Kids love animals. Here in Perth, we have lots of different places where you can see, meet and feed various animals from Australia and from around the world. Whether you love learning about snakes, want to feed an alpaca or meet a Tasmanian Devil, check out our list of some of the top animal experiences in Perth.
Perth Zoo Address: 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth.
Phone: 9474 3551
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 5pm.
Cost: Adults $29, students, seniors and concession $22, kids four to 15 years $14.
Perth Zoo is one of the state’s premier animal attractions and is home to hundreds of Australian animals and birds, along with species from all over the world. Includes the tropical birds exhibit. It has now been running for over 120 years and runs a number of conservation programs. You can read about a Perth Zoo annual pass here.
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Peel Zoo Address: Sanctuary Drive, Pinjarra.
Phone: 9531 4322.
Opening hours: Weekdays 10am to 4pm, weekends, public holidays and school holidays 9am to 5pm.
Cost: Adults $23, kids aged three to 15 $12, seniors $17.50.
Peel Zoo is a boutique, hands-on animal encounter experience where kids can learn a lot about animals, reptiles and birds in their native environments. Peel Zoo runs a number of programs aimed at educating kids, but families can also freely wander the grounds, feed the kangaroos and get up close and personal with the friendly cockatoos. Read the Perth Mums Group review here.
Caversham Wildlife Park Address: Located inside Whiteman Park, entry via Lord Street or Beechboro Road, Whiteman.
Phone: 9248 1984.
Opening hours: Daily (except Christmas Day) from 9am to 5:30pm.
Cost: Adults $28, students and pensioners $20, kids aged three to 14 $12.50, kids under three are free.
Caversham Wildlife Park is home to around 200 species of animals, plus runs daily attractions in which families can meet wombats, kangaroos and koalas.
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Armadale Reptile Centre Address: 308 South Western Highway, Wungong.
Phone: 9399 6927.
Opening hours: Thursdays to Tuesdays (open Wednesdays during school holidays) from 10am to 4pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Cost: $17 adults, $12 concession, $7 kids aged three to 15 years, $42 for a family of two adults and two children.
Armadale Reptile Centre is an education, conversation and rescue facility dedicated to animals, snakes and reptiles. Along with housing various species of snakes and reptiles, the centre also aims to educate the public about which snakes are venoumous and which are harmless, what to do if you see a snake in your backyard and what to do if you find a sick or injured animal. You can read the Perth Mums Group review here.
Armadale Reptile Centre.
Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm Address: 128 John Street, Henley Brook.
Phone: 0424 209 730.
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 4pm excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Cost: Adults: $18, concession and children aged two to 15 years $13, kids under two are free.
With supervised feeding daily, children can participate in bottle feeding piglets, lambs and calves. You can also explore the grounds freely and witness goat milking demonstrations. Read the Perth Mums Group review here.
Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm (Image: Marisa Quinn-Haisu, PMG.)
Landsdale Farm School Address: 80 Landsdale Road, Darch.
Phone: 9343 1222.
Opening hours: Daily am to 3pm.
Cost: Adults and children $7, children under two are free.
This interactive farm environment has fenced off areas in which sheep, chickens, ducks and goats are free to wander among the public. You can catch a ride on the mini tractor or have a play in the playground. Read the Perth Mums Group review here.
Cohunu Koala Park Address: Lot 103 Nettleton Road, Byford.
Phone: 9526 2966.
Opening hours: Daily (except Christmas Day) from 10am to 4pm.
Cost: Adults $15, kids aged three to 13 years $5, kids under three free.
Cohunu Koala Park is home to some unique species of Australian fauna, including over 30 talking parrots, see dingoes, kangaroos, emus, deer and koalas. You can wander the bush trails and pathways and hand feed many of the free roaming animals.
Rockingham Wildlife Encounters Address: Corner of The Esplanade and Val Street.
Phone: 9591 1333.
Opening hours: Tours operate seven days a week from September to June and leave at 8am.
If your kids love dolphins, Rockingham Wildlife Encounters is the place to go, with boats leaving daily and taking you and the kids to the best places to see some of Rockingham’s local bottlenose dolphins.
Penguin Island Address: Corner Arcadia Drive and Penguin Road, Shoalwater.
Opening hours: Island open mid-September to early June and closed Christmas Day. Ferries depart and return hourly from between 9am and 3pm (last ferry departs the island at 4pm.
Take a ride in the glass bottom boat and see some of Perth’s most stunning marine life before disembarking at Penguin Island and meeting these furry little friends.
Image: Penguin Island website.
The Maze Address: 1635 Neaves Road, Bullsbrook.
Phone: 9571 1375
Opening hours: Hours vary. See website for further details.
Cost: $33 for adults, kids aged four to 15 years $26.50, concession $29.50, seniors $22. Kids under four are free.
The Maze is home to kangaroos, emus, birds and koalas, including the Koala Experience in which visitors can cuddle and pat these docile marsupials – and take selfies, of course!
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