Best Family Getaways
The Peel Region is overflowing with adventure for families and really attuned to families. And it’s so close to Perth that before you hear ‘Are we here yet?’, the answer will be ‘Yes’.
Get inspired by our ideas for children friendly holidays and outings with kids.
STAY A WHILE
Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets
Stay overnight in one of the Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets, close to restaurants, cinema and the beach. This 3.5 star self-contained accommodation features studio, spa, couples and family chalets overlooking the Mandurah Ocean Marina in the town centre and is an affordable option for families.
Mandurah Family Resort
Mandurah Family Resort, located 100 metres to the beach and a 10 minute walk to the town centre, features standard or luxury spa 2 bedroom self-contained villas at the complex. Each villa sleeps up to 6 people. A great option to base your family for some days away from home.
Silver Sands Resort
The 4 star resort, only a two minute walk to the beach and a few minutes’ drive to the town centre, offers 1 and 2 bedroom self-contained apartments. On-site facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool, heated indoor pool, four heated spas, tennis courts, a mini golf course and more to keep the kids entertained.
The Atrium Hotel Resort, based in the heart of Mandurah, is an affordable accommodation option for families. The Atrium Resort is includes an in-house restaurant, indoor pool and spa, fully licenced bar, tennis courts and garden, all within walking distance to the tourism precinct.
Peel Zoo in Pinjarra
Give the whole family a ‘hands-on’ zoo experience at the Peel Zoo. Hold a python, pet the kangaroos, tickle a ferret or feed the parrots at the walk-through bird aviary. You’ll find over 100 species of birds and animals, including Tasmanian devils and wombats. Fun guaranteed, not only for the little ones!
King Carnival in Mandurah
It’s carnival every weekend at Mandurah’s King Carnival, with a ferris wheel and dodgem cars, as well as bungee trampolines and inflatable castles. It’s a kid’s wonderland.
Tourist Fun Train in Mandurah
Hop on "Mini Toot", the children’s’ sized Fun Train, and head off on a fabulous trip along the Eastern Foreshore down to the bridge and return. Fun for all kids big and small! The Fun Train operates daily.
Tickets are available from the Mandurah Visitor Centre at 75 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah.
Just 4 Fun Aqua Park in Mandurah
If your kids love outdoor fun and water then they’re going to love Just 4 Fun Aqua Park (December – May).
Just 4 Fun has a range of family activities and inflatable equipment suitable for All AGES, kids, youth, adults and even has a KNEE DEEP PARK for little kids and toddlers. Splash, jump and slide into Just 4 Fun…your water playground in the heart of Mandurah.
Cohunu Koala Park in Byford
Have your kids ever wanted to cuddle a real Koala bear? At Cohunu Koala Park in Byford, they can get this wonderful experience plus a souvenir photo of them holding this cutie.
Find more information here.
The Cream Shed in Waroona
If you’d like a scenic drive, take the kids south to Waroona and let them try their hand at riding a horse or milking a cow. At The Cream Shed, they can watch cows being milked while listening to a colourful and informative talk. Milking takes place daily at around 4pm. Bookings are preferred, but not essential.
Location: 13km east of Waroona (Woodside Road, off Nanga Brook Road)
Phone: (08) 9733 1371
Hotham Valley Railway in Dwellingup
The Hotham Valley Tourist Railway is an iconic experience in the Dwellingup area. Revisit the excitement of this by-gone era of steam power between May and October or enjoy a gentle trip through the beautiful jarrah bush in the open carriages ‘Forest Train’, every Saturday all year round. The Forest Train is an amazingly historical experience. The services are actually hauled by one of their historic steam or diesel locomotives, and as you journey 8km from Dwellingup to Etmilyn, you will have an informative running commentary to tell you all about the history.
Find more information here.
FAMILY FRIENDLY DINING
Mandurah & Peel has plenty of family friendly restaurants.
Find a small selection below:
Golden Cloud Spur
This South African Steak House chain is blessed with lots of activities for kids of all ages. So it features an indoor playroom and kids eat free Mondays & Tuesdays.
This gourmet café is a must for every chocolate lover! Look behind the scenes through the viewing window and watch the staff decorating cupcakes and making their delicious chocolate treats.
There is also an outdoor playground which is suitable for little and big kids.
Mandurah's Fishing Boat Harbour is home to the second branch of the popular seafood restaurant Cicerello's (originally established in Fremantle in 1903). Like the original, it offers a range of family friendly dining specials and the freshest seafood including oysters, mussels, crabs and crayfish. If you can't wait 'till lunch for your Cicerello's fix, the Mandurah restaurant now serves breakfast…