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Just like the rest of Australia, Perth is all about outdoors, nature and adventure. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ suggestions for five activities your kids will love.
1. Visit Caversham Wildlife Park. Caversham is a must-see for children and animal lovers of all ages. The park 45-minutes out of Perth in Whiteman Park lets visitors get up close and personal with native wildlife. Between petting koalas and feeding kangaroos, it will be hard to tear the kids away!
2. Explore Scitech. Located in West Perth, Scitech Discovery Centre is the perfect place for young scientists to explore and learn. This science center delivers on its mission to increase interest and participation in science and technology with more than 100 engaging, hands-on exhibits, as well as Australasia’s largest planetarium.
3. See Perth Zoo. With a serious focus on conservation and education, and more than a dozen activities throughout the day, Perth Zoo in South Perth has something for everyone. Whether you want to see elephants paint or learn more about crocodiles, the Zoo has a wide variety of animals. For added fun, take a ferry from Barrack Street Jetty in Perth to get across the river — the Zoo is just a short walk from the ferry landing.
4. Tour the Rail Transport Museum. Little ones who love trains will want to explore the Rail Transport Museum in Bassendean. The collection of locomotives and historical railway memorabilia show the history of train travel in Western Australia. Admission includes access to The West Australian Model Railway Club. Of course you can take a train to the museum: Get on the Midland Line out of Perth Train Station and hop off at Ashfield Station — the museum is just a five-minute walk down the street.
5. Discover AQWA. The Aquarium of Western Australia gives visitors a look at the diverse marine life along its 12,000 km coastline. AQWA’s shipwreck coast is Australia’s largest walk-through aquarium, holding 3 million liters of Indian Ocean water! Visitors over age 12 can enjoy a guided underwater walk through one of the world’s largest living coral reef exhibits, while those over 15 can dive into the shipwreck coast aquarium to swim with sharks, turtles, stingrays and hundreds of fish.