Perth CBD to Kings Park 1.5 km (driving for approximately 5 minutes)
Panoramic views show off the heart of the city, attracting locals and visitors alike. The park spans 400 hectares and sits alongside the central business district. Appreciate the stunning cityscape while walking, driving or cycling along the Swan River foreshore.
Western Australian Botanic Garden
If you’re wild about wildflowers, make sure you check out the State Botanical Gardens – nestled within Kings Park. This is the perfect spot to set down your picnic blanket and pull out some snacks, while the children play on the equipment.
You’ll find yourself surrounded by native scrubland and towering trees with impressive life spans. Stand in awe under the ancient boab tree, which is roughly 750 years old and weighs 36 tonnes. Usually found in Madagascar and Africa, this is the only baobab species that’s endemic to Australia.
The park is open all day and some parts close at night. Check out the official site to find out more about activities and events.
Hay Street Mall is only a short drive from Kings Park, if you tire of all that fresh air and want to do some shopping. You’ll find department stores, city centre arcades, specialty shops, restaurants and cafes.
If you want to stick to the theme of the day and don’t mind splurging a little, Wildflower offers a tantalising dining experience. The menu is influenced by the seasonal indigenous Noongar calendar and the panoramic views are something to behold.
In the mood for Spanish tapas so good that you won’t want to share? Head down to Heno & Rey, located on the corner of Hay and King Streets.
The Post is a good option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This elegant restaurant serves classic Italian dishes, with a contemporary twist. There’s a menu for the little ones too.
The Parmelia Hilton in Perth is a family-friendly hotel with a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and 24-hour fitness centre. It’s conveniently located in the heart of the city. Average rates for a standard room start from around $119 per night.