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ARALUEN BOTANIC PARK | Splash in
streams, chase butterflies, smell the flowers and laugh with
kookaburras in Perth’s most spectacular garden. Araluen was
established in 1929, providing the community with access to
native flora and wildlife. Open to the public every day of the
year (except Christmas) from 9am-6pm, it’s the perfect place
to get immersed in nature. 362 Croyden Road, Roleystone.
CAVERSHAM WILDLIFE PARK | This park
has the largest private collection of native wildlife in WA.
Kids will love hand-feeding kangaroos, feeling the scales
of lizards, being part of an interactive farm show, and getting
their photo taken with koalas. Tip: get there before 3pm
and give yourself at least three hours to explore the park.
99 Lord Street, Whiteman.
DOLPHIN DISCOVERY CENTRE | Drive
two-and-a -half hours south of Perth to find one of Australia’s
premier wild dolphin destinations. Go on an eco cruise, swim
with dolphins, check out the discovery pool, feed dolphins
in the interaction zone, watch a 3D movie, or go to the
dolphinarium. Lot 830, Koombana Drive, Bunbury.
PENGUIN ISLAND | Rockingham Wild Encounters
provides a day trip to Penguin Island, just 45 minutes south
of Perth and a five-minute ferry ride across Shoalwater
Bay. The star attraction is the little penguin – the smallest
penguin species in the world – with feeding times at 10.30am,
12.30pm and 2.30pm daily. Wild dolphins, sea lions, stingrays,
pelicans, king skinks and many sea birds can also be spotted.
Corner of Arcadia Drive and Penguin Road, Shoalwater.
THE BIBBULMUN TRACK | The Bibbulmun
spans more than 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth
Hills to the historical south coast town of Albany. Put on
your walking shoes and tackle whichever section your heart
desires. Kids can participate in Camp Kitchens, Dr Dolittle
events, Walk with Mum or Walk with Dad, all run by the
Bibbulmun Track Foundation. Perth to Albany.
Get back to nature
Rockingham Wild Encounters, Penguin Island
Pelican Rookery (photography Ian Beattie).
Unglue the kids from their screens and reignite their interest in tree climbing
and hide-and-seek, with these ideas for getting them into the great outdoors.
WET AND WILD
The ProSlide Tornado 60 is the longest, steepest and
tallest Tornado slide on the planet, and you can ride it
at Adventure World from October. The 260m ride will
get you travelling up to 6.7 metres per second. Start
psyching yourself up now. adventureworld.net.au.
Gravity Discovery Centre | For an experience that’s out of this
world, visit the Gravity Discovery Centre, located an hour’s
drive north of Perth. With the Cosmology Gallery, Solar
System Walk, Leaning Tower, Biodiversity Gallery, exhibits
and the Gravity Cafe, there’s something for everyone.
1098 Military Road, Gingin, 9575 7577.
Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Science Museum | Learn
about minerals, fossils, atmospheric history and meteorites,
and explore the gardens of the Eocene (38-55 million
years ago) and Jurassic (135-190 million years ago) periods.
University of WA, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, 6488 2681.
Scitech | Once again, your favourite hub for all things science
brings the goods. With so much to do already – as if the uber
cool Planetarium or Lotterywest Science Theatre weren’t enough
– their new programs include Space Junk, Going Places and Space
Station. All the better to let kids roam and expand their minds.
City West Centre, West Perth, 9215 0700.
(photography Ian Beattie).
One of Penguin Island’s most famous
residents (photography Rockingham
Taking a break on
the Bibbulmun Track.
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