As one of the world’s most liveable cities, Perth offers a number of attractions that can be savoured at a leisurely pace
Perth, the vibrant capital city of Western Australia exudes an old world charm tinged with an effervescent cosmopolitan vibe. Despite some claiming the city to be boring, we can attest that Perth is far from it, offering everything a traveller would want or need for a memorable vacation, or a relaxing one at that. Here are several ways to soak in the city's offerings.
Stroll Kings Park
Located at Fraser Avenue, the 1000-acre park and Botanic Gardens is one of Perth’s most prominent attractions. Offering views of the surrounding Swan River, Darling Range, and the cityscape, in a lush garden setting, Kings Park is perfect to take in for an early morning or late afternoon stroll. With various walking trails, ponds and lookout points combined with an abundant variety of native plants, Kings Park should be on the top of your list when visiting this Western Australia capital city. The park also doubles as a concert and event venue from time to time, so do plan ahead to maximise your experience.
Visit Perth Zoo
Located nearby the city centre on Labouchere Road and easily accessible by bus, car and train, the Perth Zoo is home to some of world’s most unique wildlife. Established in 1898, the zoo houses a number of animal species including kangaroos, koalas, wombats as well as giraffes, orang-utans and elephants. In addition to having several ecosystem areas such as the African Savannah and Asian Rainforest, the Perth Zoo also hosts a number of animal shows and interactive exhibits on a daily basis. Entry to the zoo begins at AUD24.50 for adults and AUD12.30 for children with special concessions given for toddlers and senior citizens.
Fish & Chips at Freemantle
The port city located some 30 minutes away from central Perth is a popular hotspot for tourists and locals due to the abundant variety of shops, watering holes and trendy restaurants found here. Just hop aboard a train bound for Fremantle and upon alighting from the train station you can explore the area by foot. Most attractions are within walking distance such as the main market, maritime museum and the waterfront area where several famously known fish & chips eateries operate, such as the Kailis' Fish Market Café on the waterfront, known to serve batches of fresh fried seafood all day long.
Experience the city
The best way to get to know a city is to walk its streets and Perth has certainly a lot to offer. From heritage buildings to art deco architecture as well as trendy cafés, bars and eateries, Perth is a feast for the senses as well as the shutterbugs. Shoppers can make a beeline towards the Hay Street Mall where a number of retail stores ply their trade whilst the grand St. Mary’s Cathedral on Victoria Square delivers a respite from the busy city. Other notable attractions include the iconic Bell Tower situated on the riverside area, which houses 12 bells from St Martin-in-the-fields, one of London’s most famous churches.
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