How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Perth offers child and day care centers throughout the metropolitan suburbs. All major department stores and shopping complexes feature facilities for babies and younger children, such as diaper changing and feeding rooms. All suburbs have maintained parks or playgrounds for children. Kings Park is a very large park overlooking the city and Swan River and has various playgrounds and activities for children.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
The Yellow Pages phone book offers a comprehensive list of childcare centers, family day care and kindergartens under "Child Care Centers".
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Perth is a safe environment for children, though it is recommended that you speak to your local school to determine if there are any concerns specific to your area. Bike helmets are compulsory when riding a bicycle at any age and normal supervision of children is required.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Perth Zoo, movie theatres, Western Australian Museum, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Scitech Discovery Center, Adventure World. A day trip to Rottnest Island is a great day out. There are also water theme parks that are very popular in summer.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Schools provide after-school activities, such as sporting events, arts and drama classes. Perth weather provides the perfect environment for outdoor lifestyles in the warmer months and a favorite pastime is going to the beach or local pool.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
The drinking age is 18.
Driving age: you can apply for a learner's permit at 16 and a driver's license at 17.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Youth groups such as the Scouts or Girl Guides are popular, as are church groups and supervised youth discos.
I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?
- Festival of Perth - a yearly event that provides attractions for all ages
- Australia Day Fireworks display - end of every January around the Swan River
- Tumbulgum Farm - see life on a farm, with demonstrations on sheep mustering, shearing and an Aboriginal Cultural Show.
- Caversham Wildlife Park - view Australian native animals
- AQWA - the Aquarium of Western Australia; view marine life and live coral displays