The most isolated city in the world, Perth is located on the west coast of Australia. It’s about 2,100 kilometers away from Adelaide, the nearest city of any considerable size. Although it certainly takes some getting to, it is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and is renowned for its laidback lifestyle, beautiful beaches, and sunny skies.
Lying on the banks of the Swan River and the shores of the Indian Ocean, the once sleepy backwater now hums with life, and there is a very vibrant feel to the place. Besides the wealth of historical and cultural tourist attractions in Perth, there are lots of fantastic bars, cafes, and restaurants for you to try out, as well as lots of great shops and boutiques.
Established in 1891 as a geological museum, the Western Australian Museum has slowly morphed into an institution that deals with the history and culture of the whole state – the largest in the country. Due to its mammoth task, the museum’s extensive collection is spread over six sites, with the fantastic museum in the Perth Cultural Center being just one of them.
With fascinating displays on the state’s rich cultural heritage, natural history, and humble beginnings found alongside many others, it is a great place to head to if you want to know more about Perth and the state at large.
Boasting the longest underwater tunnel in Australia, which stretches for a staggering 98 meters, the Aquarium of Western Australia promises to be a fun-filled day out for all the family. Watching sharks, stingrays, turtles, and fish swim above you is a magical experience and is just one of the aquarium’s many attractions.
Focussing on marine species found along the coast of Western Australia, its informative displays teach you all there is to know about everything from leafy seadragons and saltwater crocodiles to sandbar sharks and rock lobsters. With over 400 different species on display, divided among its various marine habitats, a visit to the aquarium is as educational as it is entertaining.
Named after Queen Elizabeth II, this fantastic urban redevelopment project lies on the banks of the Swan River around an artificial inlet, just a short walk away from Perth’s CBD.
Only opened in 2015, Elizabeth Quay exhibits some wonderfully innovative architecture. The gentle curves of its bridge and the abstract shapes and sculptures on show seem to mimic the motion of the water all around them.
Besides its colorful playground, the quay has some great waterfront restaurants and cafes for you to try out, and regularly hosts different cultural events and festivals. Due to its proximity to the center of the city and the bus, train, and ferry links that lie nearby, the quay also functions as a transport hub, so lots of people pass through during the day.
Lying just outside of Perth, Swan Valley has long been noted for its fertile soils, which lend themselves perfectly to viticulture and other types of agriculture. Over the last 50 years or so, numerous wineries and vineyards have sprung up in the region. Nowadays, there are over 40 different estates for you to visit.
Set among picturesque countryside with rolling fields and vine-covered hills all around them, the Swan Valley Vineyards are a brilliant place to head to if you want to sample some of the finest wines in Australia. As well as taking a peaceful cruise along the river, visitors can also stop off to taste some of the excellent cheeses produced in the area.
Overlooking the Swan River, this futuristic-looking building is certainly unlike any other Bell Tower you’ve seen before. It is one of the most unique and iconic designs in the whole of Perth.
Remarkably enough, the spaceship-shaped bell tower houses a number of historic bells. The oldest of them is from St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London and dates to 1550. These still ring out, centuries later, for all to hear.
From the top of the bell tower, you can enjoy fabulous views out over the city and its surroundings. Designed by local architects, the glass-clad spire and giant steel columns originally received criticism from Perthites, although they are now widely lauded as a success due to the increased interest and investment the tower has brought to the riverside area.
Lying just off the coast of Rockingham to the south of Perth, Penguin Island is named after the cute little critters that inhabit its cliffs, headlands, and beaches. Connected to the mainland by a tidal sandbar, at low tide, the island can be walked to – although most people simply take a ferry. A few intrepid adventurers opt to kayak or even swim to its rugged shores.
Numbering around 1200 or so, the colony of penguins is just one of the island’s many draws. Walking along its numerous boardwalks and walkways is also a popular pastime; they offer fantastic views out over the ocean.
Due to the rough waves that pound the shore, Penguin Island also boasts some brilliant surf spots. At some of the more secluded beaches, you can even go swimming in the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean.
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