If the kids are going stir-crazy, sometimes you just need a change of scenery. A drive into the Perth Hills Armadale region is the perfect destination for a day trip with the family, with a gorgeous explosion of wildflowers in the spring and plenty of family-friendly activities on offer:
Armadale Highland Gathering and Perth Kilt Run
For a taste of the Scottish Highlands right here in Perth, you can’t miss the Armadale Highland Gathering and Perth Kilt Run. Enjoy live performances, Scottish cuisine (yes, there’ll be haggis!), market stalls and the immersive fun of the medieval fair – you can even try to lift the Armadale Atlas stones. If you weren’t sold already, there’ll be a meet and greet with some Scottish pups, and of course, the (majestic) Kilt Run itself. Grab your tickets HERE.
Is there a more wholesome day out than a day at the show? We think not. The Kelmscott Show takes place October 15-16 and it’s jam-packed with fun for the whole family – with heaps of interactive and competitive animal exhibits, local arts and craft stalls, the spectacular City Of Armadale Fireworks and more. And of course, you can put your skills to the test with a visit to a carnival classic sideshow alley. Find out more information and grab your tickets HERE.
Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre
The weather’s warming up so why not jump into the refreshing pools of the Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre? With eight different aquatic areas, there’s something for everyone including leisure pool, Olympics-sized outdoor lap pool, a crèche for the tiny ones, kids birthday parties, picnic areas with free barbecues and a program pool idea for rehabilitation.
Pack A Picnic
Spring has sprung, and it’s the perfect time for a picnic! You’re spoilt for options in the hills including glorious Canning Dam with plenty of picnic areas and free gas barbecues, or the delightful Rushton Park on the Canning River. Explore the surrounding bushland on one of the surrounding trails, which are especially spectacular during wildflower season.
Go On A Real Life Treasure Hunt
Maybe you want to explore the outdoors, but you need something a bit more interactive? Get the whole family on the hunt with some geocaching! A real-life treasure hunt, register with the Geocaching app or on the website and start hunting – while you don’t know what you’ll find in the caches, we do know you’ll find some great views and a good time.
City of Armadale Nature Passport
Another great way to get outside and get interactive, the City of Armadale Nature Passport is a fun tool for kids to engage with nature. Keep your eyes peeled for spotting wildlife, record your discoveries and explore your surroundings!
Explore The Area’s Local History
If you’re more of a history buff, check out the History House Museum, filled with exhibitions that tell the story of the Armadale area, from pre-European settlement to today. Founded by local residents who crowdsourced both artifacts and funding, you can also enjoy the Museum with a guided tour by local experts. Or if the kids love tractors and machinery head to the Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum – it’s open 7 days a week and you can even organise free guided tours through the Perth Armadale Visitor Centre (or go it on your own during opening hours).
Head to the Perth Hills Armadale WEBSITE to start planning your next visit today!