Top Things to do in Perth

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Perth probably isn’t the first place you think of when you think of Australia, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a lot to offer a visitor. If you’re a fan of good, summery weather almost all year long round, then Perth’s a great destination for you. The location is also quite appealing if you’re already in Asia or coming from Europe, as it’s not quite as far away as Sydney or Melbourne and can break up the flying time if you’re heading to any of those. There’s a lot going on in Perth, thanks to the boom from the mining peak. Check out our list of the top things to do in Perth:

Kings Park & Botanical Gardens:
Nearly six million people visit these gardens each year and for good reason, it’s absolutely stunning. It’s location is quite stunning, perched on top of a cliff which makes for a lovely walk. You can rent bikes for around $25 and enjoy the bike trails that are scattered throughout the grounds.

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Cottesloe Beach:
If you’re heading to Perth, or Australia for that matter, you need to make sure that you visit at least some beaches. Cottesloe Beach is really beautiful, with that golden sand that Australia is well-known for. This is a wonderful beach that is quite urban, making it very easy to access even without a car. Just be warned though, Australia’s sun is hot and powerful so make sure you lather up on sunscreen.

Perth Zoo:
This is a great place to go regardless of whether you have children or not. It’s got a bit of a hefty entrance fee, but it’s worth it if you have a large portion of the day spare. You’ll see an impressive selection of Australian animals, including koalas, kangaroos, lizards and snakes. The grounds are beautiful and and well maintained, which adds to the experience.

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Aviation Heritage Museum:
If you or your children are a fan of planes, old and new, then this is a must-see in Perth. You’ll find a lot of information about the specific information related to the individual aircraft, which is really fascinating. If you’re interested, there’s a few tours that you can go on which provide ample time to explore the aircrafts and are filled with interesting history.

Penguin Island:
This island is only 45 minutes away from the centre of Perth, making it an easy day trip. Here you’ll find lots of native animals, including penguins, skins, seagulls, and crabs. Perfect for all types of travellers: backpackers, families or couples. We suggest taking an underwater camera so that you can take photos of the animals without worrying about your camera.

Have you ever been to Perth? What were your favourite things that you did while you were there?

 

Photos: Andy LMichael_Spencer, and Greg Neate used under Creative Commons License