Busselton Jetty on a cloudy day

Camping in Busselton in the School Holidays

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Busselton is the perfect location for a family trip away. It is only a 2 and a half hour drive from Perth and it has a multitude of caravan parks and places to stay. Despite the fact that there are heaps of caravan parks in Busselton, they tend to book out fast and in advance, especially around school holidays and long weekends so if you can, try and plan ahead.

There is a reason that it is so popular. It is a part of the Greater Margaret River Region and there are plenty of other towns close by. Dunsborough and Yallingup are both an easy 30 minutes from Busselton. With so much to do in the region, this small beachside town has plenty of activities to keep you occupied.

I have compiled this post to help you plan your own camping trip to Busselton. If you would like more details of what to do in the area check out my post on The Best Things to Do With Kids in Busselton.

Where to Stay in Busselton

There are so many caravan parks and campgrounds in Busselton as well as other forms of accommodation like airbnb rentals and hotels. Accommodation styles cover all the various price range options so there is sure to be one that will suit your style.

Busselton Jetty Tourist Park

On our camping trip we spent 7 nights at the Busselton Jetty Tourist Park (previously known as Kookaburra Caravan Park). We loved the location, right across the road from the foreshore walking path and 1.8km long jetty and within walking distance of town.

A highlight of the caravan park is the endangered ring tailed possums that live in the trees. They are easy to spot at night (they are nocturnal) are a novelty for the kids and a good prompt to talk with them about looking after our environment.

We enjoyed our stay there and would choose to stay again. We thought that the price was reasonable considering it was a peak period. We payed about $50 per night for a powered site.

Mandalay Resort

Mandalay Resort has camping or cabin accommodation with heaps of top class facilities like a pool with a water slide, a jumping pillow, and an awesome playground. If Em was in charge of booking holidays, this is the one that she would choose. It does come with a higher price tag though. You can check their current rates here.

Camp Grace Busselton

On Caves Rd you will find a whole bunch of campgrounds run by religious organisations. They are open to the public but are sometimes booked out for school or church camp events. Camp Grace comes highly recommended by my Mother-in-law who stays there regularly. The prices are lower because they are a community organisation. You are looking at a premium of $26 per night for 2 adults plus and additional $10 for each child which is not bad for a beachside location.

Walks in Busselton

We settled in to a bit of a routine on this visit. Most mornings we woke up, made a tea or coffee and took it with us for a walk along the foreshore. Em rode her bike along the path and we would return to camp hungry. Food always tastes better after a bit of physical activity, and the mornings that we did the foreshore walk Em ate all of her breakfast with no complaints or mucking around. She was ravenous after pedalling those little legs in the fresh air.

Riding a bike along the path at Busselton foreshore

We went on plenty of other walks on this trip including the Busselton Jetty, Ambergate Reserve and part of the Cape to Cape track. You can read more about walks around Busselton that are good to do with kids here.

Em and I pausing for a picture on the Cape to cape track

Busselton Jetty

Busselton Jetty is Busselton’s number 1 tourist attraction. As we were staying at Busselton Jetty Tourist park, we visited quite a few times.

Busselton Jetty on a cloudy day

There is a $4 fee to walk on the Busselton Jetty or you can take the train to the end for $14 per adult and $8.50 per child. It is free to walk on the jetty outside the hours of 9 – 5.

We did the long walk down the jetty early one morning and were ravenous by the time we returned to camp for breakfast. My mind was completely preoccupied with bacon for at least the last 300m.

Rick and Em took the train to the end of the jetty one afternoon while I chose to stay at camp and have a couple of quiet child free hours.  You can read about their experience in my post Casual Aussie Racism in Busselton. Em absolutely loved it.

For more information on some of the attractions that the Jetty offers read my post on The Best Things to Do with Kids in Busselton.

Busselton Beaches

Busselton is located on the Geographe Bay and is known for its beaches. When we arrived Busselton’s beautiful beaches were covered in seaweed but this is not always the case. We met a local who told us that the seaweed had only arrived the week before. Stirred up by a cyclone up north the currents pushed the seaweed to the shore. Such a shame it arrived just before us.

Busselton beach covered in seaweed

The seaweed prevented us from enjoying the beach as much as we usually would on this stay. We still spent plenty of time close to the beach but went a bit further afield for a swim. Yallingup town beach is located on the other side of the Cape which protected it from the seaweed onslaught. We also found Meelup Beach in Dunsborough was clear of seaweed.

The region as a whole offers plenty of options for beachside fun.

Busselton Town

There are plenty of shops and cafes in town for you to enjoy. The main part of town was within walking distance from where we were staying so we went for a wander heaps of times.

We stopped for ice cream and coffee at Gelato Buonissimo and browsed a number of shops. Rick liked the surf shops. I liked the Leaf Love shop which sold all sorts of indoor plants. Em likes every shop and consistently asks us to buy her everything she sees.

As well as all the local shops, there are also quite a few museums and galleries around. The Old Courthouse Precinct was a standout attraction for us. We loved the museum which includes the old courthouse and jail. This was a real highlight and I would recommend it to any visitor to Busselton.

Rick and Em behind bars at the Old Busselton Jail

Unfortunately while we were there the Busselton Museum was damaged by fire and it has since been permanently closed.

Busselton Foreshore

Works were under way to improve the foreshore when we were there. The plans looked amazing with a new play area for the kids and lots of green space to enjoy a picnic.

There is a long walking path stretching in both directions from where we stayed and many paths down to the beach.

There are a couple of food outlets including restaurants and take away. We had a couple of Pizzas at Equinox which we enjoyed.

The Visitors Centre is also located on the foreshore, which also had a little display area and very helpful staff.

We loved our time in Busselton. There is so much on offer, but you are also able to just sit back and relax if that is what you want to do. If you want some more ideas on what to do for your own family camping trip have a look at the posts The Best Things To Do With Kids In Busselton or The Top 3 Walks To Do With Kids Around Busselton.

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