Perth has attractions that appeal to all types of visitors. There’s plenty to do and see in the city. The attractions include beautiful parks, art and culture, nature, and fun activities.
Perth has also some of the most pristine coastline in the world, with white sand beaches and sparkling blue water.
Inaugurated in 1899, the Perth Mint once manufactured coins made of gold from the Australian mines, under the control of the British Empire. Today, the Perth Mint still produces gold bars and coins, but for collectors. It is the oldest Mint still in operation in Australia.
Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, the museum, housed in an annex to the Mint, displays coins, precious metals and gold mining and refinery techniques used in the past. Visitors can also watch how pure gold is melted and transformed into gold bars. In addition to coins, the museum shop also sells gold and silver jewellery and other souvenirs.
Perth Mint Website
Address: 310 Hay Street
East Perth 6004 WA
Designed and opened in the late 19th Century and covering an area of over 400,000 hectares, Kings Park has stunning views across the city and Swan River. The Botanic Gardens, lakes and man-made waterfalls are located in the East of the park. Visitors can follow trails, or enjoy a picnic or barbecue in the open air.
Kings Park Website
Address: Kings Park/Fraser Avenue
West Perth 6005 WA
On the North of Sunset Coast is Underwater World, a giant aquarium with sharks, stingrays and several other marine creatures, which can be viewed from an underwater tunnel. The aquarium’s main attraction is the Touch Pool, where visitors can touch the stingrays, turtles and sharks. The resident dolphins are a major attraction, delighting visitors with their spectacular shows.
Open daily from 10am to 5pm.
Address: 91 Southside Drive
Hillarys 6025 WA
With more than 50 kilometres of white, sandy beaches, Sunset Coast has beaches to suit all tastes. To the South, Cottesloe Beach, with its grassy areas and trees, is popular with families.
Surfers, meanwhile, head for Scarborough Beach, which has strong currents that might not be suitable for less experienced swimmers. Trigg Island Beach, further to the North of Scarborough Beach, also a good place for surfing, and Swanbourne Beach, North of Cottesloe Beach, is a nudist beach.
South of Perth, a short distance from the city centre by ferry, is the local zoo, set in beautiful gardens and inspired by values of conservation and preservation of the species. The zoo’s attractions include a nocturnal animal house, a petting farm, a wildlife park, and animals from the African Savannah.
The zoo is open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Perth Zoo Website
Address: 20 Labouchere Road
South Perth 6151 WA
The Western Australian Museum contains exhibits on the local colonisation history. It is housed in a complex that includes the 1856-built Old Perth Gaol, where exhibitions on the life of the first explorers of the city take place, and Roe Street Cottage, built in 1863 and renovated in 1991, among other colonial buildings.
Open daily from 9.30am to 5pm.
WA Museum Website
Address: Perth Cultural Centre/James Street
Perth 6000 WA