Family Vacations to Perth, Australia

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Perth, Australia, Family Travel Tips

  • If you want a family beach vacation, book a hotel or apartment near Cottesloe Beach, Fremantle, or Scarborough rather than in the Perth city center.
  • Whale-watching cruises are popular with families visiting Perth. These take place in the spring (September through November). Trips tend to be quite long and therefore are not suitable for really young children.
  • Perth enjoys a warm climate. At the height of summer (January), average high temperatures creep up to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, making it too hot for some small children. Winter temperatures are pleasantly mild, with daily highs averaging 64 degrees in July.

Perth is one of the most isolated cities on the planet, cut off from the rest of Australia's cities by thousands of miles of barren desert. It's even in a different time zone from the rest of the country. Though not as famous or as popular as Sydney, Perth boasts one of the most idyllic climates in Australia and has plenty for families looking for a relaxing vacation destination.

Perth's expansive oceanfront is laced with puffy sand beaches, ranging from lifeguard-protected, family-friendly stretches to quieter corners for those looking to get away from it all. Perth's best is perhaps Cottesloe Beach, where the iconic Australian beach epic plays out daily in the form of bronzed surfers, churning surf, and blazing sunsets.

The center of Perth is a modern grid spiked by skyscrapers thanks to a massive development program in the 1980s. The city is still prosperous today, but the excesses of those boom times have calmed a little and Perth is now enjoying a comfortable Middle Ages, with families spreading into its clean and quiet suburbs. Beneath the impressive skyscrapers stretch a multitude of green spaces. Pick of the bunch is Kings Park and Botanic Garden, just west of the center. Here, the locals come to relax on benches, go for a jog, or just wander around native bushland and manicured flower beds.

Perth Zoo has spread itself across the banks of the Swan River since 1898 and today is home to an eclectic range of flora and fauna, including an impressive collection of big cats like cheetahs and lions. The Adventure World theme park keeps the young ones happy with over 30 rides and attractions in addition to several family-friendly eateries.

Out of the city to the south lies the town of Fremantle, a much older settlement full of historic buildings. It's a perfect day trip and a foil to thoroughly modern Perth.

Published: 29 Apr 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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