Most people know that the coast comes to life in Rockingham, but so does the countryside!
A semi-rural suburb, Baldivis is a quick 10-minute drive from Rockingham foreshore – or 35 minutes down the Kwinana Freeway if you’re heading down by car from Perth. While residential development abounds, the area is still well-known for its Tuart trees and welcoming country vibe.
If you’re looking for things to do in Perth in the school holidays, you can easily fill a weekend with fun activities in Baldivis, especially if you have kids. That being said, we’ve worked out the top 10 fun things for you and your family to do – some of which are free!
1. Baldivis Children’s Forest
Baldivis Children’s Forest is a unique 20-hectare public reserve, located approximately 50 kilometres south of Perth. Created and maintained as a bushland reserve for kids to enjoy, it contains tuart woodlands and a conservation category wetland. Local students have played a key role in establishing plants indigenous to the area – providing a natural and safe habitat for a whole range of animal, reptile and bird species. If you and your family are visiting in winter, just be sure to wear your gumboots. Note: the electric BBQ beside the outdoor area is also free to use!
In terms of entertaining the kids, Baldivis is a playground mecca. First up, Brightwood Adventure Park is set to keep your littles one occupied with climbing frames, slides, a flying fox, outdoor fitness equipment, AFL goals, a BBQ area, swings, nature play and a scooter/bike track. The Millars Landing Steamrail Adventure Playground has a steam train and water tower theme and features flying foxes, a 12-metre slide, a climb-on train, swings and picnic facilities. Last but not least, the Rivergums Adventure Park is nature-based adventure playground that includes a climbing structure, slide, monkey bars, musical play and balance logs.
3. Brother of Mine
Renowned Baldivis café, Brother of Mine, is an industrial-chic coastal themed diner boasting locally sourced, sustainable and seasonal produce. Brothers Jos and Ben Whettingsteel have created a menu inspired by their love for entertaining, family mealtimes and entertainment. Finalists in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 WA Good Food Guide ‘Best Casual Dining’ awards, Brother of Mine is the place to go for roasted coffee and Insta-worthy food.
4. Baldivis Lions Twilight Market
Perfect for a family night out, the Baldivis Lions Twilight Markets are the place to be every third Sunday of the month! Catch the festivities come alive at night, choose a scrumptious dinner from a selection of freshly cooked international food stalls and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Alternatively, soak up the atmosphere while browsing handcrafted items – with all proceeds going to local charities and community groups. The markets are held at One71 Estate (Baldivis Road, Opposite Pemberton Boulevard, Baldivis).
5. White Lakes Brewing
Perched on the picturesque Lake Walyungup in Baldivis, White Lakes Brewing offers a range of award-winning beers, from lagers to dark ales. Inspired by the landscape, location and relaxed lifestyle, the White Lakes experience is all about hospitality. Visitors can see firsthand how craft beer is produced from the high-tech, magnificent facility. With regular events and excellent food at Vernon Arms next door, there’s something for everyone!
6. Perth Aqua Park
There’s aquatic fun in Baldivis, too! Perth Aqua Park is a huge floating inflatable fun park located at Perth Wake Park in Baldivis. Open from November to April, there’s over 100 different, cool interconnected obstacles offering fun for everyone – from kids to adults to sporting teams and corporate groups. Race your friends down the 3-lane course, get launched from the jumping pillow or blast down the big slides. Laughs are guaranteed!
7. Golden Ponds
Golden Ponds is a remarkable destination in itself – with fishing, shopping, and dining as well as accommodation and a function centre available for special events. Set on 100 acres, the well-maintained property has become best known as a spot of fishing for both the inexperienced fishermen and keen anglers. Hire rods and purchase bait, or bring your own! Golden Ponds also offers a catch and release system which makes it a great place to take young beginners. Even if you don’t catch anything, you can buy fresh seafood to take home.
Who doesn’t love winning prizes? Located at the Baldivis Stockland Shopping Centre, a trip to Timezone is always a fun way to spend a few free hours. Offering an awesome variety of new and exciting arcade-style games, Timezone is bright, colourful and a great family-friendly option to keep the kids occupied.
9. Peel Estate Wines
On the cusp of Baldivis is the Karnup-based winery, Peel Estate Wines. All the wine at Peel estate is lovingly made on site and visitors can observe the process while enjoying a tasting on the mezzanine level. The original colonial building is framed by a spacious lawn area with BBQ facilities and is perfect for your next family day out or picnic. Rose, white, red, sparkling and fortified bottles are also all available to purchase from the cellar door.
10. Peel Manor House
Just up the road from Peel Estate Wines is the stunning Peel Manor House. Best known as a wedding and function centre, Peel Manor House has recently become the setting for a vibrant calendar of unique events. High teas, luncheons and murder mystery nights are set amidst the scenic landscaped gardens and imposing Georgian mansion. Keep up to date with their list of events here!
For more tips on things to do in the Rockingham region, please visit the Rockingham Visitor Centre or call (08) 9592 3464.