Though Perth is often underestimated and forgotten by those visiting Australia, it is a capital bathed in sunshine, exceptional weather, and bountiful sights, both man-made and natural. With places like the Swan River Valley, beaches, desert, and mountains, Perth is a destination that brims with things to do and is one of the must see places to go in Australia. Here are some of the best attractions in Perth, Australia to add to your travel itinerary:
One of the largest city parks in the entire world, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is where Perth residences and tourists spend hours in nature. There are over 1,000 acres of ground covered in indigenous plant life as well as species from Africa and America. From the top of Mount Eliza, you can see an astounding view of the Perth CBD area. Or, if you’re not afraid of heights, you can walk along the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, which is suspended above a grove of eucalyptus trees.
You can easily access a number of beaches in and around Perth using the train and bus system, but out of all the beaches to choose from, Cottesloe is must. Despite being one of the most popular beaches in Perth, the area is laid-back, residential, and impeccably serene. The clear waters, awesome cafes, rocky outcrops, and nooks are perfect for people of all ages. If you end your day at the beach with a sunset over the Indian Ocean, you are in for a treat.
If you are looking for unique things to do in Perth, then this is it. The Perth Mint is one of the oldest mints in the world and offers the rare opportunity to see gold getting processed. Other parts of the tour include learning about the gold rush of Western Australia and watching the pouring of melted gold. At the souvenir shop, you can purchase nuggets and exclusive coinage. There’s also a cafe that serves Devonshire tea.
Though not exactly within Perth, Fremantle is easily reachable by ferry, train, bus, or car. Here, you can stay overnight at the famous Fremantle Prison and check out the Fremantle Markets. The markets are renowned for an extensive selection of goods ranging from food to clothing and Aboriginal artwork. Events are held throughout the year. You can also go to the Esplanade and the Sky Ride Ferris Wheel. For those who love nightlife, Fremantle also has incredible bars and clubs to check out.
Children and adults alike will love this top-rated attraction in Perth. The Perth Zoo has been in operation since 1898, delighting lovers of wildlife for centuries. There’s a number of habitats, including Wetlands, Asian Rainforest, and African Savannah. For kids, there’s a bunch of educational shows and programs. Once you’ve spent time at the zoo, you can also visit the nearby South Perth Foreshore or Milyu Nature Reserve.
Perth is a friendly, delightful location in Western Australia full of smiles and things to do. Whether you are looking for natural wonders or urban amusements, there is always something to find.
By Eri Dansa