At just five hours from Singapore, we're totally crushing on Western Australia's Perth. Get set for a family holiday of a lifetime you'll never forget...
It’s no secret that us folks at HoneyKids love Australia. Whether it’s sunny Sydney, magical Melbourne (hello, best coffee ever!) or the gorgeous Gold Coast, we’re huge fans of all the awesomeness the country has to offer. On our radars right now? Perth. The city has us in the palm of its hand with its stunning native flora and abundant wildlife, awesome beaches, scrummy eateries and a plentitude of indoor and outdoor activities to keep everyone in the family entertained.
A convenient five hours’ flight from Singapore, Perth – the capital of Western Australia – is a delight to be savoured time and time again either for a sneaky long weekend or school holiday break. Check out our carefully selected list of the best things to do in Perth with kids and see why Australia’s most isolated city should be top of the list for your next family adventure.
A beach day is one of the best (and free-est) things to love about Aussie life, which is why visiting Cottesloe Beach (or ‘Cott’ for short) should be at the top of your to-do list while visiting Perth with kids. For starters, its picture-perfect white sandy beach and bustling cafe and restaurant scene make it the perfect day out for the whole family. Think a gentle swim, snorkel or surf in crystal clear waters – parents can chill knowing a net has been installed around the swimming areas to keep the wildlife out – followed by a spot of fish ’n’ chips (we hear The Blue Duck is pretty awesome).
Top tip: if you’re not keen on hiring a car and trying to find an elusive parking spot, then hop on a Transperth bus or enjoy a 20-minute stroll from Fremantle train line.
Where: Cottesloe Beach, Marine Parade, Cottesloe, Western Australia, 6011
For a fun, educational, interactive day out of the Aussie sun, why not try exploring all things science at Scitech? Discover an awesome array of interactive exhibitions, experiences, shows and workshops. There’s even a mega 180-degree Planetarium Dome with surround sound and digital projection if you fancy a unique exploration of our universe! Don’t miss out on the Discovery shop for innovative products that will spark the curious minds of your young scientists, no matter their age (or your budget). Hungry? Make a bee-line to the Splitting Bean Cafe on-site for scrummy refreshments when tummies start grumbling.
Where: Scitech, City West Centre, Corner Railway Street & Sutherland Street, West Perth, 6005, p. +61 (0) 8 9215 0700
When: Open daily 10am–5.30pm, except December 20, 25, 26
‘Rotto’ as Aussies affectionately call it, (are you picking up a theme here?), is well worth a sporty-family-trekky kinda day. Located a short 25-minute ferry ride from the mainland, Rotto will keep the whole family happy with its bevy of beautiful beaches, coral reefs for awesome snorkelling and cycle paths that go on for days. If you can’t stay the night, we suggest using your time to get up close and personal (behind a camera) with the locals – and by locals we mean the quokkas, WA’s cute marsupial residents. If you get your timing right, you may also see seals, ospreys and whales fighting for your camera time.
Getting around is easy peasy: either hit the trails on foot or hire bikes at the ferry terminals or online. Alternatively, there’s the Island Explorer bus service. There’s no end to the family fun on offer here: enjoy plenty of water action, mini golf, shopping, great eateries and lots of guided tours.
Where: Rottnest Island, Western Australia, 6161
Getting there: The shortest ride is a mere 25 minutes from Fremantle, alternatively pick one up at Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty (Elizabeth Quay) or Hillarys Boat Harbour. Feeling flush, there’s always the helicopter or air taxi option. Yes please!
Look out mums and dads: the fun is about to begin at the award-winning Adventure World! Perth’s only theme and water park is, without doubt, a day of awesomeness for the entire family. Beautifully landscaped botanical gardens and lawns hold more than 25 rides and attractions, including thrill rides like Goliath, Abyss and perhaps the longest, tallest and steepest funnel water slide on the planet: Kraken. Littlies will be immersed in the enchanting Dragon’s Kingdom. Plus, there’s the ever-popular Hawaiian resort-themed Kahuna Falls, for a true-blue Aussie wildlife experience.
For revheads, why not check out the Grand Prix Race Track – an authentic replica racetrack with its own self-contained mechanical workshop, pit lane and spectator’s grandstand. Tummies of all sizes will not go unsatisfied as there are treats and health-food options to satisfy all tastebuds, along with a range of barista-made and alcoholic bevies to enjoy as the sun goes down. Did we mention that children under four enter for free?
Where: Adventure World, 351 Progress Drive, Bibra Lake WA 6163
Getting there: Located only 25 minutes from central Perth and just 15 minutes from Fremantle by car, Adventure World is easily accessible via public transport.
Not to be outdone in the waterpark stakes is Outback Splash. Just 30 minutes from the city, it offers a great day out. Not only is it a super-cool waterpark with thrill-packed slides and rides, but there’s also year-round family fun, including mini golf, a number of fun brain-teasing mazes to get lost and found in, sensory play activities and of course, the chance to get up-close and personal with Aussie wildlife staples like koalas, emus, wombats and kangaroos. The park is open from the September school holidays to April each year, so bear that in mind when planning your trip. Hungry? Head to The Burger Bar or Snack Shack for all the meals, snacks and refreshments. Bringing your own picnic is also an option, as is hiring your own cabana for the ultimate family day out.
Caversham Wildlife Park
Spend the day at one of Perth’s most exciting tourist attractions and learn about Western Australia’s native wildlife, by hand-feeding the kangaroos, or joining an interactive farm show, where you can touch possums, lizards or meet a cuddly wombat. Take your time around the park (we recommend around three hours) to take it all in and get all the prerequisite family snaps – and don’t miss the cheeky penguins being fed! The animal food is included in the entry fee and there is a kiosk onsite offering light meals and refreshments, plus hot and cold drinks, ice-creams and other yummies. Don’t forget to check out the Souvenir Shop before you leave.
Where: Caversham Wildlife Park, 233B Drumpellier Drive, Whiteman WA, 6068
When: Open daily 9am–5.30pm except on Christmas Day.
There’s so much to do at the stunning Elizabeth Quay. The foreshore offers itself as a super-cool free playground for all ages, plus there’s plenty of sunshine, alfresco dining, markets and a lively festival scene to soak up. You can easily hop aboard the ferry running between the quay inlet and South Perth, or join a river cruise from Barrack Street Jetty, or perhaps taking your own water transport (boat, canoe, kayak) is more your style. There are cycling and walking trails along the riverside and public art via the striking arched suspension bridge and promenade circuit.
Be sure to check here for special family friendly events at Elizabeth Quay, and try to take in a show against the stunning backdrop of Perth’s cityscape and Swan River. Kiddies of all ages can play at the Playground on The Island, or cool down at the interactive BHP Water Park opposite Elizabeth Quay station. There are also plenty of cruises and tours to look into.
Where: Elizabeth Quay is located on the edge of the picturesque Swan River, between Barrack and William streets in the heart of Perth CBD. Look for the Bell Tower to find Barrack Street Jetty.
Wine, cheese or chocolate, anyone? No trip to Perth with kids would be complete without a visit to Swan Valley. This valley, just a 25-minute drive east of Perth, is home to Western Australia’s oldest wine region. It’s an awesome place to visit when you’re planning Perth with kids; everyone will love the chocolate factory, lavender farm, Whiteman Park, wildlife parks, mazes and the wide range of activities and fresh food to sample.
Download the activities map on the Swan Valley Kids in the Valley Trail and get cracking for school holiday fun, a family day out or a weekend stay – there are plenty of scrummy foodie places to enjoy along the way to break up a full day of exploring. And don’t forget Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm (above)! Mum and Dad fancy a spot of wine-tasting? There are a number of kid-friendly wineries with playgrounds or kiddie menus to visit, including Mandoon Estate, Carilley Estate, Laughin’ Barrell and Oakover Grounds. Cheers to that!
Where: Swan Valley, Guildford, Western Australia, 6055
You haven’t visited the best of Perth with kids until you’ve visited Kings Park – it is, after all, one of Western Australia’s most popular destinations, with some five million people strolling through it every year. There’s plenty of cool stuff going on here for the whole family, like the Ivey Watson Playground in the Lotterywest Family Area. It’s ideal for children under five to captain a pirate ship!
Older kids can cycle around the Hale Oval or climb the space net. Or there’s always the Synergy Parkland playground facility, accessible from May Drive, which is wheelchair friendly and suitable for children over seven years. Check out the 75m-long elevated walkway, island fort, large-scale replicas of extinct Australian mega-fauna and an interactive water-misting forest. Try, if you can, to take a photo in front of the Giant Boab tree, or ‘Gija Jumulu’. Don’t forget the Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park (note closed Mondays) for the opportunity to connect with nature, climb ropes, wade through creeks, build cubbies, make leaf boats and, best of all, get dirty!
Where: Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia, 6005
Dating back some 120 years or so, Fremantle Markets features more than 150 stalls of unique or locally make gifts, homewares, souvenirs, clothing, toys as well as a number of gastronomic delights. Munch your way through an incredible array of fresh fruit and veg, or grab a bite at any number of scrummy eateries (we reckon there’s some of the best coffee and cake in Perth!).
If that’s not enough to get you packing, kiddies can pat a koala, hold a real snake at the Wildlife Zoo in the Market Lane, or have their face painted while Mum or Dad partakes in a spot of crystal card reading. Full to bursting? Why not walk off all the treats by doing the Fremantle Markets ‘Heritage Trail’. Download or print a brochure here and get set to explore the fascinating array of wares, people and stories.
Where: Fremantle Markets, South Terrace &, Henderson St, Fremantle 6160
When: Open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
WA Shipwrecks Museum
Here’s a cool idea of what to do in Perth with kids: visit the WA Shipwrecks Museum, packed full of artefacts documenting shipwrecks and their relics. You’ll need to book to take one of the free tours, otherwise simply go and explore the museum at your own pace. The kids will be gobsmacked by the shipwreck gallery and chance to witness real shipwreck relics from the coast of Western Australia, but be aware that for safety reasons, littlies under five can’t enter the submarine tour. If hunger strikes, then a quick stroll to Perth’s iconic brewery Little Creatures Brewery will sort you out in a jiffy – grab a bite, sip a cold one and take a brewery tour while you’re at it. It’s always family friendly, welcoming of kids of all ages and serves up delish bites.
Feel like trying something out of the ordinary? Then why not try gently flying on a cushion of controlled air? At iFLY Perth, everyone aged three and up can experience the sensation of twisting, turning and sky-flying indoors – with absolutely no experience needed! If you’re between six and 70, you may also want to consider the Virtual Reality (VR) flight option where you can experience what it would be like skydiving in virtual reality over some of the world’s most incredible destinations, like Hawaii, Dubai, Southern California and the Swiss Alps. Beam me up, Scottie!
Where: iFLY World, 143 Great Eastern Hwy, Rivervale 6103
When: Open Monday to Friday 9am–9pm, Saturday 8.30am–8pm & Sunday 8.30am–7pm
Top tips for the best Perth with kids experience
- Perth International Airport is approximately five hours flight-time from Singapore.
- The best time to visit Perth with kids is in September, October or November when the city is in spring. December through February constitutes Perth summertime and therefore scorching temperatures can be reached. Alternatively, if you like cooler climes, June–August counts as the Aussie winter.
- If you do not hold an Australian passport, you will need a visa to visit and enter Australia. Check visa details and the strict quarantine information before booking your ticket.
- Currency is the Australian dollar.
Now all that’s left is to enjoy Perth with your kids!