Perth, the thriving capital of Western Australia, is one of the most isolated cities in the world. Despite its isolated feel, Perth offers its visitors with beautiful white sand beaches, acres of natural parks, breathtaking beauty and a myriad of sights and attractions. The picturesque Swan River flows through the heart of the city and offers more than enough activities to choose from. Here is a list of what OROGOLD considers some of the best things to do in Perth.
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Kings Park & Botanic Garden is a 400 hectare bush filled property that is considered to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in Perth. It is an ideal place for those wanting to enjoy a beautiful picnic or exciting outdoor activities. Kings Park & Botanic Garden is always filled with joggers, and walkers and its wonderful riverside views are definitely worth a watch. At the heart of the property is the 17 hectare Botanic Garden that is home to more than 2000 species of plants that are indigenous to Western Australia. While at the Kings Park & Botanic Garden, don’t forget to check out the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, a 620m path which passes through the gardens and includes a beautiful glass and steel bridge. The best time to visit the Kings Park & Botanic Garden is during the spring season because of its impressive wildflower display.
Penguin Island is located in the popular Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. This beautiful marine park is located at a distance of 45 minutes to the south of Perth. Penguin Island is an exciting place for wildlife lovers because it offers them with access to all sorts of sea animals such as stingrays, sea lions, pelicans, dolphins and ospreys. The place is also home to the largest population of penguins in Western Australia. Penguin Island offers exciting swimming, snorkeling and shopping opportunities and it is an ideal spot to check out coastal scenery.
Art Gallery of Western Australia
The Art Gallery of Western Australia was founded in the year 1895. It is famous for its spectacular art exhibits that contain major post World War II artworks from popular Australian artists such as Albert Tucker, Russell Drysdale, Arthur Boyd, Arthur Streeton and Grace Cossington Smith. However, the main charms of the Art Gallery of Western Australia are its indigenous galleries. The Western Australia Indigenous Art Awards entries are also displayed at the gallery between the months of August – December.
Swan River is popular as the city’s favorite playground. This stunning waterway winds its way through the heart of the city, all the way from Darling Scarp to Fremantle. The Swan River offers a number of outdoor activities such as paddling, fishing, swimming, picnicking and skiing and it is particularly famous for its exotic views.
The Fremantle Prison along with its 5m walls occupy a 6 hectare property and enjoy the popularity of being the star tourist attraction in Perth. Fremantle is completely dominated by this old age prison and its tales of hardship and adventure attract tourists from all over the world. The Fremantle Prison was accorded a place in the UNESCO World Heritage List in the year 2010 along with 10 other penal buildings in the area. Tours of the Fremantle Prison last for 1 hour 15 minutes and every second spent in the property is about as fascinating as it gets in Perth. While visiting the prison, don’t forget to check out the men’s cells, solitary confinement cells, exercise areas, whipping post and the gallows.
Rottnest Island is popular among tourists who wish to enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities while in Perth. Some of the main delights of Rottnest Island include swimming in one of its many paradise like white sand beaches, snorkeling, exploring the coastlines by bicycles and touring the ancient lighthouse of the island.
Scarborough Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the city of Perth. The beach is particularly famous for its exciting surfing opportunities and it manages to attract all sorts of tourists. The beautiful white sands, delightful atmosphere and sexy people simply add to its aura. The beach is also home to a number of amazing cocktail bars that offer you with all sorts of cocktails and drinks.
The Perth Zoo is a major attraction for families visiting Perth. This 1.7 million sq. m. zoo is home to more than 1200 animals that encompass over 160 different species. The zoo dates back to the year 1898 and it attracts millions of tourists each year. One of the most exciting exhibits at the zoo include the Australian Bushwalk section that offers tourists with a great insight into the Australia’s wildlife. Other sections worth checking out include the Australian Wetlands Section, Reptile Encounter Section, Penguin Plunge, African Savannah, Americas Section and the Asian Rainforest. Some of the most famous residents of the zoo are Tasmanian devils, local birds, penguins, rhinos, baboons, Galapagos tortoises, macaws, orangutans, Komodo dragons and Asian elephants.