Joondalup is a thriving city in Perth’s north that is packed with things to do for families that won’t cut into your weekly budget. From historical sites and places to go, to parks, playgrounds and beautiful beaches, Joondalup and its surrounding areas has plenty of ways to entertain the kids that are totally free.
Parks and Playgrounds
Picnic Cove Park 94 Edgewater Drive, Joondalup For more information: Read on here
Mawson Park has a great accessible playground suited for children of all abilities with slides, swings, ropes and nature play. There are picnic and barbeque areas and a duck pond.
Neil Hawkins Park 200 Boas Avenue, Joondalup
This popular park includes the Lake Joondalup Circuit, an easy, pram-friendly walk. It also has a playground, picnic areas and public barbecues.
Places of interest
Cockman House Ocean Reef Road, Woodvale Open every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm For more information: Read on here
Cockman House is the oldest remaining house in the Wanneroo area and has been standing for 130 years. It provides a unique insight into what life was like here in days gone by. Entry is free, although a donation upon entry is preferred.
Sorrento Quay Boardwalk Located at Hillarys Boat Harbour, 86 Southside Drive, Hillarys For more information: Read on here
Every Sunday, public holiday and during school holidays, hop aboard Boardwalk Betty, Sorrento Quay’s iconic little train that provides free rides for kids around the boardwalk. Sorrento Quay also hosts a number of free expos during the year, including in 2017, the Baby and Kids Expo, Craft and Gift expo and Xmas Craft and Gift Expo.
Hillarys Boat Harbour 86 Southside Drive, Hillarys For more information: Read on here
Hillarys Boat Harbour is a gorgeous spot for a picnic with the family, and has a shallow beach with a playground – perfect for young children and their parents.
Marmion Marine Park 5 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo For more information: Read on here
In summer, Marmion Marine Park is a hub for swimming, snorkelling and fishing, and has clear, shallow lagoons to explore.
The City of Joondalup boasts some fantastic, family-friendly beaches, which have playgrounds and picnic and barbeque facilities.
• Mullaloo Beach – Off Oceanside Promenade, Mullaloo
• Burns Beach Park – Ocean Parade, Burns Beach
• Sorrento Beach – West Coast Drive, Sorrento
• Pinnaroo Point Beach – John Wilkie Turn, Hillarys
Mullaloo Beach (Image: Weekend Notes)
The City of Joondalup is home to four libraries at Joondalup, Whitfords, Duncraig and Woodvale. Each run the below activities at various times during the week:
• Baby Rhyme time for children up to 18 months
• Toddler Time for children aged 18 months to 3 years
• Story Time – for children aged 2 to 4 years
Joondalup library also runs the Junior Game program on for home-schooled kids aged 5 to 12 years. You can read the events program here.
Joondalup Growers Market South Central Park, Grand Boulevard, Joondalup For more information: Read on here
The Joondalup Growers Market is all about fresh, locally grown produce sold to you by the people who grow it. Enjoy local fruits and vegetables, meats, olive oils, milks, bread, chocolates and so much more, all while supporting local growers.
Image: Joondalup Growers Market Facebook page
Have we missed your favourite free activity in Joondalup or its surrounds? If so, please feel free to leave a comment on this page. If you feel like venturing out a bit further, check out the Perth Mums Group list of free things to do in the Northern Suburbs, or in the Perth CBD.
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