A day out in the Kalamunda and Bickley Valley region of the Perth Hills, amongst gum trees, vineyards and orchards, is a lot of fun for the whole family. There’s family friendly cafes and wineries, bushwalking, mini golf, museums, a waterpark and more! Be sure to check out the hidden gem that is Kalamunda and the neighbouring Bickley Valley wine region – they’re packed full of family fun!
Kid-Friendly Attractions in Kalamunda
The town of Kalamunda is a gem, full of cafes, gift shops, children’s boutiques, and traditional lolly shops. Take a walk to the gumnut fountain or have a play at Stirk Park. At the top of the main street, you’ll find the Zig Zag Cultural centre (next to Kalamunda Library). Here there’s an information centre, which is a great place to start if you’re not familiar with the area. Also part of the Zig Zag Cultural Centre is the Kalamunda History Village. The open air museum is the largest museum of its kind in WA and gives you a unique taste of what hills life was like a century ago. There’s an old steam train, train station, post office, school, cottages, vehicles and machines. As well as a wealth of information on the timber and fruit picking industries. Read the Buggybuddys review here.
Lesmurdie Falls, in Mundy Regional Park, is 10 minutes’ drive from Kalamunda. This area is popular in late winter, when the waterfall is in full flow and the wildflowers are blooming. It’s a great spot for an easy bushwalk with younger kids, though there are longer, challenging trails too. Walk to the escarpment, where you’ll find look out platforms, and spectacular views of the city and waterfall. Read the Buggybuddys review here.
Kalamunda Water Park is popular in hot months with families. Throw down a picnic rug on the grass and enjoys pools for all ages, as well as waterslides. Read the Buggybuddys review here.
The Zig Zag (currently closed until Nov 2020) is a great way to leave the Kalamunda and Bickley Valley region, as you can only travel down on the scenic one way road! Originally a route for steam trains to haul timber from the hills to Midland. The road is right on the edge of the escarpment, making for great views, tight corners and a fun ride! Read the Buggybuddys review here.
There are not one, but THREE markets in Kalamunda! The weekly Farmers Market is held each Sunday morning and features local produce from the Kalamunda and Bickley Valley region, as well as a bouncy castle and other kids activities. The monthly Artisan Market is held on the first Saturday of each month and a vast range of handmade arts and crafts are for sale. Read the Buggybuddys review on Kalamunda Farmers Market here.
In summer, the hugely popular Night Markets are held the third Friday of each month and Haynes Street is transformed into a pedestrian area full of food trucks. Read the Buggybuddys review here.
Kid-Friendly Family Friendly Cafes in Kalamunda
Kalamunda has lots of cafes, many of them are kid-friendly. Esther Café and Elevated Grounds both offer kids corners. While Jack and Jill is a great spot for a trendy brunch and has a kids menu. Embers, up the road in Gooseberry Hill is a local favourite. The Vault is a tasty spot for a more substantial meal.
Kid-Friendly Bickley Valley Wineries, Cideries and More
Spend an afternoon driving around the winding roads of the Bickley Valley. The pretty spot has an almost French provincial feel with rolling hills, vineyards and orchards. There’s plenty of places to stop and all the venues are located within minutes of each other. Core Cider House is very popular with families. There’s a fantastic playground, and tractor to play on, as well as a sandpit and lawns dotted with apple trees to explore. Read the Buggybuddys review here.
La Fattoria offers a very different dining experience. “Nonnas table” must be pre-booked and has the feel of visiting Nonna’s house for an authentic Italian feast. If you like to be a little more spur of the moment, pop by for an epic platter and enjoy it picnic style on the lawn, while the kids play farmer on the old tractor. Read the Buggybuddys review here.
There’s a lot to do at Masonmill. From a challenging mini-golf course, to a great kids playground, fish feeding and beautiful gardens, It’s easy to spend a few hours here. Read the Buggybuddys review here.
So what are you waiting for – head to the Perth Hills for a fun filled day out with your family!
Suggested Itinerary for Kalamunda and the Bickley Valley
9am Breakfast at a Kalamunda Café
10am Take an esky and browse the Kalamunda Farmers Market (Sunday Mornings)
10.30am Explore the Kalamunda History Village.
11.30am A short bushwalk to Lesmurdie Falls.
12.30am Drive around the Bickley Valley wineries, stopping for lunch.
3.30pm Mini Golf at Masonmill.
Have we missed your favourite family friendly Kalamunda or Bickley Valley spot? Let us know in the comments below!
Get more information on the Kalamunda and the Bickley Valley on the Experience Perth Hills website.
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