Eight reasons to take kids to Perth
We love Perth! The capital of Western Australia, Perth is the perfect destination for a family holiday.
With its low-key vibe, stunning weather and plenty to occupy the kids, Perth has got it all. In case you need a bit more convincing you to go, here are eight reasons to visit Perth that will have you booking your flights pronto.
1. The weather
I mean seriously, the sunshine? Does it get any better? It’s not urban legend that Perth has incredible weather. According to livingin-australia.com, Perth is extremely sunny, with around 3,200 hours of sun annually. This is higher than any other major Australian city, so your daily dose of Vitamin D is assured!
“I mean seriously, the sunshine? Does it get any better?”
2. The beaches
Iconic Cottesloe Beach is famous for a good reason. It’s the perfect beach for families, with an easy-to-reach location situated directly on a train line, plenty of shade, cafes and bathroom facilities. The water is also pretty calm and crystal clear. Other beaches to try are City Beach, Scarborough Beach and Floreat Beach.
3. The wildlife
When visiting Perth you absolutely must catch a ferry to Rottnest Island to visit their famously happy inhabitants, the quokkas! Rottnest also offers some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches so plan to spend at least one full day there if not longer.
4. The carousel
Perth’s newest waterfront district, Elizabeth Quay, is newly home to a traditional, handcrafted Venetian carousel. As there is a limit to how many times you can go round and round in a circle, while you’re in the Quay you can also walk across Elizabeth Quay bridge to the new maritime inspired playground or cool down with a run through the BHP Billiton Water Park.
5. The history
Drop into Fremantle to see the gorgeous Victorian architecture, grab a coffee from one of the cafes on the Cappuccino strip, made legendary for it’s many coffee shops and Italian heritage, and bustling Fremantle markets. Fremantle is also home to Fremantle Prison, Western Australia’s only UNESCO world heritage-listed building.
6. The gardens
No trip to Perth is complete without a visit to Kings Park & Botanic Garden, a 4.06-square-kilometre park on the western edge of Perth’s CBD. We loved Synergy Parkland, a recreation area beloved by families for its dinosaur-themed play equipment, water play, and multiple climbing structures. The park also offers a cafe, bathroom facilities and plenty of shade.
7. The science
Kids will love Scitech, an interactive science museum with programs aimed at kids up to age 12. Their goal is: “To increase awareness, interest, capability and participation by all Western Australians in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
8. The art
We love a good art gallery and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, part of the Perth Cultural Centre, runs monthly kids programming as well as school holiday activities. It also has a permanent interactive drawing space for families so it’s a great spot to visit at any time of the year.
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You can find her sampling gelato and cake around the world with her
preschooler, or building sandcastles at the beach in her home town of Sydney.