There’s nothing better than escaping the humdrum of your usual routine and hitting the sea, sun and sand for the Christmas holidays. And when you’ve made the effort to escape, why not get stuck into South West activities while you’re here?
Whether you’re staying in Dunsborough, Yallingup or someplace nearby, the South West has a lot more to offer than the beach – we admit, the glistening water is definitely a standout of the region though!
The South West offers fun kids activities, community events and entertainment that will break up the trips to the beach and make your holiday even better. We have compiled our favourite activities for you to check out over your Christmas break.
Buy local produce at the markets
The South West region is home to some of the state’s renowned makers. Where do you find these offerings? Local produce and arts and crafts are often sold at community markets, so you can easily discover your next favourite brand.
Origin Markets in Busselton represents 60 Western Australian makers. You’ll get access to fresh produce, local artisan products, and gourmet eateries. Origin Markets is open Thursday-Sunday from Friday, 5th November 2021.
During the summer season, Caves House Hotel holds a market every Wednesday night from 5.30pm-8.30pm. You can eat food and wander past various stalls, all while listening to the sounds of local musicians.
Booked Dunsborough accommodation? The Dunsborough Market in Lions Park is a local favourite. Want to check out speciality markets? You’ll find many spots throughout the region. We recommend asking the local visitor centre or the region’s tourism website to get the latest information.
Get into the Christmas spirit
We’re sure we’re speaking for a lot of you when we say seeing the Christmas lights is one of our favourite childhood memories. There’s something magical about this time of year and when you’re a kid, the lights become an emblem for Christmas time. So why not fit in this special tradition while you’re here?
The larger South West towns like Dunsborough and Busselton usually get together and compile a Christmas light trail to follow. You can jump in the car and go on an adventure. We recommend visiting local community groups on Facebook to see where you can find the lights.
Another way to share the Christmas spirit is to sing carols. It’s a family-friendly event that brings positive energy to your holiday. Dunsborough Christmas carols are at Lion’s Park on the 17th of December, 7-8:30pm.
Get to know the marine life
We were going to try and focus on non-water events as we know South West is renowned for its beaches, but we couldn’t resist adding water featured South West activities here. When it’s summer you’ve got to do summer things, after all. Aside from going to the beach for a refreshing dip, you can set your sights on local marine wildlife like whales and dolphins.
Naturaliste Charters – Whale Watching & Eco Tours are family-friendly whale tours that go for approx 2.5 hours and offer a 99% success sighting rate for spotting whales, including humpback whales, blue whales, and killer whales. There’s a marine biologist on board to talk you through the whales you see. The tour leaves from locations in Augusta, Albany, Dunsborough and Busselton.
Catch a movie at the outdoor cinema
One of our favourite South West activities is the outdoor cinema. Why watch a movie inside when you can watch one under the stars? Whether you’re holidaying with your family or spending a romantic time away, catching an outdoor movie mixes up the usual evening barbecue at your South West accommodation.
Caves House Yallingup starts its movie program on Tuesday 21st December 2021 and will run every Tuesday and Thursday (excluding New Year’s Eve) until 27th, January 2021. Cape Mentelle also presents a movie program through the summer months. You can enjoy a Cape Mentelle wine while you sit back on a bean bag and watch the story unfold.
Take the kids to Yallingup Maze
If you’ve got kids to entertain, Yallingup Maze is a South West activity they won’t forget. The maze is 40 x 50m in area with 5 towers with three levels to try. It takes 30 minutes to complete. Kids work their way through various pathways, bridges and underpasses to find their way to the towers.
During the summer, Yallingup Maze gives the kids water pistols so they can stay cool. It also adds that extra little bit of fun to the experience. There’s a cafe available if you want to grab a coffee while the kids run around.
This is just a taste of what the South West can offer you over Christmas – we haven’t even touched on the food! Whatever you love to do, we’re sure you’ll fine an activity to suit.
Have you booked your summer holiday in the South West? We have an extensive list of luxury and family South West accommodation in Dunsborough, Margaret River, Busselton and more that will make your Christmas holiday one to remember. Browse our properties here.