5 things to do in winter with kids in the Swan Valley

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Published on 30 June 2022

Don’t let the cooler weather put a dampener on your plans to get out and exploring with the kids these winter school holidays. From nature trails and animal experiences, to chocolate factories and museums, the Swan Valley and Guildford are bursting with things to see and do in winter, with lots of delicious treats to enjoy along the way. A bonus? The region is only 25 minutes from Perth. Read on for five things you can enjoy with kids in the Swan Valley during the cooler months.

Get exploring on a family fun trail

The-Great-Valley-Rally-8-1500x998.jpg The Family Fun Trails are a great way to get the whole family out and visiting some of the best parts of the Swan Valley at your own pace, in less than a day.

Get on board the Great Valley Rally, a thrilling treasure hunt where you and your fellow explorers can follow Stirling the Black Swan’s cryptic clues along a specific route in the Valley. Designed for families with children aged five to 12 years old, the trail begins at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre and takes around three hours to complete. Experience the trail using Facebook Messenger as your guide or a printed clue sheet. 

Follow the Swan Valley's Kids in the Valley Trail, where kids and grown-ups alike can feed Australian wildlife, cuddle farm animals, play a round of mini golf, venture on a bush walk and so much more. All explorers need to eat, so once you’ve run the kids ragged, revive the family at one of the many venues on the trail that offer specialised children’s menus and treats. Just follow the map to find them.

Check out a chocolate factory

Kids-choosing-chocolates-at-Whistlers-1232x820.jpg The Swan Valley is the ultimate destination for chocolate lovers. With free entry, free tastings and hundreds of mouthwatering chocolates on offer, a visit to Whistler's Chocolate Co. and Margaret River Chocolate Company are a must.

You'll find loads of traditional favourites, from rocky road to handmade honeycomb, as well as other choccy inspired treats that will leave everyone's tummies rumbling for more. And for the parents  - you'll find a fabulous cafe and expansive outdoor area at each venue so you can relax with your favourite warm beverage while the kids have a play.

Meet some friendly animals

Cuddly-Animal-Farm-guinea-pig-1500x1001.jpg With its wide open spaces and laidback rural charm, the Swan Valley is one of the best places to get up close and personal with Australia’s wildlife and farm animals.

Get familiar with the natives and give a wombat a scratch, stroke a friendly kangaroo or meet a koala at Caversham Wildlife Park.

Head to Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm to feed baby animals, jump on a tractor ride, and give the resident horses and goats a pat.

Hold a real python if you dare at the West Australian Reptile Park and enjoy a range of interactive presentations designed to entertain and educate visitors of all ages.

Enjoy family-friendly dining

sandalford-winter-2022-kj-7.jpg We all gotta eat, and the Swan Valley is filled to the brim with choices for family-friendly dining.

There are plenty of venues with dedicated play areas and kid-friendly food including Oakover Grounds, Swan Valley Station, Pasta in the Valley, The Henley Brook, Bailey Brewing Co, Sandalford Wines, Mandoon Estate and Maison Saint-Honore – just to name a few. 


Explore a museum

museum-natural-history-june-22-kj-3.jpg On cold or rainy days, take refuge and get exploring in a museum. Discover the Museum of Natural History located on James Street in Guildford where you can marvel at the hundreds of displays showcasing everything from Australian wildlife to life size dinosaurs.

For the history and motor buffs, a visit to Whiteman Park is an absolute dream. Home to three transport museums - Revolutions Transport Heritage Museum, the Motor Museum of Western Australia and the Tractor Museum of Western Australia – you can check out thousands of meticulously restored displays and traditional artefacts.


Find out more about all of the family attractions in the Swan Valley.


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