Things To Do
Perth City is situated between the Darling Ranges and the Indian Ocean, and along the banks of the Swan River, 12 km from the ocean. The river is named after the famous black swans which can be found along the river. The city is bound by the river to the east and south. To the west of the city is Kings Park, which has over 400 hectares of natural Australian bush overlooking the city centre and the Swan River. The view from King's park is quite unique and is a must for any visitor to Perth.
The Swan River weaves its way through the metropolitan area to the Port of Fremantle, which has many beautiful houses, restaurants, and recreational areas along its banks. The river provides an ideal opportunity for the locals to enjoy the beautiful weather and participate in many different water sports such as boating, sailing, water skiing, wind surfing, rowing, fishing, parasailing, swimming, jet skiing, or just cruising the river on one of the many ferries.
Elizabeth Quay is a major Western Australian mixed-use development project in the Perth central business district. Located on the north shore of Perth Water and centred on the landmark Swan Bells, it is named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. (Source: Wikipedia)
Caversham Wildlife Park
Caversham Wildlife Park is situated in Whiteman Park, just 30 minutes from the CBD. Here you will find around 200 species of fauna, with around 2,000 head of animals, birds and reptiles, including dingoes, emus, echidnas, owls, kookaburras, quokkas, cassowaries, possums, flying foxes, quolls and swans.
Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. Meet and have photos taken with koalas. Meet the Wombat amp; Friends Show (3 times daily) - meet and have photos taken with a selection of native animals, birds and reptiles, including one of our famous wombats! Farm Show (3 times daily) - join in the interactive show where you’ll learn all about true-blue Aussie farming, including sheep mustering and shearing, whip cracking and cow milking.
Wander around with, and hand-feed a variety of interesting farm animals, including deer, goats, donkeys, ostrich, camels, llamas, alpacas and buffalo. All shows, talks, animal feed and photo opportunities are included in the entrance fee. Take as many photos as you like, with your own camera.
The Western Australian Maritime Museum provides exhibitions on Shipwrecks discovered off the Western Australian coast and Western Australia's Maritime endeavours. There are 3 main sites in Fremantle that bring together Western Australia's Maritime heritage:
- The New Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay promotes a new way of experiencing Western Australia's maritime endeavours.
- The Shipwreck Galleries at Cliff Street show Australia's earliest shipwrecks, and house world-recognised archaeology research and conservation.
- The Submarine Ovens at Victoria Quay
Gloucester Park - Harness Racing
Gloucester Park is Western Australia's premier Harness Racing venue overlooking the beautiful Swan River and only minutes from the centre of Perth, providing exhilarating racing each and every Friday night and some Mondays and Tuesdays, on a world class half mile racing circuit.
This is a great place for a family and the adults, even if you have never been to a horse racing track and have never put a bet on a horse. The horses, jockeys and buggy's make a great spectacle to watch whilst you enjoy a drink or a meal. The children can play on the grassed area, or enjoy some of the child entertainment provided. Take a walk around the stables to see the horses waiting for their race and the drivers in their colourful outfits.
There are 3 bars and 3 restaurants providing snacks to a la carte meals. There is also an on course Casino and some of the best entertainment in Perth for both adults and children Gloucester Park.
Whether it's a relaxed drink after work on a Friday or a big night out on the town, Gloucester Park has what you and your group need to kick start the weekend in style.
Perth has some of the best beaches in the world with wide stretches of sand with beautiful clear blue water. The morning is generally the best time to visit the beach as it can get quite windy when the Fremantle Doctor arrives around lunch time.
Best beaches for children:
- Hillarys Boat Harbour
- Mettams Pool
- Scarborough Beach
- Most beaches are patrolled by Surf Lifesavers. Swim within the flags as there can be strong rips and undercurrents.
- Apart from Hillarys Boat Harbour, Cottesloe and Scarborough the Perth beaches are generally un-commercial and do not have shops or stalls, so remember to take a drink with you.
Currently the zoo houses more than 1800 animals of 230 species, with a staff of 120 plus volunteer docents. Along with its animal population, the zoo also has an extensive botanical collection.
The zoo has been open everyday since its founding, 365 days a year. Major exhibits include the "African Savannah," "Asian Rainforest Zone," "Australian Walkabout," "World of Birds," and "Nocturnal House."
The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower located on Riverside Drive overlooking the picturesque Swan River is one of Perth's most unique attractions. Filled with fascinating historic content and boasting a unique and distinctive design - resulting from a major architectural competition - it has become an icon for Perth and Western Australia.
This historic ring of bells was given to the people of Western Australia as part of the national Bicentennial celebrations in 1988. Among its many attributes the Bell Tower includes the twelve bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields, which are recorded as being in existence from before the 14th century and recast in the 16th century by Queen Elizabeth I. The bells were again recast between 1725 and 1770 by three generations of the Rudhall family of bell founders from Gloucester in England, under the order of the Prince of Wales who was later crowned as King George II. They are one of the few sets of royal bells and are the only ones known to have left England.
Perth is fortunate to have one of Western Australia's most popular recreational islands only a short ferry or plane trip from the mainland.
The relaxed atmosphere at Rottnest Island is as popular with the locals as it is with the thousands of tourists that visit Perth each year. Attractions include a string of sugar-white beaches and emerald bays to sunbathe on, a local bakery and coffee shop, the quokkas (marsupial) and the interpretive history and heritage tours. The accommodation on the island is simple and comfortable - much of it exhibiting an architectural style dating back to the 1800s.
The island is an extremely popular spot for water-based activities. You can surf, scuba dive, snorkel, or enjoy a swim in the sheltered bays. The waters and reefs surrounding the island offer some exceptional abalone, squid, many species of fish and delicious rock lobster for those who can catch them!
The Rottnest Island ferries depart Hillarys Boat Harbour, the port of Fremantle and the centre of Perth all year round. As bicycles are the only form of transport permitted on the island, hire bikes are readily available.
From the icy waters of the southern ocean to the tropical wonderland of coral reefs in the Far North, AQWA takes you on an underwater journey to discover the incredible and unique marine life of Western Australia.
AQWA is Western Australia's premier nature attraction featuring:
- Australia's largest aquarium and underwater tunnel
- World's largest collection of Western Australian marine life.
- Beautiful living coral reefs
- Giant sharks, rays and turtles
- Interactive fun
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Kings Park and Botanic Garden is visited by over six million people each year. With its remarkable expanses of unique bushland, tranquil parkland and botanic garden, the park is the most popular visitor destination in Western Australia.
The total area of the park is 400.6 hectares and is located adjacent to the Swan River, approximately 1.5 km from the Central Business District of Perth.
There are many things to do for the whole family, exciting events are held throughout the year and a range of services are offered to ensure you enjoy your visit.
Crown Perth Casino
Situated on the banks of Perth's magnificent Swan River is the Crown Casino. The casino currently houses seven restaurants, eight bars, one nightclub, a convention centre, a 2,300 seat theatre and the Burswood Dome. The Burswood Dome has hosted many local and international acts in its state of the art premises including Michael Jackson, U2, Elton John and Billy Joel, Pink, Beyonce.
Fremantle is located 19 kilometres south west of Perth. The drive will take you about 20 minutes from Perth. The port of Fremantle lies where the Swan River meets the Indian Ocean.
Don't miss the Fremantle Markets (open Friday - Sunday) for a huge range of arts, crafts, clothes and fruit and veg.
Fremantle is rich in maritime history. The Maritime Museum, which overlooks the beautiful Esplanade Park, exhibits a section of the Batavia, the famous ship wrecked off the coast in 1629. The Museum also displays a unique collection of historical maritime objects.