Hi, we are travelling with our 5 yr old son to Perth and Margaret River from 12 to 19 April. Here are my plans so far. Pls help to advise the feasibility and provide more inputs.
Day 1 arrival at perth airport 330pm. I give 2 hrs for custom clearance. Book a car with Avis at airport. Drive to Fremantle and check in to the cottage i booked. Dinner- famous fish and chip maybe? And possibly walk around fremantle to enjoy the atmosphere at night if any?
Day 2 -fremantle market and Eshed market. Thinking of buying some fruits, vege and bread etc in the market too to prepare dinner at thr rented apartment upon arrival at margaret river.
Targat to leave Fremantle for Margaret River latest by 3 pm.
Plan to have 1 toilet break in between. Not decided btw bunburry or busselton.
Expect to arrive at margaret river 6pm +. Cook simple dinner for the little boy. Guess nothing much to do at night at Margaret River town?
Day 3 - drive south down to Augusta to take the guided tour at Leeuwin lighthouse. Picnic at Hamelin Bay, hopefully can see some stingrays. Alternatively, lunch at Hamelin Wine. Not decided. Comments?
After lunch, drive through the bonarap forest, stop at the lookout. Next stop is Mammoth cave. Initially wanted to do all 3 caves but i read that there are many staircases at Lake cave and Jewel cave and CO2 level can be high inside. I figure they are probably not suitable for the 5 yr old. Any advice? I think we can still see the cave work at lake cave, since ticket to mammoth cave also include entry to the Cave works right?
If after mammoth cave, time permitting, stop at voyager and Leeuwin estate.
Day 4- food trail day. I booked a behind the scene tour at Vasse Felix at 1030am, followed by lunch at their restaurant. Any places we can go behind 1030 around there? I heard lunch be very long in MR. I estimate we finish lunch at 2? Head off to MR chocolate, diary, nougat, nut and cereal and silkroad. Do you think we have time to visit all of them?
Heard Cheeky monkey winery has very big and fun playground. Want to bring my son there, but not sure how we can fit in.
Day 5 - drive along cave road up to
Dunsborough - enjoy ice cream at Simmon, visit meelup beach and the cape naturalise lookout and light house
Yallingup - lunch at smith beach. See canal rocks. Yallingup maze, is it worth going? Want to visit vasse virgin for the olive oil if times permit. Shearing shed seems interesting, but already plan to go caversham wildlife park which also has sheep shearing i recall. So maybe can just skip shearing shed in MR?
Want to drop by 1 vineyard if possible? Maybe Laurance?
Day 6 checkout of apartment early morning. Drive to busselton jetty. Target 9am tour. Take 1 hr 45 mins. Any good place for lunch near jetty? Otherwise will prpeare sandwich in the morning for lunch in car on the way back to perth.
Target to leave busselton jetth by 12 noon. Drive straight up to perth, check into mounts bay water apartment, say 3pm. Go to king's park? Or perth mint? I wantdd to buy the bullion coins for souvenir and perth mint is closed on easter and no trading on sat. If i really want to go, i have to go on thursday. But then again, we only have so little time in Perth, is it worth the trip?
At night, i know there is perth twilight market at forest place. Will go there, but still deciding to drive or take bus. Advice pls.
Day 7 - fri. Visit caversham wildlife park in the morning. Afternoon at king's park, or go to Scitech. We may goto Fremantle again at night since the market closes at 8 or p pm only on fri.
Day 8 - our flight at 420pm. Am thinking of taking the captain cook cruise to and fro perth znd fremantle, without stopping to visit fremantle. Arrival back to perth at 1245. Still in time to go to airport i supose. Intend to arrive at airport 2 hrs before our flight. I read that the cruise is really nice but is sitting on it for almost 3 hrs boring and waste of our limited time in perth? Is there something else i should do? One way is not good idea, since we will need to fi d our way back to city and drive e rented car to airport to return.
Well, that is my plan so far. Your input will be greatly appreciated.