So you’re in Perth, Australia and you’ve just figured out that this vibrant, energetic city has plenty to offer. But you’re wondering where to start.
Well, wonder no longer; here is a list of the top 10 city experiences:
1) Discover charming hidden laneway-bars, and eat, drink and explore!
There’s a selection for all tastes as new watering holes continue to open around the city, each with a unique offering. Join the hip crowds in bars down Howard Lane, Wolfe Lane and Queen Street.
Kings Park Festival. © Christian Sprogoe Photography
2) Spend a lazy afternoon in Kings Park Botanic Garden.
Stretch your legs and walk from the city or hop on the city-sites tram. One of the largest inner city parks in the world, the views from Kings Park over-looking the Swan River and city skyline are superb. Pack a picnic, see a movie at the open air cinema during summer, or marvel at the colour of native wildflowers as they bloom in the spring. (For more: www.bgpa.wa.gov.au)
3) Be entertained by a full line-up of music, sport, food, theatre and cultural events.
Check out the Hyundai Hopman Cup (January), Perth International Arts Festival (February), Sculpture by the Sea (March), Perth Fashion Festival (September), or Perth International (October) plus many more throughout the year. (For more: www.westernaustralia.com/sg/Things_to_See_and_Do/Events/Pages/events.aspx)
4) Check-out Perth’s inner city precincts.
Easily accessible from the city, the high streets of Leederville, Mount Lawley, Subiaco, Mount Hawthorn, South Perth, and Victoria Park all present their own unique flavour of restaurants, bars, and boutique shopping.
5) Visit the World’s oldest gold mint.
The Perth Mint is still operating from its original premises and is home to the World’s greatest collection of investment gold bars and Australia’s largest gold nugget collection. (For more: www.perthmint.com.au)
6) Indulge in a cultural feast at Perth’s Cultural Centre, home to the Art Gallery of WA (artgallery.wa.gov.au), the WA Museum (museum.wa.gov.au), State Library, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (pica.org.au) and the State Theatre (statetheatrewa.com.au).
This hub in Northbridge is the perfect place to spend the day awakening your cultural senses. All venues are just a gold coin donation and exhibitions change frequently.
7) Take a scenic flight for a birds-eye-view of the city
A view from above will make you realise just how spectacular Perth’s surrounds, including the Swan River and white coastline is.
Mix with the locals on the ‘cappuccino-strip’ (South Terrace) in Fremantle.
8) Take a day trip.
There are plenty of destinations within easy reach of Perth city centre – perfect for day-tripping or spending the night. Take a ferry to Rottnest Island; tantalise your tastebuds in the Swan Valley wine region; enjoy the historic sights of York; explore the seaside city of Mandurah; or mix with the locals on the ‘cappuccino-strip’ (South Terrace) in Fremantle.
9) Shop local and international designer labels.
Fashionistas flock to King Street to pick-up the latest designer looks or trendy suburban precincts, while on William Street in Northbridge it’s all about vintage finds.
10) Sail down the Swan.
Named after the black Swans that call it home, the Swan River is truly the heart of Perth, and meets the Indian Ocean just a few kilometres west. A ferry from Barrack Street Jetty is one of the best ways to enjoy the Swan River as well as see some of Perth’s best real estate.
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