Need a getaway with the kids in tow? Here are some of the best child-friendly getaways that aren't too far from Perth.
The Perth Mums Group Useful Lists are a quick reference to some of the most helpful, fun and important places in Perth. Our lists are continually updated and cover the best places for kids and parents across Perth.
Below are some of the best child-friendly getaways within five hours of Perth, with contributions and suggestions by Perth Mums group members. Obviously the list doesn't include all the great places in Perth, but this is a great place to start. Remember to always do your own research and make sure the area meets your personal needs.
Albany is full of things to do for families, including the amazing Anzac Centre, where you can learn about Australia’s role in the first world war. There’s also whale watching, bike riding and beautiful beaches.
Busselton has lots on offer for families, including the famous Busselton Jetty, whale watching, lovely beaches and national parks. There are heaps of hotels and accommodation options for every budget. It is also a 25-minute drive from the nearby town of Dunsborough, which also offers lots of activities for families.
Image: Sunflowers Animal Farm and Farmstay Facebook page.
Margaret River is one of Western Australia’s premier tourist destinations, both for locals and visitors. It has horse riding, mazes, family-friendly holiday parks, beautiful beaches and lots of restaurants, including the Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery. If you have kids who love adventure, take a trip to Mammoth Cave or for the chocolate lovers, the Margaret River Chocolate Factory.
: Mammoth Caves (Image: Marisa Quinn-Haisu, Perth Mums Group.)
Denmark Getting there: Around four and a half hours south of Perth.
Denmark is a beautiful little town with so much on offer for families, including the Denmark Chocolate Company, Denmark Dinosaur World, Denmark Maze, Denmark Mills Adventure Park and so much more. You can’t go past a visit to the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk in Walpole, where you can walk high among the forest canopy.
Ferguson Valley Getting there: Located in Dardanup, around two hours from Perth.
Ferguson Valley is close to the Dardanup Heritage Park, Dardanup Townsite and Gnomesville, plus is close to Bunbury and Eaton. Ferguson Valley Farmstay has a menagerie of farm animals to meet, a playground, tennis and basketball courts, and families can take part in farming activities.
"Ferguson Valley Farmstay is fantastic for families. Only 2 and a bit hours away."
Although it can be a little hard to secure accommodation during peak season and get a little pricey, Rottnest is still a great destination for families, with beautiful beaches, bicycling everywhere and heaps of things to learn about the history of the island. Don’t forget, it’s also home to the Quokka, WA’s favourite smiling marsupial!
For accommodation options at Rottnest, read on here.
Cervantes is a popular destination for families who love to fish, with its sandy white beaches and gorgeous, turquoise waters. It is also located close to the famous WA Pinnacles and the Stromatolites.
If you want an exceptional place for camping, Moore River is the place to go. It boasts a number of caravan and holiday parks, and is close to Yanchep National Park and Guilderton, which is a fantastic place for surfing, sand boarding and playgrounds.