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4 Family Friendly Activities to Enjoy in Western Australia

The upcoming week-long school holidays in March holds to arrange a fun-filled family friendly activities with their kids.

With an abundance of crisp and fresh air, alongside the opportunity to get close to mother nature, Western Australia is a must-visit destination for the enjoyment of both parents and kids.

Easily accessible via a 5.5-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, a trip to Western Australia with the family would not be complete without bringing the kids along to experience these family friendly activities:

1.Visit Australia’s cutest inhabitants at Caversham Wildlife Park

Caversham Wildlife Park, Swan Valley.

Situated in the heart of Whiteman Park in the Swan Valley, Caversham Wildlife Park is a 30-minute drive north east of Perth and is bound to be a hit with the kids!

Being home to one of the largest collections of native fauna in Western Australia, Caversham Wildlife Park invites visitors to experience magical encounters with many uniquely Australian animals.

Kids of all ages will be thrilled with the chance to hand-feed the kangaroos and have their photo taken with cuddly koalas and wombats.

Visitors can also peek into the interactive zone to witness a variety of farmyard activities, including sheep shearing, sheepdog and droving demonstrations, and try their hand at milking cows and bottle-feeding lambs.

Once the kids have had their fill of mingling with wildlife, visitors can head into the surrounding Whiteman Park which acts as a picnic spot, or head to the on-site restaurant located just a 4-minute walk away.

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2.Spend a day at Rottnest Island

Couple taking selfie with Quokka (Setonix brachyurus) on Rottnest Island.

Perth’s idyllic island playground, Rottnest is just a short 25-minute ferry ride from Fremantle and a world away from city life.

For such a tiny island, visitors are in for a treat with the amount of activities families can enjoy at this carefree island in a day.

Being a car-free island, cycling is the best way to get around. With rental bicycles available at the ferry terminals and on the island, kids (and parents) can set off on a journey to explore the island.

Alternatively, the Bayseeker Bus regularly runs around the island, dropping visitors off at some of the more secluded beaches.

More family fun can be enjoyed in the form of golf, tennis, shopping and guided tours that can be found in Thomson Bay.

Don’t miss the chance to take a selfie with the world’s cutest and friendliest marsupial – the quokka. Found only in Western Australia, getting a #QuokkaSelfie with the world-famous quokka is a must-do for visitors headed to Rottnest Island and is sure to be a treat for the kids.

3.Go on a walk at Kings Park Botanic Garden

DNA Tower, Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

Kids who love to explore are bound to enjoy the 17-hectare Kings Park Botanic Garden.

Located just 1.5km from the Perth central business district and overlooking the Swan River and the iconic Perth skyline, the park is home to over 3,000 flowering plant species.

Before setting of on an adventure, be sure to make a stop at the Visitor Information Centre to pick up a park map before discovering the amazing attractions of the park. Don’t miss going on a walk via the 40-minute Lotterywest Federation Walkway which takes visitors up into the treetops to enjoy one of the best panoramic views of the river and city.

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For families with more time to explore, follow the Lotterywest Federation Walkway to the tranquil Water Garden and Pioneer Women’s Memorial Fountain and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures along the way.

4.Visit the dolphins of Monkey Mia

Children feeding dolphins at Monkey Mia.

For families looking to take a road trip up north to the Coral Coast, The Dolphins of Monkey Mia in the Shark Bay World Heritage area will be a worthy addition to a trip with the kids.

Famous for their almost daily ritual of swimming to shore, as many as five wild Bottlenose dolphins will visit the beach, making this spot a popular dolphin-watching destination for families.

For an extra kick of adrenaline, specially-trained rangers who are on hand to control the interaction sessions will even choose a few lucky onlookers to hand feed the dolphins.

Of course, parents are always reminded to keep their kids safe from approaching the dolphins too closely and are refrained from touching the dolphins without the supervision of the specially-trained rangers.

With this list, parents and kids alike are sure to enjoy a stress-free school holiday by enjoying the best family-friendly activities that Western Australia has to offer.

For more details and destination inspirations, head over to Tourism Western Australia’s website at https://www.westernaustralia.com.

Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at Kajomag.com or Twitter at @patriciahului.

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