Family vacations are fun, memorable, rewarding, and a wonderful way to strengthen family bonds. Travelling also exposes your children to the world, encouraging them to embrace diverse cultures and appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature.
Western Australia (WA) has all the ingredients to make your family holiday one to remember – adorable dolphins, friendly farm animals, stunning wildlife parks, white sandy beaches and more! Whether you plan to travel with your darling infants, high-energy toddlers, or even teenagers, the perfect family getaway awaits you in WA!
Here are nine reasons why WA is the ideal destination for your next holiday.
Play with the friendly dolphins
At Monkey Mia, bottlenose dolphins visit the beautiful shores daily to interact with beach-goers, so dip your toes in the shimmering waters and grab the opportunity to help handfeed the dolphins under the supervision of park rangers. Remember to catch an early start, because feeding times are between 7:45am and 12:00 noon!
Discover amazing national parks
Measuring over 2.5 million square kilometres, WA has over half of the nation’s biodiversity hotspots and several national parks featuring a multitude of flora and fauna.
Perth Hills’ John Forest National Park, a mere 45 minutes’ drive east of the city centre, is a hub of excitement. Cycle along the Railway Reserves Heritage trail, bushwalk, or take scenic drives with your family for breathtaking views.
Located in the Coral Coast region and well-known for its towering limestone spires, up to five metres tall and formed over millennia in the golden sands of the Pinnacles Desert, Nambung National Park makes for the perfect family day trip from Perth. Be sure to also visit the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre for more about the park’s fascinating geology and natural history.
Pick fruit straight from the orchard
Head over to the orchards located in Perth Hills, where the fresh country air and the fragrance of various blossoms will provide the perfect atmosphere for you and your family to pick fruit and vegetables right off the trees, or even enjoy a picnic outdoors together!
Travel south from Perth to WA’s apple capital, Donnybrook, to discover an abundance of the freshest local produce, such as apples, oranges and stone fruit. This charming South West town is a blissful countryside break, where its visitors can marvel at the display of apples and cherry blossoms in spring.
Experience farmstays with adorable farm animals
Take the kids, and experience country life on a homestead, cattle station, or farm – a priceless and culturally-rich rural dimension to your stay. WA offers a myriad of country-living options, from Bullara Station and the Kimberley cattle country to the rolling pastures of South West.
On these farmstays and homesteads, you will be invited to do as the locals do – feed the livestock, collect eggs, pet goats, and take leisurely bushwalks in the misty morning sunshine. Your young ones will certainly be thrilled by the endearing farm animals, and can even try horse of pony riding in certain locations!
Farm charm awaits you at all of WA’s many local farms, many of which are close to and easily accessible from the city centre, such as Bindoons Windmill Farm (Perth & Surrounds), Cinnamon Coloureds Farmstay (South West), Kerriley Park Forest and Farmstay (South West), Mary’s Farm Cottages (Golden Outback) and Settlers Rest Farmstay Swan Valley (Perth & Surrounds).