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stromatolites, linked to the earliest life on earth. It’s best
accessed in the drier months when the water level is low.
7 THE PERTH HILLS
For a new experience without having to refuel, head
to the Perth Hills. You can look at stunning wildflower
displays at Railway Reserves Heritage Trail or by taking
an organised tour from the Armadale Visitor Centre
or Jarrahdale Heritage Society. For a relaxed and
inexpensive day trip, pack a picnic and head to the
hills besides Mundaring’s Lake Leschenaultia – entry
is free. The Perth Hills markets are also worth a visit,
selling the freshest food the hills have to offer.
HIGHLIGHT | You haven’t truly seen the Hills until
you’ve experienced them on foot. The Eagle View
Walk is a popular 15km loop around John Forrest
National Park, with spectacular views across
the plain to the city skyline and ocean in the
distance. If the kids aren’t up to a hike quite
that long, the Lesmurdie Falls Bush Walk is
a much more manageable 2km, with stunning
water views, and the Aboriginal Heritage Trail,
(a popular spot for whitewater rafting) is only
1.2km. But our favourite pick for the kids is the
Mount Dale Walk in Mount Helena, which has
a wildlife-viewing hide and a picnic area.
8 SWAN VALLEY
Seriously, what’s not to love about the Swan Valley? It’s near
to Perth. It has an abundance of wine, chocolate and cheese.
Oh, and there are stacks of things for the kids to do. Want
to let off steam? Try Oasis Supa Golf, an eighteen-hole golf
course with oversized clubs and balls for the little ones.
Or perhaps The Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm, which
includes bottle and bucket feeding, is more your speed. Kids
peckish? Get yourself to Mondo Nougat, Oggies Ice-Cream
Cafe, or one of the two chocolate companies in the area.
HIGHLIGHT | The Great Valley Rally is a fun three-hour
trail around the valley following cryptic clues. There are 10
checkpoints and a prize at the end – just make sure you’re
back to the visitor centre by 4:30 to claim it before it shuts!
9 WHITEMAN PARK
Close to Perth, Whiteman Park has around 4000 hectares
loaded with things to do. Hand-feed the kangaroos, see
Australia’s native animals and have a pic taken with a koala
at Caversham Wildlife Park. Ride on a vintage bus, train or
tram, get hands-on in the transport and tractor museums, or
get wet at the water playground. Alternatively, take a night
tour of Woodland Reserve and watch rare woylies feed.
HIGHLIGHT | Explore the Children’s Forest, planted by
kids. Discover giant marching ants, colourful birds and the
Forest’s ‘guardians’, the Boy of the Bush and his sister, Fern.
1O1O PENGUIN ISLAND
This popular tourist destination has absolutely got it
in spades. Close to Perth and only five minutes from
the mainland? Tick. Gorgeous scenery? Tick. Cute
little penguins? Tick. It’s also got dolphins, sea lions,
stingrays, pelicans and around 50 species of sea bird, so
it’s heaven for wildlife lovers. The kids will love penguin
feeding time, held three times a day. Take a cruise of the
wildlife sanctuary in a glass-bottom boat, and check out
the nesting sea birds on Seal Island.
HIGHLIGHT | If you’re thirsting for adventure, jump
aboard the dolphin, penguin and sea lion cruise. Visit
fossils in Aladdin’s Cave, watch ospreys nest, and
listen to the clicks and whistles of dolphins, thanks
to an underwater microphone. Open daily between
September and June, 8.30am-4.30pm (08) 9591 1333,
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