Top 10 Things to do in Perth, Australia

February 28, 2018 Janette Largent

Perched on the banks of the wide Swan River, between the Indian Ocean and the sands of the Nullarbor Desert, Perth is one of the world's most isolated cities, yet still boasts an active beach scene and smokin’ nightlife. Family-friendly Cottesloe is brimming with swimmers, surfers and snorkelers. Head north to Scarborough for a spirited beachside club scene. Coo at cute marsupials on ferry-accessible Rottnest Island, and don’t miss the views from King's Park and Botanic Gardens.
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1. Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Fraser Ave | West Perth, Perth, Western Australia 6005, Australia +61 8 9480 3600
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5 based on 9 reviews

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

The park cultivates over 13,000 species of Western Australian plants and contains one of the world's largest areas of natural bush land close to a city.

Reviewed By cliffordchambers - Europe

What an immaculately maintained park! You are greeted by a beautiful avenue of majestic trees, a fantastic view of the Central Business District and the large stretch of water to the east and south. There are many walkways and if you stray away from the well trodden paths and go west, you can stroll in a quieter atmosphere and walk many small paths without seeing anyone. There are also quantities of birds in the park, but beware, one of the tried to steal my Sandwich as I was eating it!
The park is a credit to the city of Perth and to the civic responsibility of its citizens.

2. South Perth Foreshore

Mend St/South Perth Esplanade | Near Mends St Jetty, South Perth, Western Australia 6151, Australia
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4.5 based on 322 reviews

South Perth Foreshore

Reviewed By Nigel H - Perth, Australia

Always enjoy walks along the South Perth foreshore. Great views over the rver and across to Perth. Combine it with a circular walk across The Narrows and Causway for great views. Look out for any dolphins too ?

3. Kings Park War Memorial

Southern end of Fraser Avenue | Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia 6005, Australia +61 499 999 999
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Kings Park War Memorial

Reviewed By Darlene T - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This place is amazing every time I go there and I have been there a countless number of times! A huge park with a lot of history, memories and greens with breathtaking views of Perth City and the Swan River day time or at night.

4. The Nostalgia Box Museum

16 Aberdeen St | Shop 3, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia +61 8 9227 7377
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5 based on 181 reviews

The Nostalgia Box Museum

The Nostalgia Box is Australia's FIRST and Perth's new interactive Video Game Console Museum. We showcase around 100 consoles, from the 1970s through to the 2000s, you are sure to find most if not all consoles from your childhood as well as many you've never even heard of. Experience what games were like back in the day in our extensive gaming area, classics like Pong, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros, Street Fighter and many more, are all playable! Nostalgia Box takes you back to the wonderful memories of your gaming youth - and gives kids a chance to experience gaming old school style.

Reviewed By Jamesehd - Taoyuan, Taiwan

The nostalgia box was one of the more unique experiences I’ve had in Perth. The staff were very friendly, talkative and helpful. I paid for entrance and walked around, looking at displays of video game consoles through the ages, then later got to play several consoles. You can play pong, Mario Kart 64, Super Mario Bros on NES and more. There is also a shop with a variety of things to buy. I loved it. I’ll go back if I return to Perth.

5. Swan River

Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia +61 432 414 887
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Swan River

Perth's favourite playground, the Swan River is a stunning waterway which winds its way from the Darling Scarp to Fremantle. This natural attraction is popular location for Perth locals and visitors to enjoy a day out boating, fishing, skiing, paddling, swimming, picnicking or simply enjoying its vista.Rich in environmental and cultural values, the Swan River was named Derbal Yerrigan by the local Aboriginals who believe that the river was created by the rainbow serpent ‘Waugal’, a dreamtime spirit taking the form of a giant snake. It is believed that the Waugal created creeks, waterholes, lakes and Valleys on its journey to the ocean.

Reviewed By BobWE - Manhattan Beach, CA

We harbored at Fremantle and boarded a river boat which sailed to Perth. A beautiful and relaxing cruise that took about 45 minutes and provided many photo opportunities. Beautiful and expensive homes line the shore as we cruised along. The Swan River is fed by the Avon, Canning and Helena Rivers. In the 60km long Swan river there are over 130 species of fish that inhabit the Swan River, including bull sharks, catfish, rays and bream. Bottlenose dolphins are occasionally seen in the estuary but were not observed during our tour. The Femantle tour to Perth placed us directly in downtown Perth.

6. Fraser Avenue Lookout

Fraser Avenue, Kings Park | Near corner of Wadjuk Way, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia 6005, Australia
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4.5 based on 357 reviews

Fraser Avenue Lookout

Reviewed By Merilyn_S_12 - Darwin, Australia

This is a great place to view the city of perth at night. I'd recommend driving to get here. It's a bit awkward with public transport.

7. The Perth Mint

Cbd 310 Hay St | East Perth, Perth, Western Australia 6004, Australia +61 8 9421 7376
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

The Perth Mint

The Perth Mint Gold Exhibition has recently undergone a major renovation to upgrade the visitor experience. One of Western Australia's leading tourist attractions, The Perth Mint offers a unique combination of activities, Exhibitions and demonstrations, enabling visiting to experience the astonishing allure of gold.

Reviewed By BobWE - Manhattan Beach, CA

The Perth Mint provides tour of the facility and the ability to purchase Australian gold coins and other mint products for a reasonable price. The one hour tour guides you through Australia's largest and most highly accredited precious metals Enterprise. The mint manufactures and distributes platinum, silver and gold coins for collectors and customers worldwide. The mint displays inexpensive to very expensive gold nugget and other precious metals jewelry, coins, and bullion bars. Open seven days a week. The first phase of the tour provides a display of the largest gold coin in the world (Guinness World Record Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin). You then have the opportunity to view very large gold nuggets collected in Australia. There is a demonstration of a gold formation into a bullion bar. You have the opportunity to actually hold and lift up a gold bullion bar (very protected) worth a great deal of money. The entrance into the tour displays. The Perth Mint is Australia's official bullion mint and wholly owned by the Government of Western Australia. Established 1899 and be provided with tales of the Mint’s golden past, and learn of the gold mining legends and events that have shaped Western Australia. At the end of the tour you have the opportunity to weigh yourself and have the weight covered into the value of gold on that date. Your value in gold is then printed out on a slip of paper which you are given. Parking is free and there is no fee for entrance.

8. Lotterywest Federation Walkway

Fraser Avenue | Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia 6005, Australia
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4.5 based on 372 reviews

Lotterywest Federation Walkway

Reviewed By gfsc5 - Perth, Australia

This walkway isn't too high or too long but does allow people to walk through the treetops and get a different view of parts of King's Park. It's free and fun.

9. St. Mary's Cathedral

17 Victoria Sq, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia +61 8 9223 1350
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4.5 based on 472 reviews

St. Mary's Cathedral

Catholic Cathedral which combines portions built over 3 centuries into the one beautifully renovated buildingPublic Tours every Tuesday at 10:30 am $5.00 donationTickets available at Church Office (across the road - follow the signs)

Reviewed By nola1961 - Baton Rouge, LA

We stopped in for Christmas Eve mass 12/24/2107. So wonderful to see a packed church. We arrived late, due to a mix up, and sat behind the altar. Had great view of the congregation and able to find a seat.
A car park, for a fee, is just down the street if you cannot find on the street parking. It does get very busy close to mass time.

10. Queens Gardens

42-62 Nelson Cres | East Perth, Perth, Western Australia 6004, Australia +61 1300 889 613
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4.5 based on 234 reviews

Queens Gardens

Reviewed By Paul S - Adelaide, Australia

Queens Gardens is an attractive enclosed area close to the WACA. It covers perhaps two blocks, and has garden beds, flowers, a large lily pond and a replica statue of Peter Pan. There are toilet facilities. There is also a large all day parking area close by, but you need to be there by 9 to ensure a place. It is the end stop for the red CAT buses into the city, so a good place to park and enjoy before an easy visit into the city.

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