The Bickley Valley, in Perth’s Hills, is the up and coming place to visit! There’s so many wonderful wineries, as well as quaint Kalamunda with its many gift shops, Farmers Market and cafes. Masonmill Gardens has lots to do, making it a destination in itself. Previously known as The Rose Farm, the venue enjoyed a spectacular redevelopment a few years ago. Now it has closed it’s restaurant for the winter, as it undergoes a second round of development which includes accommodation and a conference centre. The good news is there is now a café by the mini golf, and Masonmill is still well worth a visit.
Restaurant (Currently Closed)
Open breakfast, lunch and dinner, the café has sweeping views over the rose covered gardens below.
You can sit inside or outside at the modern café. There’s a tasty menu and the spot is also fully licenced.
The menu is full of options like burgers, pasta, fish and chips, gourmet pizza, salads, sandwiches and their signature “steak on a stone”. I enjoyed the Blackened Salmon ($29). Asian style salmon, with sauteed bok choy with a carrot, radish & cucumber slaw, peanut dressing & coconut rice.
My husband loved the tender cider and chili pork belly bites ($18) with an apple and cabbage salad in a cider vinegarette.
We finished our lunch with some delicious cheesecakes from the cabinet.
There’s plenty of drinks options too. The restaurant is fully licenced. Their pots of tea are served with a beautiful freshly picked rose. What a lovely touch.
I also tried Masonmill’s homemade sparkling Rose-ade ($7). Rose petals are infused with lemon and served with lemonade and rose petal ice cubes. The pretty drink is deliciously sweet.
There’s also a bar and a colourful Irish-village themed beer garden outside.
You can enjoy a pint of Guinness and enjoy the sweeping garden views from the colourful terrace, which has live music on weekends. There’s $20 Roasts and bar snacks available here too.
At the café, seniors receive a 10% discount – during daytime opening hours Thursday & Friday (excluding evenings).
The Gardens (Open)
We always enjoy a walk around the extensive grounds at Masonmill. The gardens are immaculately kept and so peaceful. There was a beautiful display of everlasting wildflowers when we visited in October.
If you love roses like me, spring and summer are perfect times to visit Masonmill’s stunning rose gardens.
Be sure to seek out the hidden French Gardens, which are very well hidden up some steps behind the restaurant.
They are absolutely spectacular and we loved having a wander around and finding many beautifully manicured nooks.
Mini Golf (Open)
There’s also a mini golf course at Masonmill. We do love a game of putt putt with our Grandson! The golf clubs are collected from the gift shop. The course is built with local materials, like logs and huge coffee rocks, which are used as obstacles. The logs are also perfect for sitting on, if you’re waiting your turn. The mini golf is challenging, but not too difficult. There’s a few tight angles, tunnels, “bunkers” and slopes just to make things tricky! There’s not much shade, so you may want to take an umbrella, like I did.
We really enjoyed our game – it’s something everyone from ages 4 to 94 can enjoy together!
There’s a children’s menu on offer, each item is $9, served with chips, salad, and a pop top fruit drink. Colouring in is also available for keeping kids busy at the table. Outside, kids will love running around the lovely playground. It’s fully fenced and gated, and has a covered outdoor seating area. It’s suited to younger children with a cubby house, sandpit, slide, stepping stones and wobbly logs to play on.
Little ones will love to feed the fish in the pretty koi pond too. Fish food is bought from the gift shop.
Masonmill’s cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee n cake and high tea. With plenty of large tables, it’s perfect for group catch up. With so much to do, Masonmill is a great spot in the pretty Perth Hills for a day out.
Address: 40 Masonmill Road, Carmel.
Phone: 9293 5112
Disabled Access: Yes, there are parking spaces, ramps and toilets.
Grandchild Friendly: Yes, playground, kids menu, mini golf and more.
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