Mar 17, 2018 Top things to do in Perth, Australia
We spent a week in Perth, Australia with our three kids ages 6, 4, and 1. Everyone wants to know why Perth? I have 2 main reasons. 1. My husband and I have both been to Australia before on the East coast and wanted to see something different. 2. We were trying to find the shortest and most direct flight to South Africa (because it’s far away!) and Perth has it!
You’ll need to rent a car to get around but there is a lot to see in this city despite the fact that is known to be one of the most isolated cities in the world! With great food, fun wildlife, and beautiful beaches our family really enjoyed Perth. You can watch our week Vlog HERE
Caversham Wildlife Park
This impressive park is home to some of Australia’s most interesting animals. You can get up close and personal with the many marsupials and reptiles of the land. They do daily shows showcasing different animals such as Molly’s Farm, Meet the Wombat and Friends, Feed the Kangaroos and Meet the Koalas. They are huge on conservation so it is not like going to a zoo. It’s much more laid back and friendly. Our favorite activity was feeding the kangaroos by far! From feeding to petting we all LOVED it here. You can check them out HERE
Rottnest sits just off the coast of Perth. It is a quick 30 minute ferry ride away and is home to the quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial. They roam the island freely and are fun to spot as you explore. It has white sand beaches in secluded coves that offer great snorkeling if you can handle the cold water. The best part of this island is the only way to get around is to rent a bike! They offer a variety of different trails that vary in length, making it easy for families to enjoy. We biked the shortest trail and were able to do it easily, including our 6 year old. When we arrived we bought picnic items at the local grocery store and set out for the day to enjoy the beaches. It gets more crowded later in the day so I’d suggests going early. Ferries leave from various Ports in the region.
Freemantle Main street and Weekend Market
This port city is 30 minutes from Perth and is well worth the trip. It is as if you stepped back in time into a wild west town as you walk onto main street. It is full of great restaurants, great boutique shopping, a great park on the harbor, and if you’re there on the weekend they have an incredible indoor market. We spent a full day roaming the streets and sea shore here and fell in love with the charm of this town.
Cottesloe: Sculptures by the Sea
This is a beautiful sculpture beach where various artists are allowed to do some pretty amazing art installations. The exhibits are always changing but the scale, talent, and creativity is a constant. Well worth a look while driving along the coast here.