Issue November 2018

Araluen's Avocado Festival

24 - 25 November, 10am - 5pm

Araluen's Avocado Festival

Calling all Avo enthusiasts and aficionados! Celebrate at Araluen Botanic Park’s Avocado Festival, a festival of all things Avo.

Devour smashed avo, sample avocado beer and cider and cool down with frozen avocado yoghurt pops and avocado ice cream. Watch cooking demonstrations, learn how to create the perfect ‘smoked avo’ and chat to avocado growing experts.

Stock up on avocado health and beauty products to look and feel your best and of course, purchase your own avocado plant to take home with you!

Tickets are available for purchase on the day at $20 per person which includes entry free into the beautiful grounds of Araluen Botanic Park, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and loads of fun activities for kids.

Be sure to check out these awesome avocado specials from local businesses and eateries to get into the avo-spirit!

Rolling in the Armadale Hills

View from the hills

Our inaugural ‘Rolling in the Armadale Hills’ Bus Tour was a huge success!

Organised by the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre, the tour was a sell-out with over 50 locals and visitors coming along for the ride.

The tour included visits to John Dunn Reserve, St Mary in the Valley Anglican Church, Illawarra Orchards, Raeburn Orchards, Migrant Park and the Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum, with guided commentary along the way.

Thank you to Emily and the wonderful team at the Last Drop Elizabethan for providing a delicious lunch on the beautiful Village Green. We highly recommend locals and newcomers alike to come on down and sample the new menu!

If you would like to enquire about any future bus tours or the destinations that were visited, please contact the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre on 9394 5410.

Christmas specials at the Visitor Centre

Outback spices

Have friends or family coming to stay during the silly season? Pop into the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre for inspiration on fun things to see and do in the area, plus Christmas events to kick off the festivities.

Or perhaps you are planning an escape from Perth during the summer months? Pick up free maps brochures and take advantage of our free booking service to plan your trip up north, down south, and everywhere in between.

We also have a great selection of local products, stocking fillers and Christmas gifts just waiting to be popped under a tree. Mention this newsletter to receive 10% off your purchase (excludes already discounted items).

School's out

Koala on a tree

Christmas holidays are just around the corner! We’ve put together a guide with a few of our favourite ideas for family friendly fun in the Perth Hills Armadale.

Check out our latest blog to find out where you can cuddle a koala, ride a safari train, embark on a real life scavenger hunt and dine at local family friendly eateries.

Christmas Carols, Parades and Markets

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without carols! Get into the spirit of the silly season at these events.

Bedfordale Bush Markets - Christmas and Handmade
Saturday 24 November 3 - 9pm
Southern Hills Christian College

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at the markets with thoughtful, handcrafted and locally made gifts. Enjoy a food truck style family feast before a free outdoor movie under the stars, with The Wizard of Oz on at 7.30pm.

Araluen’s Carols by Torchlight
Sunday 2 December
Araluen Botanic Park

Enjoy an evening filled with merriment in the beautiful surrounds of Araluen Botanic Park’s amphitheatre. Check the website for further details closer to the date.

Carols by Candlelight and Christmas Parade
Friday 7 December 6 - 8.30pm
Memorial Park, Armadale

In an annual Christmas tradition the City of Armadale invites you to join in the festive spirit of holiday season with Carols by Candlelight. This family friendly Christmas event is bursting with community pride and celebration as it showcases some of the incredible talent from the Armadale area.

Roleystone Christmas Markets and Concert
Sunday 9 December 3 - 9pm
Cross Park, Roleystone

Visit the beautiful community of Roleystone to discover over 140 handpicked stalls, mouthwatering food trucks and musical entertainment.

Why a voucher makes the perfect Christmas gift

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Who says vouchers can’t be personal?

Vouchers can be the perfect gift option for the person in your life who has everything, or is tricky to buy for. Treat them to an experience together or a pampering session - perfect in the lead up to or wind down from the busy Christmas period.

Here’s some of our local go-to’s for vouchers that won’t end up in the rubbish bin.

For those in need of a little zen;

  • Restful Waters – give the gift of peace and tranquillity for yoga, meditation and mini retreats
  • Kookaburra Yoga – class passes, weekend retreats and overnight stays

For those who deserve a little ‘me time’;

For the coffee lover in your life;

For the foodie;

  • The Organic Circle – nourish the body and soul with delicious, wholesome food – oh and you can BYO!
  • Millbrook Winery – gourmet picnics, ‘no-waste Mondays’, so many gastronomic options to enjoy at this award winning winery

Christmas Feasts

Roleys on the Ridge Christmas Eve Feast

Planning a family feast or group function? Take the stress out of the planning and head to a local eatery for a Christmas spread with all the trimmings.

On Christmas day…

Head to Avocados Café and Bar for a Christmas lunch buffet with drinks, antipasto, fresh salads, hot dishes and sweet treats. Check out the full menu and call 9496 3838 to book.

On Christmas Eve…

Soak up sweeping vistas over the Perth Hills at Roleys on the Ridge for a three course lunch complete with traditional Christmas pudding. View the set menu and call 9496 0666.

All December…

Try something a little different this year for a Christmas themed high tea at the ARC Tea House. Book their private function space for your Christmas do or let the ARC team come to you with catering options. Call 0477 263 576 for further details and bookings.