Last Updated on September 24, 2020 by worldoftravelswithkids
This beautiful area on Perth City’s waterfront certainly is one of the best parks in Perth. There are four permanent fixtures which are always popular! This is such a great place to spend a few hours for the family and features one of the best water features Perth has to offer. Here is our guide to Elizabeth Quay for kids.
Activities At Elizabeth Quay For Kids
BHP Billiton Water Park
This absolutely wonderful water playground operates 50 minutes in every hour. Whenever we visit we generally stay for one full cycle, so we’d suggest allowing an hour and packing their swimmers! Absolutely top rated by our kids and of the best water features Perth.
Elizabeth Quay Carousel
Who doesn’t a love a romantic carousel ride? This beautiful carousel was imported from Italy and with old world designs, lovely music, and gorgeous horses. Your little ones will be transported to a special world as if in Mary Poppins. There is a small box office next to the carousel where you can buy tickets.
The Island Playground
Located on a little man-made island, this is a compact playground with a very high climbing rope and frame with a nautical theme. Kids can walk the plank, and ring the ships bell. There is also an extensive sand and water play area which captures the imagination of the nonclimbing types. This is a beautiful little playground but often very full, especially on the weekends.
The whole area, with the white arches, walking bridge, and bell tower always seem to keep kids amused. It is a great play area in Elizabeth Quay for kids.
Spanda (The White Arches)
We have visited Elizabeth Quay many times and my kids love the “White Arches” for a bit of a play.
I did have to Google to find out a bit more information about them! Spanda, the White Arches is a sculpture that was designed by famous artist Christian de Vietri. As he intended, the arches can be seen from far or near and our kids always have to have a run through them.
Take note – these funky arches, orbits or ripples are also a magnet for Instagrammers. We’ve sat and eaten our picnic lunch nearby and watched people getting their best Insta-shots. Despite that, it is a great area in Elizabeth Quay for kids to explore.
The Perth Bell Tower
Right next to Elizabeth Quay is the Perth Bell Tower. Now somewhat built in by developments around it, but originally offering fantastic views of Perth City and the Swan River. The Bell Tower claims to be one of the largest musical instruments in the world and features bells of Saint Martin in the Fields church in London.
Get a look behind the scenes at the bell ringing chamber and be on site on the hour to hear the bells ringing out.
Outside the Bell Tower, there is Perth’s answer to the Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris, with love locks tied to a chain. My kids love them and spend ages having a look.
Places To Eat Elizabeth Quay
Around Elizabeth Quay, there are a number of eateries. V Burger gets good reviews and has great chips (french fries) and we have eaten on occasion.
The Island is also a one-stop shop, with pizzeria and brewery all adjacent to the Island Playground. Check here for more information on The Island.
Seasonal Activities At Elizabeth Quay For Kids
Seasonally, there is always a lot to do at Elizabeth Quay for kids.
Spring in the city had movable exhibits that kept the little guy occupied. We visited again for the themed Christmas maze and were there for a visit from the big fella himself! At Easter time there was a giant Easter egg and a supposed Easter egg hunt at the Island, but something didn’t work then.
How To Get To Elizabeth Quay
Located right next to the Perth City bus station it is ideal to take the bus to Elizabeth Quay.
As parking in the city can be a bit limited, we also have parked at the Mends Street jetty in South Perth and caught the ferry across, which is a lot of fun for the kids.
There is also parking along the Esplanade.
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