What to see in Perth City

Everyone is different in what they enjoy doing as a traveller or tourist, but Perth offers a lot of different activities and places to go – to attract a wide range of people and cater for their individual interests – from Sporting Venues like the WACA, the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre for shows, Burswood Casino, great shopping, markets, magnificent parks, waterways, ferries, marinas, walk and cycle ways, heritage buildings, food, restaurants, wine, famous Swan, Emu and Little Creatures Beer, and the list goes on….
The main thing to do in coming to Perth is “have a good time” and it’s easy to do. If you can’t find something – simply ask a local. They are bound to help you.
AND WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU TOO, so we have listed below some of the places and things to do that make Perth Special.

  • St Georges Terrace is the business centre of Perth and Western Australia, and this may also be where you are staying if you have booked one of the bigger hotels to stay in. Walking along St Georges Terrace will give you a feel for a city that is on the move.
  • Hay Street and Hay Street Mall – is also where you will find lots of shopping.
  • Sightseeing Buses – double decker open top – to show you the main city highlights – sightseeingperth.com Tel: (08) 9203 0882.
  • Perth Mint – at 310 Hay St in the City is housed in a magnificent limestone building that dates back to 1899. Here you will learn all about the history, heritage and value of Gold and gold coins, medals and refining.
  • Perth Cultural Centre – located on Roe St, near Perth Railway Station. Head from Barrack St via St James Mall – and here you will find the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Western Australia Museum (James St), State Library, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Blue Room Theatre and an open area where it is great to have a coffee and enjoy the atmosphere.
  • Perth Town Hall – is located on Barrack Street on the corner of Hay Street. A Beautiful building, built in 1867-1870.
  • Government House – and Gardens are located on St Georges Terrace – see govhouse.wa.gov.au Tel: (08) 9429 9199.
  • His Majesty’s Theatre – 825 Hay Street (Tel: (08)9265 0900. A beautiful building named after King Edward VII and definitely worth checking out to see what’s happening.
  • Parliament House – Harvest Terrace, off Hay Street parliament.wa.gov.au Tel: (08) 9222 7259 Open to the public for tours on Monday and Thursday at 10.30.
  • Perth Zoo – opened in 1898 and has over 1000 animals and bird types. It is around 10 minutes from the centre of the city at 20 Labouchere Rd in South Perth.
  • Aviation Museum of WA – is about 10km south of the city centre at Bull Creek Drive, Bull Creek where they have lots of military and civilian aircraft and memorabilia. See raafawa.org.au/museum Tel: (08) 9311 4470.
  • Northbridge – is the restaurant hub of Perth, just north of the City CBD – head to the corner of James Street and Lake Street to the Piazza to see what’s happening and find a large number of bars, nightspots, restaurants and menus to tempt you.
  • Leederville – is about 4km North West of the CBD. Head to Oxford and Newcastle Streets to find pubs, music and heaps of restaurants.
  • Black Swans – these are almost symbolic of Perth, not just on the Swan Beer Cans. To see lots of Black Swans, head to Lake Monger Reserve wetlands at Lake Monger Drive, Leederville. Here you can jog, ride a bike or just walk around the Lake and take in the ambience of the wetlands and birdlife.
  • $$$ House looking – Perth is a wealthy city, with some of Australia’s and the world’s richest people living here. To see some of the expensive homes (street watching or from the River) head to the suburbs of Peppermint Grove (Irvine St, The Esplanade) and Dalkeith (Watkins Rd, Victoria Ave.)
  • Barrack Square and Barrack St Wharf – is where you find ferries to take you on cruises on the Swan River and also to Rottnest Island, as well as commuter ferries to take you to other points of the River. There are a number of cruise boats and cruises available – see captaincookcruises.com.au , www.catalinaadventures.com.au , www.goldensuncruises.com.au
  • Swan Bells Tower – (a must see) at Barrack Square. When Captain Cook arrived back in London following his epic voyage to the South Pacific, the bells of St Martin-in-the-fields in Trafalgar Square in London rang out to welcome his home. Those 12 bells and a giant bell from 1550 are housed here in the 82.5 metre high tower “Camponile” built from copper and glass, constructed here in 1988.
  • Kings Park and Botanic Gardens – is located off Kings Park Rd and is very close to the City CBD. There is over 1000 acres of parklands with roads and paths taking you past sculptures, lakes, war memorials, trees, gardens, children’s play and picnic areas, all beside the Swan River. The Botanic Gardens itself has over 2000 species of Western Australian flora here, with Western Australia being famous for its wildflowers in Spring. Wild flowers are best seen in the months between June and November.
  • Crown Perth (Burswood ) Casino – in Burswood off the Great Eastern Highway – has bars, poker machines, roulette and other games, plus a hotel, exhibition space, shows and lots of restaurants. See crownperth.com.au Tel: (08) 9362 7777.
  • WACA – Perth’s famous cricket ground – the first match played in 1894 is located on Nelson Crescent – see waca.com.au Tel: (08) 9265 7222.
  • Perth Arena – 700 Wellington St in the City is where many Concerts with International Stars play as well as a number of sporting events. It has a capacity of 15,000 and it is worth checking out to see what’s on.
  • Subiaco Oval – is where the West Coast Eagles AFL team play. You can catch a train to the Oval or bus. It is located at Subiaco Rd in Subiaco, and can seat up to 43,000 people.
  • The Old Mill – is in South Perth on Mill Point Road. This old flour mill was built in the 1830’s.
  • Elizabethan Village and Pub – the pub is located at 25 Canns Rd, Bedfordale (Tel: (08) 9399 4531) – a small area of Perth with houses and a pub modelled on an Elizabethan Village.
  • Scitech – Planetarium – a great interactive ‘science’ museum located at Scitech City West, Sutherland St in West Perth. Educational and also lots of fun too.
  • SHOPPING – look for Hay Street Mall and Murray St Mall –
  • McNess Royal Arcade (cnr Barrack and Hay St)
  • Carillion City – lots of fashion stores (207 Murray St)
  • Enex100 (between Hay St Mall and St Georges Terrace)
  • Kings Street for some high end fashion stores and nearby Wellington Street
  • Gledden Building Arcade ( An Art Deco skyscraper building)
  • Piccadilly Plaza and London Court – are both located between Hay Street Mall and St Georges Terrace. London Court is an open air court with shops on either side.
  • Wesley Quarter – is located near the Wesley Church , built in 1870 (cnr Hay and William Streets)
  • Harbour Town – factory outlet stores are located off Wellington Street
  • Myer Department Store – is located at 200 Murray Street
  • David Jones Department Store – is located at 622 Hay St (Hay Street Mall)

Happy Travelling!
Geoff Stuart

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