wise Vineyard prices are extravagant to match the views. But the kids were treated with coloring books and the food is top-notch, just incredible.
When you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion or just treat yourself, this is the place to go.
24. Nannup Lavender Farm
Located centrally in the beautiful , Nannup Lavender Farm grows and produces lavender products on the farm. Visit the tea room for their popular Devonshire Tea with a lavender scone, jam, and cream.
25. The Colony Concept
Learn all about how honey is made and try some of the finest honey in Australia. 100% raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized honey from the pristine environment of the .
Since 2001 they have been growing this small family business to over 350 hives located from Nannup to Metricup in ‘s spectacular . Try world-famous honey from bees that enjoy Karri, Redgum, and Jarrah trees. Jarrah is my favorite.
Vineyards are in abundance and wineries are everywhere. Most will offer free tastings from their cellar door (mini shop attached to the vineyard), with the odd one occasionally charging for the pleasure.
The majority of wineries have great facilities for children. You don’t need an organized tour or booking in advance, just drive from vineyard to vineyard at a leisurely pace and enjoy. Four of my favorites –
Free tasting, as much and as many as you like. Happs is a family-owned business that believes that should be accessible and enjoyed by everyone for generations to come.
This is the only to have a self-serve outdoor cellar door experience, where you can taste more than 40 different wines from chardonnay to grenache.
The outdoor cellar is perfect with a large lawn area for the kids or dogs, and stunning gardens. I never miss a visit here.
27. The Grove
Always a fun visit. On entry to the Grove, you may be put off by the crocodiles and drop bears, but they are all in good fun. I love the cocktail package, which includes 3 different liqueurs that are made into 3 mini cocktails. So delicious and I always have time for a visit here too.
28. Swings & Roundabouts
Located on the iconic . The kid’s playground and tire swing are one of the reasons we have been visiting Swings and Roundabouts, the other is the swings for the adults overlooking incredible scenery. It’s pricey, but the baked brie is beyond mouth-watering.
29. Evans & Tate
I mean they have a jumping castle. Our kids begged to top here.
The iconic is a must, but my favorite natural attractions can be found mostly along the coastline from past to .
30. Injidup Spa
Originally hard to find, now one of my must-visit places every time winter or summer. Try the address 310 Wyadup Rd, Yallingup for your Google maps, and once you’ve parked the car look at the ocean and head left, over the rocks, on nature’s path.
In the end, you’ll find a natural rock pool with a wave of water splashing in over a cliff from the ocean. It can be intense or less dramatic depending on the tides. A great place to swim, look at the ocean, and sunbake.
31. Sugarloaf Rock
Sugarloaf Rock is a gigantic granite rock that emerges from the close to the mainland. The rock is situated within a designated nature reserve in the just off near Dunsborough. It’s best viewed from a simple walk to the lookout.
32. Visit a Bay
Meelup Bay, , , , . So many beautiful beaches perfect for swimming. These are some of my favorites, but you’ll find so many.
is a bay and a locality on the southwest coast of between and . Famous for its abundance of sting rays.
33. Canal Rocks
Thousands of years of the crashing against this section of coastline has chiseled a narrow channel between the granite rocks. A narrow timber walkway allows for easy access and great views of the rushing ocean beneath. The official address is in Busselton.
You are spoilt for choice in the caves available within the , , , and . is especially popular, being just 15 minutes drive from . It’s here you can see a 50,000-year-old jawbone of a prehistoric oversize wombat-like creature called a Zygomaturus!. The most popular are
Two of the most iconic lighthouses of the region are and .
The 120-year-old is set in thick coastal heath on a headland with a beautiful coastal loop walk.
The is located on the most south-westerly tip of Australia, and at 39 meters tall lays claim to the title of tallest lighthouse on the mainland. The views are spectacular.
36. Hike part of Cape to Cape
The iconic Cape to Cape Track is 130 kilometers of rugged, pristine coastline trail showcasing everything that makes the so special from to .
It will take you around a week to complete it, walking about 20 to 25 km per day. Or you can just hike smaller parts of it.
Fun Activities To Do In
Busselton is worth a visit when staying in Dunsborough. The famous jetty was initially built in 1853 and now features 4 iconic blue buildings at the entrance. You can pay a small fee to walk to the end or catch a tram ride.
In the end, you can explore the 8 meters below the surface of the water. This is one of only six underwater observatories in the world and you’ll find over 300 different marine species to observe.
Busselton is also home to a small theatre house in case you’re looking for something to do at night.
39. Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre
Dolphin Discovery Centre is a non-profit organization that carries out essential conservation, eco-tourism, education, and research projects. Organize a boat tour or a swim with the dolphins, and check out the interpretive center.
40. Whale Watching Tour
The plays host to an estimated 35,000 whales migrating from the Antarctic between June and December every year. Witness these astounding animals from the shore, at the top of a lighthouse, or on a whale-watching tour.
41. Aboriginal Cultural Tour
Learn about Australia’s indigenous people with either the Ngalang Wongi Aboriginal Cultural Tour in Bunbury or Koomal Dreaming in the .
42. SUP hire
Try your hand at Stand Up Paddleboarding through the turquoise waters of or off the river mouth in Prevelly.
43. Outdoor movies
In the summer you can enjoy movies under the stars at and Caves House in Yallingup.
44. Forest Adventures
Hang about in the treetops and conquer your fear of heights. The kids will love this one.
45. Take a helicopter ride
For a different view of WA’s take a helicopter tour.
46. Visit an art gallery
I’m not a big art fan, but I always make it a point to visit Christian Fletcher’s photography studio in Dunsborough. “Christian’s pictures are not souvenirs, but images that help us to ‘see’ and to understand the landscape as art. Light literally exudes from Christian’s pictures like few others, and this luminescent enlightenment startles us with its clarity and perception” -Les Walkling, professional photographer
Let the kids (and kidults) loose in a half-hectare hedge maze and see who makes it out first. A half-hectare Giant Hedge Maze, 18 Hole Mini Golf and five hectares of stunning Gardens.
48. Wow Illusions
One of our kid’s favorite spots and a more recent addition to our must-visits. Stumbled on it, as we love visiting the Cereal factory here. Best described as a collection of weird and puzzling eccentricity. Tickets are only $40 for 2 adults and 2 kid families.
49. Next Level Monkey Business
Next door to Clanceys the whole family will love this zipline and climb park.
50. Country Life Farm
One for the smaller kids and the animal loves. The Country Life Farm is home to a menagerie of furry friends: rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, llama, alpacas, donkeys, ponies, Clydesdales, and even the odd cow. There’s also a bouncy castle, merry-go-round, boat ride, and giant slide.
51. Xcape at the Cape Fun Park
A fun park with a whole range of activities from a water park to trampolines, rock climbing, laser tag and so much more. Get a day pass and spend a whole day discovering this all-day fun.
52. Yallingup Maze
Yallingup Maze is the only timber maze in the . You’ll find outdoor mazes, nature play areas, a bouncy castle, an indoor puzzle café where you can play with puzzles for free all day, and more.
53. Go fishing
You won’t run out of places to fish in the .
54. MAS Swan Wreck Dive
The HMAS Swan DE 50 was purposely sunk in 1997 for a sunken dive wreck. This river class destroyer escort is 113m long, 12.5m wide, and 22.5m tall with the upper deck at about 15 meters below the surface.
You need a permit to dive the HMAS Swan and the best time to dive is from mid-September to mid-May.
Over 135 km of coastline and 75 breaks to choose from make one of Australia’s favorite surfing spots. There’s a wave for everyone, from gentle shore breaks for beginners to perfect barrels.
Each year in autumn, the world’s best surfers descend upon in the to compete in the as part of the World Surfing League (WSL) Championship Tour.
If you are new to surfing, your best bet is to sign up for a surfing lesson. If you are far more experienced then check the surfing beach guide here.
Don’t tell me there’s nothing to do Down South. This guide should keep you going to keep you going for days, if not weeks.
I look forward to seeing you in the beautiful soon.
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