Rally the kids and get ready for an adventure to remember. Sunny capital of Western Australia and city of soft-sand beaches, Perth is the ideal destination for a fun family getaway. From thrilling theme parks to reptilian wonders, this city is famed for its family-friendly activities and glittering natural attractions that thrive around the famous Swan River.
Kickstart the family fun at Adventure World Perth, one of the top things to do with kids in Perth. Perth’s iconic water and theme park delivers nonstop adrenaline-pumping action with 28 rides, including the giant pendulum swing Goliath and Kraken, the world’s longest and steepest funnel water slide. Set in beautiful landscaped botanical gardens, Adventure World also caters for younger children with family-friendly water slides and wildlife experiences, including age-appropriate rides and activities in the Dragon’s Kingdom.
For a fascinating hands-on, educational experience, make your way to the Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre, in the scenic hills of Perth. Home to a diverse range of native reptiles and other Australian wildlife, including snakes, lizards and tawny frogmouths, the centre also rescues and rehabilitates injured wildlife, with a rehabilitation hospital on-site. Engage with knowledgeable keepers who provide fascinating insights into the world of reptiles, see native wildlife in natural surroundings and learn how to identify animals you encounter in the bush or even your own backyard.
Discover the rich cultural and natural heritage of Western Australia at the acclaimed WA Museum Boola Bardip. Opened in 2020, Boola Bardip means ‘many stories’ in the traditional Nyoongar language, and the impressive museum lives up to its name. Located in Perth’s arts and culture hub, WA Museum Boola Bardip showcases state-of-the-art technology, interactive exhibits and treasured artefacts to create a truly immersive experience. Engage the kids in a journey through time, exploring the evolution of the region and our place in the world.
No family getaway to Perth is complete without a visit to the iconic Cottesloe Beach, one of the best things to do in Perth. With its pristine white sand and crystal-clear waters, Cottesloe is the perfect destination for sun-seekers, surfers and swimmers. Build a sandcastle with the kids, take a refreshing dip, or simply bask in the vast beauty of the Indian Ocean. The famous beach is surrounded by a variety of family-friendly cafes, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely picnic or a delicious meal with a view.
Take the kids ‘quokka spotting’ on a day trip to nearby Rottnest Island, located just 19 kms off the coast of Perth. It’s so close in fact, you can see the island shimmering in the distance from the city shoreline. Quokkas are native to Rottnest Island and these much-loved marsupials have risen to iconic status around the world, renowned for their curious and cheerful nature. See them in their natural habitat and snap a ‘quokka selfie’, go snorkelling around coral reefs and explore sunken shipwrecks and idyllic beaches on the car-free island.
On the banks of the Swan River, a new waterfront precinct has opened up at Elizabeth Quay. You’ll find plenty of top Perth restaurants offering scenic alfresco dining, along with outdoor markets, lively festivals and exciting summer carnivals. Explore the riverside trail by bike or on foot, and discover landscaped gardens and public art via the arched suspension bridge and promenade circuit. Elizabeth Quay is only a short stroll from Perth CBD and easily accessible by public transport, including a regular ferry service from Mends Street Jetty.
Where to stay
After you’ve had your fill of fun activities to do in Perth, enjoy a relaxing and comfortable stay at one of the many outstanding places to stay close to the action in Perth.