Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published November 27th 2013
Enjoyed your day out? Then come back again and again
Season passes, if you make the most of them, can prove really budget friendly for a family who enjoy visiting specific attractions more than once a year. You pay one lump sun upfront, and then the season pass typically lets you visit again and again, as many times you want in that season pass period or year. They make great gifts for families, so if you've got grandparents or parents who want to lavish a bit of cash on you, a season pass makes a great choice as it's the gift that keeps on giving.
Here's a Weekend Notes overview of the best season passes available in Perth. For those of you currently considering making a season pass investment, we've also included a 'break even point' that highlights how many times you would need to visit within the year for the pass to be budget friendly.
This is such a great choice to have a season pass for. Not only does the zoo make a superb day out but throughout the year there are so many events, new exhibits and new attractions that going once is just not enough.
The other advantage of having a season pass is that you don't have to exhaust yourself on your visit by thinking that you have to stop in and see every animal. You could, if you so desired, just pop in and have a picnic and see the penguins, saving the other animals until your next visit. This is a particularly handy season pass if you have little ones with you who might not have the energy for a whole day at the zoo but still enjoy a few hours there every month or so.
Cost: For families: Adult $75 and child (aged 4-15) $45 For individuals: Adult $85 and child (aged 4-15) $50 Under 4's are free
How Visit the membership counter at the zoo when you visit; you can become a season pass holder on the day of your visit. Or you can download the application form online and follow the process via email. Any questions, contact membership services on (08) 9474 0350.
Break Even Point
As adult entry costs $24.50 so you only need to visit three times in one year and your season pass will have paid for itself.
Fun Fact: As a Friend of the Zoo (season pass holder) you are also entitled to enter other zoos around Australia including Taronga Park Zoo, Melbourne Zoo, Adelaide Zoo, and Western Plains Zoo. You are also get 10% off at the zoo shop and cafes. That's a whole lot of bang for your buck.
Adventure World is Perth's premier theme park and water park attraction combined in one. In the heat of Perth summertime this is the place to be to cool off and have some fun. Located down on Bibra Lake, Adventure World offers a full day out for youngsters and young and heart with rides aplenty, wildlife and water; lots of water.
Cost: Adult $155.50 and child (4-13 years) $130.50.
There are lots of other options for the season pass dependant upon family members so it is worth checking here to see what further discounts you might be able to get.
How: Season passes within the Adventure World opening season. For 2013 the season pass slot is 26 September 2013 - 28 April 2013. To purchase your season pass head online to buy your pass in advance or you can buy your season pass on the day of your visit to the park.
Break Even Point: As an adult, standard entry is $52.40 so by the time you have been three times you have made your season pass investment back.
Fun Fact: Your season pass will also entitle you to bring six friends along for 50% off ticket price in addition to early access to the park during peak season to avoid queues. Your pass will also entitle you 20% purchases on refreshments in the park and the gift shop.
Located in Bullsbrook, the Maze offers myriad family fun, animals, games and from late December will also feature a brand new water park. There is so much to fit in on your visit to The Maze; play mini golf, lose yourself in the mazes, challenge your friends to Frisbee golf, visit the koalas and kangaroos and have a picnic.
But don't worry about trying to fit it in all in one day - buy a season pass and come back as many times as you want in the season pass period. For 2013, your season pass can be used from 16 December through to 26 September 2014. With the new Outback Splash water back having its eagerly anticipated opening in late December, this season pass is one for all the family.
Cost: Adult $70, Child (aged 4-15) $50. Kids under three are free.
How: You can buy your season pass online by clicking here. You need to complete the registration form and either return to The Maze in person or via email. A passport style headshot will need to be provided for each applicant.
Break Even Point: A standard adult entry is $23.50 so by the time you visit for your third time, you'll have invested wisely.
Under Construction - Outback Splash - Image from The Maze
As Perth's centre of all things science, Scitech offers a great morning or afternoon's worth of entertainment for you and your kids. It's definitely one for the family and exhibitions are geared towards kids being able to get hands on with the wonderful world of science. Exhibitions change frequently so Scitech is a place where you will definitely want to go time and time again. This is a completely indoor centre, so perfect for rainy days or days when the humidity has you running for cover.
Cost: Adult $44, Child (aged 4-15) $28, Children up to aged three are free. There are also some family packages for season passes; click here for more details.
How: Become a Scitrekker (season pass member) by completing your registration online, or you can apply in person or over the phone (9215 0740). At certain times of the year, look on the website for season pass deals where you can receive 15 month season pass membership for the price of 12. Now that's good value.
Break Even Point: Standard adult entry is $17, so before you get to your third visit you'll already have broken even.
Fun Fact: Your season pass will also entitle you to receive a free e-newsletter letting you know everything that is going on at Scitech. Additionally, season pass holders receive 10% off at the discovery shop and free entry to over 200 other science centres worldwide.
Have you found any other great season passes available in Perth? Our readers would love to hear from you if you have.
Great article Helen,
AQWA has a four-visit pass, which saves up to $44. It's not as good as a season pass because you're only able to visit a limited number of times, but still good for those who love visiting, as AQWA can be very pricey.
Not much can beat the annual zoo and Scitech passes!
Scitech is definitely the best value! It includes undercover parking and you can take your own food in and eat it in the cafeteria area or there are vending machines there for cold drinks, hot drinks and snacks plus at various times they have vendors selling hot chips etc. We're onto our second year with a scitech season pass and the kids still aren't bored. The main exhibit changes every 4 months so even if you just go to see each new exhibit that's 3 visits in a year and the pass has already paid for itself. Plus the science theatre shows, puppet shows and planetarium shows change regularly, I'd say there's 6-12 of each per year. Honestly, I think you could go every weekend and see something different each time.
And of course, under 4s are free (although they can't go in to the planetarium) so if you want to take your preschooler you only need the one adult pass. I've actually seen a mothers group meet there regularly in the cafeteria- $44 for a year, BYO snacks for the kids and BYO coffee or buy from the vending machines- so much cheaper than hiring a hall and trying to fundraise for coupe cars and sandpit toys.