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Why Perth Makes a Great Family Getaway

A native son shares five ways families can embrace the laidback lifestyle of Perth, Western Australia’s capital

Perth is where kids go free. It’s the epitome of the family-friendly destination, and I should know as I grew up there. Weekends at the beach, sunbaked barbecues, wild kangaroos bouncing through parks and vast grassy spaces are all quintessential elements of the Perth lifestyle. And it’s all stuff that any family passing through can get a taste of. Here’s how…


You (and the kids) will probably want to see kangaroos. Perth has you covered. Perth Zoo has the widest range of native fauna, but for a more intimate experience (petting and feeding), visit Caversham Wildlife Park.

Kings Park

This four-square-kilometre urban park has some of the best views over Perth. But hidden amid the swathes of bushland are little gems for the kids: the new Naturescape is full of rustic exploration, while the Synergy Parkland is the old favourite with its adventure playground.

Elizabeth Quay

This quay is Perth’s newest landmark: a riverfront hub of restaurants, bars and, at the moment, construction. But there are also playgrounds (one with water), as well as a replica of the Duyfken, the 17th century Dutch ship that led the very first European landing on Australian soil.

Rottnest Island

Or ‘Rotto’ to the locals. A 30-minute ferry from Fremantle gets you to one of Perth’s most revered getaways: an island of sparkling bays, leisurely cycling and quokkas– the only place in the world you’ll see these marsupials.

Cottesloe Beach

Perth’s best beach? It’s a controversial topic. Scarborough, Trigg and Port might be part of the conversation, but Cottesloe Beach is my pick. Grab some fish and chips for lunch on the grass, take a dip in the perfect waters and Instagram away. Beware: seagulls are expert picnic stealers.

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