If you are stuck for ideas of where to take your (or other people’s) kids over a weekend or school holiday, DPaW has some great ideas for daytrips in and around Perth.

Yanchep National Park 

Yanchep has many things to entertain kids, big and small. From strolling along the 240-metre koala boardwalk, exploring the caves and walking any of the nine walktrails, Yanchep National Park is full of things to see and do.

Perth Hills National Park Centre

The Perth Hills Discovery Centre is located in the beautiful Jarrah forest about 40 kilometres east of Perth. Visitors will find a range of facilities in a beautiful forest setting to include a visitor information centre, campsite, picnic tables as well as many scenic bushwalks throughout the area.  In addition the Centre is home to the popular Nearer to Nature activity program .

Nearer to Nature

Nearer to Nature provides the community with a range of interactive nature-based activities designed to foster awareness, enhance enjoyment and increase knowledge in the natural environment, and indigenous culture.  These include:

  • holiday activities
  • getting children and families outdoors and enjoying nature during the school holidays;
  • community group activities
  • tailored-made activities for your community group
  • overseas and interstate visitors
  • activities for guests to our State which showcase the best our environment has to offer.
  • school education programs for teachers and students to complement in-class learning (all programs are curriculum linked and available during WA school term)


Nature Play WA Inc is an incorporated not-for-profit association established to increase the time Western Australian children spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature. It is founded on the understanding that unstructured play outdoors (nature play) is fundamental to a full and healthy childhood. DPaW is proud to be a partner of this initiative.

For more information on Nature Play click here

Penguin Island

Penguin Island is unique because it is home to the largest colony of little penguins on the west coast. The small 12.5 hectare island is less than 700 metres offshore from Mersey Point.

There is no charge to visit Penguin Island but there is a fee to visit the Penguin Island Discovery Centre and it is highly recommended that you take the privately operated ferry to Penguin Island. You can purchase a combined ticket for the ferry and discovery centre or a ferry ticket only. Ferry tours operate from Mersey Point from mid-September to early June. You need to bring your food for the day with you as there are no food outlets on the island.

The island is closed from early June to mid-September to protect the penguins from human disturbance during their breeding season.

Lane Poole Reserve 

Forest-cloaked valleys and meandering waterways make Lane Poole an enchanting place to visit and its close proximity to Perth ensures its popularity. Activities in this park include:

  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Bushwalking
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding.

Walpole Nornalup National Park 

Located within the heart of the Walpole Wilderness is the tree-cloaked Walpole-Nornalup National Park, embracing rushing river ways, gnarled trees, rising mists and wild coast It is home to tingle forests, which occur nowhere else in the world, and a patchwork of heathlands and wetlands, which occur closer to the coast.  

The Valley of the Giants – Tree Top Walk features a stunning walkway positioned 40 metres above the ground amid the dizzying heights of the tingle forest canopy.

Experience walking in the Tree Top canopies of tall karri trees with views over core wilderness and then venture into the Ancient Empire of 400 year old red tingle trees along a boardwalk that meanders across the forest floor.

The Hill Top Scenic Drive delivers you to magnificent views over the inlets at the Hilltop Lookout, then on to Giant Tingle where you can walk your way through the towering forest at the Giant Tingle Tree. Venture on to Circular Pool for the raging river in winter, resulting in a swirling pool resembling a frothy coffee or a tranquil pool in summer.

John Forrest National Park 

John Forrest has long been favoured as a site for a day-trip from Perth, with its variety of plant communities and wildlife and being a starting point for many walk trails. There are outstanding views from the lookout point on the scenic drive and a wide variety of attractions and facilities that make it a popular venue for families and groups

The main picnic area is perfectly designed for day-trip picnics and barbeques. However, the rest of the park is largely undeveloped for those who enjoy the wilderness. You can access Hovea Falls by strolling about 800 metres east of the main picnic area while National Park Falls is accessible via the John Forrest Heritage Trail.