Perth is easily accessible these days thanks to budget airlines creating a little friendly competition and lower prices.
I remember the days of paying upward of $800 for a return flight from Melbourne – gosh, how times have changed…
And I’m thankful they have – as it not only makes it easier to see family but it’s also a little more encouraging for people who live on the east coast of Australia to head that way for holidays! Which is fantastic as Perth is such a beautiful city with so much to offer.
So here’s a little list of a few old (family-friendly) favourites…
- Adventure World
A theme park located in Bibra Lake, 20 km from the CBD – Adventure World is jam packed with plenty of fun stuff to keep the kids entertained for hours! The park undergoes a winter closure each year however by the time summer rolls around, the place is alive with smiling faces.
- A picnic at Kings Park
Gosh I adore this place. Located on the western edge of the CBD, this 1000-acre park boasts panoramic views of both the Swan River and Perth City Skyline, so you can imagine how beautiful it is at night. Pack a picnic, head down and lay beneath the trees as the kids play in the expansive grounds surrounding.
- Hire a bike and cycle Rottnest Island
Pack lunch, jump aboard the Rottnest Express and hire bicycles on arrival. The kids will love spotting the islands native resident – the Quokka!
- Afternoon tea at Indiana, Cottesloe
“The Indiana Tea House” holds very special memories for me. Growing up we would travel to Perth every year to see my Mothers family, and whenever we were there we would go to the Indiana for afternoon tea – it was our special treat.
The building is located right on the beach and has the most spectacular views – I remember feeling so special, all dressed up alongside my sister as we ordered our cakes and milkshakes (we were too young for coffee and vino).
So if you want to take the kids somewhere a little nice – this is the perfect place!
- The Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Swan Valley
Only 20 minutes from Perth’s CBD – the Swan Valley factory serves the most divine chocolate fondue, as well as a myriad of other sweet treats. Sister company ‘Margaret River Providore’ is located on site and boasts a huge range of preserves, chutneys, wines and olive oils – not to be missed.
- Aquarium of Western Australia, Hilary’s Boat Harbour
Home to Australia’s largest single aquarium and walk-through underwater tunnel – AQWA houses more than 400 species of marine life and boasts one of the worlds largest living coral reef exhibits.
- Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle
We would go here every weekend; order a few cones of fish and chips and listen to live music! The pub backs onto a small park that was perfect for us kids to muck around in…
- Perth Zoo
Five minutes from the heart of the city, the Perth Zoo is iconic! And is home to over 1,200 animals from around the world. A day well spent!
Educational and engaging – the centre offers interactive experiences for the entire family. Think ‘hands-on’ science exhibits; a huge planetarium and mind blowing science performances! This joint makes science cool!
- Fremantle Beach
Perth is home to some of our country’s most breathtaking beaches! Fremantle, Cottesloe, Scarborough, and City beach – the list is endless…