Things to do in Kalamunda and the Bickley Valley

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 quaint town of Kalamunda and the neighbouring Bickley Valley wine region – they’re packed full of family fun!

Things to Do in Kalamunda

The town of Kalamunda is full of cafes, gift shops, history and nature. At the top of the main street (Haynes 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.

Kalamunda History Village

Next to the Zig Zag Cultural Centre is the Kalamunda History Village. The largest open air museum in WA, it truly gives kids 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, machines – even an old dunny! Read the Buggybuddys review here.

Kalamunda History Village

 

Lesmurdie Falls

Lesmurdie Falls, in Mundy Regional Park, is 10 minutes’ drive from Kalamunda. This area is popular in 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. 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 Fairy Door Trail

Put your fairy wings on, grab a fairy map from the Kalamunda Visitor Center and keep your eyes peeled for decorated fairy doors throughout the town and in Stirk Park too. It’s great, free fun! Read the Buggybuddys review here.

Kalamunda Fairy Door Trail

 

Kalamunda Water Park, Kalamunda

Kalamunda Water Park is a popular and cheap day out for families. Open in warmer months, pack a picnic, throw down a picnic rug on the grass and enjoy the four pools for all ages, as well as two refurbished waterslides. Read the Buggybuddys review here. 

Kalamunda Water Park

 

Stirk Park, Kalamunda  

Stirk Park is a beautiful spot for a play, picnic and to kick up the autumn leaves (annually during May). A huge adventure playground has opened in 2023, along with a great skatepark and bowl. The adventure playground is suitable for kids of all ages – from tiny tots to teens. There’s a big tube slide, flying fox, and so much more to explore. See the Buggybuddys review here. 

Stirk Park

 

Bushwalking in Kalamunda

Kalamunda is a hub of bushwalks, from the iconic Bibbulmun Track to short, kid-friendly walks. A favourite is Whistlepipe Gully, in Lesmurdie. This steep trail follows a stream down the Perth Hills Escarpment, and is dog friendly too. Read the Buggybuddys review here.

Whistlepipe Gully Walk Trail

 

Rollerrama, Kalamunda

Hills kids of the 1980’s (like me) will have fond memories of many a birthday party held at Rollerrama and dancing to “Agadoo” on roller skates. Well, get ready for a retro blast from the past… Rollarama is back in July 2023! 

 

Kalamunda Artwalk

Made up of public art sculptures and murals, the Kalamunda Artwalk is an easy and fun way to discover a little culture around Kalmunda. Pick up a walk-your-self map from the Kalamunda Visitor Centre. 

Pic Credit: Debbie Collins Photography

 

Kalamunda MTB Trails

Mountain Biking is very popular with older kids. Kalamunda is home to a huge network of mountain bike trails through the bushland, found near the old Calamunda Camel Farm. Read the Buggybuddys review here.

mountain bike

 

The Zig Zag, Gooseberry Hill

After a busy day exploring Kalamunda, the Zig Zag is a great way to leave the Kalamunda and Bickley Valley region! 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.

The Zig Zag Kalamunda

 

Markets in Kalamunda

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. In warmer months, the hugely popular food truck Night Markets are held the third Friday of each month. Read the Buggybuddys review on Kalamunda Farmers Market here. 

Kalamunda Farmers Market

 

Perth Hills Fruit Picking and Festivals

Depending on the season, there are many fun festivals and fruit picking in the orchards that surround the Bickley Valley. S & R Orchard has many festivals each year, blossom in spring, orange leaves in autumn and their Christmas fruit picking festival in Summer. Core Cider House also offers orchard tours and apple picking, in season. Read the Buggybuddys review here.

Pic Credit: S&R Orchard

 

Mini Golf at Masonmill Gardens, Carmel

Masonmill is packed with things to do. From a challenging mini-golf course, to a fun kids playground, fish feeding, a cafe and beautiful gardens, it’s easy to spend a few hours here. Read the Buggybuddys review here. 

Masonmill Gardens, Carmel

 

Kid-Friendly Dining in Kalamunda & the Bickley Valley

Kalamunda has lots of kid-friendly cafes. Elevated Grounds Coffee House offers a kids corner. 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 and Kalamunda Hotel are tasty spots for a more substantial meal. The Bickley Valley is teeming with cideries and wineries that welcome families. Find out more in our big guide.

Elevated Grounds Coffee House, Kalamunda

 

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, followed by a play in Stirk Park.
  • 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. (best winter and spring) 
  • 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.

Find more things to do in Perth here.

About Amanda Carlin

Amanda Carlin has her own food and travel blog. Established in 2013, "The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-fect Life" has enjoyed an exciting name change in 2021, as "The Chef's Ex-wife" embarks on new adventures with Simply PERTHfect. Amanda loves getting out and about in Perth and WA, as well as brunching, tapas or something a little fancy in equal measures. With her son "Little Chef" in tow, Amanda always has plenty of family friendly eating options to recommend too! Be sure to check out Simply PERTHfect.

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  1. Marina 5 years ago

    And don’t forget to drop by ‘Bickley Valley Fresh’ on your drive through Bickley. It’s a family run Orchard open to the public every Friday and Saturday . Offers local fresh fruit and veggies. Located next to’ Plume Estate’ !

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