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Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. With a population of 1,650,000, Perth ranks fourth amongst the nation's cities, with a growth rate consistently above the national average. Perth is ranked number 4 on The Economist's 2008 list of the World's Most Livable Cities. It became known worldwide as the "City of Lights" as city residents lit their houselights and streetlights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth on Friendship 7 in 1962. The city repeated its feat as Glenn passed overhead on the Space Shuttle in 1998.
What to See
Western Australia Museum is located in a series of heritage listed buildings. It’s collection of specimens and artifacts showcase the social and natural history of W.A. It is open 7 days a week, year round, except for national holidays.
Kings Park and Botanic Gardens is the most popular tourist destination in Western Australia. This large, lush park contains over 300 species of plants, more than 80 species of birds and has unbeatable waterfront and city views. There are outdoor concerts, plays and movies showing here year round!
Art Gallery of Western Australia is part of the Perth Cultural Centre. This gallery has one of the best Aboriginal art exhibits in Australia. It also features rotating exhibits of past and present art.
Aquarium of Western Australia is Australia’s largest aquarium. Here one can observe sea life that is unique to W.A., such as sting rays, giant sharks, sea turtles, the leafy sea dragon and living coral reefs.
Caversham Wildlife Park & Zoo is situated in Whiteman Park and houses one of the largest collections of native fauna in Western Australia.
Western Australia Maritime Museum is symbolic of Fremantle’s past, present and future as a coastal town. The Museum houses six unique galleries, each focusing on a different aspect of Western Australia’s relationship with the sea.
Rockingham Wild Encounters is a locally owned eco-tourism operation that specializes in interacting with the local marine wildlife in their own environment
Hillarys Boat Harbour can be found within Perth's northern suburbs (just a thirty minute car ride). Here you can find the ultimate sunset experience as you swim all day in the ocean, before enjoying a meal and a beer at any one of the area's great eateries and watering holes.
Whiteman Park; located in the Northern outskirts of the city, Whiteman Park is an amazing national park and wildlife sanctuary. Kids can pet the Kangaroos and other wildlife and the grownups can enjoy the railway, railway museum and loads more.
What to Do
Take a walk along the river or on one of Perth's many beaches.
Swim Perth boasts some of the country's best beaches, which are ideal for swimming during the warmer months. Sunscreen is essential and insect repellent may come in handy during the evening. As the beaches are on the open ocean it is strongly advised that you only 'swim between the flags' at patrolled beaches. Probably the easiest beach to get to by public transport is Scarborough beach.
Cycle - Perth has excellent bike paths and fantastic weather almost all year round which makes it perfect for cycling. The paths that follow the Swan River are very scenic and mostly flat. You can take your own bike, hire a bicycle from one of the bike hire providers located near the Swan River or take a tour with Bluetongue Bike Tours.
Fun park - For the young and the young at heart; Adventure World is Located in the outer suburb of Bibra Lake. This fun park features five waterslides, various rides for the adventurous (and some for the timid) and a special 'Kids Cove' for children. Picnicking is encouraged or you can buy food on site (no alcohol is permitted). Best of all, unlimited rides are included in Adventure World's entry fee. Over summer, Adventure World also hosts several "Adults Only Pool Parties," which are held on either a Friday or Saturday night. The park is closed to children, and becomes a fully licensed venue, serving alcohol as well as hosting bands after dark.
Go Wine Tasting Well renowned amongst locals and tourists alike, the Swan Valley boasts some of the country's best wineries and brewpubs. Although the wine is perhaps not as highly regarded as seasoned wine buffs as that produced in regions such as Margaret River, the Swan Valley features the advantage of being relatively close to the city. A combined river cruise and organised bicycle tour with Pedal OZ is a pleasant way to visit the area or if you have a 'designated driver' you can do it yourself.
Whether you're looking for designer fashion, souvenirs, Aboriginal Art, antiques or local fresh produce, you can find a wide variety of shopping options in and around Perth.
There are an abundance of dining options in Perth. Whether it's posh nosh on the waterfront you're interested in, or cheap and cheerful cafes, there is lots of great dining in Perth! Many Perth restaurants even allow you to bring your own wine or beer. Perth does not have have any special cuisine, rather it has adopted a world wide approach to dining and embraces every cuisine. These are the best districts for dining:
Some great options for day trips from Perth:
Perth receives moderate though highly seasonal rainfall. Summers are generally hot and dry, lasting from late December to late March, with February generally being the hottest month of the year, making Perth a classic example of a Mediterranean climate.
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