Southwest Western Australia from Singapore with Kids!

January 29, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

On the eve of the first day of 2020 we boarded an airplane in Singapore headed for Perth, Western Australia.  We spent the following 16 days exploring Southwest Western Australia in a "campervan" (RV). I am going to make a series of posts detailing the various things we did and saw on this truly amazing vacation, along with my thoughts on traveling in a campervan with four young children.  But first I would like to give you a broad overview/summary of our entire vacation. 

Day 1: Perth
      Mid day- Travel to Perth
      Hotel- Adina Apartment Hotel Perth Barrack Plaza (excellent location and overall accommodation!)
      Dinner- Hunter & Barrel Raine Square (super yummy and close to Yagan Square)
      Activity- New Year's Eve Northbridge family friendly stage and events (awesome)

Day 2: Rottnest Island
      Ferry Company- Rottnest Express from Barrack Street (river cruise and ferry service to Rottnest)
      Lunch- Rottnest Bakery (good for a quick bite)
      Beach- Just North of the Rottnest Island Ferry Jetty (just fine for one mom and four kids without a stroller)
      Ice Cream- Simmos of course! 
      Clean Up Before Ferry Back: Rottnest Public Toilet behind Dome Cafe
      RV Rental: Britz Campervan Rentals (pretty good)
      RV Park: Bunbury Riverside Cabins Caravan and Camping (very clean, new, neat and tidy facilities with pool and bounce pillow)

Day 3: Busselton
      Breakfast/Coffee: Bunbury Farmer's Market (so so so amazing)
      Activity: We spent this day with friends in their home a block from the gorgeous beach in Busselton

Day 4: Bunbury-Nannup
      Activity: Dolphin Discovery Centre Bunbury early morning live dolphin experience (magical)
      Lunch: Brewery along the way that I've forgotten the name of
      RV Park: Nannup Caravan Park (good facilities and great walking trail nearby)

Day 5: Nannup-Pemberton
      Breakfast/Coffee: Melo Velo next door to Nannup Caravan Park (very good)
      Activity: Nannup Lavender Farm (good for a little stop but not yet a must see)
      Activity: Beedelup Falls (cool walk with little suspension bridge)
      Lunch: Jarrah Jacks and their slippery hill! (a must do/see/eat in Pemberton)
      RV Park: Pemberton RV Park (walking distance to Pemberton Pool and average-good facilities)

Day 6: Manjimup Day Trip
      Breakfast/Coffee/Free Wifi: Crossings Bakery/Source Cafe
      Activity & Lunch: Manjimup Heritage Park (great playground, cafe, and 3 museums!)
      Activity: Fonty's Pool (good stop if you have nothing else to do) 

Day 7: Laundry Day in Pemberton
      Dinner: Pemberton Hotel (normal Aussie hotel restaurant)

Day 8: Yeagarup Dunes
      Activity: Pemberton Discovery Tours 4WD tour (an absolute must when in Pemberton!)

Day 9: Northcliffe
      Activity: Art Walk (surprisingly fun stop with the kids)
      Activity: Windy Harbour (nice little cove with a penguin sighting!)
      Activity: D'entrecasteaux National Park Lookout Points (such a great drive!) 

Day 10: Pemberton- Peaceful Bay
      Activity: Gloucester Tree (scary climb but worth it if you're brave!)
      RV Park: Peaceful Bay RV Park (good if you get a spot close to the entrance)
      Activity: Evening on the beach in Peaceful Bay (beautiful) 

Day 11: Elephant Rocks
      Activity: Elephant Rocks mostly with a glimpse of Greens Pool along the way (amazing amazing amazing)

Day 12: Peaceful Bay - Margaret River
      Activity: Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Museum (a little out of the way but worth it)
      RV Park: RAC Margaret River Nature Park (Nice but very dusty)

Day 13:Amaze'n Park 
      Activity: Amaze'n Park (fun if you have a free day)
      Lunch: Colonial Brewing Company (great food and shaded playground!)

Day 14: Hamlin Bay & Jewel Cave
       Activity: Hamlin Bay (pristine beach with sting rays)
       Activity: Jewel Cave (perfect with little kids)
       Lunch: The Berry Farm (lovely little place with great playgrounds and lots of Blue Wrens!)

Day 15: Injinup Spa
       Activity: Injinup Spa (an absolute must but time it to avoid crowds)
       Lunch/Ice Cream: Simmos (the original!) 
       RV Park: Busselton Jetty RV Park (we lucked out and got a spot and it was just the absolute best RV Park!)

Day 16: Busselton
       Activity: Busselton Jetty and Underwater Observatory (You can NOT go to WA and not see this)
       Lunch/Dinner: The Goose Beach Bar and Kitchen (best and maybe only restaurant on the beach
       Activity: Beach, Beach Playground all near the jetty

Day 17: Busselton-Perth
       Activity: Return Campervan and wait out the time until our flight at Lollipops Playland and Cafe (fine)


See Also...
A Review of Pemberton Discovery Tours in Pemberton 
An Honest Review of RVing With Kids
Peaceful Bay and Elephant Rocks
A Family Friendly New Years Eve in Perth

While you're here, it'd be neat if you'd pop over to have a peek at my photography portfolio and fine art store



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