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Things To Do In The Hills This School Holidays

Spring is here! Which means it’s the perfect time to head to the Perth Hills and discover all it has to offer.  The Perth Hills is home to so many amazing nature experiences, from waterfalls to wildlife to flowers and everything else in between. There’s so much to do, you can easily fill a day full of activities. Here’s our list of the top things to do these September holidays.

Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Lesmurdie

The Kanyana Centre is dedicated to wildlife conservation, caring for sick and injured wildlife. Discovery tours of the centre are available every Thursday and Sunday from 10am to 12pm. On the tour, experience close encounters with native animals, visit the Wildlife Hospital and explore interactive displays in the Discovery Centre. A nocturnal tour is also available on the 6th October from 7pm to 9pm. Bookings are essential and can be made via their website.

Watch the Royal Show Fireworks from Lions Lookout Lesmurdie

One of the best parts of the Perth Royal show is the spectacular fireworks. Head up to the Lions Lookout off Welshpool Rd in Lesmurdie for one of the best views of the Perth skyline and enjoy the fireworks for free. Bring a picnic and a jacket and sit back and enjoy the twinkling lights of Perth city and the fireworks lighting up the sky from September 23rd to 30th from 8pm. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights the Travelling Snack restaurant is parked up at the lookout serving lots of delicious meals.

Lesmurdie Falls and Upper Lesmurdie Falls

With all the rain over winter, the Lesmurdie Falls are flowing and the flowers and blossoming, so now is the perfect time to visit. There are 5 walk trails to suit all fitness levels from between 300m and 5km in length. Once you’ve finished at the falls, head up the road to the Upper Lesmurdie Falls area which has plenty of space for a picnic and lots of nature play experiences. Read the Kids Around Perth Lesmurdie Falls Review here.

HopsScotch Karragullen

Dine in the restaurant, alfresco, out on the deck or in the gardens. The kids will love the playground and exploring the beautiful gardens. Open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch with dinner Thursday to Saturday and breakfast Sunday mornings.

Sculpture Park Mundaring

Redeveloped in 2016, the Mundaring Sulpture Park is one of the best parks on offer in the Perth Hills. Featuring nature play, flying fox, large play structure, musical instruments and the original sculptures, there are many hours of free fun to be had. If you are feeling hungry after a hard day of play, the family-friendly Mundaring Hotel is located just across the road.
Read the Kids Around Perth Sculpture Park Review here.

The Mundaring Hotel

After a play at Sculpture Park wander of to The Mundaring Hotel for something to eat, drink and a bit more play time. There is a playground in the beer garden and Monday, Tuesday and Saturday evenings kids meals are just $2 with any main meal purchased.

Live Lighter Perth Hills Festival Karragullen

Bring the family up the hill for a fun filled day of rides, petting zoo, great stalls, exhibitions and food to enjoy. Entry for kids under 12 is free and includes free rides all day, plus a free fresh bag of fruit. The festival is on Saturday 7th October from 9am to 4pm.

Kalamunda History Village

Kalamunda History Village is the largest folk museum in Western Australia and depicts the unique hills life and industries that developed in the area. The museum consists of a G class locomotive, railways stations, school house, post office and much more. As part of the Perth Hills Spring festival, there is free entry on Sunday 1st October from 10am til 1pm. Find out more at their website:

Masonmill Gardens Carmel

Not just somewhere to eat when in the hills, but somewhere to enjoy a round of mini golf, jump on the bouncy castle, play at the nature play area, feed the fish and wander the gardens. Open Daily, for coffee & cake or enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Read the Kids Around Perth Masonmill Gardens Review here

Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp Family Camp Out Weekend

Bring your family and pitch a tent in the picturesque outdoor surrounds of the Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp on 30th September to 1st October. The Camp out weekend offers back to basics camping - how to set up your tent, damper cooking, self-directed bush walks and outdoor instructor facilitated canoeing and flying fox activities. Cook your own dinner and share stories of your adventures. BBQ facilities are provided. For more information and to book your camping weekend visit

Perth Observatory Bickley

Experience our amazing night sky through a wide range of telescopes at the Observatory’s sky viewing nights. The Observatory Volunteers will take you on a grand tour of the Southern Hemisphere’s sky with a wide range of targets including Nebulas, planets, dying stars, and enormous star clusters. To find out more and book a tour visit

Mundaring Weir

Please note: The Mundaring Weir dam walkway is closed due to maintenance works until November 30th. However the picnic area at the Construction Camp is open and you can access the No 1 Pump Station here to join in tours and activities Wednesday - Sundays. Read the Kids Around Perth Mundaring Weir review here

Mundaring Weir Hotel

If you are visiting the Mundaring Weir while you are in the hills the Mundaring Weir Hotel is a great place to stop with the kids and enjoy something to eat and drink. They have a kids playground, table tennis and basketball. The kids menu includes colouring in and they also have a scavenger hunt activity sheet. The Mundaring Weir Hotel is open daily.

CORE Cider House Pickering Brook

There is plenty of room for the kids to run around at Core Cider house, with a playground and large grassed area. Enjoy a coffee and cake or dine in and taste a range of hand crafted WA ciders with your meal. Kids menu available. Open Wednesday - Sunday.

Nearer to Nature

Enjoyable activities to help you learn more about the environment. Nearer to Nature run school holiday programs for the Perth HIlls Discovery Centre each school holidays. Find out what's on these school holidays at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre and other hills locations at

John Forrest National Park

John Forrest National Park is home to two waterfalls that flow in Winter and Spring, Hovea and National Park Falls. At the visitors area there is a bbq and picnic facilities as well as cultivated gardens of native plants. John Forrest National Park is open daily and entry fees apply.

Morgan John Morgan Park Glen Forrest

Enjoy a picnic on board a train and a play at this train themed playground in Glen Forrest. Read the Kids Around Perth Morgan John Morgan Park Review here.

Find A Fairy Door

Grab a map and find fairy doors across Kalamunda. Find out here.

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