Hard to tell, but I did live in Perth for 20 years before I started the nomadic adventure that took me away for more than 8 years. But now I’m back, with my kids who were born and grew up here. And at 10 and 11, my kids have shared a wealth of experiences here in their hometown.
If you’re finding these things a touch out of your price range, try our FREE things to do in Perth with kids. Otherwise in no particular order here are my kid’s favorite things to do in Perth, Western Australia.
1. Perth Water Bike
Want to see the city from the Swan River. Nothing can beat this experience. A bike ride on the water. Activity is suited for children over 10 and tall enough to reach the pedals. It was very safe and a lot of fun. I recommend taking a tour to get the most out of your ride along the river.
2. Outback Splash
This place is not just for the kids, but adults as well. You’ll find kangaroo enclosures, koala viewing, mazes, playgrounds, jumping pillow, mini-golf, and now a brand new water playground. Spend some time wandering the grounds in the hot WA sunshine and then cool off with a water slide or two (or five!). And it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Keep your eye on this one. Please don’t forget your sunscreen in Australia!
Check ticket prices here for the Maze and your koala experience.
3. Adventure World
WA’s most popular theme park has a $12 million roller coaster that is just super scary. Also, little kids will love the Dragon’s Kingdom with little rides and are plenty of slides to cool off as well. There’s also a giant pool to cool down in.
Who doesn’t love an underwater world? And this one holds Australia’s largest single aquarium and underwater tunnel. It’s big on education and if you are really feeling adventurous you could spend a bit more and jump into the shark tank.
Scitech is an interactive science museum that will have the kids learning as well as playing. They also host a Toddlerfest once a year, which is great hands-on entertainment. Next door you can also visit the Planetarium.
Perth has a plethora of cinemas. Outdoor cinemas during the summer, a drive-in cinema and, of course, your regular indoor cinemas. Tickets can be pricey, but cheap Tuesdays are always a great time to go. Most cinemas hold “Mums n Bubs” cinema sessions as well where you can let the baby cry and not get on too many people’s nerves.
7. Indoor playgrounds
Varies. Under 8 months: free, up to 4: $10, 4 – 12: $13, adults free
My kids use to love indoor playgrounds and now I visit with my niece. We have visited our fair share all over the world, however, when it’s 40°C outside the indoor playground is a lifesaver. You can find them all over Perth with favorites being The Beach House (Osborne Park), Go Bananas (Joondalup), and Wild Kidz (Wangara).
8. Perth Zoo
We love our zoos and have seen plenty of them, but Perth Zoo is certainly a beautiful destination for adults and kids alike. There is abundant room for play with several playgrounds and, of course, big-ticket animals like lions, tigers, and giraffes.
9. Botanic Golf
We have been coming here for years and love it. An early evening game of miniature golf on a decadent course surrounded by Australian flora followed by a night of woodfired pizza at Leapfrogs Cafe. Alternatively, the breakfast is just as awesome, followed by a game of 18 holes. If you are lucky you might spot a wedding. Recently they opened in an awesome drive-in dining experience to combat pandemic closures.
10. Caversham Wildlife Park
You will need at least 3 hours to get around this park, as there is so much to do. Caversham Wildlife Park is home to many animals, birds, and reptiles for you to view and interact with. A map is provided on entry and you should be able to do a neat little circle around it. Pet a kangaroo, feed the sheep and enjoy the Australian bush.
BONUS: Penguin Island
Rockingham Wild Encounters offer different attractions from their base in Rockingham, including swimming with dolphins, glass-bottom boats, cruises to sea lions, dolphin watching, penguins, and, of course, a ferry to Penguin Island. This tiny island is home to nearly 1200 Little penguins, the smallest species of the penguin family in the world. Get your Penguin toy online to avoid the puppy dog eyes on the island.
Book your penguin tour here to take full advantage of the day.
BONUS 2: Rottnest Island
An expensive day out, but a one of a kind experience, just to meet the World’s happiest animal. You can bike around beautiful beaches, spend the evening or come back on the same day. Don’t forget a signature quokka shirt!
A lot of these things can cost a pretty penny, however, if you are looking for FREE things to do in Perth, read our 10 Free Things To Do In Perth With Kids. Otherwise, start saving those dollars for some quality family fun in Australia’s most isolated, but beautiful city Downunder.
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