There is something about trains that is fascinating for a lot of children. Maybe it’s the enduring popularity of children’s show Thomas the Tank Engine, or the ‘choo choo chooing’ that children love to say whenever they see a train. Perhaps it’s the fact that the Mandurah and Joondalup trains run up the middle of the Kwinana and Mitchell Freeways, which is pretty cool in itself, if you ask me. For children who love trains, Perth has some great train-based activities dotted around, and they make great family outings for kids of all ages and train enthusiasts alike.
The Araluen Train runs during the spring, providing visitors to the gardens with an easy way to get around and see the beautiful tulips. There is a fee for riding the train, and you can contact Araluen for more details.
Bennett Brook Railway, Whiteman Park Whiteman Park, Lot 99 Lord Street Whiteman Website: http://bbr.org.au
Bennett Brook Railway is located at the gorgeous Whiteman Park and runs on weekends and public holidays between 11am and 4pm, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11am, 12pm and 1pm and school holiday weekdays between 11am and 3pm. The railway is run by volunteers and the measly fare of $8 for adult fares and $4 for children aged 4 years and over goes towards maintaining this WA icon. Children under 4 are free to ride the train.
You can hold a birthday party at the railway and twice a year, they welcome some special train friends to the railway that resemble Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends! The next event will be held in May 2018.
This is a popular train activity for Perth families, with regular queues to have a go when the trains operate on the first and third Sunday of each month. There are two stations – Niana Station at Castledare Place in Wilson, which operates on the first Sunday of the month from 11am till 3pm, and The Wilson Park on Kent St in Wilson, which runs on the third Sunday of each month from 10am until 2pm. During the January school holidays, the service operates on Wednesdays between 3 and 24 January between 10am and 2pm.
Adult tickets are $6 and tickets for children aged 2 and over are $3 – bring cash as there is no Eftpos. You must wear enclosed shoes to ride the train, so no thongs!
The Stirling Miniature Railway opens to the public on the last every Sunday of each month except December. The cost to ride is $10 per person and children under 3 are free. Once again, you must wear enclosed shoes to ride the trains. There are two separate tracks with a number of trains operating, but the public days are very popular, so aim to get there early.