Any time of the year is a great time to visit Western Australia’s capital. With its temperate climate and its fun and entertaining activities, Perth makes for an ideal family destination.
Knowing that Perth makes for the ideal destination, here are 9 Perth family activities that you deserve to experience. Remember to take advantage of the city bus to travel for free in the special transit zone. If you want to learn more about the free transit zones, click here.
Kings Park is one of the largest inner-city parks in the world. Famous for its beautiful picnic spots, it’s also home to unique Australian flora. Overlooking the city and the beautiful waters of the Swan River, it offers walking trails with stunning natural vistas.
The Western Australian Botanic Garden can also be found here. The garden features a wide range of unique plants from Western Australia and all around the world. Enjoy a free guided walk and explore the unique flora and fauna. You can also head to the Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park, designed to help children connect with the natural environment around them.
Relax and unwind with the family at one of the many scenic picnic and BBQ areas. Kings Park is home to several cafes and even features an award-winning restaurant. If you visit in the springtime, you can also enjoy the annual Kings Park Festival.
A visit to Perth Zoo is guaranteed to keep the whole team happy. Known for its super-successful Sumatran orangutan breeding program, Perth Zoo is also home to a wide variety of native and exotic species.
Explore the Asian Rainforest and get to see elephants, tigers, Sun Bears, and the famous Sumatran Orangutans up close. A trip through the African Savannah will let you catch glimpses of rhinoceros, lions and giraffes.
Get up close and personal by booking one of the daily Eye to Eye encounters. Become a zookeeper for the day, feed the hungry giraffes and meet a gigantic Galápagos tortoise.
Enjoy an exciting day out with the family by paying Adventure World a visit. Perth’s most popular theme park features over 25 rides and attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
Take a leisurely walk through an enchanted medieval land filled with baby dragons and fairies or get a rush of adrenaline on one of the bone-chilling water rides. Classic roller coasters, enormous water slides, rafts and gravity-defying rides—Adventure World has it all!
If you make your way here, make sure to take on the Abyss. Voted Australia’s best roller coaster, this ride features a ‘beyond-vertical’ first drop that exceeds 90 degrees and is bound to excite even the bravest rider.
Explore WA’s spectacular marine life by going on an exciting underwater adventure along the coast. The AQWA features Australia’s largest underwater tunnel and is home to giant sharks, stingrays and turtles. You’ll even get a glimpse of some rare and unusual creatures, including the beautiful leafy seadragons.
With plenty of free daily talks, unique tours and feeds, AQWA is a must-visit for families looking to have some guaranteed fun. Special toddler-friendly events are regularly organised, and there are a range of additional activities that kids can enjoy on school holidays.
The AQWA is open every day of the year (except Christmas Day). There’s free parking, a cafe and a gift shop situated on site.
Looking for the best free family activities in Perth? Make sure to visit the Museum of Western Australia. With many different displays and spectacular dinosaur exhibits, children will definitely have a blast!
Explore tools and artefacts from a bygone area and take a closer look on bizarre rocks that made it here all the way from outer space. Kids will also have the chance to learn more about science as they examine the bones of extinct animals.
Fun and educational, the Museum of Perth is a must-visit for any family travelling to Perth this winter season.
Open-air Cinemas at Ozone Reserve is the perfect place to catch a movie under the stars from the comfort of your car. With plenty of family-friendly movies, including Inside Out and Finding Nemo, it's suitable for all ages. What better way to kick-start a long weekend in the heart of Perth City.
Previously known as MovinBed, things have switched up to mimic an old-fashioned drive-in movie theatre, with popcorn, lollies, wine, beer and soft drinks delivered straight to your car. Pack some pillows and a few blankets, get comfy in your car and enjoy a movie on the giant outdoor screen.
Looking for the perfect way to keep the kids entertained? A visit to Holy Moly Mini-Golf Northbridge is in order. Visit Hogwarts at the Harry Putter section and drop by Bikini Bottom to say hi to SpongeBob!
Game options include 9, 18 and 27 hole golf. Please note that after 5 pm, Holy Miley becomes an adults-only venue and no under-18s are allowed. After a long, fun-filled afternoon of teeing off, replenish your energy levels at the on-site bar with a super cheesy pizza, mocktails, cocktails, beer and more.
Looking for some family-friendly fun on the water in Perth? Then we recommend a visit to Water Bike Hire. Forget about your average paddle boats, kayaks and canoes - this is a water activity with a twist. Take to the calm waters of the Swan River on your very own Waterbike! A hybrid between a bike and a boat, they offer amazing stability and lots of fun.
Tours depart from Point belches, South Perth Swan River foreshore. Make your way past many stalwart icons, including the Optus Stadium, the Old Brewery and Elizabeth Quay. From bespoke tours to adventure and picnic options, there's literally no better way to spend the day in Perth.
Curiosity fuels discovery. Scitech combines science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a unique and engaging experience for the whole family to enjoy. This innovative science centre features six interactive galleries, lively science performances and even a hand-on science lab.
Scitech is also home to Australia’s largest planetarium. Explore a range of fun and educational science experiences that will spark your kids’ and your own imagination. The Discovery Shop is the place to stock up on novel and unusual science gifts.
If you’re looking to expose children to science at an early age and also have loads of fun while doing it, a visit to Scitech is a must.
With so many things to see and do in Perth, why not make a weekend of your trip?
Conveniently located at the centre of the action, ibis Styles East Perth offers comfortable and affordable accommodation in Perth’s CBD . All activities mentioned here are less than half an hour from the hotel.
Ibis Styles East Perth features a range of modern rooms, equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay in the heart of the city (including delicious buffet breakfast). Within the hotel premises, you’ll find a restaurant, a bar and a fully-equipped gym.
Book your stay today and enjoy everything that the city has to offer at your own pace.
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