Perth’s western suburbs are some of the oldest in the city, and are full of historically significant things to do and places to go, most of which are great for kids and absolutely free to visit. The western suburbs are also home to some of Perth’s best beaches, along with great playgrounds and reserves that are perfect for a free family outing. Here are the top free things to do in Perth’s western suburbs.
Russell Brown Adventure Park Address: Minim Cove McCabe Street, Mosman Park – access via Mosman Park Tennis Club.
This nature-based park is more suited to older kids than toddlers and pre-schoolers, with a heavy focus on the natural elements, including logs, trees and just a little bit of dirt.
This iconic Perth beach is great for families, with a lovely shaded area and a playground, plus it is in close proximity to cafes, takeaway kiosks and restaurants, making it one of the best family-friendly beaches in Perth. During March, you can see the world’s biggest beachfront sculpture exhibition at Sculpture by the Sea 2017.
Matilda Bay Reserve is located between Hackett Drive and the Swan River and includes Pelican Point, a breeding sanctuary for international migratory birds. The reserve is ideal for a picnic or barbeque, with the free electric barbeques cleaned daily. It’s also a great place to spot bottlenose dolphins, with around 20 inhabiting the Swan River.
Admission to this child-friendly art gallery is free, and they also run school group tours for school-aged children from kindergarten and up. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 11am and 5pm.
Image: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery website.
Mueller Park, Subiaco Address: Roberts Road and Coghlan Road, Subiaco.
This gorgeous little park is popular with families, especially those with toddlers, given its age-appropriate play equipment for the littlies. It is close to cafes, making it a top spot to set up a picnic or enjoy a coffee in the park.
Image: Weekend Notes.
Theatre Gardens, Subiaco Address: Bagot Road, Subiaco (behind the Subiaco Arts Centre)
This nature playground has rope, water and sand play, along with balance beams and stilts, plus plenty of shaded spots thanks to some large trees surrounding the space.
Subiaco is a city shrouded in history, so a few walking tour is an ideal activity to spend some time with the kids while learning a bit more about the area. The walking trails are suitable for all ages and abilities, plus prams.
Subiaco Museum Address: 239 Rokeby Road, Subiaco (between the Administration Centre and Subiaco Library.)
The Subiaco Museum is free to enter, and contains lots of information and artefacts about the history of the city. The museum is home to thousands of objects, photos and documents dedicated to the stories of the past, making this is fascinating insight for parents and kids who love history.
Subiaco Museum is open from Tuesday to Friday between 1pm and 4pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.
This trail will takes you through one of Claremont’s oldest residential areas, including the most historically significant buildings in the area, and past the site of the Convict Depot. It also extends past Freshwater Bay and the Claremont Museum (there is a cost to enter the museum) and provides an historical look into the Claremont of the past. You can collect a free, illustrated map from the Claremont Council office, located at the corner of Stirling Highway and Bay View Terrace.
Image: Weekend Notes.
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This production of The Jungle Book relies strongly on physical theatre, from a young ensemble, and will incorporate puppetry, poetry, and animation, creating an eclectic style of theatre true to itself.