11 Oct 2017
Have you ever seen a mermaid in real life? Aye, you'll see them swimming in their majesty at the Aquarium of Western Australia. If that is the first you've heard of them, believe us: there are so many hidden gems to be seen around Perth.
Whether you're travelling to the city for the first time or need some tips for your next stay, discover why overseas visitors flock to the town and locals love to call it home.
Rottnest Island; Image credit: Rottnest Island Authority
Rottnest Island is essential on your trip to Perth. There are plenty of beaches for whatever holiday you're after: surfing, family play, couple's relaxation, and total seclusion. For a tour of the most photo-worthy spots on the island, go for a tour of the west end. Visit the Vlamingh Lighthouse, look out onto white sand beaches, and walk a section of the Wadjemup Trail. We know what the real highlight is: the happy and smiling quokkas that live on the island!
Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour; Image credit: Tourism Western Australia
Fremantle is a historic, quirky enclave of greater Perth that deserves a bit of time. Little Creatures is on the harbour, patiently waiting for you to come on in and sample their best brews. Or, walk down the Cappuccino Strip and discover some of the best coffee in the city. Shops with locally made crafts, seafood markets, and the heritage-listed Fremantle Prison are all within easy walking distance from each other. There’s something for everyone at one of Australia’s busiest ports.
Museums & Galleries
Western Australian Maritime Museum; Image credit: Tourism Western Australia
Perth is bustling hub of art and culture. The Western Australian Museum frequently shows exhibitions; it is home to a great collection of displays, from dinosaur skeletons and rocks from outer space to historical objects used to build this great state. Scitech is a family-friendly science centre for all ages. Kids can take part in experiments in lab workshops, look up at the stars in the planetarium, or watch a live science show. Want to spend your Monet a different way? Hmm and ahh at the works inside the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Cottesloe Beach; Image credit: Tourism Western Australia
Rottnest Island isn't the only place to catch some rays and sit on the sand. Relax and spread yourself out on a delightful beach around Perth. Surfing, snorkelling, diving, swimming, and sunbathing are all popular pastimes. Cottesloe Beach is known for its glorious view of the setting sun, while Scarborough Beach is the place to go for a surf. For stand-up paddleboarding or ocean swimming, we love Port Beach and it's convenience next to Fremantle.
Sea lion at AQWA; Image credit: Linda Tavelli
The Aquarium of Western Australia is home to a collection of Australia’s beautiful marine life, on display for your amazement. You will see seahorses, sharks, and jellyfish swimming by. But AQWA is more than simply an aquarium. It also owns a number of attractions along the coastline where you can venture into the waters and see some amazing creatures in their natural habitat. One of their most exciting adventures is a swim with mermaids. Kids ages 8 and up can have the chance to learn some mermaid swimming skills and take a photo with the mermaid herself!
Riverbank Estate Winery; Image credit: Tourism Western Australia
With Discovery Parks - Perth Vineyards in the midst of this famous wine region, it's a cinch to include the Swan Valley on your holiday. At Tyler's Vineyards, drink grenache and make your very own wine label; pair your wine with locally made cheese nextdoor to Olive Farm Wines; or soak up the vino and sink your teeth into a meat pie at Ugly Duckling Wines. Do you have a sweet tooth to satisfy? The Margaret River Chocolate Company and Whistler's are where you go when you want that milk, white, or dark chocolate covered everything you can possibly imagine. A place to ignite your palette, venture through the valley for a day (or more, if you can).
Tour group at Perth Mint; Image credit: Tourism Western Australia
How about seeing the biggest gold coin in the world? At Perth Mint, the oldest in Australia, take a tour to see gold being poured right before your very eyes. Learn some history about Perth and Western Australia with one of their informative, funny, and entertaining guides. The gift shop is well worth a vist to take home souvenirs and gifts for friends, including jewellery, pink diamonds, and natural gold nuggets.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Kings Park and Botanical Garden; Image credit: Tourism Western Australia
Pack up a picnic and visit one of the world's largest and most impressive inner city parks. Kings Park is a haven of tranquility in the vibrant city of Perth. Pay homage at the war memorials, enjoy a coffee at the kiosk, have a kick of the footy, or go for a walk among the flowers. Come by next September to witness the largest wildflower show in Australia at the Kings Park Festival. The festival hosts workshops, live entertainment, art exhibitions, and family activities - options for all of the budding botanists in each of us.
The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower, Perth; Image credit: Garry Norris Photography
A dozen pieces of world history is here in Western Australia. Play the tourist at The Bell Tower; gear up with your camera and load up with brochures. The tower inclues 12 bells from St Martin in the Fields, which have been around since the 13th century. These bells were used to celebrate England's victory in 1588 over the Spanish Aramada and the coronation of all British kings and queens since 1727. There's so much to learn about these amazing bells, and just wait until you hear them ring.
Perth Arena; Image credit: Tourism Western Australia
Perth is proud of its sporting culture. Why not catch a game of footy while you're here? That could mean seeing the West Coast Eagles for some AFL or the rugby league team West Coast Pirates. Doesn't matter who you support, it's always worth watching if you're here during the season! If you find yourself watching American NBA, head to the Perth Arena to watch the Wildcats slam-dunk their way to the finals. Experience the atmosphere that only sporting events can bring.
Make the most of this laidback Australian city and book your WA accommodation. Enjoy these Perth things to do today!