From cosy cottages and beachfront chalets to fancy hotels and serviced apartments, these kid-friendly hotels in Perth make an ideal home base for loads of family vacation fun.
Whenever we think of Perth, we picture pleasant suburbs with good universities. However, there is much more to Western Australia’s capital city than that. For one thing, it boasts 16 major family-friendly parkland areas within the city itself. That’s not even counting a scenic 10 km stretch to explore along the Swan River foreshore. Playgrounds, picnics, barbecues, artworks and wildlife galore! Besides picturesque sunsets on postcard-perfect Cottesloe Beach (above) and happening events at historic Elizabeth Quay, Perth is bustling with new restaurants, shopping, nightlife, museums and cultural spaces.
With so many experiences to look forward to in vibrant, energetic Perth, it’s time to plan a family holiday down under! We help you figure out the best kid-friendly hotels in the city – the kiddos surely won’t wanna leave!
1. Gumleaf Cottage Farmstay
For a lovely family farm holiday experience surrounded by Australian bush, book Gumleaf Cottage Farmstay. Set in Perth Hills 25 minutes from Perth Airport, the self-contained cottage may be a century old, but is equipped with modern conveniences. The three-bedroom cottage includes a cute bedroom with four bunk beds the kids will love. Best of all, you’ll be accompanied by friendly farmyard pets including miniature goats, rabbits, chickens, and golden Haflinger ponies. That’s not counting the kangaroos, possums and bandicoots that visit the property most evenings!
It also puts you just minutes away from the vineyards of Swan Valley. Apart from winery-hopping, families can look forward to chocolate and candy factories, miniature golf, Caversham Wildlife Park and many other attractions and activities. Perhaps the most exciting is The Maze, 12 acres of parkland packing six giant mazes and the Outback Splash waterslide playground. Still, when you tire of the countryside, know that Swan Valley is just 25 minutes from central Perth.
2. Holiday Inn Perth City Centre
Set in the heart of Perth’s CBD, Holiday Inn Perth City Centre puts guests within walking distance of the city’s well-known attractions and shopping precinct. Accommodations and facilities are what you’d expect of a 4.5-star Holiday Inn. And of course, the family-friendly bonus the hotel chain is known for – their kids-stay-and-eat-free policy! Family Rooms offer extra space, with a double bed in the main area and two single beds in a separate room. Book the Family Getaway package; perks include the City Sightseeing Hop On – Hop Off open-top double-decker bus tour to all the sights.
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Drop off at the 400-hectare Kings Park and Botanic Garden, which offers breathtaking views of the city skyline and Swan River. One of its highlights is Rio Tinto Naturescape, where kids are encouraged to get back to nature. Rather than the usual swings and slides, kids can climb rocks, splash in a creek and build a cubby-house from tree branches! The Federation Walk treetop walkway includes an elevated glass-arched bridge, while the Lotterywest Family Area and Synergy Parkland offer cafés, picnic, barbecue facilities and playgrounds.
3. Mantra on Hay
On the eastern end of Perth’s CBD is Mantra on Hay, where families have the option of choosing conventional hotel rooms or more private serviced apartments. The one, two or three-bedroom apartments boast fully-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. You also have access to in-house movies, Foxtel and broadband internet access. Enjoy breakfast at Cornerstone Bar & Kitchen, then take a dip in the heated rooftop pool after a day out sightseeing.
Speaking of sightseeing, Mantra on Hay is a great launching pad to many attractions, not least of all, Perth Zoo. Get to know the local creatures in the Australian Walkabout and Wetlands areas. Kids can get to know the dibbler, chuditch, numbat – there’s more to Aussie wildlife than koalas and kangaroos! You can get to Perth Zoo via bus or ferry from Elizabeth Quay, or even stroll or cycle there via riverside trails. Elizabeth Quay itself is a hub of exciting activities. Think water sports, al fresco dining, outdoor markets and a lively festival scene not to be missed.
4. The Fremantle House
For a truly exclusive stay, book your family into The Fremantle House, a three-bedroom house which comfortably accommodates seven people. It features a designer kitchen, luxurious bathrooms and a Balinese-style pavilion in the private walled garden, complete with a kids swing set. You’ll enjoy free Wi-Fi, Netflix and an entertainment and gaming system. The rooms can be configured to suit your needs, including supplying baby cots, high chairs, diaper changing table, baby bath and toys.
As its name suggests, The Fremantle House is located within the historic Fremantle district. A stone’s throw away is Booyeembarra Park, a former limestone quarry with a nature play area kids can romp about in. Older kids with an adventurous spirit can tour Fremantle Prison, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head over to Fremantle Markets for endless eating and shopping, with 150 stalls of local wares, people and stories. Kid-friendly highlights include cuddling miniature horses at Baby Animal Farm, meeting koalas at Wildlife Zoo and getting surprised by the Market Fairies!
5. Rottnest Island Heritage View
Nature-loving families should head to ‘Rotto’, as the locals affectionately call Rottnest Island. There is a wide range of accommodation available, from Rottnest Hotel to beachfront chalets. The Heritage View Cottages run by Rottnest Island Authority are particularly ideal for families. Each spacious unit sleeps four to eight in a charming layout with a fully-equipped kitchen. Have yourself a barbecue and enjoy comfortable seating on your own veranda with panoramic ocean views.
Alternatively, stay on the mainland and take a ferry over from Fremantle to meet a quokka or five. This is a must-do because you can’t find this cutest mini marsupial anywhere else in the world! While you’re there, snorkel among coral reefs, encounter wildlife and history on walking tours or simply build sandcastles on one of the island’s 63 gorgeous beaches. Thomson Bay is also home to the Just 4 Fun Aqua Park. The car-free island is perfectly safe for kids to run around, with rental bicycles or the Bayseeker Bus being the easiest ways to get around.
Images courtesy of Tourism Western Australia & respective hotels and attractions