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8 Family Friendly Activities Around Perth

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by PerthKel (subscribe)
I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
Published November 30th 2022
Here's some ideas to keep all the family amused
It can be hard trying to find new and exciting things to do with the family on weekends and during the school holidays - especially things that are affordable. Here are a few ideas for the next time you might be stuck...

1. Wanneroo Botanic Gardens

Located north of the Perth CBD, funnily enough, in Wanneroo, is the Wanneroo Botanic Gardens. The Gardens boast to have '36 holes of mini golf fun for the whole family in one of Perth's best garden settings.' With an 18-hole Garden course and an 18-hole Billiard Golf course. They also offer Glow Golf, with light up LED balls for playing after dark.

Prices start from $14.50 for children 4-13yrs, with the option of group and school bookings. Wanneroo Botanic Gardens are open Wednesday to Sunday. They also do weddings if you are looking for a venue with a difference for your special day.

Golf bookings can be made online via their website https://www.wanneroobotanicgardens.com.au/mini-golf/

2. Outback Splash
Source: outbacksplash.com.au

Located in Bullsbrook on the fringes of the Swan Valley, is Perth's Outback Splash (formally known as The Maze Sequoia Park). Officially opened in 1981, the Park became a destination for local families who enjoyed picnicking, participating in the daily sheep sheering shows and getting lost in the Park's primary attraction, a 2500m2 timber labyrinth, which at the time, was the largest maze in the Southern Hemisphere. In November 2019 the Park introduced four new and unique waterslides - the best of their kind in Australia and by far some of the most thrilling waterslide experiences in WA. The fairly recent addition of the waterslide tower brings Perth's Outback Splash another step closer to its long term vision of being Perth's favourite water park destination, a must visit tourist attraction for all ages.

Opening hours; Summer Season: Park and Water Attractions Open 10am - 5pm; Winter Season: Park Open 10am - 4pm. Water Attractions Closed. Prices start from $23 for seniors, they have group options as well as season passes if you want to go a few times - these start from $60 for seniors (so less than 3 visits). Bookings can be made online https://outbacksplash.com.au/

3. Adventure World
Source: adventureworld.net.au

Adventure World is Western Australia's only hybrid Theme Park/Water Park, located in Bibra Lake, 25 minutes south of the CBD. Adventure World was built on an old limestone quarry with the aim to provide entertainment that was healthy, appealing to all ages and unique in this country. There are a number of rides within the park, some of which have been there for many many years. Some of the current rides and water attractions include Goliath, Kraken, Aussie Wildlife Experience, Sea Serpents, Black Widow and Tunnel of Terror.

Adventure World is not open all year round, normally opening in late September and closing again in April the following year. The park is normally open from 10am-5pm daily, but does change slightly during peak holiday periods. Day ticket pricing starts at $25 for seniors and $54.95 for children 4-13yrs (off peak). Adventure World also offers season passes and sometimes has night time sessions. They do also offer group bookings.

Tickets and season passes can be purchased from their website https://adventureworld.net.au/

4. Cockburn Ice Arena
Source: cockburnicearena.com.au

Also located in Bibra Lake - just down the road from Adventure World in fact, is Cockburn Ice Arena. There are two ice rinks in the facility, one for general use and the other for ice hockey - did you know we had an ice hockey team based here!

You can head to the ice arena for general skating most days of the year and you can even enrol for skating lessons - including ice hockey and you can have your next birthday party here, or even a date with a night skate. There are also two eating places on site if you need to refuel after your skate. Prices start from $15 for their cheap night skates, or from $20 for children 5-17yrs and concession card holders.

You can book online at https://www.cockburnicearena.com.au/

5. Whiteman Park

Located 25 minutes North-East of Perth is Whiteman Park. This more than 3500 hectare piece of public open space is mostly covered with forever bushland. There is a variety of activities within the park you can partake in with your family, including bushwalking, Caversham Wildlife Park, children's forest and Woodland reserve to name a few.

There are also trams and trains that can take you around portions of the park if you don't want to walk. The park is open every day of the year, although many of the attractions are closed on Christmas Day. Entry into the park itself is free - but some of the attractions incur fees. You are welcome to bring your dog into the park and you can bring your own picnic lunch and make a day of it.

More information can be found on their website https://www.whitemanpark.com.au/

6. Perth Zoo
Source: perthzoo.wa.gov.au

You can't talk about activities around Perth without mentioning the Zoo. Located in South Perth this 17 hectare site has been home to a large variety of animals over the years. Current inhabitants include African lions, giraffes, meerkats, sun bears, orangutans and bilby's to name a few. The zoo is divided into different areas to house the various animals - the Australian Bushwalk has most animals roaming free.

The zoo is open every day of the year, normally 9am til 5pm, but does sometimes open later for special events. There has been the occasional music concert on site, and you can even have your wedding there. There are food facilities on site, but you can take your own picnic with you. Entry tickets start from $17.30 for children 4-15yrs and can be pre-purchased online or at the gate.
https://perthzoo.wa.gov.au/

7. Cohunu Koala Park
Source: cohunu.com.au

Cohunu Koala Park is situated on 14 hectares of natural bushland 40 minutes south of Perth, just outside Byford. The park started in 1982 with only 4 koalas but today has 25 in their colony. Koalas are not the only animals you can interact with on your visit, the park is also home to a number of parrots, dingoes, kangaroos, emus and deer to name a few. If you want to get up close and personal to one of the koalas, you can have a photo session with one, taking your own collection of photos - extra fee payable.

Whilst not open yet, the park is building a space observatory on site which you could visit in the future. There is also a train you can ride around the park on - extra fee payable.

The park is open every day from 10am til 4pm and tickets are purchased at the gate and start from $8 for children 3-13yrs. More information can be found on their website https://cohunu.com.au/

8. Armadale Reptile Park

Open since 1995, Armadale Reptile Park is located just south or Armadale's town centre on South West Hwy (if you blink you'll miss it!) The park is home to over 70 different species including different snakes, lizards, turtles and frogs, also non reptiles including emus, kangaroos, parrots and fruit bats.

The park is also home to a rescue and rehabilitation centre for sick, injured or orphaned local wildlife. Entrance fees go towards helping the animals, but the centre is also happy to accept donations to help the animals they help.

Armadale Reptile park is open from 10 am til 4pm daily - except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Tickets are purchased on entry and start from $8 for children 3-15yrs. More information can be found on their website https://www.armadalereptilecentre.com.au/
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