5 Best Wheelchair Accessible Activities for Kids in Perth

Sometimes a family day out is just the ticket. Whether you’re looking to educate, amaze, unwind, or just get out of the house – we have a handy list of Perth’s best wheelchair accessible activities for kids, freshly curated for 2024.

Even better, we have a special discount offer for some of these wheelchair accessible venues. Through the Entertainment app, Wheels for Hope has started a fundraising initiative which can help you get up to 50% off family friendly dining, shopping, activities and more right here in Perth!

To access Entertainment App offers:

  • Join Entertainment through the Wheels for Hope fundraising page.
  • Download the app and find fun activities on offer near you.
  • When you’re buying tickets at a location, open the app and show staff the unique Redeem Now code.
  • They will apply your deal – done!

Wheels for Hope receives a percentage of every membership sold through our fundraising page, so remember to use our link when signing up! It’s a win-win situation; you get great deals on local wheelchair friendly activities, while supporting Wheels for Hope’s mobility mission.

1.    AQWA (Aquarium of Western Australia)

Hillarys Boat Harbour

Discounted entry – 25% off for up to 4 people when redeemed in app

Who doesn’t love a good visit to the aquarium?

With a range of underwater vistas representing over 12,000km of coastline, you can see the sights under the sea in just one day at AQWA. From the Perth Coast exhibit to the tropical Coral & Far North Coast zone, you and your family can take your time exploring the beautiful biodiversity of WA’s sealife.

Sharks, stingrays, turtles, and living coral exhibitions galore!

Accessibility at AQWA:

Hillarys Boat Harbour as a complex has been designed to be accessible to all, including the beach and outdoor facilities. There is designated disabled parking at Hillarys, though they advise getting there early to avoid missing out due to popularity. For AQWA itself:

  • Ramped wheelchair access to entry / exit
  • Accessible parking
  • Unisex accessible bathroom
  • Shipwreck Coast aquarium lift access
  • Marina Bay aquarium accessible (staff must open access gate)
  • Complimentary wheelchairs available at reception

Nearby Hillarys beach, set in the Harbour itself, is another easily accessible space. To save a few dollars on the outing you can also bring your own food for a picnic, and enjoy some fresh sea air to round out the day.

2.    Riverton Leisureplex

67 Riley Rd, Riverton

Buy one casual swim visit, get one free when redeemed in app

This one’s for the water babies! Riverton Leisureplex is a watery wonder for all ages, whether you visit for laps or to check out the leisure pool. There’s also an interactive beach-style pool with a rapid river, and a safe baby pool.

Even more exciting for kids, they have Support Slides sessions where those living with a disability can access and use the waterslide. Your support person will enter for free.

Accessbility at the Leisureplex:

Riverton Leisureplex has one of only two Poolpods in WA. A Poolpod is a state-of-the-art system for universal pool access. This platform lift allows users to either sit in a submersible wheelchair or stand while being lowered to a comfortable depth.

  • Accessible parking & level access from car parks to main entrance
  • Wheelchair access to pools
  • Pool access options: Stairs, beach entry or ramp
  • Pool chair available
  • Portable hoists for pool entry available
  • Poolpod available
  • Accessible drinking fountains
  • Free entry for support person or carer

These accessibility features are free with any valid entry.

3.    Scitech At the Discovery Centre

City West Centre

Interactive exhibits and live shows at the Chevron Science Theatre and Puppet Theatre – this is science at its most entertaining! Scitech has spent 35 years encouraging curiosity and a love of STEM in people of all ages.

There’s so much for kids to see at Scitech. Visit the Planetarium and take little scientists on a 10-minute journey through the solar system or see the mysteries of science unfold before your eyes with interactive live performances… The kids will be talking about this one for a while!

Accessibility at Scitech:

  • ACROD parking
  • Escalator and lift access
  • Accessible bathrooms
  • Wheelchair accessible theatres
  • Floorplan allows for a continuous path of travel
  • Exhibits are designed with the aim to provide for adequate forward reach and clearance under any tables, benches and basins for wheelchair users
  • Carers with a valid Companion Card are entitled to free admission

4.    Perth Zoo

South Perth

This one’s a no-brainer. What better way to keep the kids entertained than to go to the zoo? Open every day from 9am to 5pm, Perth Zoo has everything from an Aussie Bushwalk to a Rainforest Retreat and the African Savannah. BYO food for a picnic or dine at the onsite café.

If you haven’t visited the playground at the zoo yet, it’s a must! There is a fun wheelchair accessible trampoline and a raised sandpit table kids will love.

Accessibility at the Zoo:

  • ACROD parking
  • Mobility equipment available: Mobility scooter and wheelchair hire on site
  • No-cost admission to carers with a Companion Card
  • Accessible toilets
  • Three charging stations which have USB charging capabilities for wheelchairs (BYO cable)

There is an accessibility map available which notes any steep hills or manual doors, as well as toilets, drinking fountains and facilities which are more easily accessible for people with disabilities.

5.    Pia’s Place

Whiteman Park

Designed to allow all children to play and explore, wheelchair friendly Pia’s Place has something for everyone. With accessible harness swings, sand play tables, a café and plenty of spaces for everyone to sit, this beautiful nature-based, inclusive sensory play park is free to use and open from 8.30am to 6.00pm daily.

The whole family can enjoy the gorgeous nature setting typical of Western Australia – it’s not quite the sprawling bushland of Kings Park, but still has a beautifully tranquil feel for a day out. Kids will love the chance for sensory play – you might have a hard time rounding up the crew to leave!

Accessibility at Pia’s Place:

  • ACROD parking bays
  • Accessible barbeques, drinking water fountains and pathways
  • World-class Changing Place’s facility
  • Accessible play for all abilities

Enjoying Perth’s wheelchair accessible amenities

Getting the balance between fun, new activities and activities that don’t cost a bob can be tricky – luckily there is plenty to choose from in Perth. 

Read more: 6 of Perth’s Best Wheelchair Friendly Trails

You can see more low cost options in our cheap wheelchair-friendly activities in Perth blog, or find more deals via the Entertainment app for cafes, theatre, and more.

There’s plenty of great wheelchair friendly options in our beautiful city, whether you want to hit up the scenic Perth hills, see the stunning beaches, or stay city-side with easy access facilities.

Note: Some venues on the app are not explicit regarding accessibility, so it may be worth calling ahead to double check that they are fully wheelchair accessible.

Our mission: Changing lives for Perth families

Wheels for Hope is a not for profit organisation helping give the gift of mobility to people with a disability in Perth, WA. We are passionate about helping families in Perth overcome mobility challenges by having access to our fleet of wheelchair accessible vehicles.

We love finding new places to share with our community – keep an eye out for more!