The isolated capital city of Perth is sometimes overlooked by people visiting Australia. Some people prefer Sydney because of the Opera House and the famed Bondi Beach, and others head to Melbourne for the Luna Park and Botanic Gardens.
However, Perth is well worth a visit, as there is much to do while on vacation here. You are spoiled for choice for places to stay, and getting around is easy if you opt for the car hire located in Perth’s CBD.
So, let’s take a look at just a few of the tourist attractions that await you in this sun-soaked city.
#1: Visit Perth’s beaches
Sun, sand, and sea lovers have a lot to choose from when visiting Perth. There are loads of beaches in and around the city, including City Beach which is a popular family destination, Scarborough Beach for those who enjoy a spot of surfing, and Rottnest Island for those who want a little bit of quiet seclusion. There are too many to mention, but check out this beach guide for some more notable examples.
#2: Spend a day at Perth Zoo
Perth Zoo is enduringly popular and has been delighting wildlife lovers since 1898. This is the place where international visitors can get an up-close and personal look at the best wildlife Australia has to offer, including wallabies, wombats, kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils. There is much you can do here, from feeding the giraffes to taking in an elephant show, so check the official website if you want to find out more.
#3: Tour the galleries and museums
Expand your mind by visiting some of the best galleries and museums that Perth has to offer. Art lovers should definitely want to check out the Art Gallery of Western Australia (located in the Perth Cultural Center), as it contains an excellent array of modern and traditional indigenous art, alongside pieces by some of Australia’s most notable artists. If you have kids in tow, you might want to visit Scitech, which is an interactive science and maths museum (more fun than it sounds), with puppet shows, planetarium movies, and lots of hands-on activities for young and old alike. And for those interested in aviation, there is the Aviation Heritage Museum that features aircraft from as far back as WW2. These are just a few examples, but a Google search will bring up more.
#4: Stroll through Kings Park and Botanic Garden
This oasis of peace is located near the heart of the city and is considered to be one of the largest inner-city parks in the world. There are 1000 acres to explore, with a diverse array of native plants and local wildlife, and there are some stunning views to be had of the nearby Swan River. You can wander through the treetops, climb Mount Eliza, and rest at the park’s beautiful water garden. There are shops and galleries too, play areas for the kids, and lots of places for romantic walks with your loved one. You don’t need to travel to the outskirts of Australia for scenes of natural beauty, as you can find most of what you need within this beautiful park and gardens.
So, if you’re planning on visiting Australia at some point in your lifetime, we recommend Perth. We have barely scratched the surface here, so take a deeper look online to find out about more what this great city has to offer you.