Perth is a wonderful city and offers great opportunities to its visitors to explore and discover it. Check out the following places and enjoy your stay!
Kings Park, Botanic Garden & Swan River
Rising above the Swan River on the city's western flank, the 400-hectare bush-filled expanse of Kings Park is Perth's pride and joy. At the park's heart is the 17-hectare Botanic Garden, containing over 2000 plant species indigenous to Western Australia.
The Noongar people knew this area as Kaarta Gar-up and used it for thousands of years for hunting, food gathering, ceremonies, teaching and tool-making. A freshwater spring at the base of the escarpment, which was knew as Goonininup and is now called Kennedy Fountain, was a home of the Wargal, mystical snake-like creatures that created the Swan River and other waterways.
Fraser Avenue Lookout
The main road leading into the park, Fraser Ave, is lined with towering lemon-scented gums that are dramatically lit at night. At its culmination are the State War Memorial, a cafe, a gift shop, Fraser's restaurant and the Kings Park Visitor Centre.
Western Australian Museum - Maritime
Housed in an intriguing sail-shaped building on the harbour, just west of the city centre, the Maritime museum is a fascinating exploration of WA's relationship with the ocean. Well-presented displays range from yacht racing to Aboriginal fish traps and the sandalwood trade.
If you're not claustrophobic, take an hour-long tour of the submarine HMAS Ovens . The vessel was part of the Australian Navy's fleet from 1969 to 1997. Tours leave every half-hour from 10am to 3.30pm.
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Founded in 1895, this excellent gallery houses the state's pre-eminent art collection. It contains important post-WWII works by Australian luminaries such as Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker, Grace Cossington Smith, Russell Drysdale, Arthur Streeton and Sidney Nolan. Check the website for a changing array of free tours run most days at 11am and 1pm.
The Indigenous galleries are also very well regarded.
The Perth Zoo is a 17 ha zoo that opened in 1898 in South Perth, Western Australia. As of January 2011, it is home to 1258 animals of 164 species and includes an extensive botanical collection.
St. Mary's Cathedral
St Mary's Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, and seat of its Archbishop, currently Timothy Costelloe.
Officially named the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the cathedral is located at the peak of a hill in East Perth, at the centre of Victoria Square in Western Australia.
South Perth Foreshore
The South Perth Foreshore (SPF) is an extensive area of public open space that occupies approximately 62 hectares of Swan River foreshore land.
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (pica)
The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) is one of Australia's leading centres for the development and presentation of contemporary art.
Housed in a large and striking heritage building in the heart of Perth, Western Australia, PICA is the city’s focal point for those wishing to experience the best of Australian and international visual, performance and interdisciplinary art.
St. George's Cathedral
In the heart of Perth’s heritage precinct is a magnificent English Gothic Revival building, St George’s Cathedral.
Consecrated in 1888, St George's Cathedral stands as a monument to the pioneers who constructed it from a mix of imported and local materials, including handmade bricks. The Cathedral contains numerous icons, stained glass windows and memorials, including the Villers-Bretonneux Cross, hewn by soldiers after the famous WWI battle in northern France.
The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower is one of Perth's most unique and must see tourist attractions located on Riverside Drive overlooking the picturesque Swan River. Filled with fascinating historic content and boasting a unique and distinctive design - resulting from major architectural competition - it has become an icon for Perth and Western Australia.
Western Australia’s Cuisine
Australian cuisine refers to its indigenous and colonial societies. Indigenous Australians have occupied these lands for some 40,000–60,000 years, during which time they developed a unique hunter-gatherer diet, known as "bush tucker", drawn from regional Australian flora and fauna—such as the kangaroo.
Australia was, from 1788 to 1900, a collection of British colonies in which culinary tastes were strongly influenced by British and Irish traditions - and agricultural products such as beef cattle, sheep and wheat became staples in the Australian diet.
Post-war Australia's multicultural immigration program lead to a diversification of the cuisine of Australia, particularly under the influence of Mediterranean and East Asian migrants.
Being one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, it’s no surprise that Western Australia produces such a profusion of fresh local flavours, succulent seafood, world-class wines and highly prized black truffles.
Perth City’s food scene continues to explode with new bars, cafes and restaurants opening on a regular basis. It is home to award-winning restaurants and top chefs with personalities such as Jamie Oliver and Matt Stone opening establishments that have placed Western Australia’s food and drink scene on the international radar.
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