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  •   Perth - For Kids

•   Kings Park & Botanic Garden
This park and garden cover 400 hectares in Perth's centre. There are walks, picnic facilities, a floral clock, children`s playgrounds and a war memorial. In October the Botanic Gardens are a mass of the wildflowers for which Western Australia is so justly famous.

•   Perth Zoo
Perth Zoo in South Perth sits in an attractive garden setting. The Butterfly House is superb and many native Australian animals are on display. A great way to get to the Zoo is to take a ferry trip from Barracks Street Jetty across the Swan River.

•   Aquarium of Western Australia
The Aquarium at Hillarys has a 98 metre viewing tunnel for a close-up view of fish, sharks and turtles. There is a touch and feel exhibit with various marine creatures including a baby shark. See Microworld for tiny marine animals, the Dolphin Sanctuary or the Dangerous Marine Animals exhibit.

•   Scitech Discovery Centre
Visit the Scitech Discovery Centre in West Perth, where there are hands-on science and technology exhibits to make science fun especially for children. The Omni Theatre features a giant cinema screen.

•   Western Australia Maritime Museum
In Fremantle, the Western Australia Maritime Museum has numerous exhibits including a reconstruction of the famous Batavia, shipwrecked off the WA coast.

•   Swan Bells Tower
The Swan Bells Tower, on the banks of the Swan River, houses the historic bells from St Martin`s-in-the-Fields church in London, which were presented as a bicentennial gift to WA. Climb the tower to see the bells and head to the observation deck for panoramic views of the city and the river. There are regular bell-ringing demonstrations.

•   Tumbulgum Farm
Experience life on an Australian farm, see sheep mustering and shearing, feed lambs, milk cows, crack a whip, take a hayride or see one of the live farm shows. The farm also offers Aboriginal culture, including dancing, didgeridoo music and tales from the Dreamtime.

•   Fire Safety Education Centre and Museum
Located in the historic Old Perth Fire Station, the Fire Safety Education Centre and Museum displays historic firefighting equipment. There are videos, a range of special amusements for children and young people, together with educational shows on fire safety.

•   Marapana Wildlife World
Located one hour`s drive south of Perth, this wildlife park features kangaroos which can be hand-fed, a family of koalas, roaming deer and other animals. There is a water playground, a restaurant, a kiosk and picnic facilities.

•   Perth Observatory
For a date with the stars, visit Perth Observatory. The Observatory has a range of tours available, both day and night. Day tours are usually held on Sunday and include informational talks by an astronomer and a visit to the Observatory`s museum. Night-time tours include viewing through the telescope and bookings are essential.

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