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Things To Do In The Hills This School Holidays

Don’t dismiss the Perth Hills this Summer due to its lack of beaches. There is still plenty to do and see plus several places to keep cool. Here’s our list of the top things to do in the Perth Hills these Summer holidays. 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 January Holidays. Please check the fire danger index before heading to the hills and reconsider your plans where there is a Very High Fire Danger or above. You can find today's fire index in the in the Perth forecast at

Keep Cool at a Waterhole

What the Perth Hills lacks in beaches, it makes up for with natural swimming holes. Take your pick from Serpentine Falls, Lake Leschenaultia, Rocky Pool in Kalamunda or Upper Lesmurdie Falls. Don’t forget to pack your walking shoes and enjoy a hike before or after your swim

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.

Lesmurdie Falls & 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.

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.

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

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 February 28th, 2018. 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

Core Cider House is open 7 days a week during the school holidays, and are offering $10 kids meals and a bouncy castle. They have recently added a nature play area, so these school holidays are the perfect chance to go and check it out.

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

Lots of fairies now call the Hills home. Grab a map and find fairy doors across Kalamunda. Find more information here.

Kalamunda Water Park

Kalamunda Water Park is the perfect affordable day out for the family on a hot summer's day. With two waterslides and four pools including a toddler pool there is something for the whole family to enjoy. The Water Park has recently added inflatables and bumper boats to their facilities (check website for operating days and hours). Read the Kids Around Perth review here.

Watch the City Lights from the Lions Lookout Lesmurdie

Head up to the Lions Lookout off Welshpool Rd in Lesmurdie for one of the best views of the Perth City skyline. Bring a picnic and sit back and enjoy the twinkling lights of Perth city. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights the Travelling Snack restaurant is parked up at the lookout serving lots of delicious meals.

Summer Fruits Festival S&R Orchard Walliston

S&R Orchard are holding another Pick Your Own Fruit Festival on Saturday 13th January and Sunday 14th January from 8am until 3pm. Adults tickets are $10 and includes 1.5kg of pick your own fruit bag. Kids under 12 enter for free. Enjoy a picnic under the fruit trees as well as the provided free kid’s entertainment.
No bookings required, pay on entry.

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