I welcomed the idea of a Perth getaway so became very excited at the invitation to spend a few nights at the Joondalup Resort and Country Club. The perfect destination for some rest and relaxation.
The Joondalup Resort and Country Club
Moments from the CBD is a Perth resort that immediately makes you feel relaxed. Gone are the worries of the western world and at once you are emerged in that holiday feel. The Joondalup Resort offers tropical gardens, an enticing pool, bubbling spa, a grove of banana trees, waterfall, ponds, koi, floodlit tennis courts and a world class golf course.
Accommodation for families
The Joondalup Resort has become our popular getaway due to its convenience, price, friendly staff and the resort offerings. A family of 2 adults and 2 children can easily be accommodated in one room or for those of you that prefer some adult only time, interconnecting rooms are available.
We love the downstairs rooms. Each has an outdoor setting so you can sit and relax while the kids play and run within eye and ear shot. It is the perfect spot for serving up locally sourced cheeses and toasting the getaway with a glass (or two) of wine!
Lakeside Shopping Centre
I recently stayed at the resort for a mummy and girls weekend and was pleasantly surprised at the increase in quality attractions in Perth’s north. For those of you living in the Western suburbs, the new wing of the Joondalup Lakeside Shopping Centre is a little bit of Claremont Quarter. All the shops to keep a woman happy with Country Road, Seed Heritage, Mecca, Kookai, Peter Alexander, Crabtree and Evelyn, Oroton (see the Lakeside website for more) and better still – great coffee, macaroons, croissants and baguettes at the famous Jean Pierre Sancho.
Morning one we opted for a pamper morning with a manicure and pedicure at a Parisian inspired nail bar located within the shopping centre. I must say I have my reservations about nail salons however the hygiene and service was not flawed and the French provincial furnishings made it feel quite glamorous. Afterward we acquainted Jean Pierre and took our delights back to the resort to simply lay by the pool and relax!! (However you do that with a busy 4 year old)!!
We packed our water colours and reams of paper for afternoons of creativity finding refuge at Cafe 28 where the girls delighted in babycinos and Smartie ice creams as well as watching the golfers tackle the 9th or 18th hole back to the club house. A must try – one of Café 28’s wood fired pizzas.
Golf – driving range and pitch and putt
We are a sporty group, so within our luggage was the girls putters and pitchers to have some fun on the putting green. For those of you that want to give the ball a good whack there is also a driving range. (My 4 year old simply enjoyed playing treasure hunt and spent hours searching for the yellow golf balls in the bushes)!
Before dinner and as the sun went down, I promised the children we would go kangaroo spotting. The resort’s bar isn’t called the Kanagroo Arms for the lack of these animals. If you kindly ask one of the pro shop workers, they may let you take out a golf cart and within a few hundred metres of the resort you will see a many kangaroo and their joeys grazing on the nines.
Hillarys Marina and Sorrento
Dinner time and we headed toward the coast, deciding to bypass the Hillary’s Marina in favour of Sorrento’s Voyage Kitchen. Established in 2004 and still going strong we didn’t leave disappointed. The next night we headed to the lights, crowds and commercialized Marina . The girls had a jump on the trampolines at The Great Escape, begged to play the Clowns in the mini amusement park and after a group vote, settled for hamburgers at Grill’d . For those of you keen on fishing, pack your rods as you are sure to catch a blowie off the western jetty. At the very least you can get a hot chocolate and spanish donut at San Churro before heading home.
Other nearby attractions
Day time activities in and around the area include the near-by Botanic Golf, The Maze and Outback Splash, the Lansdale Animal Farm and the Fisheries Department research laboratories and aquariums. We often head to the City of Joondalup libraries who have a host of children’s activities especially in the school holidays.
There are plenty of child friendly and patrolled beaches close by including the Hillarys Marina, Mullaloo and Sorrento beaches, Watermans Bay and if you feel like heading to Rottnest the ferry is a hop, skip and jump away. If wine tasting is more your thing, the Swan Valley is not too far away with SupaGolf, the Margaret River Chocolate Factory and great wineries such as Lamonts and OakOver within a 30-minute drive.
Give Joondalup a go.
So next time you’re needing a mini break – instead of driving the 3 hours south, or flying 3 hours north – give the Joondalup Resort a go. Say hi to Wayne and Tony and they will welcome you back again and again and again (as they have me)! A huge thank you to the Management of the Joondalup Resort for the continued kindness to my family, catering our every need and accommodating us yet again.
For any of my blog readers the Joondalup Resort is offering a 10% discount on accommodation. Guests just need to go to www.joondalupresort.com.au and click on the “client login” button and enter the following details: