If the kids are going a little stir-crazy these school holidays, 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 the Perth Kilt Run. Taking place on Sunday 9 October, it’s a glorious day out for the whole fam where you’ll enjoy live performances, Scottish cuisine (yes, there’ll be haggis!), Highland Dancing, heavy events, market stalls and the immersive fun of the medieval fair… You can even try to lift the 9-161kg Armadale Atlas Stones! If you weren’t sold already, there’ll be a meet and greet with some Scottish dogs, and of course, the (majestic) Perth Kilt Run itself.
Kelmscott Agricultural Show
Is there a more wholesome day out than a day at the show? We think not. The Kelmscott Agricultural Show takes place October 14-15 and it’s jam-packed with fun for the whole family. There’s an array of interactive and competitive animal exhibits, local arts and craft stalls and the spectacular City of Armadale Fireworks. Plus, put your skills to the test with a visit to a carnival classic sideshow alley, and jump on a ride or two if you dare.
SJ Food And Farm Fest
The SJ Food And Farm Fest is the newest agricultural show on the Serpentine Jarrahdale events calendar, and it’s shaping up to be a huge day of farmers markets, workshops, animal competitions, food stalls and fun for the kids with youth zones and loads more. It’s happening on Saturday 5 November, and you can head to the Food and Farm Fest Website to find out more and grab your tickets now.
Perth Observatory Guided Tours
It’s no secret we’re big fans of the Perth Observatory any day of the week, but on Sundays you can go for a beautiful drive through the Bickley Valley before jumping on a special guided day tour of it. Sunday tours kick off at 1.30pm and run every half-hour until 3pm, or you could get a little spooky and head out there for a special Halloween Night Sky Tour.
John Dunn Challenge Park
Located in Kelmscott, the state-of-the-art John Dunn Challenge Park is a must-visit for BMX and mountain biking enthusiasts. With both kinds of bike riding only getting more popular, this is a fantastic track for all riders from beginners up to advanced, and a perfect gateway to entering the more-serious trails found around the Perth Hills.
Guided Hike with Off The Beaten Track
If you prefer your trail tackling done on two feet instead of wheels, why not sign up to a Roley Pool Reserve hike with the team at Off The Beaten Track WA? Discover stunning paperbarks, cascades and hidden natural spas with those in the know, plus enjoy a delicious morning tea. It’s a grade 3 trail and only 2.6kms, so it’s perfect for beginners and little adventurers – the next hike is Saturday 16 October, get more info and sign up here.
Bedfordale Bush Markets – Halloween Edition
The Bedfordale Bush Markets are held on the fourth Saturday of each month, each date with its own theme, and the upcoming edition just so happens to be a special Halloween Edition! It’s the perfect chance for the kids (and you) to get dressed up before exploring the homegrown produce, food stalls, art, craft, nature play, sustainability and entertainment on offer.
This article is sponsored by the City Of Armadale and happily endorsed by us.