Here’s our list of the top things to do in the Hills this school holidays. The Perth Hills are 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 July Holidays. During the warmer months 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 www.bom.gov.au. Which one of these things to do in the hills this school holidays will you choose?
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.Bookings are essential and can be made via their website. https://www.kanyanawildlife.org.au/
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.
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 Thursday to Sunday with all day menu and Sunday breakfast menu also. www.nakedapple.com.au
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.
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. www.mundaringhotel.com.au
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. www.kalamundahistoricalsociety.com
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
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 https://www.perthobservatory.com.au/
Walk along They Mundaring Weir dam walkway and check out the new viewing platform installed in 2018. Wander down through the No 1 Pump Station and Construction Camp picnic ground. Read the Kids Around Perth Mundaring Weir review here
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. www.mundaringweirhotel.com.au
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. Read the Kids Around Perth Core Cider Review here.
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 www.dpaw.wa.gov.au
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. Read the Kids Around Perth John Forrest National Park Review here. John Forrest National Park is one of the many great things to do in the hills this school holidays!
Swim. play and ride the day away with a picnic area, swimming area, pontoon, bike pump track and mountain bike (MTB) trails. Entry is free and you can book a campsite if you want to stay longer. Read the Kids Around Perth Lake Leschenaultia Review here.
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.
Lots of fairies now call the Hills home. Grab a map and find fairy doors across Kalamunda. Find more information here.
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.
The school holidays can be an incredibly exciting experience for children, but it’s also important to remember the potential stress and confusion that can come with the break in routine. Taking control of your child's ‘downtime’ will help ensure the holiday period is an enjoyable one for all involved.
Sticking to set bedtimes, providing fun activities and having healthy snacks available as well as plenty of water will help ensure everybody gets the most out of their break from school.
Scheduling each day so that there are clear goals in place can avoid boredom and provide structure - this doesn't mean you have to plan every minute, just enough in order to make sure everyone is getting the most out of their free time together.
Once surviving is sorted, don't forget to have fun with these things to do in the hills this school holidays!