Perth has a laidback but edgy vibe that gives this city a rather special allure. It’s also an easy city to navigate with loads to see and do within the surrounding suburbs (particularly Freemantle) and countryside. Even though most families fly into Perth just to take a quick break, we recommend staying for at least a week to explore the various regions surrounding this vibrant city. If you have time, venture further out to Margaret River. This idyllic region is renowned for its wines and makes for a nice, tranquil contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city.
Most hotels in Perth are clustered around the compact city centre. For something easy on the pocket, check into the Mercure Hotel Perth. Its practical rooms can comfortably accommodate a family of four. Frasers Suite Perth is ideal for families who want to go lux. These stylish serviced apartments have received rave reviews, with some units boasting verdant views of Langley Park.
For some authentic Asian fare, visit the newly opened 8 On The Point that overlooks the river and there's a playground next to it! Also head to What The Bao in Shafto Lane or Freo where they serve up tantalising delicious ingredients in traditional Chinese 'bao' or buns. To end off a delicious meal, Whisk Creamery is the place to go, with outlets at Northbridge and Subiaco.
No trip to Perth is complete without a visit to King's Park - a green oasis boasting expansive playgrounds for adventurous rompers. Don't miss the chance to get close to kangaroos and koalas at Caversham Wildlife Park in the Swan Valley wine region. Spooky Fremantle Prison is another must-see. Take a tour of this eerie edifice built by convicts and learn about their exploits behind bars.
For some water fun, check out Cockburn ARC, fitted with 3 major kiddy slides, heated pool and outdoor playground! The Bibra Lake Regional Playground also has water features and even a flying fox for thrill-seekers.