Officially Australia’s sunniest city and consistently one of the most liveable cities in the world, Perth is a beautiful coming together of modern comforts and a laidback lifestyle. However, there’s much more to the west coast capital than sunshine and skyscrapers. Apart from big city attractions, Perth is also a great playground for outdoor adventures. From Rottnest Island to Swan Valley, The Perth Mint and Kings Park, here are the best places to visit in Perth.
1. Kings Park and Botanic Garden
The popular Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a magnificent city garden and one of the best places to visit in Perth. It overlooks Swan River, Canning River and offers visitors the sight of the Darling Ranges, Perth Water, and the city’s skyline. One of the top things to do here? Wander through the treetops on the Lotterywest Federation Walkway! Suspended in a canopy of eucalyptus trees, the walkway measures 620 meters and affords you spectacular city views. Other highlights include an acacia garden, a water garden, as well as the peaceful Place of Reflection
2. Swan River
Swan River runs through the city of Perth, and one of the best ways to soak it up is to hop on a river cruise. Go to the historic port of Fremantle or cruise upriver to the fertile shores of the Swan Valley (more on this next!) Most ferries and river cruises depart from Barrack Square Jetty. If you’re looking for other ways to enjoy Swan River, you can picnic in the riverside parks, bike or hike along the many trails, go fishing, sailing, swimming, or kayaking.
3. Swan Valley
Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest grape-growing region. Here, you can try some great wines, and foodies can sample fresh local produce and artisan foods at highly acclaimed restaurants. Apart from great wineries and gourmet restaurants, make sure to also try some local chocolate and honey. There are also other fun activities like spending a day in Caversham Wildlife Park, befriending animals like kangaroos and koalas!
4. The Perth Mint
As the oldest gold mint in the world, The Perth Mint offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of gold. The Gold Exhibition displays the world’s largest coin, as well as gold nuggets and bullion. In the 1899 melting house, you can watch how a solid gold bar is formed from molten gold. Guided talks provide fascinating insight into the mint’s history and the discovery of gold in the state, and the tours include a short film. You can even find out your weight’s worth in gold!
Affectionately known as ‘Freo’ amongst the locals, Fremantle is one of the best places to visit in Perth. Within its colonial-era streets and Victorian architecture you’ll find artsy, quirky locals, buskers, street art and al fresco dining. Explore its history at Fremantle Prison, sip local craft beers and check out the local markets and restaurants. No matter how you choose to spend your time here, you’ll definitely fall in love with the dynamic port city.
6. Cottesloe Beach
Sun seekers have lots of beach options in and around Perth. Less than a 20-minute drive away from the city center, Cottesloe is one of Perth’s most popular beaches, with pine trees, clear waters and a thriving cafe scene. If you’re here in March, make sure to check out the Sculpture by the Sea. During this time, Cottesloe Beach turns into an outdoor art gallery of giant sculptures. After a day of sun, sand and sea, check out some stylish eateries like The Blue Duck and Indiana.
6. Rottnest Island
You already know that quokkas are some of the cutest Australian animals, and Rottnest Island is where to go if you want to grab a selfie with them. Rotto, as it is known locally, is accessible via a short ferry ride from the mainland. There are no cars on the island, and the best way to get around would be to rent a bicycle. There are also 63 beaches and 20 bays here, making it a beach lovers’ paradise. Whether you want to dive, snorkel, swim, surf, or just relax, you’ll be spoilt for choice with pure white sand beaches and clear blue waters.