Perth is small but forever growing and from the bronze kangaroo statues on Saint Georges Terrace to the 1,003 acres that make up Kings Park, there’s plenty to do without barely leaving the city centre.
1 – KINGS PARK
A beautiful introduction to W.A., Kings Park sits high above Perth, giving a panoramic view of the city and Swan River. It’s a combination of grassed areas, bushland and gardens which showcase many of our native wildflowers. Grab some meat and salad before you head up and have a true Aussie barbeque for lunch before checking out the war memorial, Aboriginal art gallery or Federation Walkway. If you’re ready to burn off those sausages, head over to Jacob’s Ladder – a set of no less than 240 steps where you’ll find locals performing their daily fitness regime. Be sure to visit the park twice during your time in Perth – the sparkling waters during the day are stunning while the city lights at night provide a view you don’t want to miss!
2 – SHOPPING
If you like your shopping, Murray Street and Hay Street mall will be your first stop, with the majority of stores located along these streets. Stroll down London Court and if your timing’s right, hear the clock chiming every quarter of an hour. For all your designer needs, head to King Street where you’ll find the likes of Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co as well as Australian labels Sass & Bide and Kookai. If you’re looking for something a little more funky (and affordable!), Shafto Lane will provide the goods, with Perth favourite Pigeonhole. For the only place in Perth that you’ll find outlet stores, take the 20 minute walk along Wellington Street or grab a free yellow or green CAT bus to Watertown and shop ’til your heart’s content (or your wallet’s empty!).
3 – ZOO
The zoo can’t be missed and although it’s not technically in the city, it’s an easy and scenic trip over to South Perth. Wander down to Riverside Drive, checking out the Bell Tower on the way, and jump on a ferry at the Barrack Street jetty, crossing the Swan River where it’s then just a short walk to the zoo. The variety of animals have generous enclosures, there’s plenty of informative talks and if you’re visiting during the summer there’s often extra events happening. Complete your day by taking a stroll along the South Perth foreshore, and enjoy dinner with a view of the river and sparkling city before taking the ferry back across the water.
4 – WINE & DINE
You can’t have a day out in the city without finishing it off with dinner and drinks at a trendy bar. Try The Aviary for Perth’s largest rooftop restaurant and bar, or head to the old West Australian print factory now converted to the stylish and chic Print Hall. If you’re wanting something a little more casual head up to the rooftop in the same building for Bob’s Bar or make your way to William Street to try Bar 399 or the Mechanics Institute. There’s so many options you may just have to try a new one every night!
5 – SWAN RIVER
Experience the Swan River the right way with a full or half day cruise along the water. Catch the boat from Barrack Street jetty and choose to travel to the Swan Valley or Fremantle, or just enjoy a sumptuous meal and drinks while admiring the sights of Perth. Experience the city from a different perspective, take in the beautiful scenery and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. You’ll return relaxed, full and happy.
Perth is constantly expanding and there’s so many places to explore outside of the city centre, why not visit Fremantle, The Swan Valley or Hillarys, or venture out to Rottnest Island or The Avon Valley.