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 waves without the risk of becoming something's lunch. 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, held late September, 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 cater well for young audiences, especially the Aquarium of Western Australia, the fabulous Perth Zoo and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Scitech is a good rainy-day option, with more than 160 hands-on, large-scale science and technology exhibits. For artificial rain, try the squirting water jets at Hyde Park Playground in Mt Lawley, 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.