Parks & Playgrounds in Perth
Kings Park, Perth boasts 400 hectares overlooking the city and adjacent to the Swan River – so basically, you can’t miss it (not so secret…).You can walk along the treetops on the Federation Walkway, let the kids run wild at the playground with fabulous things to climb and discover (with a café on site for a refuel), or take a guided tour with one of the volunteers. Pack a picnic and spend the day in one of Perth’s best free resources.
Faulkner Park, Belmont is known to the locals as the Volcano park on the count of the giant purpose built one in the middle of the playground that kids can climb up and slide down on and shriek everytime it shoots out steam (vaporised water) every 20 minutes. Big kids will like the monkey bars and flying fox and the little ones can play in the sand or explore the toddler section of the park.
Millet Park, Innaloo is a great spot to meet other families, cook some food on the BBQ facilities and let the kids climb on the massive rope climbing frame or practice their cycle and scootering skills on the tracks surrounding it. Some big trees next to the park ensure there are shady spots for the little ones.
Macaulay Park, Inglewood offers whacky, modern climbing equipment to challenge your kids and has two distinct areas – one for the big kids and one for little kids with soft sand underneath. Grassy areas around, shady spots and a few BBQ facilities make this an easy park for some family fun.
Kid Friendly Restaurants in Perth
Salt on the Beach: With a dedicated kids menu, shaded playground, plus free activities every Friday afternoon this is a great spot to take the kids. Sit at the beach bar, and enjoy a glass of wine with one of their yummy pizzas whilst the kids are entertained – perfect.
42 Port Beach Rd, North Freemantle WA 6159 (08) 9430 6866 www.onthebeach.net.au
Outback Jacks serves good steak and chips (choose your own from the meat cabinet) and bistro style food in a casual, relaxed space. There is a children’s menu with the usual popular suspects – pizza, chicken nuggets and spaghetti and a dedicated kid’s room with TV’s, Playstations, Toys and books to entertain them, whilst you finish your meal in peace.
Various locations around Perth – see www.outbackjacks.com.au
Keeping the Kid’s Entertained in Perth
- Hillary’s Boat Harbour
About 30 minutes drive out of the city, Hillary’s Boat Harbour is a great family day out. There is lots to entertain everybody with mini golf, water slides, trampolines and arcades and rides. You can spend the morning at the beach, stop for lunch at The Breakwater (family friendly pub serving good food) and let the kids enjoy the attractions all afternoon.
For details of attractions, restaurants and shops: www.hillarysboatharbour.com.au
- The Perth Mint
If the kid’s want to find out their weight’s worth in gold, marvel at the world’s largest gold bar and learn about WA’s golden history head to The Perth Mint for a tour with a difference.
310 Hay Street, East Perth WA 6004 www.perthmint.com.au
- Rottnest Island
For a terrific day out with the kids head to Rottnest Island, about 40 minute ferry ride from the city. Spend the day cycling, snorkelling, swimming and exploring the wonderful birds, marine life and reptiles that call this island home. Try and see if you can spot a Quokka, the islands most well known animal, which looks like a pint sized kangaroo, before you head home. Thirsty parents may enjoy a cold beer at the Quokka Arms hotel before heading back home. There is also accommodation for those who want to stay longer.