As a local resident of the ‘sleepy city’, Perth, it’s hard to digest that our relaxed and isolated city was once a part of the top 10 most livable cities in the world ranking 7th place. Our epic beaches and relaxed lifestyle has attracted visitors from all across the world but as a local I still find myself asking the question ‘what is there to do in Perth?’ every weekend. With the arrival of spring it’s time to hit the outdoors and see what Perth has to offer, here is a list of locations for family day trips around Perth:
Situated approximately 35kms south-east of Perth and hidden at the base of the hills is WA’s luscious botanical garden Araluen. Famous for its tulip garden during springtime, Araluen is currently in full bloom making it the perfect picnic or BBQ hotspot for family and friends. There are also monthly events held at the park with two events coming up November with Remembrance Day on the 9th and Araluen’s Avocado Festival on the 24th/25th. Admission into the park is $6 for adults and $3 for children aged 6 to 15 years. Just remember that it is a botanical garden after all, so if you are suffering from hay fever be prepared!
Located 60kms south of Perth is Serpentine National Park which inhabits one of Perth’s most iconic waterfalls. The Serpentine Falls is most spectacular towards the end of winter and breaking into spring after Perth has received sufficient rainfall. During this period the waterfall is a gushing rapid provides a picturesque scene out of a magazine. As we move into the warmer months of summer the falls are the perfect place to take a dip and cool down if we want to avoid the crowded sandy beaches. The park is open daily from 8:30am to 5pm and features a great picnic area as well as a 16km trail that takes you up to the top of the falls.
If you are looking for some wineries and don’t have the time to trek it down to Margaret River then Swan Valley is the perfect place to be. Swan Valley is WA’s oldest wine region and produces some of the best wines WA has to offer and is less than an hour away from Perth CBD. The valley features award-winning wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, and cafes as well as mega golf for a great family day out.
If we are looking for something more adventurous then Lancelin will be the spot for you. Lancelin is a small little town located approximately an hour and thirty minutes North of Perth and is famously known for its pristine white dunes and beaches. The dunes are open to the public for 4WD’s, dirt bikes, sandboarding, and dune buggies. If you aren’t that keen in getting copious amounts of sand in your undies then there is the option of hitting the beaches for some kite surfing, boating, swimming or dinner at the local tavern with breathtaking views of the beach.
Yanchep National Park
Hidden on the outskirts of Perth and approximately 50kms north of the Perth CBD is Yanchep National Park. Park comes well equipped with BBQ facilities, picnic areas overlooking the lake and offers a wide range of activities including 240m koala boardwalk stroll, hiking trails ranging from 500m to 46.2km, caves to explore, a nine-hole golf course and much more. The Yanchep National Park is a great alternative for a family day trip if you have already been to the Perth Zoo.
Before you decide to drive for a few hours with your family, do the regular car maintenance checks, including the tyres, so you are off driving safe. If you notice any chips or cracks on your windscreen, consider getting it repaired or replaced as it represents a safety issue.
While on the road, make this family day trip special and take some of the most enjoyable scenic drives in WA.