Western Australia is the perfect place to visit for a fun-filled vacation for the whole family as there is something extraordinary for everyone. And with unique wildlife experiences at every corner, it can be fun and educational for the kids as well.
With its warm climate and stunning beaches, Perth is a perfect nearby destination for families who wish to experience a more westernized culture. Travellers can discover the history and heritage of the early settlers at Fremantle, learn more about the unique animals of the Australian Outback at Perth Zoo, experience thrill at Adventure World or just enjoy the pristine beaches of Rottnest Island.
Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s premier cultural heritage sites and tourist attractions. Built by convicts in the 1850s, Fremantle Prison was used as a place of incarceration for 136 years before being decommissioned as an operating maximum security jail in 1991. Visitors can ‘step inside and do time’ with Fremantle Prison’s experienced guides on a range of fascinating tours. Prison Day Tours highlight convict and prison life, daring escapes and colourful characters in tales laced with prison humour. Visitors with a spirit for adventure can descend 20 meters below the Prison to explore a one-kilometre labyrinth of tunnels by foot and by boat on a Tunnels Tour or delve into the darker side of the Prison’s history at night on a spooky Torchlight Tour.
Location: 1 The Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia, 6160
Entry cost: Adults- $20.0 – $60.0; Children – $11.0 – $40.0
BREAKFAST WITH KOALAS AND LUNCH WITH THE KANGAROOS
Treat the kids, young and old, to a day packed with animal fun and creature features, all without leaving the city limits of Perth. Your journey begins at Perth Zoo and leads you through the African savannah, Asian rainforests and the Australian Outback.
The Perth Zoo brings you face-to-face with more than 1,200 animals from all corners of the globe, each with their own unique habitat. Walk among Australian animals and get to know your local wildlife in the Australian Walkabout and Australian Wetlands areas. Get a chance to see quokkas, numbats, Australian shoveler, dibblers, chuditch and many more unique species of animals. Want to get up close? Book one of the daily Eye to Eye encounters and you could have the chance to feed a giraffe or meet a Galapagos tortoise.
For a morning that is truly extraordinary, head for the Outback Splash Family Fun Park in Bullsbrook, just a 20-minute drive north on the Great Northern Highway, and have breakfast with a colony of koalas. You can also visit Caversham Wildlife Park – one of Western Australia’s largest collections of native animals. Have lunch with the kangaroos, koalas, wombats, possums, emus, dingos, echidnas, quokkas, quolls and more!
Location: Perth Zoo, Outback Splash Family Fun Park, Caversham Wildlife Park
Perth Zoo: 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth, Perth, Western Australia, 6151; Entry cost – $29.0
Caversham Wildlife Park: Lord Street, Whiteman Park, Whiteman, Western Australia, 6068; Entry cost – $23.0
Outback Splash Family Fun Park: 1635 Neaves Road, Bullsbrook, Western Australia, 6084; Entry cost – $23.5
ADVENTURE WORLD – AWESOME RIDES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Spend an amazing day with family and friends enjoying over 25 rides and attractions including the world-class Abyss, named “Australia’s Best Roller Coaster” by the Founder of the Australian Coaster Club, the enchanting Dragon’s Kingdom with Yarli the Loveable Dragon and Flossy the Fairy, and the popular Kahuna Falls with its water slides and giant 1,000 litre tipping bucket!
Adventure World is only 25 minutes from Perth and 15 minutes from Fremantle by car. The theme park is easily accessible by public transport from Fremantle and Cockburn Central train stations via the 520 bus route. Adventure World is open for the whole summer, from September to April each year. What’s more, children aged three years and under can enter for free! A visit this summer will be on everyone’s list of things-to-do in Perth.
Location: 351 Progress Drive, Bibra Lake, Western Australia, 6163
Entry cost- $57.0
Perth’s idyllic island playground, Rottnest is just a short ferry ride from the mainland and a world away from city life. With 63 stunning beaches, 20 beautiful bays and many coral reefs and you can enjoy some of Australia’s finest swimming spots, snorkel trails and surf breaks at this island paradise. You can also meet the cutest mini marsupial found only in Western Australia, the quokka – made famous worldwide for the “quokka selfie”, as well as many unique plant and animal species here. With no cars on the roads, riding is the best way to get around, with bicycle hire available at the ferry terminals and on the island. You can also hop on and off the Bayseeker Bus which regularly runs around the island.
More family fun in the form of golf, tennis, shopping and guided tours can be found in Thomson Bay, as well as cafes, restaurants and takeaway options. Tours on land and sea offer insightful experiences, from wildlife encounters with quokkas, seals, ospreys and whales, to history and cultural tours bringing Rottnest’s colourful maritime, convict, colonial and World War II heritage vividly to life.
Getting to ‘Rotto’, as the locals affectionately call it, is a breeze. Just 19 kilometres off the coast, ferries depart regularly from Fremantle, Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty and Hillarys Marina. You can opt to arrive in style by helicopter or air taxi, or even cruise across in your own boat.
Location: Rottnest Island, Western Australia, 6161