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Published January 3rd 2014
So much to see and do
Armadale is a place where most people wouldn't even think of visiting, but there are so many things to do there. The whole area is rich in history and heritage and situated just forty minutes south-east of the CBD, is close enough to visit at any time.
Armadale offers beautiful forest covered hills, picturesque parks and and scenic valleys. It also has many art galleries, orchards, restaurants, wineries and charming little places where you can spend a night or a weekend.
1. Araluen Botanic Park. A visit to the Araluen Botanic Park is simply a must. This park is a relaxing retreat where you can stroll through breath-taking gardens, full of beautiful flowers, or enjoy a picnic with the family in a shady spot.
2. Champion Lakes Regatta Centre. Check out Champion Lakes next time you are in the area. This is a world-class venue for all sorts of water sports, including rowing, swimming, canoeing, dragon boating and sailing.
3. Minnawarra Historic Precinct. This area is home to several historic places including the Minnawarra History House Museum, Armadale Outpost Telegraph Centre and Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum. The beautiful parklands surrounding this historical precinct are perfect for a family picnic.
4. Minnawarra Park. There are a variety of free family events held in Minnawarra Park throughout the year. Enjoy many annual events such as the Minnawarra Festival, Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular, the Highland Gathering, Twilight Concerts, Carols in the Park and many more.
5. Bush Trails. The Armadale region has many self guided bush trails that you can happily wander. These excellent walking trails take you through some of Western Australia's best National Parks, including Serpentine National Park, Kalamunda National Park and the Midgegooroo National Park, and there are walks to suit every level of fitness.
6. Food and Wine. Discover a whole new world of food and wine in the Armadale region. Dine at one of the many fantastic restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars in the area or visit the wineries for a meal or to sample the local reds and whites.
7. Roleystone Theatre. Started in the 1930's, the Roleystone Theatre has a great choral and amateur dramatic society. The beautiful building is Heritage Listed and the performers put on several fantastic productions throughout the year.
8. Cohun Koala Park. Visit the Cohunu Koala Park and see dingoes, kangaroos, emus, deer, wallabies, owls and koalas, up close. Set on fourteen hectares of natural bushland, this park is a great place for a family day out.
9. Armadale Reptile Centre. The Armadale Reptile Centre is home to over four hundred animals and over fifty different species of reptiles. See venomous and non-venomous snakes, pythons, lizards, frogs and much more. This is a great opportunity for visitors to view reptiles, up close, in a safe environment.
10. Gemstone Factory. Check out the Gemstone Factory and see all sorts of amazing stones, quartz crystals, rough rock, polished faces, chip necklaces, geodes, jewellery, fossils, gems and much more.
The Armadale region is quite large and includes the towns of Kelmscott, Roleystone, Bedfordale and Forrestdale.
For further information about Armadale, including accommodation, events and other things to see and do, visit the City of Armadale website or the Visit Armadale website.
I would like to know where the 'fantastic' restaurants, cafés and pubs are in Armadale...other than driving 45 min to get to Armafale and walking through bush paths what else can you do?? The suggestions are overstated activities of nothing much to do in the area.