Wanting a break from the city life, and keen to see the new nature play ground at BIG4 Peppermint Park in Busselton, our family of four took off early on a Friday afternoon, ready for a weekend of adventure down south.
As guests of Big 4 Peppermint Park, we were excited to experience this certified eco park settled on eight hectares of natural bushland, and hopefully meet some of their 48 resident native possums.
Upon arrival we were met by very friendly, helpful and enthusiastic staff, headed up by park manager Catherine Schofield. Our family studio apartment was cosy and well appointed; a clean and well-equipped kitchenette and bathroom, queen-size bed for the grown ups and a bunk bed for the kids, which was immediately turned into a cubby house!
After settling in, our first outing was to the lovely new nature playground adjacent to the original playground. With its wobble bridges, big rocks to climb, stepping wood rounds and a gorgeous wooden tee-pee, both the kids were immediately drawn into exploring it.
They were also excited about the other great recreational options inside the grounds of the Peppi Park and couldn’t wait to get into the pool that we’d been dangling like a carrot ‘for good-car behavior’ the entire journey down. So a quick plunge into the clear blue water for a refreshing dip was on the cards before we set off to Clancy’s Fish Pub near Dunsborough for some tasty dinner, drinks and a great live band.
The following morning we set off into Dunsborough to the Central Farmers market where we found delicious French pastries, good coffee and hot chocolates for the kids.
Next stop, beautiful Meelup Beach for some frolicking in the sun, sand and crystal clear sea water. The kids made sand men and big long snakes in the sand and we had a great time snorkeling in the crystal-clear water by the rocks. Some great "creature spotting" opportunities there!
Before it got too hot, we headed back through Dunsborough for lunch supplies and went back to base camp, Big 4 Peppermint Park. After eating delicious rolls by the pool (and an afternoon of many games of Marco Polo) we got ourselves some clubs and balls and headed for the on-site 9-hole mini golf course.
Another good night’s rest and we were awakened by the lovely sound of birdsong! The kids explored the park once more before we bid our farewells to Catherine and her lovely staff. We also farewelled one very special possum named ‘Peppi’ who we visited frequently throughout our stay, as she nestled sleepily in the bottom trunk of one of the peppermint trees. The kids got a special ice cream for the car journey home which only amplified their love and appreciation for the weekend. Thank you Big 4 Peppermint Park, we’ll see you again soon!
BIG4 Peppermint Park are a partner of the Friends of Nature Play WA family membership program. For a 10% discount (to the value of $40) on your next stay with them, join up today! http://www.natureplaywa.org.au/programs/friends-of-nature-play-wa