If you live south of the river, it can be easy to forget that there is a whole other side to Perth that you may be missing out on (and vice versa!) Perth’s northern suburbs have heaps of free things to do with the kids, including unique playgrounds and parks, those stunning northern beaches, Hillary’s Boat Harbour and even a free museum! Perth Mums Group has put together a list of some of awesome free things to do with the kids in Perth’s North, so now there’s no excuse for not venturing beyond the Swan.
Parks and Playgrounds
Pitstop Playground at Discovery Park, Banksia Grove Address: Grandis Boulevard and Botanic Avenue, Banksia Grove.
Do you have a little Daniel Ricciardo in the making? Young fans of our very own Formula One star from Perth’s northern suburbs will LOVE racing around this custom built playground, which features bike racing tracks and a mini raceway, along with lots of other fun racing motifs and equipment.
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Neil Hawkings Park, Joondalup Address: Boas Avenue Joondalup.
If you’re on the lookout for some native wildiife, this is the place to go. You can spot kangaroos, turtles, ducks, swans and wild rabbits, plus there are free public barbeques and a playground available. Just watch out for snakes and dugites which frequent the area.
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Rotary Park, Wanneroo Address: Scenic Drive, Wanneroo.
Rotary Park has a wonderful playspace for kids of all ages. It features a dedicated toddler play area, wooden play structures, swings, picnic and barbeque areas and lots of shade.
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Mawson Park, Hillarys Address: 22 Mawson Crescent, Hillarys
Mawson Park is an expansive area of Hillarys with a cute little playground suited more for kids aged four and over. There is rope play, slides, swings and lots of different bits of play equipment. Just be aware that shade is limited, so the play equipment can get a bit hot.
Features lots of lovely grassed areas for a picnic or barbecue, a playground and a war memorial dedicated to local soldiers.
Escarpment Park and Trinity Alkimos Playground, Alkimos Address: Escarpment Park – Bristlebird Circuit, Alkimos
Trinity Alkimos Playground – Santorini Parade, Alkimos
Escarpment Park has modern play equipment, lots of shade and lovely soft sand, plus barbecue areas, while Trinity Alkimos Playground has a play structure with a wooden fort and rope play, plus slides and nets, and is surrounded by beautiful bushland.
Other places to visit
Wanneroo Regional Museum Address: Dundebar Road, Wanneroo.
Phone: 9405 5920.
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 10am to 4pm, Thursday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 12pm to 4pm.
Take a step back in time and learn all about Wanneroo’s history through exhibits and interactive displays. The museum is suitable for all ages.
Herdsman Wildlife Centre, Wembley Address: Selby Street, Churchlands.
Phone: 9387 6079.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:15am to 4:30pm.
Ok, so it's not technically free with a donation of $2 required for adults and $1 required for kids, but isn't that just change you'll find down the back of the sofa, or in the car that you probably won't miss? And it's a great opportunity for the kids to see some local native animals up close.
Image: Department of Parks and Wildlife website.
Hillary’s Boat Harbour
Hillary's Boat Harbour is a popular hub for cafes, restaurants and shops, but there is also lots of ways to keep the kids entertained for free, including shallow beaches, playgrounds and picnic spots. Over at Sorrento Quay on Sundays, public holidays and during school holidays, you can take the kids on a free train ride around the boardwalk!
Hillarys Boat Harbour.
Visit a family friendly northern suburbs Beach
Scarborough Beach Address: The Esplanade, Scarborough.
Scarborough Beach has a playground, pram-friendly walking track, barbeques and cafes across the road for snacks and drinks.
Mettam Pools, Trigg Address: 276 West Coast Drive, North Beach.
Mettam Pools a natural pool located within a protecting reef and its calm waters make it a popular spot for families with young children. It is also pram and wheelchair friendly.
Mullaloo Beach Address: Off Oceanside Promenade, Mullaloo.
Mullaloo Beach boasts a playground, surf-lifesaving club with a kiosk, plus a café and hotel across the road.
For more family and child-friendly beaches in and around Perth, read on here.
If you know of any other free things to do in Perth's northern suburbs, or know of any hidden gems we may have missed, please feel free to comment on the article and we'll add it in!