The Best Things To Do In Perth
Located in Western Australia, Perth is one of the most unique destinations in the country. Combining scenic parks with picture-perfect beaches and plenty of sunshine all year long, it’s no wonder why locals and visitors alike flock to Perth for a variety of activities and experiences. Whether you want to get outdoors and explore the surrounding area or you prefer to indulge in many of the cities amenities and attractions, Perth has something to offer all ages and interest levels.
Perth Airport is only a 35 minute ride away from the city centre and is open to international flights from around the world. Once you’ve arrived in the city, there are endless opportunities and things to add to your itinerary. First and foremost one of the highly recommended activities is to head down to Cottesloe Beach for a day of swimming and relaxing in the gorgeous Indian Ocean. Are you interested in creating a day trip or want to get out and explore the various points of interest surrounding Perth? One must-see activity during your stay in this Western Australian city is a trip to Rottnest Island, which is a car-free destination that features spotless beaches, tropical fish and plenty of historical architecture. When you’re ready to get away from city life, Rottnest Island is the perfect antidote for stress.
Of course, you don’t need to head out to Rottnest Island to enjoy spectacular beaches, because Perth has quite a few of its own. Trigg Beach has family-friendly amenities, such as a playground, while North Beach has rock pools that are perfect for exploring. If snorkeling is a thing that you love to do, Mettams Pool has a reef and plenty of tropical fish. While Perth, just like many Australian destinations, is popular for its beaches and pristine waters, it also has many interesting neighbourhoods and historic streets to explore. Head over to Northbridge for a selection of street art and barhopping options — there’s even a speakeasy that requires a password for entry, called Sneaky Tony’s!
Finally take a moment to experience culture and history by visiting the Perth Cultural Centre, which highlights artwork from the indigenous Aboriginals and plenty of contemporary pieces.
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The Pinnacles are limestone outcrops that stand above the desert, just a short day trip from Perth into the harsher environment of Western Australia. It’s a great way to see an alternate Australian landscape without straying too far from the bright lights of the city! Explore them and then head to Hangover Bay to search for native animals in the park, which has BBQs available.
Caversham Wildlife Park
Any visit to Perth really needs to include a visit to Caversham Wildlife Park. This unique experience combines meeting a wide variety of Australia’s native animals, with the experience of a working farm. Meet the koalas, feed the kangaroos, and visit the wombats. Stroll over to the Farm Show to watch the sheep shearing; you can even have a go at milking a cow!
Just a short ferry ride from the coast; Rottnest Island sits off the shores of Perth and is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. Take a day to relax, go swimming, try snorkelling, or explore the island by bike or foot. And be sure to keep an eye out for the “Quokkas;” the islands incredibly cute, native inhabitants!
Art Gallery of Western Australia
While Perth has a reputation as a wild city, it also has a long history of developing the arts. The Art Gallery of Western Australia was established in 1895 and collaborates with some of the world’s most famous galleries (such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York) to regularly show new exhibitions. Its focus is on art from Australia and the Indian Ocean Rim. Take the time to see another side of Perth!
Perth Cultural Center
The Perth Cultural Center is a one-stop-shop to see, enjoy and absorb the historical and contemporary cultural activities of Western Australia. There are regular events, and collections always on display. The Center is a wonderful place to learn about the rich indigenous culture of Western Australia, and see contemporary arts on display.
Perth grew up around the Swan River, which divides the north and south of the city. It flows for around 60 kilometres and is fed by a handful of rivers, upstream. Take a stroll along the many walkways and parklands that follow its path, or join a cruise to relax and explore Perth at a more leisurely pace. If you want excitement try the Jet Boats or parasailing!
Saint George’s Cathedral
Saint George’s Cathedral is part of the Anglican diocese of Perth and holds regular services. The Cathedral is a special venue for weddings and welcomes all people to respectfully visit this beautiful building in the heart of Perth’s city. Perth’s main road, St George’s Terrace, was named after this cathedral.
Wave Rock is a four-hour drive from Perth, and a popular daytrip to get out of the city. As you travel to Hyden, you will experience the changing environment and get a feel for the diversity of Western Australia’s climate. Wave Rock is spectacular; 14 metres high and 110 metres long, this granite wave towers over you with its beautiful yellow and red colours spreading through the sky. Pick the right time of year, and the wild flowers will abound – an extra special treat for those lucky enough to see them!
Freestylin’ Fremantle (‘Freo’) is Perth’s laid-back little sister, an alternative, relaxed port city of cafes, funky shops, pastel-hued pubs and yachtie ambiance. Popular walking trails wend their way through town, focusing on Fremantle’s attractive pubs and heritage gold-rush-era buildings, with their Victorian stained-glass windows, balconies and columns.
Margaret River is Western Australia’s food, wine, surfing and leisure playground. It’s also one of the most scenic and lush regions in the state, graced with a mix of coast, forest, vineyards and farmland. Superb wines are grown in these parts, and vineyard visits for wine tastings and meals at winery restaurants are some of the most popular pursuits.
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