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You’ve run out of ideas, the weekend is coming up and you’ve got that birthday to plan. OMG! The holidays are next week and they’ll be home for a fortnight. Aaargh! Don’t worry you’ve come to the right place! At LetsGoKids we’ve done the hard yards, kicked the tyres, found the best spots to eat and play, where to shop, what to see and even where to stay! We’ll let you know what’s on and where, how much it is and try to help the budget with some special deals and vouchers! There are also puzzles, games, competitions and birthday party ideas to keep the kids entertained.

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School Holidays in 2016/2017 Summer 16 Dec16 – 31 Jan17 Autumn 8 Apr17 – 23 Apr17 Winter 1 Jul17 – 16 Jul17 Spring 23 Sep17 – 8 Oct17

Weather Perth generally has fine mild weather during Autumn and Spring. Winter can be quite temperate, and you will require a coat some days. Summer is hot, hot, hot!! Temp ranges: Winter 8-18C, Summer 18-31C. When it gets hot, head to the beach!

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Perth is on Western Standard Time (WST), as is the whole of WA. It is in the same time zone as Singapore! Adelaide and Darwin are one and a half hours ahead of Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Brisbane and Canberra are all two hours ahead of Perth. Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am on the first Sunday in October, when clocks are put forward one hour. It ends at 2am (which is 3am Daylight Saving Time) on the first Sunday in April, when clocks are put back one hour.

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Really, really important stuff Post Offices Post Offices are open 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri and Sat mornings. You can buy stamps, send mail and transfer money. They also have phone books available for country and interstate areas. Stamps can also be bought from most newsagents. Georges Terrace......................66 St Georges Terrace GPO Post Shop.......................Shop 3, 3-7 Forrest Place Northbridge Post...................ATO Building, Shop 7-8

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Tourist Info Centres Western Australian Visitor Centre 55 William St 08 9483 1111 Armadale Visitor Centre 40 Jull St, Armadale 08 9394 5410 Fremantle Visitor Centre Kings Square,Fremantle 08 9431 7878 Mandurah Visitor Centre 75 Mandurah Tce, Mandurah 08 9550 3999 Mundaring Visitor Centre 7225 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring 08 9295 0202 Pinjarra Visitor Centre Fimmel Lane, Pinjarra 08 9531 1438

Arrrrr, Ferry me outta here matey! A ferry service operates across the Swan River from Barrack St to South Perth. This is an inexpensive cruise and a good way to go to the Perth Zoo, which is located in Sth Perth.

Rockingham Visitor Centre 19 Kent St, Rockingham, 08 9592 3464 Rottnest Island Visitor Centre Located at the end of the main jetty 08 9372 9730 Swan Valley Visitor Centre Cnr Meadow and Swan Sts, Guildford 08 9207 8899

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Transport Handy Hints • Taxi to or from CBD & the airport is about $43 • Perth Zoo is within Zone one ferry service.

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Transport to other cities & towns Perth has an extensive bus and rail network that can move you to the suburbs and neighbouring tourist areas such as Fremantle and Mandurah cheaply and easily. All trains leave from Perth Train Station which is located in Wellington St across from Forrest Place. The newly opened Mandurah line takes only 50 minutes from the city centre to arrive in the beautiful coastal town. There are free shuttle buses at Mandurah station to take you into the township. Buses run all over Perth and leave from the Busport on the corner of Mounts Bay Rd and William St. Buses and trains to other areas of WA leave from the EastPerth Public Transport Centre in East Parade. www.transperth.wa.gov.au

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* DayRider is a ticket that gives you unlimited travel on the day you buy it.You may buy one at the following times depending on which zone you are in. Available after 9.00am on weekdays, and all day on weekends and public holidays. Concession DayRider Available: Zones 1 to 4 before 7.15am and after 9.00am on weekdays, and all day on weekends and public holidays. Zones 5 to 9 before 7.15am and after 8.30am on weekdays, and all day on weekends and public holidays.

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Travel free on all Transperth services located within the Free Transit Zone (FTZ) boundaries are shown on the map. Choose a Red CAT to travel east and west, Blue CAT to travel north and south, Green to travel central to west or Yellow CAT to travel from East Perth to West Perth.

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Around the burbs Costs for suburban transport vary according to how far you travel and are divided into zones. Standard Fares: (Concession tickets 1/2 price) 6 Zones 2 Sections $2.10 $9.10 7 Zones 1 Zone $3.00 $10.70 8 Zones 2 Zones $4.60 $11.60 9 Zones 3 Zones $5.50 $12.40 DayRider $12.40 4 Zones $6.50 FamilyRider $12.40 5 Zones $8.10

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Perth City Don’t know what to do with the family on the weekend or holidays? You’ve come to the right place! For a day, a weekend, a week – in and around Perth, there are hundreds of things to do. Perth is an awesome place at any time of the year, with sooo many options to keep the family entertained. In the city...by the beach...on the river...in the hills... or at the park-check (p.49) for a few ideas in the suburbs near you. There is something for everyone!

A little further out, the main country areas are all serviced by excellent freeways, and a day trip (or weekend) is just an easy drive away. So much of Perth is set up for families and we’ve gone and found the activities, the events, organised some special deals at some of the state’s favourite destinations for you, and discovered a few places you didn’t know about. So round up the troops, ring a friend, take advantage of our vouchers and offers in the book and online, sign up for our enewsletter, download the app to find even more “info”, pack a lunch and JUST DO IT

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Perth Checklist Don’t leave Perth without having... • Gone for a ride along the Swan River over the causeway and back up the South Perth side. • Got yourself soaking wet at Outback Splash at Bullsbrook (p.18) • Followed the history trail up St George’s Terrace. • Seen a live gold pour at the Perth Mint (p.8) • Taken a ride on all the FREE CAT buses to get your bearings around the CBD. (p.6) • Ridden a ferry to “Rotto” to say “G’day” to a quokka • Headed to Whiteman Park for the day and visited Caversham Wildlife Park (p.16) to get up close to a furry friend • Taken a boat to Penguin Island and learnt all about the cute little critters (p.28) • Played in King’s Park. Check out the view, climb the DNA tower, climbed on the new playgrounds, cooled off under a tree, grab a bite to eat at Stickybeaks (on p.49) • Caught a ferry to Sth Perth and visited the Zoo (inside back cover) • Checked out an exhibition for kids at the WA • Art Gallery (p.8) • Spent a day exploring the Hillarys complex. • Popped into AQWA (Inside front cover)

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1 Why not get your visit to the city off to a flying start with an orientation walking tour? Learn more about the history, arts and culture of Perth. All tours are free and are led by iCity volunteer tour guides and leave from the kiosk in Murray St Mall. The 90 min tours are Icons of influence (Mon 2pm), Art City (Tues 2pm), Convicts & Colonials (Wed 2pm), Town Hall (Thurs 2pm), Boom or Bust (Fri 2pm).

HANDY HINT If you haven’t been to the city before, or not for awhile, jump on the world’s cheapest sightseeing tour – A Perth CAT bus. The city landscape has changed dramatically in the last few years and here is a FREE way to check it out. Routes are listed on (p.6), Hop on, hop off!

2.The statues on St Georges Terrace tell the history of the city. Get your photo taken with them all.

8. Head to Cottesloe just before sunset have a swim, grab an ice-cream and watch the sun set over Rottnest – “A Million Dollar view” 9. Grab a snorkel and head to Cottesloe, Rockingham (p.28), Hillarys or venture to “Rotto” and explore the underwater world nearby. Photo Courtesy of Tourism WA

Who said “You don’t get something for nothing?” Let LetsGoKIds show you how to spend a day or even a week in or around Perth ‘on the cheap’ where you can see and do lots....and spend nothing!! (or just a little). So what are you waiting for? Round up a passe and get out there and do it!

10. Take your bikes over to South Perth and ride the FLAT bike path on the river. If you feel energetic, do the exercise trail too! 11. Perth has some ‘amazing’ suburban playgrounds. Spend a day going from one to another (p.49) 12. Go for a picnic at shady Pt.Walter. It has a great river swimming spot and a sand spit for a leisurely stroll. 13. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Rockingham Foreshore; why not stop for a swim? It’s a great beach for the kids, with shallow waters and protection from the sea breeze. There are also some great cafes where you can grab a quick lunch. Photo Courtesy of Tourism WA

3. Herdsman Wildlife Centre is FREE and a great way to reconnect with nature.

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4. Walk the streets of Northbridge, Perth’s cultural hub, the location of the new Heath Ledger Theatre, the WA Museum and Art Gallery of WA. The piazza there screens free outdoor movies in the warmer months.

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5. Admire the paintings, craft and sculpture from Western Australia, the Central Desert and Arnhemland at the WA Art Gallery (p.8) 6. Visit the Aviation Heritage Museum (p.12) in Bull Creek right next to Leach Hwy Freeway exit (costs a little). 7. Go for a stroll through the beautiful English style gardens in Hyde Park in North Perth. You’d think you were in London.

14. Head to Lake Leschaunaltia (p.66) for a family day out of swimming, kayaking and picnicking.

15. Drive out to Whiteman Park (see back page). Admission is free and have a picnic. Play on the sports courts, hire a bike (or take your own), or go for a train ride. 16. Check (p.69) and find out which council is running free concerts, festivals or movie nights. Kids love them and so does your wallet!

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Right through the suburbs of Perth are hosts of parks, gardens, small museums displaying the heritage and unique history of the local area, state of the art aquatic centres and cultural precincts as well as kilometres of walking and cycling trails. We’ve done our homework and come up with some things to do in your area (or nearby ones) that you may know about, or you will discover for the first time – They’ll keep you busy and entertained all year! South Perth - The South Perth foreshore, with its cycling, walking and dog exercise areas, is a popular spot with visitors and locals alike. Hire a Surf Cat, walk throughthe gardens or relax with a barbeque lunch. - Mends Street has a variety of cafes and restaurants, and is walking distance from Perth Zoo. - Fitness trail along the Swan River Foreshore - Great bike path running along the river from the Causeway to the Kwinana Fwy Bridge Wanneroo/Joondalup - Wanneroo Museum - Botanical Gardens with minigolf and café - Yanchep National Park has caves to explore, a lake, shade, lawns, chocolate shop and pub - Mindarie Marina has restaurants, cafes, a pub and great outlook (accommodation too!) - Joondalup has FREE wifi in the city centre! - Mullaloo Beach precinct has playground, change rooms, café and pub - Bushwalking around Lake Joondalup

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Bassendean - Sandy Beach Reserve (end of West Rd) has shade, lawns and river swimming - Point Reserve (North Rd) is a picturesque spot for fishing, picnicking and playing - Success Hill Reserve (Seventh Ave) is right on the river and has plenty of shade. It is where the Heritage Trail and Cycle Path begin.

Cottesloe - Great safe swimming beach. - Cafes and ice cream parlours. - Beachside walk and fitness trail. Hillary’s Hillary’s Boat Harbour is situated 20 minutes north of Perth via the extremely scenic coastal road or by Freeway to Whitfords Rd. It is a destination in itself, with shops, casual and formal eateries, a safe swimming beach, It is home to the Western Australian Aquarium, and has plenty of free parking. It has a boat launching ramp and you can even catch a fast ferry from Hillary’s across to beautiful Rottnest Island. They depart daily. Hillary’s even has its own Resort Hotel! It offers a great alternative to staying in the CBD or down south. Bayswater Riverside Gardens – swim, birdwatch at Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary; picnic; free BBQ facilities, walks and cycle trails. - Tranby House for a taste of colonial times - Bayswater Waves Aquatic Centre open 5.30am- 8.30pm weekdays, 7.30am-7pm weekends. - Adachi and Garvey Parks beside the river with walk and bike trails, picnic spots, playgrounds and free BBQs. - Faulkner Park with state of the art play equipment and BBQ facilities. LetsGoKids Western Australia 2017


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Kalamunda - Bush walking (maps available from Perth Hills Visitor Centre) - Take a scenic drive from Kalamunda to Mundaring via the Weir or down the Zig Zag! - Visit the largest stained glass window in the Southern Hemisphere at the Kalamunda Library - World-famous Bibbulmun Track – day and overnight walks. - Kalamunda Village Markets – authentic street market open the first Saturday morning each month. - Kalamunda History Village open Monday to Friday10am-3pm, closed Thursday, Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm. Costs: Adults $7, Concession $5 Children $3 - Art and craft galleries and artists studios. - Calamunda Camel Safaris - Beautiful Stirk Park with BBQ & picnic areas, cycling, walking and running paths. Photo Courtesy of Tourism WA

Belmont - Tomato Lake & Faulkner Park with state of the art play equipment and BBQ facilities.

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Armadale - Swimming and water sports at Champion Lakes. You can also swim here, canoe, laze upon a white sandy beach, have a picnic or barbecue. - Cohunu Koala Park in Byford lets you get up close and personal to many native animals - Picnic and have a dip at Serpentine Falls - Walk along the picturesque walk trails and dams a booklet is available at the Visitor Centre. - Pick fresh fruits at Raeburn and Roleystone Orchards. - Visit the History House Museum to see what life was like 100 years ago. - Visit Schoenstatt Shrine, a pretty replica of the Ger man pilgrimage site, kangaroos graze here at sundown. - Check out the Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum that houses a great collection of agricultural machinery and memoribilia. - Araluen Botanic Park is a great family picnic spot. - Armadale Reptile Centre (See above) is in nearby Wungog. Learn all about the area’s reptiles.

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Mundaring - Ride the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail which stretches 59kms, linking the small settlements along the old railway line - The Mundaring Weir and “Golden Pipeline” pumping station for great views and a picnic/bbq - a little history too! - Perth Hills, National Parks Centre – Nearer to Nature experiences. - Munda Biddi Trail – day or overnight rides for mountain bikers - Lake Leschenaultia – camp, swim, paddle, cycle and walk trails (p.62) - Arts and craft galleries and studios

Melville Wireless Hill Park – Old signal station museum, bbqs, picnic spots, views. - Point Walter – café, playground, river swimming, shady trees. - Melville Discovery Centre – located at the council offices. An interesting look at the growing up of the Melville area – FREE

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The City of Wanneroo loves families The library and museum areas are ‘state of the art’ and they regularly provide special kids programmes and host family themed exhibitions. The council also runs many family days, concerts and movie nights - They have an entire summer event programme. (For details - www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au) The Wanneroo Opportunity Playspace at Rotary Park, Scenic Dve is one of Perth’s best playgrounds. Botanic Mini Golf (See below) has a challenging course, beautiful surroundings and the cafe area is set amongst the gardens, and caters for families. Just north of Wanneroo, you will find Yanchep National Park. It is the perfect place to experience a true Aussie environment in a pristine national park. The park contains fabulous picnicking spots on manicured lawns with plenty of shade. There are underground caves to explore, a lake for canoeing and resident koalas and wallabies. The beaches nearby at Yanchep and Two Rocks are fabulous, and the lagoon at Yanchep offers good swimming for littlies.

WORTH A LOOK! Wanneroo Botanic Gardens - With minigolf, an ice creamery and night golf all set in the breathtaking grounds, you can’t go past the Wanneroo Botanic Gardens. The Gardens span across five acres and are home to more than 500 species of plants along with a huge number of native birds and wildlife. Popular with people of all ages, this is a gorgeous and fun place to spend the day. The onsite cafe “Leapfrogs” is a cool, relaxing place to enjoy a coffee or meal in a tranquil, peaceful setting.

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The Swan Valley is Perth’s famous wine region, and is the perfect place to head out with the family for the day. There is so much to see and do, as the Swan Valley is rich with wine, food, art, culture, scenery and nature. You’ll feel like you are miles away from the city and the kids will love the fresh air and the beautiful country scenery. Photo Courtesy of Tourism WA

It is a wonderful experience for the whole family with so many activities to choose from. You are bound to find something to interest children of all ages. The Valley is the ideal place to let the kids run free and indulge in their love of nature, tasty treats and outdoor activities. It is just a 25 minute drive from the city centre, and has long

been a favourite among Perth locals for family friendly attractions. Choose from fun outdoor activities and special events during school holidays, as well as great picnic spots and play areas. There are cuddly animals to pet, native wildlife to discover, boomerangs to throw and even riddles to solve. But the fun doesn’t end there. Take a train ride, play some laser tag or enjoy a game of mini golf.

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HANDY HINT The Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail – a 32km scenic loop taking in more that 150 wineries, lively breweries, fine restaurants, bustling cafes, distilleries, shops, accommodation outlets and roadside stalls selling fresh produce.

The area is bursting with delicious wares, including handmade chocolate, fudge, truffles, nuts and nougat. There are also countless roadside stalls packed with fresh seasonal produce picked straight from the backyard, like plump figs, sweet melons, juicy strawberries, flavoursome asparagus and vine-ripened tomatoes. Photo Courtesy of Tourism WA

For more information contact the Swan Valley Visitor Centre on 9207 8899 or visit www.swanvalley.com.au

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Swan Valley Calendar of Events - Guildford Heritage Festival - March 2017 - Swan Valley Winemakers Vintage Weekend – March 2017 - Bike in the Valley - 23rd April

Pack a picnic and enjoy it on a scenic riverbank, or eat at one of the many child-friendly restaurants and cafes the Valley is renowned for. With so many child friendly activities, special events during school holidays and loads of wide open space for picnicking and letting off steam, the Swan Valley is the ideal destination for families.

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- Swan Valley Winemakers Spring Events Calendar – September - November There are too many things to see in one day, the hardest part will be choosing which one to do today!! Let the friendly folk at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre point you in the right direction, or visit www.swanvalley.com.au for more information.

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Few locals would realise that Guildford is considered so important to the country’s colonial past that the entire town is registered by the National Trust of Australia.

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Home to some of the finest beaches in the world, Rottnest is your ideal Island getaway. Located 19 km off the coast of Western Australia, the Island is just 25 minutes from Perth’s city and feels a million miles from everything. Rediscover life’s simple pleasures as you follow a sandy track, run barefoot through the waves and discover intriguing wildlife, including the resident (and very friendly) quokkas; the cute marsupials that the Island is world-famous for. Photo Courtesy of Tourism WA

The Island is essentially a car-free zone, with bicycles the most common mode of transport.

Scenic joy rides of the Island can by enjoyed by air, eco boat or a hop-on, hop-off bus service that tours the perimeter of the Island.

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Wander Thomson Bay to the sound of spooky ghost stories, mingle with Pirates, watch the sunset at West End, or enjoy a fun family quiz night. For the latest School Holiday Activity Program, visit www.rottnestisland.com/schoolholidays

Snorkel through vibrant coral reefs protected by marine sanctuary zones, dive among shipwrecks, fish for delicious local seafood or surf some of Western Australia’s best breaks. With a choice of over 63 pristine beaches and 20 secluded bays, it’s not hard to discover a secluded beach to enjoy all by yourself! The Basin is a clear favourite amongst Island visitors as it’s famous for its limestone formations which form a natural swimming pool and underwater snorkelling playground!

Take away foods and meals are available and a full supermarket complete with delivery to your accommodation means you don’t need to cart provisions to the island.

Rottnest Island Calendar of events New Year’s Eve Fireworks - 31/12/16 End the year with a shimmering, sparkling BANG! as you bring in the new year with a spectacular Fireworks display over stunning Thomson Bay. Setting off early, the display time allows our littlest spectators. www.rottnestisland.com/nye Rottnest Island Channel Swim 25/2/17 Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia’s iconic events, the Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island. Swim Stars Champs of the Bay - 26/2/17 Give your kids the opportunity to try open water swimming in the pristine waters of Thomson Bay, Rottnest Island, with the inaugural Swim Stars Champs of the Bay.

ANZAC Day – 25/4/17 Anzac Day holds a special place on the Rottnest Island Calendar. Come across for a spectacular dawn service followed by a free Gunfire breakfast and activities for the kids. www.rottnestisland.com/anzacday Rottnest Island Carnivale – 28/10/17 Back again with a full day and night of free entertainment raising funds for our very important charity partner, Telethon. www.rottnestisland.com/carnivale Wadjemup Cup - 4/11/17 Students from Clontarf Football Academies from across the State compete in a round robin AFL football competition held on the Sports Oval Rottnest Island

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Although only 20 mins from Perth by car or train, Fremantle is a destination in itself. The old seafaring town has played host to sailors from all over the world for well over 100 years and the whole area has reminders of days gone by. You need only spend a day in Fremantle to find yourself falling in love with this colourful port city - it is impossible to avoid getting caught up in its charm.

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Fremantle This pedestrian-friendly city with unique winding streets offers you a glimpse of a colonial and Gold Rush past in balance with a modern and vibrant presence! The best way to explore the whole area is to jump on one of the FREE Cat buses at any one of the 28 stops and get your bearings. (See map p.6) You can get ready to go exploring!

Internationally known as the place to socialise, The Fremantle Cappuccino Strip caters for all tastes and budgets with plenty of cafes and restaurants only a short walk away. Everything is close by where you can enjoy a relaxing meal or snack. Take a stroll along Marine Terrace and down Mews Road to the beautiful Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

Walk along the boardwalk and see the boats. See the display of historic anchors, the jetty, the Fisherman’s Monument, Mews Park and the Ferris Wheel. A little further along is Bather Beach and Bathers Bay, walk along the sand and have a swim or a paddle. Fishing Boat Harbour is also home to many cafes, bars and restaurants including the famous Cicerello’s so grab some great tasting fish and chips while you are there. Photo Courtesy of Tourism WA

On the edge of the Indian Ocean Fremantle has great ocean and river beaches to enjoy and the Ocean sunsets are spectacular! The bustling, centrally located, Cappuccino Strip with al fresco dining and coffee round the clock makes Freo a social hub.

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One of the City of Fremantle’s greatest attractions is the coastline. The beaches on the Indian Ocean are perfect for swimming and other recreational leisure activities. Each beach is unique and showcases a different aspect of Fremantle’s sea-side heritage. Indian Ocean views are one of the great joys of being in Western Australia. You’ll never forget a Fremantle sunset! The beaches in Fremantle are; Bathers Beach at Fishing Boat Harbour Port, Leighton at North Fremantle and South Beach in South Fremantle.

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- Fremantle Catch a movie or show. There are a couple of cinemas in Fremantle; Hoyts Millennium Cinema (Collie Street), Hoyts Queensgate Cinema (William Street) and the Essex Street Cinema so you can catch all the latest movies. The Deckchair Theatre (High Street), the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (Short Street), and the Harbour Theatre (Adelaide Street) put on a variety of shows and productions during the year.

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Rockingham – Close to Perth But a world away!!! If you love the outdoor lifestyle you’ll find no better! Just 40km south of Perth, Rockingham has something special for everyone - whether you want to surf, dive, swim, play golf, or meet dolphins, penguins and sea lions. It’s right here in the Rockingham Region. All these attractions are just a short drive from Perth or Fremantle, or you can get here easily by public transport. If you want to stay a few days, there are plenty of great accommodation options from camping and caravanning to apartments, hotels, villas and B&B’s.

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Don’t leave Rockingham without... - Saying “G’day” to a dolphin or penguin on a Rockingham Wild Encounter (p.29). - Paying a visit to the History Museum cnr Kent St & Flinders Ln. - Going snorkelling in Shoalwater Bay or at Point Peron. - Catching a movie at the new Ace or United complex. - Taking the kids to one (or both) of the great play centres. - Going for a bike ride on the excellent coastal trail. - Hiring a Kayak or Paddleboard and cruising the waves. - Splashing about at Aqua Jetty Indoor Pool - Learning more about the local ecosystem at the Environmental Centre. - Sipping a latte at the fantastic new foreshore.

Attractions Rockingham’s natural attractions range from rugged unspoilt and protected coastal areas, to abundant marine life and wildlife. Join a tour to swim with, or watch the world famous Rockingham Dolphins or take a cruise to experience the best of iconic Australian nature.

- Exploring one of the pristine Beachfront Parks. - Calling into the Visitor’s Centre to see what’s on.

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Penguin Island has a magnificent coastline and shallow, protected bays - a wonderful place to explore both on land and in the water. Get up close and personal with marine wildlife such as penguins, dolphins, sea lions and an array of fish species in the marine park’s protected waters. If you prefer to go at your own pace, you can explore Lake Coolongup. Rockingham Foreshore Rockingham is well known for its shady, grassed foreshores and beautiful clean beaches. Rockingham foreshore has picnic tables, benches and free electric BBQs amongst the trees. With excellent children’s playgrounds, it’s the perfect spot for a family day out.

If you love the sun on your back and your toes in the sand, you’ll adore Rockingham’s beaches. For safe, calm, shallow water swimming and sandy beaches, Rockingham Beach, Palm Beach, Safety Bay, Shoalwater, Warnbro and Port Kennedy are the best places to go. Singleton Beach and Golden Bay in the South are both for surfing and windsurfing. If you have never tried it before, you can learn to stand up paddleboard, wind or kitesurf in ideal, gentle conditions at Safety Bay or take a surfing lesson in the perfect beginner’s waves at Secret Harbour.

DID YOU KNOW Located at the Kent St, Skydive Rockingham is an award-winning adventure tourism company. If you’re feeling brave you can book in and skydive right down onto Rockingham beach, taking in the spectacular surrounds from a whole new perspective!

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Point Peron This beautiful location offers some of the best snorkelling in the region off a limestone headland dotted with reefs, caves and swimthroughs in crystal clear water. Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is an area renowned for its safe calm waters, pristine beaches, and abundance of fish species. There’s also boating, sailing, and fishing either with your own boat or you can hire one! LetsGoKids Western Australia 2017

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Rockingham has an extensive network of dual use paths for cyclists and pedestrians connecting communities, schools, shops, parks and playgrounds. Cycling around Rockingham is the best way to take in the natural beauty of the reigon, and there are many options for cyclists to ride safely, including the superb Perth Bicycle Network paths, shared paths, bicycle lanes and quiet bicycle friendly streets.

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Mandurah’s distance from Perth and easy access by freeway or fast train make it an ideal spot for a day trip or extended holiday. Mandurah and the Peel Region is popular with families as it is well setup with special programs and school holiday options. There are endless possibilities, endless fun, endless things to do with your family and friends. Look for dolphins while cruising the waterways, catch a feed from the estuary or have dinner on the foreshore, swim in the inlet or at one of the beautiful beaches. Visit the carnival, grab a coffee, go shopping, visit a gallery or museum.

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- Mandurah & Peel Region Beautiful unspoilt beaches, inland waterways and river flats mean the landscape has something for everyone and caters to lots of interests and activities so close to Perth, but Mandurah has a distinctly different feel and is the quintessential seaside town. You can hire a boat and cruise the waterways whilst looking for dolphins or bird life (pelicans abound) or cast a line and catch dinner from the estuary to enjoy later on the foreshore with its great playground and facilities. Swim in the inlet or at one of the beautiful beaches or hire a bike and go for an easy (and flat) ride around the town. You can also enjoy a round of Disc Golf at Mandurah’s Halls Park, a free and fun activity for the whole family. If your kids love skateboarding, they will enjoy the skate parks at Halls Park Mandurah and in Jarrahdale, Serpentine and Mundijong.

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Splash! Children’s School Holiday Program. The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre’s Splash! program features performance and activities for children and their families during the School Holidays. From workshops covering circus, photography and dance to themed art and craft activities Mandurah Performing Arts Centre has something for all ages.

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Mandurah & Peel Region At Peel Zoo in Pinjarra, your kids can get close to over 100 species of birds and animals. The Zookeeper 4 A Day even allows them to experience the life of a professional zookeeper. A must for all wildlife enthusiasts from 8 - 16 years.

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Enjoy a 1.5 hour ride in the open air carriages of the Forest Train through the jarrah forest.

If your children love trains, a train ride on Mandurah’s Mini Toot, the children’s sized Tourist Fun Train, or on board the Hotham Valley Tourist Train which will make for a fantastic day trip away from Perth. Based in Dwellingup, the historic Steam Ranger (Sundays from May – October) or the Forest Train will intrigue your children.

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At Trees Adventure in Dwellingup, they can challenge themselves on WA’s first tree ropes course offering 9 different levels and over 20 flying foxes. If they cannot get enough of climbing, head to Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre for some more action.

Discover Alcoa all year round Alcoa offers free tours of its bauxite mines and world class rehabilitation, alumina refineries and worm farm. Contact us to book a seat!

South Yunderup’s Adventurescape, a giant adventure playground, is a great day out for the entire family. Your kids will enjoy climbing atop a 9 metre windmill tower, zipping on a flying fox or playing with Pickles the Pig. When heading to Waroona, take the kids to The Cream Shed where they can watch cows being milked daily at 4pm from April. Photo Courtesy of Tourism WA

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Bright and bustling, the City of Bunbury is WA’s biggest regional city combining country town charm with the attraction of a major regional city. It is located at the south west end of Western Australia along the coastline and is almost completely surrounded by water and with the Indian Ocean at its doorstep, inlets, waterways and canals you can only start to imagine the endless possibilities for activities and attractions based around the water. It is no wonder that Bunbury continues to grow and keep favour as an ideal holiday destination.

The city has often been called the dolphin capital of Western Australia, and for good reason, as these friendly, loveable and graceful mammals make a point of playing with tourists whenever possible. Getting up close to nature has never been easier or more memorable than with the Bottlenose dolphins of Bunbury.

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They regularly visit Koombana Bay where visitors to the Dolphin Discovery Centre (p.40) get a chance to interact with them on the beach. The dolphins mostly visit in the morning and are more regular during the warmer months.

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- Bunbury, Busselton & Margaret River DID YOU KNOW

The Bunbury Wildlife Park (see opposite) is just a few minutes drive from Bunbury’s CBD, and is home to wallabies, kangaroos, wombats, ducks, swans, parrots, owls and several varieties of waterbirds and raptor birds.

The town Margaret River is named after the river, which is presumed to be named after Margaret Whicher, cousin of John Garett Bussell (founder of Busselton) in 1831. Photo Courtesy of Bunbury Wildlife

The seaside towns of Busselton and Dunsborough are nestled along the wide sandy shores of Geographe Bay, protected from the prevailing winds. The calm beaches of the Bay are perfect for swimming, fishing, snorkelling and diving. Just on the western side of Cape Naturaliste, the beachscape changes completely, with Yallingup and Margaret River being world famous for their excellent surf breaks, sandy beaches and hidden coves. These are set against a backdrop of rugged cliffs, rolling green hills and native bush land. It is diverse and beautiful, and is full of things for families to do! Voucher

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South West Calendar of Events 15th December until 23rd Feb Caves House Outdoor Cinema All throughout summer Caves House has movies under the stars - family fun for all! 25th December, 12pm-8pm A Festive Feast at Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Gather the family for a relaxing Christmas Day overlooking blissful Bunker Bay with an indulgent festive menu and a visit from Santa! 29th December, 10am-2pm Fair Harvest Farm Tour & Lunch Enjoy a tour of the farm, seeing how all the permaculture systems work, coming back to the Fair Harvest cafe for a delicious lunch.

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23rd -27th August Cinefest Oz Premiering feature films and events in the region’s cinemas, wineries, small bars and galleries, making it an unforgettable five days! Surf Groms Check website for dates - www.surfgroms.com A nationally available program, encouraging kids to engage in the sport of surfing and stand up paddleboarding.

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26th-29th January, 6pm-12pm The 10th Western Australian Circus Festival - Lunar Circus. A three day event showcasing International and Australian Circus performers, bands and DJ’s. Enjoy the circus workshops and market stalls and camp on site.

12th & 13th February Busselton Jetty Swim The Busselton Jetty Swim is a premier ocean swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty. The Busselton Jetty Swim 2017 event will take place over 2 days with entertainment, activities and family-friendly fun, with the swim taking place on the Sunday morning.

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- Bunbury, Busselton & Margaret River Busselton has a history museum, but its main claim to fame is its timber jetty that is the longest in the Southern Hemisphere and stretches 1.8km.

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WORTH A LOOK! The lookout situated at Marlston Hill (its FREE) gives you a great 360 degree view of the whole town and up and down the coastline. Take your camera and be ready for a good workout as there are 91 steps to the top.

At the beach there is a little jetty with ladders, which people like to walk along or jump off. It is on the left hand side of the grand historic Busselton Jetty and Underwater Observatory

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People come from all over the world to walk along the Busselton Jetty or ride the Jetty Train to the end to check out the awesome Underwater Observatory which showcases Australia’s Greatest Artificial Reef.

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WORTH A LOOK! Whale Watching in the Margaret River Area Each year Humpback and Southern Right Whales make the long journey from Antarctica to the warm pristine waters of the Margaret River region. Flinders Bay in Augusta is the “first port of call” for many whales that come to feed, breed and play from June to September.

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The whole way along the foreshore there is a brilliant wide path; great for bikes, scooters, prams or a leisurely scenic walk. On the left hand side there is a huge car park, with stairs down to the beach, water fountains, BBQ facilities, landscaped gardens, sheltered tables and seating. On busy days you will often find an assortment of food trucks in this area.

From September to December you can watch whales in the north of the Margaret River region in the sheltered Geographe Bay. Endangered Blue Whales have also been spotted here.

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Providing a fantastic range of live theatre and cinema screenings at the Margaret River Cultural and Events Centre.

Next to the carpark there is a large sheltered playground with views of the ocean and more BBQ’s tables, seating and water fountains. Behind the playground is another carpark with an electric charging station and public toilets. There is no shortage of food at the Foreshore; it is home the Goose Café Beach Bar + Kitchen, the Equinox Cafe and two takeaway style counters that sell local produce like Simmo’s and Millers ice cream. On the right hand side of the Busselton Jetty the newest addition to the foreshore has just been built - a huge skate park. There is so much to do at the Foreshore, especially for families, it’s a must visit destination when you are in the area.

Located on the stunning turquoise banks of Geographe Bay, Dunsborough would have to have one of the most tranquil and magnificent locations in the world. Sparkling calm clear water and white sandy Dunsborough beaches are linked to town by lush green grass and shady paths. There is a bustling café atmosphere and plenty of gorgeous boutique shops. Beachfront cycle ways and walking paths turn into a hiking trail through the regional park along the bay. With ideal beaches for swimming it is also a great location for diving, snorkelling, kayaking and other water sports. Out on the most north-western point is the top end of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. This precinct is home to Dunsborough’s working lighthouse, Cape Naturaliste and the starting point of the Cape to Cape Track. Photo Courtesy of Tourism WA

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The quirky, picturesque little town, of Cowaramup is a must visit. The locals call it ‘Cowtown’ and if you like a bit of fun and uniqueness you’ll be in your element here. There are plenty of things to do in Cowaramup. Have your photo taken with the 42 life-sized fibreglass Friesian cows and calves that have taken over the town and wander the streets, parks and shops. Browse (and taste) your way around the village, sample authentic organic wine, delicious fudge, cafés and the locally grown meat and vegetables on offer.

DID YOU KNOW Although small, Cowaramup has proved itself mighty in its attempts at world record breaking. The town has hosted the world’s largest public art event, as well as the world’s largest gathering of people dressed as cows! The residents are serious about their cow theme and even have a birthday event held annually - Deja Moo!!!

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Whilst the region does have a reputation for its wine which mum and dad will love, there is plenty of activities to keep the young ones happy. Xscape at The Cape (p.47) offers lasertag a water playground and ‘a myriad of activities.

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- Bunbury, Busselton & Margaret River The Margaret River region has heaps of interesting kid friendly fun. The kids will love petting and feeding the animals at Sunflowers Farm (see opposite) and the tricky Yallingup Maze is nearby. (See opposite) Amaze ‘N’ Margaret River (p.45) has a brand new challenging mini golf course and also has a hedge maze - Don’t get lost!

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The Arts Centre (p.44) hosts events and movies all year round.

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Shop Strip shops or the Mall or the Market? You choose - Here’s a quick guide! Strip Malls Subiaco - This trendy eating and shopping area is on the train line and only a short walk from the home of the West Coast Eagles’ store and the Fremantle Docker’s store as well. Osborne Park - Lots of megastore outlets situated along Scarborough Beach Rd and of course Innaloo Shopping Centre is nearby. Mount Hawthorn - Lots of trendy, quirky shops for kids and teens on Scarborough Beach Rd. Fremantle - Young girls in particular will love the Pickled Fairy, located behind the Town Hall. The Pickled Fairy (p.24) has the shop assistants dressed as fairies and just going there and looking around is an experience the younger children will talk about for hours. Claremont - Several trendy kid’s clothing options in this expanding up market shopping strip. Suburban Shopping Malls Open Monday-Sunday and Thursday nights. Garden City SC -125 Riseley St, Booragoon www.gardencity.com.au Westfield Innaloo - Ellen Stirling Boulevard, Innaloo. www.westfield.com.au/innaloo Karrinyup - 200 Karringyup Rd www.karringyupcentre.com.au Centro Galleria Morley - Cnr Collier & Walter Rds www.galleriashoppingcentre.com.au Westfield Carousel - 1382 Albany Hwy, Cannington. www.westfield.com.au/carousel Whitford City - Cnr Marmion & Whitfords Ave, Hillarys www.westfield.com.au/whitfordcity Rockingham Shopping Centre - 1 Council Ave www.rockinghamshopping.com.au Centro Mandurah - 330 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah. www.centromandurah.com.au Bunbury Forum - Sandridge Rd, Bunbury www.bunburyforum.com.au DID YOU KNOW

Lakeside Joondalup is Perth’s largest shopping destination, and the only major shopping centre accessible by train. It has Perth’s only H&M, plus Myer, Target, Kmart, Big W, Coles, Woolworths, Supa IGA and Aldi. It also has over 300 specialty retailers, a cinema, two food courts, free WiFi and a number of outdoor restaurants.

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Perth’s fine weather means that markets are everywhere. Here are some better ones! Twilight Hawkers Market - Forrest Pl, Murray St, Perth. Friday nights October til April, 4.30-9.30pm. Live music, buskers and roving entertainment, rustic, tasty food. Fremantle Markets - Henderson St & South Tce 8am-8pm Fri, 8am-6pm Sat and Sun. Public Holidays 8am-6pm. Since 1897 with over 150 stalls of fresh fruit & veg, gourmet foods, local craft, gifts and clothes. www.fremantlemarkets.com.au Kalamunda Village Market - Town Sq. First Sat of each month 8.30am-2.30pm. Over 130 arts/crafts, plants, produce, buskers, music stalls.

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Play Perth and the South West’s sensational weather means the family can spend lots of time enjoying the great outdoors. You can play, walk, run, swim, climb, ride, picnic, get up close and personal with some animals or just sit in the beautiful surroundings and watch the world go by. The city is blessed with a multitude of suburban parks and playgrounds and larger regional parks located right on its doorstep. Here is a selection of our favourite. Kings Park would have to be one of our nation’s best… and its FREE! Pack a picnic or call in and see Roy at Stickybeaks (see opposite), and make a day of it. Climb the DNA tower, check out the views from the Walkway, take the littlies to the Ivey Watson Playground, go back to the age of dinosaurs at Synergy Parkland or try the newly refurbished Saw Avenue adventure playground Kids will love exploring the tunnels and caves and climbing up to the fort at this huge nature based playground. BBQ’s, toilets and pavilions are available. Beeliar Regional Park Located within 10km of Perth City and spanning 3 suburbs is the vast wetlands of 19 different lakes known as Beeliar Regional Park. Families will find picnic and barbecue pavilions dotted throughout the parkland, alongside many different lakeside settings. With linked cycle-ways and walking paths, as well as pretty bridges to cross and a variety of wildlife and birdlife to discover, this is a great place Caversham Wildlife Park gives you a chance to to explore nature on your bikes or get a little meet the koalas up close, feed the kangaroos and grubby exploring the water’s edge. learn about the native animals of Australia. This is one of the best things to do in Perth with littlies. The best part is everything is included in the one price on entry! Yes even photo opportunities and the food to feed the animals! Molly’s farm, on site, has horses, deer and donkeys amongst other animals that children can pet, feed or have their photo taken with. There are shows such as the Wombat and friends which are fabulous. All children will love this park –it is amazing! Do not miss it!

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Play Yellagonga Regional Park starts at Neil Hawkins Park in the heart of Joondalup. See if you can spot kangaroos, local wildlife, native flora and birdlife with a bushwalk along the banks of Lake Joondalup.

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Annie’s Landing Playground This park is great for kids of any age. It has hidden passage ways, tunnels, rope bridges, swings and flying foxes to keep the kids occupied for days. There are gazebos next to the play areas Hyde Park, Nth Perth is an English style park with which makes this park perfect for parties and get lake, treed walkways and water play features. It is togethers. There is also sand pits and swings for also part of the “Wetlands Trail”. the younger ones. This park is a MUST see. Esplanade Park, Fremantle is heaps of fun! The Yokine Playspace open playground is shaded by giant pine trees This play space was designed as an all inclusive and surrounded by a wonderful picnic area. It is park that caters for children of all ages and abiliadjacent to the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour ties with a strong emphasis on exploring different (p.20), and right in the middle of the Fremantle sensory opportunities. This play space has an entertainment area. The space net is awesome!!! Australian wilderness look utilising tree stumps, branches and trees as the main focus for play. There are also traditional forms of play equipment such as swings and slides for your kids to enjoy. Make sure you visit this park to experience something new! Point Walter, Bicton - Has a fantastic river swimming beach, with shady trees, a cafe, and an awesome sand spit to walk along and explore. This is a great playground with lots of big shady trees and brand

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Play Rotary Park in Wanneroo is a state-of-the-art play scape featuring innovative, universal access play equipment suitable for children of all ages and abilities, including a liberty swing for children in wheelchairs. There’s plenty to explore, including an elevated tree walk with viewing and play platforms, swings, slides, a cubby house, space net and climbing frames. There’s also barbeque facilities and grassed areas for sporting activities and picnics. Neil McDougall Park - Manning Remember to bring the kids scooters and bikes to enjoy a walk or ride around the picturesque lake that surrounds this park. There are plenty of BBQs and tables to sit at some snags and enjoy a late afternoon under the trees with family and friends.

Dr Seuss Park - Melville If you and your kids LOVE Dr Seuss this park will be sure to impress. This park is complete with winding paths, rolling bumps, climbing nets, slides, birds nest swings, sand pits and other play equipment using the red and blue Dr Seuss theme. This park would be great for a Dr Seuss themed children’s party with plenty of opportunities for great pictures or it for BBQs and family gatherings.

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RIVERTON LEISUREPLEX

Birthday Parties

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Play Beaches - Aaah - This is what I’m talkin’ about!!! Perth and The South West have some of the most pristine, white sand ocean strips anywhere in the world. The entire city of Perth is within about 30 mins of the coast no matter where you are. This means a swim, a surf, a snorkel, a walk are all possible any time of day (or even after school). But don’t forget to slip, slop, slap and whack on some shades though! Here are some spots to check out: Cottlesloe As good as it gets. Grassy knolls, great view of Rotto, shade, toilets, lifeguards and 600m from train station. Grab an icecream and watch the sunset over Rotto. Scarborough and Trigg Great for surfers. Check out www.stirling.wa.gov. au for beach amphitheatre concert and event timetables. Amenities include toilets, showers, carpark and lifeguard patrolled.

North Fremantle Easy access, great views of shipping lanes & Rotto. Port and Leighton – Perfect for little kids. About 12km south west of CBD and 800km walk from North Fremantle train station. Amenities include: toilets, showers, carpark and lifeguard patrolled. South Beach and Coogee – Good clean swimming beaches. About 20 minutes drivefrom Fremantle. City Beach and Floreat – Swimming and boogie boarding. 10 minutes drive west of the city. Facilities include restaurant, kiosk, toilets, showers, drinking fountain, carpark, lifeguard patrolled, playground, picnic area and a boardwalk linking City Beach to Floreat Beach. Yanchep/Quinns Rocks Almost deserted and beautiful white sand. Mullaloo – Great setting, playground, pub & shop

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Play Hillary’s Boat Harbour – Sheltered with jetty, snorkelling outside. About 20 minutes drive from CBD. Plenty of entertainment as well as the beach: shopping, restaurants, cafes, AQWA (Aquarium of WA), mini golf, trampolines, water park, whale watching, fishing, fun park and school holiday special events on the boardwalk. Rockingham Great foreshore location. Snorkelling in Shoalwater Bay. Mandurah Silver Sands and beside Seashells Resort is best or swim in the estuary!

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Party It’s OK to play indoors too! Here are a few suggestions if the weather does turn nasty and great birthday party ideas too!!! - Rockclimbing at Rockface in Northbridge (voucher p.59) - Rollerskating at Rollerdrome in Morley (voucher p.51) or Rollerzone (voucher.p.59) - Ice skating in Cockburn (p.25) or Xtreme Ice Arena (voucher p.55) - Indoor gaming at Timezone (voucher p.57) - Family Indoor Aquatic Fun at Beatty Park (voucher p.53)

- Bayswater Waves - Fremantle Leisure Centre - Kidz Paradise Indoor Play Centre (p.59) - GinGin Observatory - Chipmunks Whitford Playcentre - Bowling at AMF - Go Bananas! in Joondalup - Riverton Leisureplex (p.52) - Altantis Play Centre in Clarkson - Lollipop’s Playground & Cafe in Jandakot and Bayswater - Arcade gaming at Iplay (p.57)

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Watch Cinemas Small suburban cinemas Cygnet Cinema 16 Preston St, Como 08 9367 1663 Windsor Twin Cinema 98 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands 08 9386 3554 In The Suburbs Cinema Paradiso 164 James St, Northbridge 08 9227 1771 Belmont Cinema Cnr Knutsford Ave & Fulham St, Belmont 08 6272 9900 Rooftop Movies 68 Roe St, Perth 08 9227 6288 Greater Union Innaloo 57 Liege St, Innaloo 08 9446 8222 Ace Cinemas Midland 274 Great Eastern Hwy, Midland 08 9250 2620 Fremantle Hoyts Millennium Collie St, Fremantle 08 9466 4920 Mandurah Reading Mandurah 7 James Service Place, Mandurah 08 9535 2800

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Busselton Busselton Drive-In 500 Bussell Hwy. Broadwater 08 9752 3655 Grand Cinemas: Warwick - 639 Beach Rd 08 9448 3188 Bunbury - 33 Clifton St 08 9791 4418 Armadale - Cnr Jull Street & Third Avenue 08 9399 8999 Currambine - 1244 Marmion Avenue, 08 9304 1022 Joondalup - McLarty Avenue 08 9300 1111 HOYTS: Southlands - 45 Burrendah Blvd, Willetton 08 9466 4940 Megaplex Carousel - 1382 Albany Hwy, Cannington 08 9466 4900 Garden City - Almondbury RD, Booragoon 08 9466 4910 www.hoyts.com.au www.greaterunion.com.au www.readingcinemas.com.au

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Watch So, you’ve had enough playing and now it’s time to kick back, catch a movie, see a show or go along and cheer on one of our great West Australian teams competing at the highest level. We’ve put together the ultimate guide of what’s on, who’s who and when it’s happening.

So, kick back and relax OR stand up and cheer It’s all here!

Perth’s professional teams

How to make contact and how to get there… West Coast Eagles (AFL) westcoasteagles.com.au Patersons Stadium: Train to Subiaco Fremantle Dockers (AFL) fremantlefc.com.au Patersons Stadium: Train to Subiaco Perth Wildcats (NBL) wildcats.com.au Perth Arena: 200m walk from Perth or Perth Underground train station Perth Glory (A League) perthglory.com.au nib Stadium: Train to Claisebrook 300m walk Western Warriors (Cricket) waca.com.au WACA: Any city bus along St. Georges Tce & RED &YELLOW CATS Perth Scorchers (Cricket) - perthscorchers.com.au WACA: Directions as above Western Force (Super Rugby) rugbywa.com.au nib Stadium: Train to Claisebrook 300m walk Perth Heat (Baseball) - web.theabl.com.au Catch train to Thornlie , Walk 13 mins West Coast Fever (Netball) - westcoastfever.com.au Catch bus 28 from CBD, Walk 2 minutes and Perth Arena: 200m walk from Perth or Perth Underground train station

WA Sporting Associations and Venues Little Athletics WA (08) 9388 2339 l 15 Harrogate Street, Leederville Baseball WA 1300 557 353 l 100 Stephenson Ave, Mount Claremont WA Golf Club (08) 9349 1988 l 60 Hayes Avenue, Yokine WA Gymnastics Club (08) 9228 9399 l 99 Loftus Street, Leederville WA Badminton 08 9409 4433 l PO Box 39 madeley WA Netball (08) 9380 3700 l 565 Hay Street, Subaico

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WA Squash (08) 9225 7255 l Fortescue Centre, Terrace Rd WA turf Club (08) 9277 0777 l 70 Grandstand Road, Ascot WA Archery (08) 9248 8585 l PO Box 1048, Morley, WA Hockey Centre (08) 9351 4300 l Hayman Rd, Bentley Kingsway Indoor Sporting Stadium 9408 1920 l 130 Kingsway Madeley WA Cricket Association (8) 9265 7222 l Nelson Crescent East Perth, Gate 2

Rugby WA (08) 9387 0700 l 203 Underwood Avenue WA Royal Life Saving (08) 9383 8200 l McGillivray Rd, Mount Claremont WA Swimming (08) 9328 4599 l 220 Vincent St, North Perth WA Marathon Club 08 9472 4833 l Burswood Water Sport Complex Basketball (08) 6272 0741 l PO Box 185 Floreat

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Watch Perth Scorchers 2016/17 The Furnace Fixture

Perth Heat 2016/17 Baseball Park Thornlie Fixture Round

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vs. Brisbane Bandits vs. Adelaide Bite vs. Canberra Cavalry vs. Sydney Blue Sox vs. Melbourne Aces

West Coast Fever 2017 ANZ Championship Fixture Date

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vs. QLD Firebirds vs. NSW Swifts vs. Lightning vs. Thunderbirds vs. Giants Netball vs. Maggies Netball vs. Vixens

Perth Arena HBF Stadium HBF Stadium Perth Arena HBF Stadium Perth Arena Perth Arena

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vs. Adelaide Strikers vs. Sydney Thunder vs. Brisbane Heat vs. Melbourne Stars

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Western Force 2017 NIB Stadium Fixture Date

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vs. Reds vs. Kings vs. Chiefs vs. Lions vs. Highlanders vs. Reds vs. Hurricanes vs. Rebels vs. Waratahs

7:05pm 2:05pm 7:55pm 7:55pm 5:45pm 5:45pm 7:55pm 7:55pm 7:55pm

NetSetGO is Netball Australia’s only junior entry netball program, developed to provide children from 5 to 10 years with the best possible learning and playing experience to develop a positive introduction to netball. Incorporating skill activities, minor games, music, dance and modified matches, NetSetGO ensures continued participation in a fun and safe environment. With hundreds of centres across WA, there is a program near you.

Register today! Visit www.netballwa.com.au/netsetgo or contact your Netball WA - NetSetGO Coordinator on 9380 3732 62

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Watch West Coast Eagles 2017 Domain Stadium Fixture Round

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vs. St Kilda vs. Sydney Swans vs. Fremantle vs. Western Bulldogs vs. GWS Giants vs. Geelong Cats vs. Melbourne vs. Port Adelaide vs. Fremantle vs. Brisbane Lions vs. Carlton

4:40pm 610pm 6:10pm 6:10pm 2:40pm 6:10pm 5:40pm 2:40pm 2:40pm 2:40pm 5:40pm

Fremantle Dockers 2017 Domain Stadium Fixture Round

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vs. Geelong Cats vs. Western Bulldogs vs. North Melbourne vs. West Coast Eagles vs. Essendon vs. Carlton vs. Collingwood vs. St Kilda vs. West Coast Eagles vs. Hawthorn vs. Gold Coast Suns vs. Richmond

4:40pm 5:40pm 5:40pm 6:10pm 2:40pm 2:40pm 2:40pm 2:40pm 2:40pm 5:40pm 5:40pm 2:40pm

Perth Glory 2016/17 NIB Stadium Fixture

Perth Wildcats 2016/17 Perth Arena Fixture

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vs. Newcastle Jets vs. Sydney vs. Wellington Phoenix vs. Melbourne Victory vs. Newcastle Jets vs. Brisbane Roar vs. Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Sydney vs. Brisbane Roar vs. Melbourne City

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vs. New Zealand vs. Sydney Kings vs. Illawarra Hawks vs. Brisbane Bullets vs. Melbourne United vs. Adelaide 36ers vs. Cairns Taipans vs. Melbourne United vs. Brisbane Bullets vs. Sydney Kings

4:00pm 6:30pm 4:00pm 6:30pm 6:30pm 6:30pm 6:30pm

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Stay Accommodation in Perth is limited for families and we suggest that you book well in advance!

CBD The Metro Hotel and Holiday Inn and Adina have self contained apartments, but our choice for location, FREE parking, pool, being on the CAT route AND huge self contained living space is Mont Clare Apartments (see opposite). We stay here!! North Seashells (p.68) at Scarborough is our pick, as it is right on the beach and is super family friendly. Swan Valley Perth Vineyards Holiday Park and Discovery Park 14km to the city and doorstep of the Valley. Freo Woodman Point and Coogee Beach Holiday Parks. (p.26) Mandurah - The town is all geared up for kids! Quest Apartments (p.27) is right on the canal (bring your boat) and is easy walking distance to town. Ocean Chalets and Mandurah Family Resort have spacious family offerings. Seashells (p.68) is right on the beach and is set up well for families. Bunbury/Busselton/Margaret River - Some awesome family holiday parks close to the beach - Our picks are Koombana Bay Holiday (p.39) Park, Preston Beach Resort, Mandalay, Beachlands and Amblin Holiday Park all have

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fantastic amenities and activities with kids in mind. Taunton Farm (p.46) is away from the beach but the kids will love the animal feeding and old worlde charm with modern facilities.

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Quality time made simple.

Seashells Fremantle Now Open!

Feel right at home with the perfect balance of 4.5 star family comfort and the privacy and freedom of self-contained accommodation. With loads of facilities and located close to great family activities, however you want to spend your quality time together, Seashells provides the perfect seaside escape. The ocean is at your doorstep at our beachfront locations in Mandurah and Scarborough. In Broome, stroll through our lush tropical gardens to Cable Beach or escape to Seashells Yallingup, set amongst 4.5 hectares of heritage gardens that lead to Yallingup Beach. In Fremantle, enjoy the family friendly vibe and attractions, with eclectic creativity on every corner. For more information & great deals, call 1800 800 850 or visit seashells.com.au

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Wot ’s On We are calling the whole family - Kids, mums, dads, sisters, brothers, aunties, uncles, grandmas, grandpas - even you! Western Austraila is alive and happening all year round with family events and activities, shows, movies, concerts and sport. Don’t forget the old favourite - the weekend market!! There is enough to keep everyone entertained - AND best of all - most of them are FREE!!! To keep up to date with everything our advertisers have got going on, head to the “Wot’s On” button on our website at www.letsgokids.com.au and while you’re there, sign up for our great monthly e-newsletter and download our new app.

WEEKLY/MONTHLY Great Valley Rally Every Day The Great Valley Rally is a family car rally adventure exploring the Swan Valley. Designed for families with children aged 5 to 12 years old, the trail begins at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre and takes around three hours to complete. Follow cryptic clues to help find your way along a specific route through the valley. The Visitor Centre closes at 4pm daily. FREE (08) 9207 8899 Thursday

Story Time at Fremantle City Library Storytime is a free session for 2-5 year olds held every Thursday at the Library at 10am. Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and a craft to make and take home. Storys are FREE starting at 10am. 08 9432 9999

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Lego Club - Joondalup Library A fun afternoon of creative Lego construction. For Ages 5 - 12. You are welcome to attend any of the Lego Club sessions, but due to space and lego resource requirements, the attendance will be limited to the first 30 children who arrive for each session. $2.00 per child. 4.00pm - 5.00pm, No bookings required. Joondalup Library 102 Boas Avenue

Friday

Xtreme Ice Arena Disco Grab the friends and family and head along to the ice rink to enjoy some Disco ice skating with a live DJ. There will also be games and giveaways! $16 + $6 skate hire, $10 skating aid hire, 7.30pm - 10pm 15 Chesterfield Rd, Mirrabooka, 9344 4400,www.xtremeice.com.au

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Grandparents Playgroup If you care for your grandchildren this playgroup is an opportunity for you to meet other grandparents who care for their grandchildren and have fun while providing a social developmental opportunity for the children in a friendly, relaxed environment. 1.00 - 2.30pm, 245 South Terrace, South Fremantle, 08 9432 9676

Every Friday (untill 28 Apr 2017)

City of Perth - Twilight Hawkers Market The Twilight Hawkers Market is Perth’s original & biggest Street Food Market bringing the tastiest street food from around the globe to the heart of Perth. Bring the family into town to enjoy the ambiance of this wonderful market with live local music to add to the atmosphere. From 4.30pm – 9.30pm, Forrest Place.

Every Saturday and Sunday

Market Fairies The Market Fairies appear every Saturday from 10am till 1pm, and every Sunday from 11am till 2pm, distributing random acts of kindness, along with face painting and balloon twisting for the little ones. Fremantle Market Lane, Corner South Terrace & Henerson Street, Freemantle Wa Cost: Gold coin donation.

Every Sunday (no market last Sunday Dec)

Stirling Farmer’s Market Bring the family, bring your empty bags and stock up on farm fresh produce. Enjoy the stress-free atmosphere that the outdoor market brings. You will find stalls with fresh seasonal fruit and veg (some organic), artisan bread, eggs, honey, meat and much more. While there, relax with a freshly brewed coffee and crepe or a bacon and egg roll. 7.30am-11.30am, next to the Stirling Council building on Cedric Street.

Every Sunday from Oct 2016 Mar 2017

Sunday Music at Fremantle Arts Centre Get ready for another summer of free music. Enjoy performances by leading local and touring acts every Sunday from October to March in our idyllic Front Garden. The concert series has been going strong for more than 30 years and now attracts an average of 800 music lovers every weekend. FREE, 2-4pm, Front Garden of Fremantle Arts Centre

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Wot ’s On DECEMBER 26 Nov - 4 Dec

Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe A Narnia-like land of forest and snow awaits. Enter and interact with spellbinding characters along the way such as: the Faun, Fairies and of course... Santa! A winter wonderland experience like no other! Family of four $82.60 Tickets are sold through Ticketek, E Shed Markets, Peter Hughes Drive, Fremantle

1 Dec - 15 Jan

Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe Experience the magic of Christmas this festive season as millions of colourful lights illuminate Mandurah’s luxury canal homes and reflect onto the water. Entry Cost: $18 to $33, Address: Mandurah Canals, Port Mandurah. +61 8 9581 1242

1 Dec - 3 Jan

Dark Universe Planetarium Show The Universe is a curious place - more so than we ever imagined. Dark Universe celebrates a new age of cosmic discovery as well as its deepest mysteries. Dark Universe will be on at the planetarium at Scitech. Every half hour, 10:30 am–4:00 pm, except on Wednesdays, when first show begins at 11 am, Hayden Planetarium Space Theater Perth.

1 Dec - 3 Jan

Sesame Street Presents Elmo’s Super Fun Hero Show Elmo and the gang are on a mission. Super Sparkleheart, a cheerful caped visitor, takes the friends on a joyful musical journey to discover the mysterious inner super power that will make every one of them an everyday super hero.Cost: $24 to $54, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, 176 William Street, Beckenham, +61 8 6212 9200

2 Dec - 23 Dec

Santa’s Magical Kingdom - Perth For the very first time this year Santa’s Magical Kingdom will be coming to Perth. The event includes an interactive walk-through adventure land! Meet & greet the original Snow Queen from Hans Christian Anderson. Then there is a 35 minute International Spectacular Christmas Show which stars the most amazing performers and circus acts. There will also be showground rides, a Christmas skating rink, a Christmas craft village and much more. Family ticket $148.50, Perth Crown Pyramid, www.santasmagicalkingdomperth.com.au

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Joondalup Twilight Markets The Twilight Markets will be held on five Friday evenings leading up to Christmas, with stalls selling a range of quality items such as fresh and packaged gourmet food, fashion, jewellery, arts, crafts, homewares and giftwares. There will be live entertainment, roaming performers and exciting new children’s activities each week. 5.30pm - 9.00pm. Central Walk, Joondalup City Centre. 9400 4926

4 Dec

Ocean Ride for MS 2016 The MS Society of Western Australia will once again be hosting its annual Ocean Ride for MS. This is a unique cycling event, following the beautiful coastline from Fremantle to Hillarys. All fitness levels and ages are catered to, with five ride options to choose from, Enter the ride with the family, a group of friends or take on the challenge solo to support Western Australians living with MS. $15-$120pp, 7:00 - 11:00am, Starts at the Esplanade, Fremantle. Finishes at Whitford Nodes, Hillarys. OceanRideForMS.org.au, 6454 3131

4 Dec

Sunday: Perth Makers Market Perth Makers Market is a new market South of the Swan River that makes it’s home at Heathcote Cultural Precinct in Applecross. The goal of Perth Makers Market is to provide a platform for the talented, high quality handmade crafters that call Perth their home in a family focused, friendly location. 9:30am – 3:30pm, 58 Duncraig Rd, Applecross

5 Dec

Froggy’s Fun on the Green Leap into fun with the City of Cockburn’s FREE mobile outdoor play sessions for anyone with young children aged 0 to 5 years. During the play sessions, kids can have fun with play-dough, play equipment and toys. Staff will be on hand to make Froggys a fun day for all, but children will remain the responsibility of parents or carers at all times. 9.30 - 11.30 am, Manning Park, 08 9411 3444

6 Dec

Buster the Fun Bus Buster the Fun Bus is a free parenting support service, which operates throughout the City of Fremantle and offers support, information and resources to parents to enhance their parenting skills. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please leave dogs at home. 9.30 -11.30 Tue Fri please check website for location on the day www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/buster

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Creator’s Corner Crafters Markets A Celebration of Crafters & Crafts at the Creator’s Corner Crafters Markets, Indoors at Thornlie Christian College Multi-purpose Hall, Southern River. Aim to support and promote our Local Crafters. FREE entry. 19 Furley Road, Southern River, www.CreatorsCornerPerth.com

31 Dec

Streets Happy Zoo Year Head to Perth Zoo this New Year Eve for a wild kid’s night out. Packed with roving entertainment just for the kids. Enjoy live stage shows starring Peter Pan, Hoot and Hootabelle and The Lorax. Set up your picnic on the main lawn, visit your favourite animals and count in the New Year! Cost: Starting from $14.25 and infants get in free! 5 – 9pm, perthzoo.wa.gov.au

31 Dec

New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Rottnest Island End the year with a shimmering, sparkling bang as Rottnest Island hosts a Fireworks display over stunning Thomson Bay. Setting off at 9pm, Address: Rottnest Island , Thomson Bay, Rottnest Island,

JANUARY 2017 4th Jan 2017 25th Feb 2017

Live in the Amphitheatre An eight week program of outdoor cinema. With movie titles featuring a mix of classic, blockbuster and family friendly films there’s something for everyone. Held under the stars in the City of Wanneroo’s own Jacaranda Amphitheatre, head down early with a picnic then sit back and enjoy the sunset before the screening starts. Screenings are FREE, however, tickets are essential. Jacaranda Amphitheatre - Civic Centre, 23 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo

6 - 25 Jan

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Dare to adventure to the bottom of the sea at Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium coming to Perth’s State Theatre Centre of WA from. Deep below the surface, submerged below time, swam some of the world’s most amazing prehistoric marine reptiles.. Family of 4 ticket - $80, tickets availible via Ticketek.

26 Jan

Australia Day with City of South Perth The Celebration Zone kicks off in the afternoon, a smoke and alcohol free zone packed with free activities, rides and entertainment for all ages. The Celebration Zone attracts families, youth and seniors from a wide range of demographics and offers plenty of rides, activities and cultural group performances. In the evening, all eyes turn to the beautiful Swan River as the City of Perth Skyworks light up the night sky. 9474 0777

FEBRUARY 2017 11 - 12 Feb

Sunsmart Busselton Jetty Swim The 2017 event will be held over two days, with activities and family entertainment for everyone. The swim itself will take place on the Sunday morning.  Busselton Foreshore, +61 8 9752 1360

19 Feb

Sunshine Beach Run 2017 Walk or run 1km, 3km or 5km in Perth’s only beach based fun run this Summer to support Red Nose education and counselling services for Western Australian families dealing with the sudden and unexpected death of a child as a result of stillbirth, miscarriage or SIDS. www.sunshinebeachrun.com.au, 0439 511 338

FEBRUARY 2017 26 Feb - 27 Mar

MARCH 2017 4 March

Play School live in Concert - Prince of Bears These popular Play School live shows are specially designed to delight pre-schoolers and parents alike. The concert features songs, games and stories, presented by two Play School presenters, along with the real stars of the show the toys. There is lots of audience participation. All tickets $19.80 after pre sale, Under 12 months of age go FREE, Billanook College Auditorium,1300 788 028 Retro Rewind Set in the beautiful surrounds of Yanchep National Park, Retro Rewind showcases the classics of days gone by featuring music from a toe-tapping era, attractions which include a vintage hot rods display as well as workshops and activities designed to celebrate the beauty of everything retro. There will be some great activities for kids such as hoolahooping and skipping, bouncing castle, face painting, dancing, shopping at the man retro stalls and much more. FREE, 1pm - 5pm, www.facebook.com/CityofWanneroo

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Wot ’s On APRIL 2017 1- 2 Apr

The Rottnest Festival of Sail Rottnest Festival of Sail is one of the biggest and most anticipated sailing events on the yachting calendar. Cash and other great prizes and giveaways will be made for all categories of sailing. Hundreds of yachtsmen and women, plus their families will visit the Rottnest for a weekend of sailing and social activities. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club

8 - 12 Apr

Peppa Pig Playdate Peppa Pig is coming to Australia in a brand new super-sized interactive experience, Guests can sit down to watch a live musical show starring Peppa Pig and George Pig. everyone will be able to sing, dance and clap along to the song. After the show, guests can visit Danny Dog in the music room to play musical instruments. Families will be able to have their photo taken with Peppa Pig watch a magic show and play duck-duck- goose! Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, www.lifeliketouring.com/playdate

14 - 17 Apr

Fremantle Street Arts Festival Australia’s biggest and best street arts festival brings performers from around the globe to the streets of the port city for three full days over the Easter long weekend. Showcasing the world of busking, street theatre, comedy, circus and lots more, get involved in the action and witness world-class acts right on your doorstep. Fremantle Market Street

21-24 Apr

Fairbridge Festival An annual family-friendly celebration of folk and world music in a traffic-free, self-contained rural village with something for everyone. Almost 100 acts will entertain you on this amazing magical escape from our everyday lives. Don’t miss out on WA’s best kept secret, that has been a firm favourite for over 20 years - all just 5 km north of Pinjarra and only an hour’s drive from central Perth. Come for the day or camp for the three-day weekend! Fairbridge Village, South West Highway, Pinjarra, (09) 9531 2854

28 - 29 Apr

Paw Patrol Live - Race to the Rescue An action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure. PAW Patrol Live shows that ‘no job is too big, no pup is too small’ and shares lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as the characters each use their unique skills and teamwork.The show includes two acts and an intermission. Tickets from $30 available from ticketek.com.au

MAY 2017 3 - 4 Jun

Pinjarra Festival This festival celebrates Murray’s distinctive rural history and lifestyle, parading local arts, crafts, produce and recreational activities significant to the region. The festival boasts an entertainment line-up of headlining acts that will entice all ages, as well as an array of musicians, market stalls, amusement rides and children’s activities. Edenvale Homestead Corner of George and Henry Streets, Pinjarra, Western

5 May

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone In Concert The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans across the globe. This concert will feature WASO performing every note from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the Orchestra perform John Williams’ memorable score. 7:30pm, 21 Mounts Bay Road, City, Perth,

JUNE 2017 2 -5 Jun

Disney On Ice presents Frozen Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond imagination when Disney On Ice presents Frozen. The heart-warming Academy Award winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into Perth Arena

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ENJOY FAMILY FUN EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR

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DISCOVER ALL THE SECRETS OF WHITEMAN PARK, FROM BUSH WALKS TO BUS RIDES AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

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14 kilometres of shared-use paths A range of speciality shops Caversham Wildlife Park Motor Museum of WA Tractor Museum of WA Revolutions Transport Museum Nocturnal Woylie Walks of Woodland Reserve

For more information on this diverse tourist attraction contact 08 9209 6000 or visit www.whitemanpark.com.au

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