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There's so much of Western Australia to explore with your brood. So, what are you waiting for?
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Western Australia is a small and big kids' playground.
There are natural formations such as The Pinnacles to explore, dunes to sandboard down, underwater aquariums to gawp at and marine life such as whale sharks to swim amongst.
We've culled down your options to the best in family friendly fun to make your next holiday the best one ever.
Our favourite family holiday getaways in Western Australia
Less than 2.5 hours south of Perth, the seaside town of Busselton is the idyllic escape for even the littlest members of the family. Its sheltered beach features Busselton Jetty whihc is a 2km pier that heads deep out to sea. At its end is an Underwater Observatory where you can marvel at the marine life from behind the safety of glass.
- Best for: Young families, marine adventures.
- Where to stay: Bayview Geographe Resort Busselton or Mandalay Holiday Resort and Tourist Park.
- What to do: Undersea Walk at Busselton Jetty, whale watching cruise and high ropes adventure with zip line.
Lancelin and Cervantes
This popular tourist route isn't without reason. Sprinkled along the route are the natural limestone stacks of The Pinnacles, soft sand dunes to quad bike over or sandboard down and bays and beaches to rest on when the little ones are tuckered out.
- Best for: Active families, adrenaline junkies.
- Where to stay: Pinnacles Edge Resort or Cervantes Holiday Homes.
- What to do: Take a 4WD dune adventure through The Pinnacles Desert, push the pedal to the metal with a quad bike and sandboarding adventure in Lancelin or better yet spit sand with a ride in a dune buggy.
Surrounded by water and swimming in history, Broome is an adventure filled destination for families.
Water babies can splash in the waters of Cable Beach during the tourist season, curious kids can plant their feet in dinosaur tracks at Roebuck Bay and animal lovers can hop on camels for a unique beach walk.
- Best for: Adventure and history.
- Where to stay: Moonlight Bay Suites or The Pearle of Cable Beach.
- What to do: Go jet skiing, tubing, SUPing or wakeboarding, tour the city by hovercraft and feed crocodiles at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park.
Take your brood inland for a forested adventure through Pemberton. Putting it on the map is Gloucester National Park with its massive climbable karri tree. It's a must for adventurous kids who love to explore and find themselves in the most curious of places.
- Best for: Nature hikes and older kids.
- Where to stay: Kari Forest Motel or Pemberton Lake View Chalets.
- What to do: Hop onto a beach and forest eco tour.
The port city of Fremantle is proof that you don't have to travel far from Perth for an entertaining family getaway.
It's a 30 minute drive from the big smoke and is all historical buildings, museums, parklands and a marina where you can jump on a boat to see the city from a different point of view.
- Best for: Short trips and history buffs.
- Where to stay: Hougoumont Hotel or Port Mill Bed & Breakfast.
- What to do: Whale watching cruise, snorkelling tour of Carmac Island and tour the city by bike.
Home to the happiest creatures in the world, Rottnest Island is overflowing with native wildlife and outdoor adventures.
Think selfies with quokkas, climbs up lighthouses, coastal walks and snorkelling in crystal clear waters.
- Best for: Outdoor adventures.
- Where to stay: Karma Rottnest or Discovery Rottnest Island.
- What to do: Sailing cruise with snorkelling, glass bottomed kayak tour and one hour segway tour around the island.
Located on the north end of the World Heritage Shark Bay, Carnarvon is a popular home base to explore this rich marine environment. Spend your days spotting bottlenose dolphins, unwinding on Dirk Hartog Island or hiking the Gascoyne Hinterland.
- Best for: Water babies.
- Where to stay: Best Western Hospitality Inn, Coral Coast Tourist Park Carnarvon and Carnarvon Central Apartments.
- What to do: Go dolphin spotting, play in Chinaman's Pool Nature Reserve, visit the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum, cruise out to Dirk Hartog Island and head inland to hike Gascoyne Hinterland.
Exmouth is the gateway to the world renowned Ningaloo Coast World Heritage area and its gentle beasts of the sea. People visit the world over to swim with whale sharks, manta rays and humpback whales.
While you're here don't be afraid to branch out and trek through Cape Range National Park with its canyons, limestone ranges and brightly coloured wildflowers which flourish over winter.
- Best for: Nature, underwater exploration.
- Where to stay: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort or Sea Breeze Resort.
- What to do: Go on a whale shark swim and snorkel tour, swim with humpback whales or stay on board with a whale shark eco tour
Planning a family road trip? Western Australia was made to be explored on four wheels. Lose yourself on one of these epic Western Australia road trips that go around the south west coast and up the coral coast.
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