Last Updated on August 30, 2020 by worldoftravelswithkids
Dwellingup Western Australia is the perfect place for an adventure weekend getaway from Perth. Dwellingup is a tiny town in the hills and Jarrah Forest, an easy 1.5 hour drive from the city. The Dwellingup camping grounds have been long known as an awesome bush getaway and a place for folks “in the know”.
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Our Experience In Dwellingup Western Australia
We recently stayed 2 nights in a Dwellingup accommodation and enjoyed a beautiful bush recharge while not too far from Perth. You don’t have to camp if staying in Dwellingup! These are our top experiences in Dwellingup Western Australia.
Trees Adventure Dwellingup
The Dwellingup Treetop Adventure Trees Adventure Course has your kids climbing like a monkey, hanging upside-down, and generally pushing themselves beyond their limits.
The Trees Adventure has a number of grades for different ages. We did the yellow course, which was suitable for children aged four to seven, and can be supervised from the ground which is great if you have a baby like I did. For more information, please take a look at Dwellingup Trees Adventure.
Lane Poole Reserve
Lane Poole Reserve has long been a famous Dwellingup camping spot. The Dwaarlinjirraapday-use area is a truly lovely place for people to launch their canoes, go swimming, barbecue and picnic.
Lane Poole Reserve also provides a place for a number of bush walks of varying lengths, the shortest being 1.5km, the longest 18km. Having the baby we went for a short walk around the rocks and the rapids of the Murray River and breathed in a bit of fresh air in wildflower season.
Especially if you are not looking for Dwellingup Camping, the Dwaarlinjirraap area is a fantastic place to take a picnic and a canoe and set up for the day. Also in Lane Poole Reserve are a number of four-wheel-drive tracks. This is certainly is a beautiful place during wildflower season to experience the Jarrah forests and get your dose of the bush during a weekend getaway from Perth.
Hotham Valley Railway, Dwellingup Western Australia
The Hotham Valley Railway by itself is a reason to visit Dwellingup – and it’s why we were there. Both my father and brother are train enthusiasts, and they wanted to ride the Steam Ranger train which runs on limited schedules during the wetter months of the year.
As a fascinating and interactive step back into yesterday we’d definitely recommend taking one of the Hotham Valley Railway trains –whatever the season. More info on the experience in our Hotham Valley Railway review.
Forest Heritage Center
You can learn more about the spectacular Jarrah forests that surround Dwellingup WA by visiting the Forest Heritage Center. This interesting center is shaped like a leaf – if you can look at it from above!
For the affordable entry fee of $5 you can do the Dwellingup Tree-Top Walk, a walk to an old timber cutters cabin and campsite, visit an art gallery, and see interesting forest based crafts. The kids will be quite challenged by the very bushy nature playground. It was extremely simple so that they needed to use their imaginations more than they do in other playgrounds. This is definitely nature based play at its best.
If you are going to be visiting Dwellingup Western Australia during school holiday periods, contact the center for their activity programs. In addition, they have weekly activities like Making Billy Tea and Damper over an open camp or a Night ramble with a zoologist. For more information on the Dwellingup Forest Heritage Center.
You can also wander around the cute village in Dwellingup as we did. It has a small town feel. It also has a very good skate park facility and a small playground as well. We enjoyed just wandering around the playground area and soaking in the small town feel.
As Dwellingup camping is the most popular activity in this bush town, there are not a load of other options. If you’re not inclined to bush camp, we stayed in the Jarrah Forest Lodge, which offers self-contained camp-style accommodation.
It is not salubrious but with a retro vibe is good value for money. There are also buildings offering bunk-bed style dormitory rooms. We stayed in the family accommodation which offered ample sized rooms with a double bed and four bunk beds. Each family room easily accommodates six, and also has a living room. The kitchen and dining area was separate as was the bathroom. There are also a few Airbnbs in Dwellingup.
Noble River Estate is another good option if you are looking for a bush experience. It is one of the better Dwellingup Accommodation options. Also known as the Dwellingup Chalets, it is more like a home stay, with four rooms each with their own private bathroom but sharing a large dining room and balcony overlooking the property.
The Dwellingup Chalets also has the perfect family accommodation. There are 6 two bedroom self/contained chalets. Check here for current prices to stay at the Dwellingup Chalets.
Places To Eat In Dwellingup
There are two main places to eat in Dwellingup: the Dwellingup Pub and the Blue Wren Café.
The Dwellingup Pub is an atmospheric place with big picnic tables both inside and out, and lots of kid-friendly spaces including a grassed area underneath the big tree. The kids had plenty of space to run around while the rest of the family enjoyed the hearty pub fare.
The Blue Wren Café was also cute, with a nice menu. However, it lacks a large amount of space for kids to play. Which means that they’re a bit more contained and it’s harder to enjoy your meal.
Conclusion – Dwellingup Western Australia With Kids
In conclusion, even if you don’t want to camp, Dwellingup is the perfect bush retreat for somebody who’s looking for escape from Perth. Just one and a half hours away, and can enjoy a small-town village feel and plenty of Jarrah forests, farmland, and even a bit of adventure and escape from the every-day. Dwellingup, Western Australia has plenty to do for a weekend escape from Perth.
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