Things to Do
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A few of our favourite things to do in Perth
There are hundreds of things to see and do in WA and Perth so we have listed a few of the top things that we feel are a must for those moving to or visiting Perth, from the famous landmarks to the hidden gems.
Kings Park is the largest city park in the world – it’s even bigger than New York’s central park. Enjoy spectacular views across the city and the gorgeous Swan River. Have a picnic in the botanical gardens, take the children to one of the fantastic playgrounds and enjoy a barbecue, see an open air movie or attend one of the many outdoor concerts. Walk along the Lottery West Federation Walkway and experience breathtaking views over the treetops or take in a little piece of history and marvel at one of the many war memorials.
Swan Valley – 30 minutes east of Perth CBD lies the oldest wine region in Western Australia. Experience a culinary extravaganza at some of the best restaurants in the state. Wander around many of the beautiful vineyards where you can sample as much local produce as you desire. Pop down to the Chocolate Factory and see how the best chocolate in Australia is made. Have a game of Supa Golf with the family or enjoy 9 holes at the exclusive Vines Golf and Spa Resort. There are also some fantastic boat tours that operate along the Swan River be sure to check them out on arrival.
Hillary’s Boat Harbour is a fantastic day out and caters for all age groups. This is a popular spot for families enjoying a day out at the beach due to its child friendly waters with no current. Mosey round the shops where you will find many unique boutiques, have lunch at one of the many restaurants or enjoy churros with chocolate dip at Chocolateria San Churro. Take a break from the sun and enter an underwater experience at the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA).
Yanchep National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Western Australia. Located just 45 minutes north of Perth city, it is a very popular destination for tourists and locals. Choose from the 9 interesting walks and trails the park has to offer where you can witness the spectacular scenery and panoramic views from sea to scarp. See collapsed caves, gorges, beautiful lakes and historic remains. Enjoy a picnic or fire up one of the many barbecues located around the park. Yanchep National park is also home to a large Koala colony, there is a wooden boardwalk that leads you on a trail through the trees so that you can view the Koalas in a truly natural setting. Hang around until the late afternoon and the park comes alive with Western Grey Kangaroos, where better to enjoy a refreshing drink than the Yanchep Inn, sit and relax and watch the Kangaroos hop by. A great day out for everyone!
Rottnest Island – “Rotto”, as the locals call the island today, is situated just 12 miles from Fremantle. A short ferry ride and it seems as if you are in another world. There are 63 beautiful beaches, so with the crystal clear waters it is a perfect place to enjoy snorkelling. The best way to see the island is to hire a bike but there is also a local bus service and many guided tours. Attractions to be seen on the island include a family park, local museum, tennis, golf and scenic flights. You can also enjoy diving, fishing and kayaking. Rottnest is also home to the famous Quokka, a small kangaroo-like marsupial that can be found located around the island.
Fremantle – Affectionately known as Freo, this vibrant suburb is situated just 15 mins south of Perth CBD. The port of Fremantle has become a great tourist attraction and is one of Western Australia’s most historic and beautiful cities. It has a very bohemian feel about it with its numerous trendy cafés and restaurants. Spend the day wandering around the Fremantle markets where you will find everything from fresh fruit and veggies to fantastic local artwork. Furthermore you can pop in the famous Esplanade Hotel for a glass of wine, built in the 1890’s, or visit Fremantle prison built by convict labour in the 1850’s. Either way, a day out in Fremantle is a real treat.
For many moving to Perth the most exciting feature of the city is its pristine beaches. Western Australia’s coast line is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, whether it’s the friendly resort of Hillary’s the trendy suburb of Cottesloe or the surfing mecca that is Scarborough, there is a Beach for everyone. Below are just a few of our favourites:
Scarborough is the largest and most developed beach popular with local surfers who come to make the most of the prime breaker on this part of the coast. Regular surf and lifesaving displays and competitions are held here. There is a play area for the children set back from the sand and a strip of cafes and restaurants. There is also a large parking area. Scarborough is currently undergoing huge redevelopment.
Cottesloe is very popular with visitors and locals who love to come and soak up the cosmopolitan vibe. Dominating the beachfront is the Indiana Tea house, an elegant colonial style restaurant situated right on the beachfront. Swimming conditions are generally good here and surfers are banned through the height of summer (Oct-Mar). Lots of families come here as there are toilets, picnic benches, barbecues a children’s playground and plenty of room to run around. There are also many bars and cafes that are situated along the beach side.
Mullaloo beach is a large attractive spot popular with families and groups of friends taking advantage of the many picnic and bbq facilities overlooking the beach. There are also 2 children’s play grounds, and toilet and shower facilities. Overlooking the lawned area in front of the beach is the Mullaloo Beach Hotel where you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat.
Yanchep Lagoon beach is a family favourite. Located 40 minutes North of Perth City the lagoon is surrounded by reef which makes the area inside quite swimmer friendly. At the top of the beach is a little café for when you want a break from the sun and a small children’s play area. Yanchep Lagoon is a great day out or all the family.
Mettam’s Pool nestles in a protected marine park, and surrounded by reefs creating a naturally calm ocean pool. It’s a great area for a mini snorkelling adventure, a relaxing swim in the calm waters or watch the surfers just beyond the reef. Mettam’s has wheelchair and buggy access, showers and a small picnic area just up from the beach or head up to one of the many trendy bars and restaurants just opposite to get out of the sun for a while. Located 20 mins from the CBD on Perth’s most picturesque coastline, a day out here is an absolute must.