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You look at your calendar for the next 2 months and it is choc-a-block with commitments. However, before the madness hits you notice this weekend is free! Weather looks like it’s going to be good and you are desperate to getaway from it all. The South West has been a favourite Weekend Getaway for West Australians. Dunsborough in particular, epitomises the beach holiday paired with amazing wineries and food. How do you do it comfortably though with young kids? Leaving on Friday afternoon, after school and coming back up on Sunday, might seem all too hard. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are WA HomeStay’s top tips for the Weekend Getaway with children.
By Friday afternoon, the kids are wrecked. They are usually more than happy to chill out in the car for a couple of hours. You just need to make sure you are prepared. We are told as parents, to not overdo technology but as a parent of a child that gets motion sick, the DVD’s on the headrest of the car are a God sent. It allows them to look up at the screen (rather than down, which makes them ill) and they are distracted enough to not get sick. This is especially useful for the first part of the journey on the freeway, where nothing too exciting is happening.
Pack some munchies as they are usually starving after school and lots of water. Always save some emergency lolly snakes for the last 20 minutes of the car ride! Do not give these emergency lollies out early! It is for when all the wheels fall off and they are over it. So make sure the car is packed, pick them up from school, hit play and off you go. (Clearly, this is not a nutrition blog but a “how to survive road trip with young kids blog”).
If you haven’t stopped at the Crooked Carrot on the way down south with young kids, you don’t know what you are missing. There is an amazing playground, the food is great if you need supplies and it is almost spot on the half way mark. Perfect stop to stretch the legs and get some fresh air/ go to the toilet. BUT it closes at 4PM so if you aren’t going to make it by then (leaving at 3pm from Perth you are unlikely too), we usually stop at the Shell service station just before Bunbury. It has a tiny bit of grass for the kids to stretch their legs. The Bunbury Farmers Market is also a good option. It closes at 6:30pm on weekdays and 5:30pm on weekends. Great fresh produce and a really pleasant stop with the family.
Our go to is Peace Pizza. When rocking into Dunsborough in the late evening, I usually call Peace Pizza when I turn on to Caves Road. However, after my chat to Steve, the owner of Peace Pizza I will be ringing earlier! They take calls as early as 4pm and you can order your pizza for a certain time. It gets put in the queue before you have to fight the peak calls around 6pm. Pizzas are usually ready by the time you drop your kids and partner off at the accommodation and head in to pick it up. Hassle free dinner that just makes the first night so much easier!
Coles closes at 8pm so make sure you get into town before then if you haven’t got breakfast supplies packed. Making sure you have milk and some cereal/bread for early risers means your morning is so much easier. If you won’t make it to Dunsborough before 8pm, make sure you stop off and get some emergency supplies from a service station on the way.
Now you have all the information you need to make your weekend road trip Down South, hassle free. All you need now is to book your accommodation and save on booking fees. Head to our Dunsborough accommodation page and choose which house will suit your family weekend getaway. We have over 70 Dunsborough holiday homes to choose from, with one to suit your budget and needs. Remember we are always here to help, so don’t hesitate to get in contact with Amanda at email@example.com or on 0419 793 285.