Australia’s sunniest city, Perth also one of its most remote. Having flourished into a city of excitement and entertainment over the past decade, Perth is full of great family attractions and activities.
The city is located on the mighty Swan River, which is best explored on a family cruise for great views of the city. Learn about Perth’s first people, the Wadjuk, as well as some great bush survival tips and an introduction to the local plants with an Aboriginal Guide at Kings Park. The park, just minutes form the city centre, is rich in European and Aboriginal history and culture and there is heaps for kids to do and see. While you’re there visit May Drive Playground for some fun and go for a walk on the raised walkway through the park for views of the Swan River.
Take advantage of the all the city’s sunshine on one of Perth’s many stunning beaches including Scarborough Beach, City Beach, Trigg Beach, Sorrento Beach and iconic Cottesloe Beach, famous for its white sand, beautiful clear turquoise water and art deco pavilion.
Animal lovers can visit AQWA, the Aquarium of Western Australia to view sea life, Perth Zoo for 164 species of exotic and local animals or visit Caversham Wildlife Park to pat a friendly kangaroo and milk a cow.
For a hit of culture, Perth has great kid friendly museums including the Old Perth Gaol, the Western Australian Museum and the awesome Scitech, an interactive science museum and planetarium, that kids will find out of this world.
There is so much to see and do in Perth, it can be hard to choose, but here are our top ten recommendations.
From building sand castles on one of Perth’s iconic beaches to cuddling a kangaroo, little ones will love the variety of activities on offer.
The calm waters of Hillarys Boat Harbour is the perfect beach for young kids, plus there’s a playground and pontoons with slides. Head to King’s Park and the May Drive playground to explore its elevated walkway, island fort, large-scale replicas of extinct Australian mega fauna and interactive water misting forest.
As well as being home to more than a thousand animals, The Perth Zoo offers kids aged from two to five the A to Zoo programme that will take them on a journey to learn about their favourite animals through storytelling, craft, movement and music. And at family-owned Caversham Wildlife, the kids can see a host of native animals, feed a kangaroo, cuddle a wombat and see awesome farm shows including cow milking demonstrations.
Perth, the capital city of Australia’s most western state, can be visited all year round and boasts a warm, dry climate most of the year.
Summer is when there is the least rainfall so any planned outings in the great outdoors are almost guaranteed to be dry but many consider spring, from September to November, the optimum time to visit with sunny days, warm evenings and fields of gorgeous wildflowers.
Winters are relatively cool and slightly wetter. Temperatures may fall to around eight-degrees Celsius, climbing to 20 during the day. There may be an occasional storm but the clouds can mean a fabulous sunset over the ocean.
Christmas and Easter are busy, especially in Fremantle as locals flock to the port city, so you’ll need to book ahead. But Perth’s distance from other capital cities in Australia means good deals on accommodation, tours and activities can be found all year-round.
Eating out in Perth with kids is easy as there is an excellent selection of family-friendly eateries including cafes, restaurants and pubs catering for all ages. Leapfrogs, in the Wanneroo Botanic Gardens on the shores of Lake Joondalup, not only has good kid-friendly food but also really good coffee. The Carine Tavern at Duncraig is another top spot as there’s a great kids’ menu as well as outdoor seating and play equipment.
Families who are fans of seafood are spoiled for choice and there’s a huge array of multi-cultural options including Indian, Thai, Italian, Greek and Japanese, for dining with a cultural twist. Don’t forget the local weekend markets for freshly made treats and to stock up on fresh produce if you are self-catering. Kaila Community Farmer’s Market, Subiaco Farmer’s Market and Perth City Farmer’s Market are especially good for families as there’s entertainment for kids.
April – Cockburn Cultural Fair
A celebration of culture, arts, sustainability and the diversity of foods and flavours eaten in the region.
May/June – Fremantle Heritage Festival
With everything from antiques to vintage to retro and an array of special events.
August – Spring into Armadale Festival
Delight in the City's rich tapestry of culture, arts, food, wine and people.
September – Kings Park Festival
Wildflowers form the stunning backdrop for this series of events for all the family.
September - Royal Perth Show
With a carnival atmosphere, you’ll find a fun-packed eight days of action.
October-November – Fremantle Festival
A variety of arts are celebrated across the city over 10 days.
December - Osborne Park Show
A city fair with a country twist and lots of side shows, rides, food, and fireworks.
A delightful day out in Perth doesn’t have to be a strain on the purse strings. Make your way through our list of top free activities for families and you’ll come away an expert on the attractions and atmosphere of the Western Australian capital – all without spending a penny!
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