The Busselton jetty, animal farms, archery parks and ice creameries make Busselton the perfect family holiday destination.
The new Underwater Observatory at the Busselton Jetty is finally open and perfect for kids and parents alike. Check out the exciting and colourful marine world under the pier without getting wet, sandy or sunburnt. Located 1.6km from the shore, you can purchase tickets to the Observatory that include a return trip on the popular Red Jetty Train. If your children are too young or restless to take into the Observatory, a 2km trip to the end of the jetty and back on the Train is always a popular option.
Next door to the Jetty you'll find a child's fantasyland at the Nautical Lady Entertainment World. Featuring water slides, racing cars, a skate park, flying fox, mini golf, trampolines, a fantasy castle, a haunted hollow, and soft-play area for the tiny tots, it's fun for children of all ages. Once the kids have finished running amuck, the family may like to enjoy a cappuccino or Simmo's ice cream in the alfresco area overlooking the ocean. Entry is free, and the park is open daily from 9.30am to 9.30pm during the summer holidays making this a great place to go in the evenings on warm days.
You can never have enough ice cream during summer, and if you haven't had your fill at the Nautical Lady Entertainment World, you can take a drive down Bussell Highway and pay Simmo's ice creamery a visit. Not only can you sample 39 odd flavours, you can also play a round of mini golf, stroll through the park amongst the deer, kangaroos, and goats, and make the most of the shady barbecue facilities. With free entry if you purchase an ice cream, we're pretty sure no one ever pays to step inside Simmo's.
If the children get a kick out of the animals at Simmo's, they're sure to enjoy the Quindalup Fauna Park. Kangaroos and wallabies roam freely around the farm, and visitors can also check out an aquarium exhibiting fish from Geographe Bay, a cockatoo aviary, and dingo, wombat and quokka enclosures. At lunchtime you can satisfy your family's appetites with a good old-fashioned Aussie sausage sizzle. A small entry fee applies and the farm is open 9.30am to 5pm daily.
The Busselton Fun-o-Rama is the perfect destination for young families looking to beat the summer heat. This play world offers hours of air conditioned fun with slides, ball ponds, tunnels, a bouncy castle and much more. While the kids are busy wearing themselves out, mum and dad can relax with a coffee and cake in the Fun-o-Rama cafe, which also offers an extensive kid's menu. If your child's birthday falls during the summer holidays, Fun-o-Rama specialises in kid's parties.
The Busselton Archery and Family Fun Park is perfect for families with children five years and over. Absolutely no experience or equipment is necessary to try your hand at archery, as you're fully supervised and everything is supplied. Once you've finally hit that bullseye, you can take advantage of the park's mini golf, or let the kids loose on the Bungee Run and Adventure Playground featuring a ropes course and flying fox. Open seven days from 9am to 5pm, the park only shuts on Christmas Day.
A number of large festivals make summer an exciting season in Busselton. The Busselton Beach Festival, January 5 - 18, is a community inspired event full of local music, performance, art and dance on the Busselton beachfront. The Festival of Busselton will run from January 17 - 26 bringing float parades, fun runs, vintage car rallies, art exhibitions, market days and the annual Festival Queen competition to town.