Visiting Perth with your family? We have you covered with 10 things to do in Perth with kids that will entertain the whole family.
1. Elizabeth Quay
Head down to the river along the Esplanade in Perth. Play in the playground, splash in the BHP Billiton Water Park, catch a ferry to South Perth, enjoy an ice-cream or grab some lunch. There are often family events at Elizabeth Quay. If you are staying in Perth catch a free Cat bus here or catch a train and get off at Elizabeth Quay.
The Bell Tower is just a short walk away and an icon of the Perth skyline. You can climb up, learn about its history and get a great view of the city
- The Esplanade, Perth WA
2. Matilda Bay
Along the swan river, Matilda Bay is always calm and the perfect family friendly place to go for a paddle. There are 2 jettys that you can wade out to and walk along. Lots of people take kayaks for the kids to paddle in a safe and protected environment. Grab a picnic, find a shady spot and you will find yourself staying for the day. You can also grab a coffee at the Bayside Kitchen café. Toilets and barbeques are available for use.
- Hackett Drive, Crawley
My kids love Naturescape and can easily spend half a day exploring. The best bit is, it is in the heart of the city, making it easily accessible. Make sure you check their website before you go. As Naturescape is closed all of February, on fire risk days and every Monday. Toilets available, take your rubbish home with you.
It is wise to take a change of clothes in case your children get wet.
- May Drive, Kings Park
4. Penguin Island
A bit further to travel but a fabulous day trip from Perth
5. Adventure World
On a hot day be sure to head to Adventure World for a day of water slides, rides and swimming. There is entertainment for all ages with Dragon’s Kingdom for little kids and bigger water slides and roller coasters for the more adventurous. There is lots of shade to set up your gear for the day, then head off and explore. If you have younger kids we suggest setting your picnic up near Dragon’s Kingdom. For older kids it is easier to set up near Kahuna Falls.
- 351 Progress Road, Bibra Lake (about 30 minutes drive from Perth city)
6. Lotterywest Federation Walkway
The raised, glass walkway winds through the tall trees at Kings Park and provides amazing views of the Swan river and much of Perth.
7. Cottesloe Beach
An iconic Perth beach, Cottesloe is the perfect place for a swim, a play in the park, a game of beach cricket and of course an ice cream.
- Marine Parade, Cottesloe
- Get to Cottesloe via the train. Get on the Fremantle line and get off at Cottesloe station. It is about a 600 metre walk to the beach from the station.
8. Hire a bike and ride around the Swan river
Explore the Swan River and the ride around the bridges to South Perth. Don’t forget to grab a helmet. You can also hire kayaks here and go for a paddle.
- 305 Riverside Drive, Perth
- About Bike Hire
9. Perth Zoo
Explore Perth Zoo with the family. Catch the ferry from Perth to South Perth and then it is a short walk. Highlights include the Australian bushwalk, the penguin pool, the Asian animals (love the elephants!) and the nocturnal house.
- Perth Zoo address: 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth
10. Caversham Wildlife Park
Interact with native animals at Caversham Wildlife Park. Pat koalas, feed the kangaroos and more. Then go and explore the Swan Valley for lunch (don’t forget the Margaret River Chocolate Factory).
- Opens every day at 9am
- Getting there: bus 955 runs daily from Morley station and Bassendean station. Get off at the Whiteman Park entrance. A shuttle bus is available from the entrance or enjoy the 15-20 minute walk.
- Caversham Wildlife Park address: 233 Drumpellier Drive, Whiteman