When it comes to family friendly things to do in Perth we are super spoilt for choice. With the summer holidays just around the corner (you know they’ll be here before you can say Father Christmas!), I’ve rounded up some of the best family friendly things you can do in Perth.
As a family, we’ve done most of the things on this list, so can personally recommend them as being fun and great for the whole family.
15 Family Friendly Things To Do In Perth
1 – Fremantle Prison & Fremantle Tram Tours
Take out the stress of getting around Fremantle by taking the Hop on Hop off Tram Tour, which takes you to all the must-see sites, including the Fremantle Prison, while learning the history of this quaint and fascinating town at the same time. Tickets can be booked online or purchased on the trams and are valid for 24 hours.
Step back in time and go behind bars to get a real taste of convict life in Australia’s largest and most intact prison built by the convicts themselves. If you’re feeling brave, grab a torch and go on a night guided tour through the pitch dark corridors and cells of this once-terrifying place. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Adults – Prison $22 Tram $30
Kids – Prison $12 Tram $5
Family Pass – Prison $62 Tram $65
2 – Perth Zoo
With over 1500 individual and 160 species of animals on display coming from all the continents of the world, Perth Zoo is a must-see for all nature lovers. Lion, rhinoceros and giraffe from Africa, tiger, orangutan and elephant from Asia, giant tortoise from the Galapagos Islands, as well as all the unique species of Australia, will keep kids and adults captivated for hours.
Having a reptile loving kid in the family, we spend a good while in the amazing reptile house too when we visit, and we love trying to spot the elusive hyena.
They usually have deals on mother’s day and father’s day where mums and dads respectively admitted for free, so this can make it a really affordable family day out in Perth.
Adults (over 16 years) – $34
Kids (over 4 years) – $17
Family Pass – $89.20
3 – AQWA (The Aquarium of Western Australia)
Situated at Hillarys Boat Harbour just 20 minutes from the city centre is Western Australia’s No1 marine attraction. Step onto a moving conveyor and explore the wonders of the underwater world, getting up close and personal with sharks, giant rays, turtles, sea dragons, and hundreds of other fascinating marine creatures.
Free daily talks, interactive tours and feeds will keep kids occupied for hours, while the Touch Pool, Danger Zone and a Glass Bottom boat ride will captivate kids and adults alike.
Various events, such as the Shark Sleepover and the Mer-jestic Mermaid Tales for kids during school holidays and the Dine beneath the Sea on specialized days like Valentine’s Day for adults, are truly unforgettable events. Combine your visit to AQWA with a walk around the picturesque boat harbour and Sorrento Quay.
Adults – $30
Kids (AGE 4 +) – $18
Family Pass – $79 (2 adults + 2 children)
4 – Galaxy Drive In
For a cheap date-night or a family entertainment outing that won’t cost a fortune, watching a movie in Perth’s only Drive-In Theatre is a great way to spend an evening. You could take your own snacks or make it a cook-free night and purchase an array of takeaways and of course, the old time favourite, popcorn, from their café.
Galaxy Drive-In Theatre is situated in Kingsley within the City of Joondalup. Read more about the Galaxy Drive In here.
Adults – $11
Kids (4 – 12) – $5.50
Tuesday Night Special – $22 per car
5 – The Perth Mint
Situated in Hay Street, a short walk from the city centre, a visit to the Perth Mint will be a most unique experience. Apart from their dazzling attractions and exhibitions, you will learn about the impact the discovery of gold had on Western Australia and witness the amazing spectacle of a gold pour. You’ll also get to see the Guinness World Record Australian Kangaroo One-Tonne Gold Coin and find out what your weight is worth in gold.
If you have any loose change to spare, you could use it purchase an Argyle Pink Diamond, a Pierre Cardin Watch or a few Australian gold coins and nuggets, some precious stones or any other exquisite jewelry of your choice, from their exclusive souvenir shop. Or you could just enjoy a relaxing cup of tea and cake in their courtyard.
Adults – $19
Kids – $8
Family Pass – $48
6 – Kings Park
The stunning 400 hectare landscaped Kings Park, located a short walk from the heart of the CBD, is one of the best places to bring your family in Perth. Apart from the 3000 species of the State’s unique flora species so beautifully laid out, and the numerous displays rich in Aboriginal and European history, this jewel offers spectacular panoramic views of the Swan River and the Perth skyline from virtually every corner. Wild flower season here is a sight to behold.
For the history boffs, the numerous historical and war memorials will be of special interest, while the kids will do their nut in the dinosaur-themed play park, the water space area and the climbing structures. A perfect place for a family picnic or barbecue.
7 – Whiteman Park & Caversham Wildlife Park
Situated on the doorstep of the Swan Valley, the 9000 acre Whiteman Park is a great destination for a family to spend the morning or full day walking or cycling on bush paths enjoying the natural heritage of Western Australia. Apart from the 34 reptile and 14 mammal species, including echidna and the endangered woylie and over 100 bird species, there are also other paid attractions such as a Motor, Tractor and Transport Museums, while a vintage bus, tram or train will take you to the various playgrounds, barbeque and picnic areas. A night walk through the park will be a memorable experience for kids and adults.
Entry to Whiteman Park is free, however there are additional, optional paid attractions within it.
The Caversham Wildlife Park is one of the main attractions, and it allows you to experience typical Aussie farm activities, like sheep shearing, cow milking, cracking a stock whip and sheep dogs mustering their flocks. You can also walk through the reptile house and aviary/barn teeming with loads of colourful and unusual birds and get to meet and pet unusual Aussie animals such as kangaroos, wombats, koalas, possums and snakes.
Caversham Wildlife Park Costs:
Adults – $30
Kids – $14
Concessions – $23
8 – Adventure World
On a hot summer day, there is no better place to cool off with the kids than relaxing in crystal clear pools surrounded by manicured lawns and gardens, or flying through the air in in one of the many rollercoasters in Perth’s Adventure World. Rides range from gentle slides for toddlers, to the adrenalin-pumped Abyss and the famous Kraken, the world’s tallest, longest and steepest water slide, designed purely for daredevils, and everyone in between.
The many other themed rides and attractions including the Dragon’s Kingdom and the giant 15 metre pendulum swing, aptly named Goliath, cater for all ages, will make it difficult to get your kids out of the water. Food kiosks spread throughout the park offer a wide menu of snacks and drinks.
Adults – $63.95
Kids – $53.95
Family Pass – $199 (2 +2 or 3 +1)
9 – Snorkelling At Mettams Pool
Situated in the midst of suburbia, a few hundred metres north of Trigg Beach, is Mettams Pool, the perfect snorkelling spot for children and beginners. This naturally formed lagoon offers excellent snorkelling, with an abundance of marine life to keep your head under the water for hours. Banded sweep, bream, mullet and jacks cruise around the lagoon all day long, while red-lipped morwong hang around the holes and crevices in the reef, in less than a metre of water barely a few feet from the shore.
Inside the lagoon is calm and totally safe, but the surge can get a little strong on the outside, particularly on the high tide. This little gem can be accessed via a flight of stairs or ramp for the disabled leading onto the beach, with toilets, and an outdoor shower near the top. The parking bay is slightly to the north with plenty street parking also available.
10 – SciTech
This interactive science museum will keep kids of all ages and adults captivated for hours and is the perfect place to visit especially on a rainy day. The constantly changing exhibitions, each with their own specific theme, are designed to encourage awareness, stimulating the minds of young children, while remaining entertaining and enjoyable.
There are so many displays and live science activities for everyone to participate in, as well as puppet and theatre shows each one pertaining to a science-related storyline. For the older kids and adults, the largest planetarium in the southern hemisphere, will have them sitting in comfort gazing into the cosmos in sheer wonder.
SciTech is a wonderful place for the whole family to spend a fun-packed morning or afternoon.
Adults – $17
Kids – $11
Family Pass – $48
11 – Trees Adventure Yanchep
For a small dose of adrenaline-flowing fun, a 45 minute drive from Perth will take you to the Yanchep National Park where you will find Trees Adventure. You can whizz through the trees and get a bird’s eye view of the natural Aussie bushland and the bemused kangaroos below.
Seven challenging levels have been designed to cater for the whole family, from toddlers to grannies, with heights ranging from 2 to 10 metres. The 2.5 hour zipline will take you through treetops, cargo nets and wobbling bridges, while you remain safely attached to the course at all times. Booking is essential.
Yanchep National Park also offers other exciting experiences such as walking trails, Aboriginal Culture and camping.
Adults – $51
Kids (8-17 yrs) – $41
Kids (3-7 yrs) – $28
Entry to Park – $15 per vehicle
12 – Holey Moley Golf
Here’s another great indoor venue for a family to have some fun when the weather isn’t playing ball. Unfortunately, no under 18s are allowed after 5pm so go before 5pm if you’re going with the kids. You get to choose 2 of the 3 themed courses and either 9, 18 or 27 holes to play, each hole with its own particular theme.
A restaurant and bar are also available on site. Read more about Holey Moley Golf in Northbridge here.
9 Holes – $19 per person
18 Holes – $38 per person
27 Holes – $50 per person
13 – Matagarup Zip & Climb
If you have adrenaline flowing through your veins and seeking a thrilling aerial adventure, head to the Matagarup Bridge at the Optus Stadium for the ride of your life. After a strenuous 314-step trek at 45° angle, a few shimmies, slides and squeezing through some tight spaces, you will reach the Sky View Deck.
This open air viewing platform with its glass floor, is 72 metres above ground and will provide you with spectacular and panoramic views of the Swan River and city below. A sight to behold! Your adventure is far from over. After 15 minutes you will be sent zipping back to earth, at the rate of 20 metres per second. May the Gods be with you!
Just do it! And soon you will be able to zip across the Swan River as well!
Costs: From $149 per person (includes photos of your adventure worth $20)
14 – Outback Splash
Situated less than 30 minutes from the city on the doorstep of the Swan Valley, is another family oriented water park – Outback Splash – the perfect place to have fun and stay cool on a hot summer’s day. This park is jam-packed with fun features designed to keep everyone entertained the whole day. There’s a splash pool with gentle slides for toddlers, all the way through to the most exhilarating and heart-pumping slides and drops for daredevils. They say the Black Hole slide is the closest thing to travelling in space, while the Gold Rush slide will send you twisting, turning and plummeting to the bottom at 60 kms per hour.
In addition to the water activities, the park also offers mini golf, mazes and many other fun-filled events. You may bring your own food and drinks, but not alcohol, as it is a licensed venue.
Adults (14 and over) – $41
Kids – (4 – 13) – $34
15 – Oasis Supa Golf
Situated in the Swan Valley, Oasis Supa Golf provides great entertainment for the whole family while enjoying the spectacular scenery the Valley has to offer. You can play a round of Supa Golf or Miniature Golf in a setting of beautifully manicured gardens, filled with bunkers, streams and water traps with the Swan Valley as your backdrop. All equipment and score cards are supplied. Bookings are advisable to avoid disappointment.
A children’s playground and picnic tables are available for those bringing their own grub, but a food kiosk, restaurant and brewery are also on site. And then there are the countless restaurants scattered all over the valley.
A truly magnificent venue for a family get-together or a company team-building event.
9 Holes Supa Golf Costs:
Adults – $16
Kids (15 and under) – $14
Kids (5 and under) – $8.50
Adventure Putt Mini Golf
Adults – $14
Kids (15 and under) – $12
Kids (4 and under) – $8.50
I hope you’ve found some new and fun things to do with your family this summer!
What family friendly things to do in Perth are your favourite?
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