Are you looking to escape the usual parks, playgrounds and activities in your suburb? Why not take a trip out to Perth’s eastern suburbs, Hills or Swan Valley, where you’ll find a host of free activities for the family. You can pack a picnic lunch or some meat for the barbeque and head out to one of these top free destinations, all hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city and suburbs.
East of Perth
Faulkner Park – Volcano Playground (Belmont) Address: Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre Complex, Progress Way, Belmont.
Website: You can read more here.
This quirky Belmont playground has a volcano as its centrepiece, complete with steam rising from the middle. There is also a flying fox and a dedicated toddler’s playground.
Faulkner Park's Volcano Playground
Peachey Park Bike Adventure Track (Kewdale) Address: Kew Street and Acton Avenue, Kewdale.
Peachey Park has an adventure bike track with eleven huge challenges such as slalom, wall turns and bone shaker, plus a half basketball court.
Tomato Lake is a recreational area containing a wetland, a central lake, nearly two kilometre walking trail, nature sanctuary island with a boardwalk across the lake. There is a playground, basketball court, barbeque facilities and exercise equipment, plus the Tomato Lake kiosk on site.
Image: Weekend Notes
The Amazing Valley Chase, Swan Valley Address: Starts from the Swan Valley Visitor Centre, Meadow and Swan Street, Swan Valley.
Phone: 9207 8899.
Are you up for the challenge? Take this amazing tour through the Swan Valley using clues to chase down the answer to the riddle. It is designed for families with kids aged five to 12 years, and begins at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre. It takes about three hours to complete.
Whiteman Park is a lovely spot to take the kids. It’s free to enter, has ample space for a barbeque or picnic, plus lots of activities for children, including the children’s forest. The children’s forest is free to enter, and you can even download the ’50 things to do in the Children’s Forest’ activity sheet.
Image: Whiteman Park website.
Railway Reserves Heritage Trail Address: Starting from various points, including Miller Street, Bellevue.
Grab your bikes and head to the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail for a leisurely family ride through Perth’s old Eastern Railway. You certainly don’t have to ride all 59km of track, but along the way, you will discover the history and settlements that popped up alongside the railway line. You can start from Bellevue where you can follow the old Eastern Railway lines either in a north or south direction of Great Eastern Highway.
Access to Railway Reserves Heritage Trail is free, unless you start from the John Forrest National Park main carpark, which incurs an entry fee.
Mundaring Weir is a dam in Perth’s hills in which visitors can walk across via the pathway across the dam wall. There are lots of lovely picnic spots around the area, while the Mundaring Weir Gardens are located to the north of the Weir. This formal garden and lawns provides excellent views of the Weir, plus there are barbeque facilities, picnic shelters and a play area.