Travelling with kids can be tricky, and often involves LOTS of stops! Luckily, there are plenty of unique and fun spots throughout the Wheatbelt that the whole family will enjoy. Add a couple of these stops to your itinerary (and maybe keep one up your sleeve for those unplanned stops too! They’ll make your next family road trip a breeze!
As you head out of Perth towards the countryside, it may be worth making a pit stop in York just for this lolly shop. This place is what kids dream of! Inside you’ll find every kind of lolly your kid has (and hasn’t) heard of. Let them grab a few sweeties for the drive and be sure to get a couple of treats for the driver too!
Newdegate Skate Park
Newdegate Skate Park is located in Lake Grace and is a professionally designed park that is suitable for all ages and skill levels and is perfect for bikes, skateboards and scooters! There is also an adventure playground for the kids to tire themselves out on once they have had enough fun on wheels. The shaded shelters and family space make a perfect spot for a packed lunch. Don't forget to also check out the amazing FORM Silo art in Newdegate when in the area!
Kulin Aquatic Centre
If you’re heading along the Pathways to Wave Rock via the Tin Horse Highway, a great stop if the Kulin Aquatic Centre. It will provide hours of endless fun and excitement for the whole family as it boasts the biggest waterslide in regional Western Australia. The centre also includes a 25-metre lap pool, a learn to swim pool, beach entry, tiny tots pool, BBQ’s and a half court basketball. Note the Aquatic Centre is open seasonally so please check with the Shire before planning your trip.
While out on the road, a movie is a great way to unwind after a day of exploring. The Koorda Drive-In was built October 1965 and recently underwent an upgrade in 2019, with a new laser projector and new car window speakers. They show movies the whole family will enjoy and sell kid-approved treats. Best part is, kids under 3 are free! Check their Facebook page for movie listings.
AJ’s Diner and Lolly Shop
Located in Narogin, AJ’s Diner serves up wild and fun hamburgers and hotdogs the whole family will enjoy! You can get a classic with just tomato sauce and mustard or spice things up with guacamole, crispy bacon and even onion rings. For dessert, you can either wander over to the lolly shop or get yourself a milkshake, sundae or a freshly baked cake!