purple and white tulips in Araluen botanic park perth

Spring Bucket List for Perth, Western Australia

With spring displaying its colours and warmth across our stunning city, I know many of you are itching to swap the cosiness of home for the outdoors. So, how do we make the most of this glorious season?

Having explored Perth extensively with my own family, I’ve enjoyed lots of experiences. From whale migrations off Fremantle to the vibrancy of the Fremantle Markets, I’ve been there, done that, and am here to share it all with you.

Why listen to me? Aside from my personal adventures (and occasional misadventures) that have given me a pretty good lay of the land, I also understand the quest for family-friendly outings that are both engaging and easily accessible.

In this post, I’m excited to help you create your ultimate spring bucket list tailored for Perth families. From the spectacular bloom of wildflowers in Kings Park to the laughter-filled rides at the Perth Royal Show and the unforgettable day trips to Rottnest Island, I’ve got your spring adventures covered.

Outdoor Adventures

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Everlastings in spring at Kings Park Botanical Garden

Kings Park and Botanic Garden

No spring in Perth is complete without a visit to the iconic Kings Park and Botanic Garden, especially during the wildflower season. Imagine wandering through paths lined with over 3,000 species of the state’s unique flora, blooming in a riot of colours. Consider joining one of the free guided walks, a fantastic way to learn about the park’s diverse plant life and Aboriginal heritage.

I like packing a picnic to enjoy overlooking the city or by one of the playgrounds.

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Whale Watching Perth

Whale Watching in Fremantle

As the majestic humpbacks and southern right whales embark on their annual migration, the waters off Fremantle offer front-row seats to one of nature’s most awe-inspiring spectacles. Spring is prime time for whale watching, and taking a cruise can be a thrilling experience for the whole family. Watching these gentle giants breach and play in the ocean is a spectacular sight and a powerful reminder of the natural beauty surrounding us.

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Quokka on Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island Day Trip

Just a short ferry ride from Perth, Rottnest Island features clear turquoise waters, pristine beaches, and friendly quokkas. Spring is the perfect time to visit, with mild weather that is ideal for exploring the island by bike (which you can rent on the island). Cycle around at your own pace, find secluded beaches for snorkelling and of course, snap a selfie with the adorable quokkas.

Bibbulmun Track Hikes

Stretching from the Perth Hills to Albany, the Bibbulmun Track offers some of the most beautiful hiking trails in Western Australia, many of which are perfect for a spring day trip. Choose a section of the trail that suits your family’s fitness level and set off on a journey through towering forests, over scenic hills, and across bubbling streams. It’s a chance to disconnect from digital devices and reconnect with each other and the natural world.

Cultural Experiences

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Fremantle Market

Fremantle Markets

An essential visit for any Perth local or visitor, the Fremantle Markets are a bustling hub of activity. Established in 1897, these markets are not just a place to shop but a cultural experience brimming with local artisans, musicians, and food vendors. Wander through the stalls for unique handmade crafts, perfect as gifts or keepsakes. Let the kids enjoy the lively atmosphere while sampling local delicacies like honeycake. Plus, street performers often dot the pathways, offering entertainment.

Children and adults enjoying a merry-go-round ride on a sunny day at a local fair. Brightly colored carousel horses and vibrant fairground attractions create a lively atmosphere in the background.
My daughters at the Perth Royal Show

Perth Royal Show

A springtime highlight for many Perth families, the Perth Royal Show offers a week-long spectacle of agricultural competitions, showbags, thrilling rides, and live entertainment. It’s a fantastic way to connect with Western Australia’s farming roots and enjoy a day (or two!) filled with excitement and joy. The animal nursery is a hit with the kids, providing hands-on experiences with farm animals. The fireworks display each evening is the perfect way to end a day of fun and festivity, lighting up the spring sky with colour.

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Art Gallery of WA

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Located in the cultural heart of the city, the Art Gallery of Western Australia houses an impressive collection of both international and Australian art, with a strong emphasis on works from the Indigenous communities and the Asia-Pacific region.

In spring, the gallery often features special exhibitions that are both thought-provoking and inspiring. It’s a wonderful place to introduce children to art and creativity, with many exhibits designed to be interactive and accessible to young minds.

Food and Wine

Spring in Perth brings not only blooming landscapes but also a bounty of fresh produce, making it an excellent time to indulge in the local food and wine scene.

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Sandalford Winery

Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail

Just a short drive from Perth’s CBD, Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine region and a haven for food and wine lovers. Embark on the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail, a well-marked route that leads you through lush vineyards, boutique breweries, and artisan eateries. Spend a day tasting some of the finest wines in the region, paired with gourmet cheeses and chocolates.

Many of the wineries are family-friendly, offering spacious picnic areas and playgrounds where the kids can play while the adults relax and sip their wine.

a fountain in the middle of the lake in hyde park perth
Hyde Park

Picnic in Hyde Park

For a more laid-back culinary experience, a picnic in Hyde Park provides a perfect escape in the heart of the city. Gather some local produce from a nearby farmers’ market—think fresh fruits, artisan bread, and local cheeses—and set up a picnic by one of the park’s picturesque lakes. It’s a great spot for children to run around and play or perhaps feed the ducks, making it a relaxing day out for everyone.

Locals Favourites

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Tulip Festival at Araluen Botanical Gardens

Araluen Botanic Park

Located in the beautiful hills of Roleystone, Araluen Botanic Park is a magical spot that comes alive in spring with spectacular displays of tulips and other seasonal blooms. It has peaceful walking paths meandering through lush gardens and alongside trickling streams. The park’s settings are ideal for nature photography, quiet reflection, or a stroll with the family. Each spring, their Tulip Festival dazzles visitors with vibrant colours and flower arrangements, making it a must-visit for flower enthusiasts and those seeking a picturesque day out.

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Lesmurdie Falls

Lesmurdie Falls

Located in the hills east of Perth, Lesmurdie Falls is part of the Mundy Regional Park and offers some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the area. Spring is exceptional as the winter rains bring the falls to life, creating a spectacular backdrop for a family hike. There are several trails to choose from, each providing different views of the falls and the city skyline beyond. Pack a picnic and enjoy a meal with one of the best views in Perth. The area is also great for bird-watching and spotting wildflowers, adding to the appeal for nature lovers.

My Thoughts

Spring is the perfect time to get out and immerse yourself in all that our wonderful city and its surroundings have to offer. So go out and explore these spots and see what makes our city so unique. And as you do, I encourage you to share your experiences in my Facebook Group. Your stories and discoveries can inspire others to venture out and create their own memorable spring moments.