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Perth's best family friendly parks

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Here in Perth, we’re blessed with some of the country’s best weather, and what better way to enjoy it than by taking the family outdoors to a park? Perth city is brimming with stunning parks, with many of them family-friendly, with their playgrounds and open grassed areas perfect for play-time, and park benches and gazebos ideal for picnics.

So gather the family, jump in the car and head towards the city - here are some of the best family-friendly parks in Perth.

Langley Park, Perth CBD

Given its popularity as a large-scale event venue, you might not immediately think of Langley Park as a family-friendly venue - but with its playground, toilet facilities and open grassed area stretching as far as the eye can see, it’s a great place to keep kids entertained for hours. Plus, pets are allowed on a leash if furry family members want to join.

May Drive Parkland, West Perth

The May Drive Parkland within Kings Park is an ideal spot for the whole family, with its kid-friendly play area and parent-friendly cafe. The playground is good for slightly older kids, with a 75 metre long elevated walkway, island fort and an interactive water misting forest. The nearby Zamia Cafe has coffee and food for the parents.

Ivey Watson Playground, West Perth

Also within Kings Park is the family-friendly Ivey Watson Playground. The play area is perfect for children under six, while the nearby Hale Oval is ideal for slightly older kids with space for ball sports and a learn to ride bicycle path. Stickybeaks Cafe is right next to the playground, so parents can grab a coffee and snack while supervising the little ones.

Matilda Bay Reserve, Crawley

Probably one of the most idyllic parks in Perth, Matilda Bay Reserve is a stunning space for the whole family. Take the kids down in summer time and let them splash around in the water, jump off the jetty or run around on the grassy area that spans more than 20 hectares. Or if they’re wildlife-lovers, tell them to try to spot the 20 bottlenose dolphins that inhabit the Swan River and can be seen from. There are also electric barbeques, picnic tables and gazebos to enjoy a bit of lunch.

Stirling Gardens, Perth CBD

One of the oldest parks in Perth, Stirling Gardens is a great spot for a family picnic. With plenty of grassed space, park benches and shade thanks to all the trees, it’s a great spot to enjoy a picnic with your nearest and dearest. When you’re done with your picnic, take the kids for a walk to check out the kangaroo sculptures, huge Moreton Bay fig tree and the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie statues.

Variety Place Playground, West Perth

The Variety Place Playground in Kings Park has been developed specifically for children with special needs, to help them get out and about in the community, communicate, achieve independence and increase self-esteem. There are adventure play elements like a fort, climbing net, bridges, tunnels and climbing logs, as well as a picnic area with tables and barbecues for the whole family to spend time together. 

Harold Boas Gardens, West Perth

Harold Boas is a tranquil gem in the heart of West Perth. The large grassed area, ample shade, serene lake and waterfall cascading over rocks make it a gorgeous place for a family picnic. Plus, there is a children’s playground for when the little ones need to expend some energy - and is dog-friendly so even the furry family members can come along.

Ozone Reserve, East Perth

Perched at the eastern end of Riverside Drive is one of the city’s hidden gems, Ozone Reserve. There are three grassed areas surrounded by a lake and joined by a boardwalk. There is an undercover area and barbeques perfect for family gatherings and picnics, and a playground for the little ones to keep themselves entertained on.