There are so many things to see, taste, hear, smell and touch at the Perth Cultural Centre. This little hub located between the Perth CBD and Northbridge has a lot to offer the public and the kids will love it. And, as an added bonus, most of the things here are free.
Heading in from Forest Place and walking over the train station, you will be lead directly to the Art Gallery of WA - an amazing place with rooms upon rooms of creative talent. If you haven't been for awhile, this place is definitely worth a visit. Filled with paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and many more, the Art Gallery also has regular special exhibits.
Across from the art gallery is the City of Perth Urban Orchard. Tended by local volunteers, this kitchen garden is thriving with fruit, vegetables, herbs and companion plants which can be used by passers by. When we were there, a mother was grabbing some lettuce leaves from the gardens to put into her son's sandwich as they went past. There are beds upon beds of plant life and it is encouraged for people to feed from it.
Moving on from the gardens are the Wetlands. Set up to bring some freshwater ecology wetlands to the city, the little area of peace and calm is really relaxing as well as being pleasing to the eye. The steps that lead to down to the wetlands are often used by families to have a break between attractions and by city workers on their lunch breaks. The City of Perth have also recently introduced two species of frogs into the wetlands, so if you sit very quietly you should be able to hear the gentle croaks of the new residents.
Hear the sounds of the waterfall and of the frogs that reside here
As you head around the corner from the wetlands you will see the Perth Cultural Centre Play Space. This multi-sensory play space is based on nature and sound and has a range of play equipment on which the kids can climb on, bang and play with.
Next to the play space is the WA Museum. If you have children, you need to bring them here. The displays are impressive, interesting and educational at the same time. Downstairs in the Discovery Centre is the place where you will find interactive activities for the kids. Most of the activities offered are free and kids will love unleashing their creative talents here.
The Cultural Centre is also home to four coffee shops where you can stop for a feed or a drink on your ventures around the area. If you're not a fan of paying for drinks, within the Cultural Centre are also some drinking fountains specifically designed for refilling drink bottles.