I will be traveling from South Africa to Perth in October with my five year old. I will be spending five nights in Perth & would really like to experience as must as possible during my short stay in the city with my son
My old home town. I have a 5 year old, so as much as I'd like him to enjoy a trip to the wine region I realise his tastes are different, so: There's a great maritime museum in the port of Fremantle, with relics from the old Dutch explorers. nearby is the marina where you can get fish -n-chips and an ice cream.
Also in Fremantle is an old fort which protected the harbour. If he likes fishing, grab a handline from a local tackle shop and drop it off the groyne (it's the rock and boulder harbour entrance protecting walls - with lighthouses on the end).
In Perth, Kings Park offers a great view over the city and the Swan River with lots of grass to run around on.
There's a whispering wall which is a war memorial - sit at one end of the half circle and whisper, and the person at the other end can hear you clear as a bell.
Also in the park is Jacob's Ladder, a double-helix shaped observation tower - very tricky if you swap sides and race each other.
October should be reasonable beach weather, go in the morning, the afternoon sea breeze really thumps in and blasts sand in your face.
Take a day trip to Rottnest Island off the coast, and hire push bikes for the day. Look for Quokkas - little marsupial, well rats really, hence the Dutch name Rat's nest island.
How's that for a start?
Phil almost 6 years ago