We stayed in Perth for over a month in July, which is winter time. I was quite intrigued to visit Perth as I heard so much about it, being a very laid back place with a good vibe; which is exactly what we needed after traveling since a few months.
Getting around Perth
We stayed close to Kings Park, this was important to us so that we could be close to the park for the kids. Many people told us to hire a car but in fact we really did not need it as Perth has a great transport system that allows you to travel for free using the CAT or local buses in and around the centre. There are 4 different CAT buses with different routes and these are great to take as they cover the main sites to see. Of course if you want to travel outside the centre of Perth then hiring a car is cheap and easy.
Events happening in Winter
There are plenty of activities happening in Perth during Winter and it is absolutely awesome for the kids. You can pick up a local guide which tells you all the events and attractions. During our time we saw some great acrobatic and theatrical dancers. There were free shows which you could just book online. We also saw some really cool winter lights at Brookfield Place; dazzling projections were lit up on the buildings, our kids had a blast.
There were also craft activities held just next to the library with a foam snowball pit that I could not get the kids out of. The library itself held some craft sessions and a few interesting exhibitions to keep everyone occupied.
One of our favourite places to explore; you can get to this area with the free CAT bus, it is a great place to spend a day. You have a ‘playground island’ where the kids can play and you can enjoy a drink in the nearby cafe. You can also opt to do a nice walk along the River Swan. If you plan to visit Rottnest Island you can also take a ferry from here.
Kings Park and Botanical Gardens
This has to be one of the most amazing parks I have seen, you can actually spend several days discovering the different areas of this 400 Acres park. We were located near to the LotteryWest walkway where there are numerous play areas and climbing frames and if you get tired watching the kids play then there is a nice cafe where you can also relax. If your kids get bored of this play area then there are many others areas to explore including; climbing the DNA tower, tree top walk, Dinosaur playground, Rio Tinto adventure playground with really cool wooden climbing frames.
The Botanical Gardens are also in King’s Park, there are over 13,000 plant species growing. You also have free tours which give you more information about the history and plants of the park. There are also many war memorials that are placed throughout the park, one in particular which was really striking for us was the ‘eternal flame’ memorial with a backdrop of the city’s skyline.
Where to eat
There are many places to eat out in Perth, you will be spoilt for choice. One of our favourites was Takas Kitchen, we love Japanese food and they had fresh and very resonable food. If you like foodtrucks then make a visit to ‘Perth Mess Hall’, where you will find several food trucks serving tasty food and snacks.
Yagan Square, within the horseshoe bridge; you can find places to eat and drink as well as the funky water features for the kids to run around.
Day trip to Fremantle
We also did a day trip to Fremantle TIP If you travel as a family ask about the special family pass which cost us about 14 Australian Dollars and was valid for all 4 of us for the whole day. There is lots to see in Fremantle; the fishing boat harbour is a great place to have a relaxing day whilst tucking into some of the freshest seafood places. Careful of the birds they go crazy over fish and chips! Make a visit to the Fremantle markets where you can find great street food. There is also a Maritime Museum and the Fremantle prison which you can visit; We opted for the WA Shipwrecks Museum where we saw the original timbers from the Batavia wreckage in 1629. We also booked the Fremantle wheel, we found cheaper tickets online on Groupon.
Other places of Interest
- Rottnest Island you can either do a day trip from Fremantle or go for a few days. A great Island getaway with beautiful beaches and bays. Also the place to go to sport Quakers.
- Perth Mint https://www.perthmint.com/
- Cottesloe Beach
- Caversham Wildlife Park
- There are many exhibitions in Perth, you can easily find these by visiting the tourist information in the town centre, including aboriginal art, art galleries. They also offer free tours taking you around the main areas in Perth as well as more.
- You can also take some longer weekend trips to the South to cover Margaret River, we did an amazing 3 day trip which I will write a full itinerary on. Don’t miss it by subscribing to our newsletter.