A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published September 5th 2016
Save Money with Annual Passes for Multiple Visits
Are you wanting to visit your favourite venues during the school holidays but are limited to the number of visits due to your budget?
Some tourist spots are expensive to visit if you have a large family which can create obstacles for multiple visits. However, there are some venues that offer annual passes for locals – sometimes the annual costs are covered just from one or two visits so it is definitely worth it if you visit the venue a few times a year. After the initial costs are covered, the rest of your visits are free.
Annual passes are also a great idea for a gift for someone with kids, especially if they have a special interest like theme parks or zoos and provides a great incentive for families to get out of the house and spend some quality time together.
See below for some of the places in Perth that offer annual passes for families:
Most of the parks are free but some parks around Perth such as Yanchep, Avon Valley, John Forrest, Serpentine Lane Poole Reserve and Walyunga require an entry fee. If you would like to travel a bit further, the pass also includes parks in the Golden Outback like Cape Arid and Cape Le Grand, the South West such as Stirling Range, Gloucester, Shannon, the Coral Coast and the North West.
Explore any of WA's parks for a year with the annual all parks pass which cost $88 plus free shipping on https://shop.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-passes/product/252-annual-all-parks-pass. The pass is valid for one vehicle with up to twelve legally seated people. Customers are entitled to nominate 2 cars per annual pass purchase. The vehicle must be owned by the pass holder or their spouse and registered at the same address.
You can also purchase an annual local park pass which is perfect for local residents regularly visiting your local park. It allows unlimited entry to one park (or group of local parks) for 12 months for $22 a year.
Each entry to a park costs $12 per vehicle so you will get your money's worth if you visit your local park more than twice a year (on a local pass) or more than 7 times a year (on an all parks pass).
2) Adventure World
Adventure World is a dream for little kids with its roller coasters and wet theme park. There is an early bird sale currently on until the 3rd of October 2016. Adventure World's season will begin on the 22nd of September 2016. The standard season pass now costs $152 for adults over 14 years, $132 for children or $491 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. Have a look at the website for more detailed pricing. https://adventureworld.net.au/season-passes/standard-season-pass/
A day ticket costs $59.50 per adult and the family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children costs $185.50 so you will get your money's worth if you go three times or more.
The pass also comes with 25% off all food and drinks, official merchandise and souvenir photography and 40% off eight tickets for your friends to come along with you throughout the year (awesome for a birthday party!). There is also a member's only entrance and you get discounted event tickets to Fright Nights and Summer Nights.
There is also a Platinum season pass for those who would like extra perks.
3) The Maze Annual Pass – home to Outback Splash
Visit the Maze Family Fun Park (with a timber maze, hedge maze, tractor tyre maze, mini golf and children's playground) as well as the Outback Splash three-storey waterslide playground (open Oct to April) as part of your ticket.
The Maze annual pass comes with a free entry for a friend and 40% off the Koala Experience as well as priority entry. The adult pass costs $79.50 and the child/senior pass costs $65. The annual pass allows unlimited entry to the Maze and Outback Splash throughout the year.
A daily adult ticket costs $24.50 and child entry costs $16 so it is worth the pass if you intend to visit more than 3 times a year.
4) Scitech Annual Pass
Scitech is an awesome place for exploring young minds. It showcases two or more themed exhibitions each year and has an 180-degree dome with surround sound and laser projection in the planetarium.
The Scitech Annual Pass is known as Scitrekkers. Scitrekkers receive unlimited entry to Scitech and program discounts for a year. The pass costs $35 for children from 4-15 years and $55 for adults over 16 years or $150 for a family with 2 adults and up to 6 children.
A family pass costs $52 per entry, an adult pass costs $19 per entry and a child pass costs $12 per entry so if you plan to go to Scitech at least three times or more, it is definitely worth it.
5) Perth Zoo Annual Pass – Zoo Friend
If your kids love animals, the Perth Zoo is a great place to visit their furry friends. A normal ticket costs $29 per adult and $14 for children from 4 to 15 years.
If you become a Zoo Friend, the pass costs $84 for adults and $53 for children. Visit three times or more and the rest of your visits are free. If you are a South Perth resident, show your drivers licence and get 10% off the membership price.
You get unlimited entry to Perth Zoo and free entry to associated zoos around Australia including Taronga Zoo, Adelaide Zoo, Western Plains Zoo, Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Monarto Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary so if you are planning a visit to any of these, the pass is definitely worth it!