Western Australia’s capital is one of the coolest places in Australia for family fun. Create memories in Perth with our wrap up of the BEST things to do with kids.
1. Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Spreading across 400ha of natural bushland and landscaped beds, Kings Park and Botanic Garden offers endless opportunities to relax on the banks of the Swan River. Kids can connect with WA’s native flora at the Naturescape, which has large aerial walkways, a creek and waterhole for wading in, a cubby-building area, tunnels, rocks and a web of climbing ropes. The 6ha nature space can be explored on accessible paths, bridges and boardwalks. They are also sure to love the dinosaur-themed equipment of the May Drive Parkland, or let loose in the Saw Avenue Picnic Area.
2. Perth Zoo
Opened in 1898, the Perth Zoo is home to more than 1,200 animals across its three zones —Australian Walkabout, Asian Rainforest and African Savannah — all of which are designed to mimic the wildlife’s natural habitat. Come face-to-face with Asian elephants, Sumatran orangutans and rhinoceros, or book in for a close encounter with a giraffe or Galapagos tortoise. Keeper talks and animal feeding sessions are also held throughout the day.
3. Island Aqua Park
Located at Hillary’s Boat Harbour, this floating obstacle course is ideal for kids aged six and over, with endless opportunities to bounce, slide and swim. Entry to the Island Aqua Park includes 90 minutes of fun (plus a safety aid) and it’s within viewing distance of several cafes and eateries where non-participating parents can relax.
4. Amaze Miniature Park
Nestled in beautifully manicured grounds, the Amaze Miniature Park features replica model buildings from the English village of Abingdon and beyond. Watch the miniature trains coming and going as you explore England’s oldest continually inhabited town or challenge yourself in the hedge and circular mazes. The Park also has a 12-hole miniature golf course, a secret garden and a children’s playground … and there’s a chocolate factory just across the road!
5. iFLY Perth
If launching yourself out of a plane at 10,000ft in the air doesn’t appeal to you, but you still want to experience the thrill, then head to iFly Perth. Kids as young as three years can step into the iFly wind tunnel to soar in a safe and secure environment, with a skilled instructor at their side.
6. Rottnest Island
Just a 30-minute ferry ride from Perth is the beautiful island of Rottnest, which is ringed by pristine beaches and protected coral reefs that are ideal for snorkelling. Whether you tour the island by bus, boat, segway or e-bike, there are some attractions and experiences not to miss, including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, the Cathedral Rocks fur seal colony and taking a selfie with a quokka.
7. Elizabeth Quay
Backed by the skyscrapers of Perth’s CBD, this waterfront precinct is home to picturesque promenades, public artworks and a diverse range of restaurants and bars. Kids can ride the traditional Venetian carousel, play in the maritime-inspired playground, and cool off amidst the choreographed jets of the water park.
8. Yagan Square
Connecting Northbridge to the CBD, Yagan Square is a vibrant urban space where locals and visitors come to meet, eat and play. It’s dotted with artworks and installations that pay respect to the area’s Indigenous people and centres around the Market Hall, where you can dine on cuisine from around the globe. On the upper level of the building is a kid-friendly play space inspired by Western Australia’s natural rock formations.
9. Swan Valley
Encompassing the upper reaches of the Swan River, the Swan Valley is the oldest wine-growing region in Western Australia and an easy escape from Perth’s hustle and bustle. Rent bicycles to explore one of the seven themed trails, pick up fresh produce from the roadside stalls and meet native animals at the Caversham Wildlife Park.
10. Cottesloe Beach
As one of Perth’s most iconic beaches, Cottesloe needs no introduction. It offers just over a kilometre of pure white sand and inviting turquoise waters in which to swim, snorkel and surf. Towering Norfolk pines and terraced lawns back the beach if you prefer a sand-free picnic, or there’s an excellent choice of cafes and restaurants along the buzzing boulevard.