Travel with Children

With a usually clement climate and plenty of open spaces and beaches to run around on, Perth is a great place to bring the kids. Of the beaches, Cottesloe is the safest and a family favourite. Otherwise, the netted Sorrento Beach Enclosure offers secure waves. With older kids, arrange two-wheeled family expeditions along Perth's riverside bike paths or Coastal Trail north or south from Scarborough. Kings Park has playgrounds and walking tracks.

The Perth Royal Show is an ever-popular family day out, with breakfast-reintroducing rides, kitsch show bags and proudly displayed poultry. Many of Perth's big-ticket attractions also cater well for young audiences, especially the Aquarium of Western Australia, the fabulous Perth Zoo and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

A good rainy-day option is Scitech, which has more than 160 hands-on, large-scale science and technology exhibits. For artificial rain, try the squirting water jets at Hyde Park Playground or the Elizabeth Quay Water Park by the river.

Fremantle is super kid-focused, with an excellent program of events at the Fremantle Arts Centre and the awesome WA Shipwrecks Museum and Western Australian Museum – Maritime. And at the end of the day, Little Creatures brewery has a big sandpit full of toy trucks.