Perth is jam-packed with fun-filled places and activities for families, whether you want to keep fit and active or soak up the sun, Perth has an abundance of beautiful beaches, safe swimming spots and walking and cycling tracks for all abilities. Executive Escapes offers a wide range of beach house accommodation and pet friendly accommodation in and around Perth. If you are spending time in this spectacular city this summer, here’s a few things you can do with the family in the great outdoors – and the best part is, most of them are absolutely free!
The Best Beaches for Babies and Children
WA is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and while many have world-class surf breaks, many of them are sheltered from big swells making them a perfect place for the littlies to have a splash.
In the north you will find Hillarys and Iluka Foreshore Park which both have fantastic family friendly beaches. The sheltered beach at Hillarys Boat Harbour is perfect for kids, it is so calm it’s almost like swimming in a pool and older kids will enjoy the pontoon with a slippery slide. The beach also features shade sails and a playground. Iluka also has a nautical themed nature playground that is sure to excite kids of all ages. One of Perth’s most iconic beaches, Cottesloe is also loved by families. Grassy terraces and pure white sand, with an abundance of cafes and restaurants to stop for a bite to eat make it a popular place to spend the day.
Further south you can visit Coogee beach, a sheltered beach with little to no surf where kids can paddle and swim in the shady spot under the Jetty. The Port Coogee Marina Beach nearby is another a shallow and sheltered beach for families. Rockingham Beach is also calm and protected which features a lovely park and a pirate playground for families along the foreshore, making it a spot you can easily spend the whole day. The reef at Yanchep Lagoon is about 20 metres from the shore, making it a perfect sheltered swimming hole for young children. The low waves create an excellent place to snorkel and also introduce children to fishing.
Water Spots for Swimming and Paddling
Swimming isn’t limited to beaches in Perth. Quarantine Park in Bicton has a nice fenced playground with barbecue facilities and access to the shallow river waters of the Bicton Baths. Lake Leschenaultia is an ideal place for a day trip with calm waters and sandy shores for small children to paddle in. Bigger kids can swim out to the pontoon off the main beach or hire a canoe and take a tour around the lake. The area is also home to excellent recreational trails, perfect for a family hike or mountain bike ride.
Wonderful Walking and Cycling Tracks for All Ages
Picturesque Perth is a paradise for walkers and cyclists, with no shortage of panoramic views and places filled with natural beauty, so there is no better way to see all the magical sights than on two feet (or two wheels). Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or looking for an easy city stroll, there’s a trail for everyone. Here’s some of the best:
Marmion to Burns Beach – The Sunset Coast pathway extends from the southern suburb of Munster, up to Burns Beach. The 14 kilometre section from Marmion to Burns Beach is an easy, half day cycle that allows you to take in the highlights of Hillarys Marina, Marmion Marine Park and see a spectacular summer sunset.
Kings Park – A classic, must-see part of Perth, take a leisurely cycle through the park and soak up the finest views in WA. Meander through an abundance of cycle paths and explore this large urban piece of natural Australian bushland. Self-guided walks are also available for visitors to experience Kings Park walking trails at their own leisure. Discover the history of the area, learn about native plants or visit one of the many artworks within the park.
The Lake Monger Loop – An easy five kilometres from the Perth CBD, the Lake Monger shoreline offers stunning views and is perfect for an easy weekend ride with the kids. It has shared paths with pedestrians so may not be the quickest ride in the city, but it still makes for a pleasant, leisurely outing.
Fremantle to Point Walter – If you are craving a little adventure, the trail from Fremantle to Point Walter is sure to satisfy. Starting at Fremantle Station, the cycleway takes you on a leisurely 8.4km ride to the southern end of the reserve. When you arrive, walk along the sandbar (Point Walter Spit) to take a dip and cool off on a warm summer day.
There’s no shortage of nature based attractions around Perth that are guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. If you are looking for dog friendly accommodation in Perth so your four-legged friend can join in on your travels, get in touch with Executive Escapes today. With a diverse range of pet-friendly and beach house accommodation in all the best locations, we are bound to have a property suitable for your short stay in Perth. Browse our listings online or call us today on (08) 9286 2641.