Perth maybe known as one of the most relaxed cities in the world, but there are still plenty of activities and places to visit if you want to keep busy during your holiday. Capital of Western Australia and home to around a million people, the city has plenty of fun-filled activities for you to explore.
Read on for some of the most popular attractions that may whet your appetite during your holiday.
The Aquarium of Western Australia, AQWA for short, is without a doubt one of the finest activities Perth has to offer. With five different themed areas to discover, there is more than enough to keep you entertained for a day whilst giving you the chance to explore 12,000 km of coastline.
AQWA offers opportunities such as snorkelling or diving with the sharks, while an underwater reef walk could be an experience to remember for a long time.
Fremantle Prison is actually Western Australia’s first World Heritage Site. A tunnel tour gives you the chance to explore the many tunnels that lie beneath the prison, making it one of Perth’s premier tourist attractions.
The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower is one of the most well-known landmarks in Western Australia and is actually among one of the biggest musical instruments in the world and an interesting place to enjoy the Perth city skyline with amazing 360-degree views.
Interactive demonstrations give visitors the opportunity to get hands-on and try out bell-ringing for themselves with bells dating back to the 14th century.
Caversham Wildlife Park
Just 15 kilometres from the city of Perth lies Caversham Wildlife Park which is certainly one of the must-see tourist attractions in Western Australia. It is based in Whiteman Park and is home to one of the biggest collections of native fauna in Australia. Here you can bottle-feed lambs, milk cows and watch sheep shearing demonstrations – great for the grandkids.
Koalas, wombats and kangaroos provide a lot of photo opportunities and there is the chance to enjoy a camel ride.
The Perth Mint
Fancy getting your hands on some gold bullion? The Perth Mint is the day out for you. The Mint is currently playing host to the largest, heaviest, and most valuable gold bullion coins in the world, making it one of the top attractions for anyone staying at hotels in Perth.
You may want to take advantage of the Perth Mint Shop and buy your own natural gold nuggets, collector coins, exclusive jewellery and more.
Home to over 200 species – Perth Zoo is definitely one of the most popular tourist attractions this part of Australia has to offer. With over 1,500 animals living at the zoo there is lots to see and do, with kangaroos, koalas and dingoes among the variety of animals. You can even feed a giraffe or get the chance to meet a Galapagos tortoise if you are lucky.
Perfect for the grandchildren, Scitech is home to Australasia’s largest planetarium, while the vast range of hands-on exhibits and exhibitions means a whole day can easily be spent here. A working CSIRO lab is one of the most favourite attractions Scitech has to offer, while various interactive science experiences will keep you and the grandchildren entertained.
Perth Cultural Centre
A fascinating day out, Perth Cultural Centre gives you the chance to explore the lives of the Aboriginal people. The Art Gallery of WA features the largest aboriginal art exhibition in Australia, while the WA Museum has unique biodiversity, flora and fauna to enjoy.
There is an urban orchard and an array of markets to explore – there is even free WiFi available.
Fremantle Markets offers around 150 stalls featuring local produce to explore. The Baby Animal Farm in the Market Lane is one of the most exciting parts of the markets, offering you the chance to play with kid goats and piglets, and to meet ducklings, bunnies, lambs and guinea pigs.
Saturday morning is the ideal time to visit Fremantle Markets if you are travelling with young grandchildren, as this is when the Market Fairies come out to play, offering face painting and balloon twisting.