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Exploring the Fremantle Esplanade area with kids

Not A Ballerina discovers why Fremantle Esplanade is a fantastic place to go when holidaying with kids.

Perth’s port city of Fremantle is a great destination with lots of diverse attractions, but last weekend we explored all the great stuff there is to see just in the small area around the Fremantle Esplanade Park. Perfect if your kids don’t want to walk long distances or if you’re lucky enough to be spending several days in Fremantle and can explore other parts another day.

Esplanade Youth Plaza

The Esplanade Park has something for truly all ages here, with my son adoring the playground with its huge network of monkey bars and flying foxes, plus one of those enormous rope-climbing pyramids. There’s also an excellent large skate park, and we sat for ages watching kids and teens on bikes, scooters and skateboards do all kinds of crazy tricks.

“Perfect if your kids don’t want to walk long distances or if you’re lucky enough to be spending several days in Fremantle and can explore other parts another day.”

Fremantle Esplanade Ferris Wheel

We’ve stood at the bottom of this 40-metre-high Ferris wheel twice now but I haven’t yet persuaded my son to join me in a gondola (even though they look very safe to me) - but one day we’ll do it as I think the views over the old buildings of Fremantle, the harbour and the ships would be pretty cool. It’s even reasonably priced for a ride of nearly ten minutes. One day I’ll persuade him!

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Fish and Chips and other Food

There is a trio of well-known fish and chips restaurants right along the harbour in front of the Fremantle Esplanade. Cicerello’s is arguably the most famous but it’s closely followed by the Kailis Fish Market and Joe’s Fish Shack and honestly, I think all of them have good meals and cater well for kids. Cicerello’s has amazing aquariums as well and has set itself up to receive groups of school kids on excursions so you can’t be surprised that it’s great for families, but we had a blast at Joe’s this time round too.

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Shipwreck Galleries

Part of the Western Australian Museum collection, the Shipwreck Galleries just at the end of the Esplanade Park in Fremantle is full of treasure! I always admire the enormous timbers of the Batavia wreck displayed in an enormous hall the most, but there are countless displays of artefacts from other ships which have wrecked on the Western Australian coast over the past few hundred years. My son was particularly taken with the SS Xantho exhibit, complete with video explaining how the steam engine from the Xantho was retrieved from a hundred-year-old wreck and still works!

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Amanda Kendle is a born and bred Perth girl who loves to hang around with her rubbish-truck-loving five-year-old son. Amanda has lived and worked abroad in Asia and Europe and has been blogging about her travels at home and abroad for almost a decade at Not A Ballerina.

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