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2 THE BICKLEY VALLEY
It’s a short 45 minute drive from Perth to the pretty
Bickley Valley, whose fruit orchards are in full bloom in
Spring. Follow the picturesque Bickley Valley Wine Trail
(with occasional stops for leg stretching and snacks), but
note that most cellar doors and vineyard restaurants are
only open Friday to Sunday. Be sure to stop by the properties
selling fresh produce, or the quirky attractions such as the
cyclist in the hay bale.
HIGHLIGHT | Star Viewing Tours at Perth Observatory are
great for children aged eight and older. Visit on a moonless
night for the best view of the heavens. 337 Walnut Road,
Bickley (08) 9293 8255, perthobservatory.wa.gov.au.
One hundred kilometres north of Perth is Gingin,
a small town with a truckload of family things to do.
Check out the wonders of space through a fully retractable
roof at the Gingin Observatory, then head next door
to the Gravity Discovery Centre for a solar-system walk.
If the temperature’s rising, cool off at the aquatic centre,
or follow the coastal road out to Moore River, a drawcard
for Perth families. Hire a dinghy, jump on a horse for
a trail ride, check out the spanking new farmyard zoo,
or just stretch out on the sand for a bit of shut-eye – if
the kids will let you.
HIGHLIGHT | Caladenia Mini Golf Park is a local treasure,
and one of the best we’ve seen. Eighteen holes in
a lush setting, plus animal feeding and a restaurant with
home-cooked meals to boot. Open Monday to Wednesday
9am-5pm, 108 Caladenia Road, Gingin West 0438 757 708,
As the temperatures increase, so do the opportunities for family-
friendly day trips. Now’s the time to grab the kids and get outta town!
words Jenny Susanto-Lee
1 AVON VALLEY
The Avon Valley, located under an hour’s drive from Perth,
has stacks of things to do. Check out Beverley’s historic
working farm, explore the aeronautical museum, or get
a taste of the real thing with a birds-eye view from a glider.
Eat and drink your way around Chittering while the kids run
amok on the walking trails, and don’t forget the spectacular
wildflower displays in Spring.
HIGHLIGHT | Boshack Outback, a 350-acre working farm.
Its Wild Eco Outback Adventure day tour includes
boomerang throwing, feeding farm animals, bushtucker
tastings, fishing for yabbies, and playing the didgeridoo.
0408 005 628, boshackoutback.com.
4 THE FERGUSON VALLEY
Don’t let the two-hour drive scare you off – the Ferguson
Valley, located east of Bunbury, is a great destination for
families. Its endless green rolling hills are home to myriad art
galleries, breweries, dairies, restaurants and wineries. Kids
will love the 500-year-old King Jarrah tree that towers 36m
over the forest floor in Wellington National Park. When they
need a feed and a run-around, take them to the picnic-ready
Honeymoon Pool and tell them to keep their eyes peeled for
the wildflowers which bloom from November.
HIGHLIGHT | Gnomesville, the forest home of over 3000
garden statues that have migrated there from all over the
world. Entry is free. Located on the intersection of Ferguson
Valley Road and Wellington Road, gnomesville.com.
5 HILLARYS BOAT HARBOUR
Hillarys Boat Harbour is a Mecca for families, with lots of
entertainment for the kidlets and lots of eating out for the
adults. Go for broke on the waterslides or 500 square foot
rock-climbing wall at The Great Escape or, for some more
relaxed action, try your hand at their mini golf, 6D cinema
and trampolines. When tummies start to rumble, there’s
heaps of kid-friendly dining options nearby.
HIGHLIGHT | Let the kids get up close and personal with WA
marine life at AQWA, Australia’s largest aquarium. The walk-
through tunnel lets kids view the sharks, stingrays, turtles
and fish that swim overhead. Open daily from 10am-5pm,
91 Southside Drive, Hillarys (08) 9447 7500, aqwa.com.au.
An hour’s drive due north of Perth, Lancelin boasts some of
the best windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming
in WA. Keep your eyes peeled for sea lions and dolphins –
the area is renowned for them – or head over to Lancelin
Island for birdwatching. For land lubbers, the enormous sand
dunes will provide hours of thrill-seeking, with sandboarding,
dune-buggy racing and 4WDing all on offer.
HIGHLIGHT | Just 1km from the town centre, Lake Thetis
is one of the only places in the world with living marine
Gnomesville, home to 3000 garden statues.
Splashing around at
Walking in the Perth Hills.
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