a day in the hills ... family friendly weekend ideas

We had the most beautiful day wandering through the Perth Hills, stopping in at little cafes, walking through beautiful gardens and taking in the aroma of Spring.


You could spend your whole day hopping through different venues, or take your pick and spend a few hours relaxing at just one.

We started off our day at The Packing Shed - a beautiful cafe and cellar door with the most magnificent gardens. I originally came across this after reading about it on Miss Kyree Loves blog - so thanks Kyree for the hot tip! This is the perfect place to bring your family - kids of all ages would love strolling through the gardens. You can bring along a picnic rug and sit on the lawn or find a table on the back verandah of the cafe and watch your kids play outside. The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch and has a kids menu (and also offers takeaway for those wishing to relax on the lawn). We had lunch and it was divine - fresh local produce packed full of flavour!


After our visit to the Packing Shed we wandered next door to The Vineyard Kitchen, checked out the cellar door and restaurant and then went for a walk around the gardens. If you are planning on a visit to the hills without your kids, then I would definitely recommend stopping here for lunch. The menu looked amazing and you could dine inside in their rustic tin shed or outside in the most stunning vine covered courtyard. The views from outside were just incredible and the smell of the fresh air in the hills is SO good!

We finished off our day with an afternoon drink at Core Cider House. They have an impressive outdoor area with the most beautiful cherry blossom trees lining the entrance and plenty of room on the lawn to sit on picnic rugs or grab a table on the patio. Their is a playground to keep kids occupied and a beautiful view of apple orchards as far as you can see. Core Cider House also have a more formal dining option upstairs which you need to book for (weeks in advance). Downstairs, you can order pizzas, fries and fish and chips.


Unfortunately we didn't make it to Masonmill Gardens but I have heard great things and we will be checking it out soon. I have seen pictures of the amazing french gardens and have heard the restaurant (which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on select days) is great.

Spring is such a beautiful time of the year and we have made a pact to venture out each weekend and visit some new places. It's so easy to stick with the familiar and easy option of staying in town, but I just loved the fresh country air and it felt like we were on a mini getaway!


Do you know of any other amazing places to visit in Perth? I have heard Araluen is beautiful at the moment as it is tulip season.

xx G

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