Western Australia is home to some amazing hiking trails that are suitable for the whole family, many of which are located within easy reach of city areas. So what are you waiting for? Grab your pack and head out!
Easy Day Hikes for Kids
Half a day is all you need for a fun outing in the bush... but where to go?
Of course, West Austalians are very lucky to have the amazing, scenic Bibbulmun Track right on our doorstop. This is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails and offers heaps of fantastic family-friendly hiking options over its 1000km length. Check out the tips and trail suggestions from the Bibbulmun Track Foundation here.
But the Bibbulmun Track is only one of many family friendly trails in the State. Nature Play WA is in the initial stages of creating a database of easy bush walks suitable for children of all ages - particularly those less than five kilometers long that traverse easy, but interesting terrain. Though the list is small at the moment, we would love if you would share your suggestions for interesting kid-oriented trails in WAby filling out this form to submit a trail listing.
In deciding on the suitability of a hiking trail, you may want to refer to the Australian Walking Track Grading System. This can be summarised as:
Grade 1: suitable for the disabled with assistance
Grade 2: suitable for families with young children
Grade 3: recommended for people with some bushwalking experience
Grade 4: recommended for experienced bushwalkers
Grade 5: recommended for very experienced bushwalkers
For more Western Australian trail sugggestions, check these websites:
Family-friendly hiking clubs & associations
- Bibbulmun Track Foundation
- WA Family Bushwalking Club
- Orienteering Western Australia (OWA)
- Western Australian Naturalists Club - Young Naturalists