Australia & NZ
Top Four Attractions in Perth, Australia
The jewel of Western Australia, Perth is known as one of the most naturally beautiful cities on earth. It earns this designation from the fact that it is so isolated from other cities — the nearest metropolitan center is over one thousand miles away.
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Surrounded by natural beauty instead, Perth is the perfect choice for a holiday vacation to get away from it all. Spring (September – November) is the best time to visit, as the wildflowers will be in full bloom, though if you’re going for the beaches, summer (December – February) will be your best bet. Regardless of when you visit, however, there are many ways to keep busy and entertained on your stay in Perth, Australia.
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1) Perth Cultural Center – This numbered listing cheats a little bit, because the Cultural Center is home to so many must-see places. Home to three museums (local historic art, social and natural history, and contemporary art), the state library, and the old Perth Gaol, you can spend a day soaking up all the information you need to know about the city and the region. Located in the Central Business District on the Northbridge side, you can get here via any train that goes through the central Perth Train Station.
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2) Kings Park – Located at the western edge of the city, on the shores of the Swan River, Kings Park is the largest inner-city park in the world. It is unique in that a large portion has, through conservation, remained exactly how the land would have looked if Perth hadn’t been built. With over three hundred native bushland plant varieties and eighty bird species, Kings Park is an explosion of colour each spring, when people come by the thousands to admire the native wildlife of Western Australia. The Kings Park Festival, when all the most beautiful blossoms are on display, takes place in September of each year. The park also hosts numerous art galleries, memorials, scientific centers, and walking paths for the enjoyment of its visitors.
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3) Swan Bells – Every city has a tower from which you can view the surrounding area. With the ocean to one side and over one thousand miles of natural beauty on the other, not to mention the largest city park in the world alongside the rolling Swan River, it is only natural that Perth should have one as well. The Swan Bells, a viewing deck in a three-hundred foot bell tower, is Perth’s viewing facility of choice. Surrounded by fountains and rimmed by a “sail” reminiscent of the architecture at the Sydney Opera House, this is not the highest viewing tower in the world, but it is definitely in the running for the most beautiful one. The path to the bell tower, surrounded by palm trees and gently flowing water, is inlaid with tiles created by the children from nearly every school in Western Australia.
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4) Rottnest Island – While Perth is renowned for its natural beauty, a city is still a city, and sometimes you just want to get away. Rottnest Island, located 19 km (12 mi) west of neighboring Fremantle, provides a great day trip surrounded by nature.
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Whether you want to rest on white sand beaches with ocean all around you, or you want to scuba dive and explore famous shipwrecks, or whether you just want to walk through the well-tended paths on the wildlife preserve, there’s something at Rottnest for every type of nature lover. Rottnest was once used as an Aboriginal prison, and many of the colonial houses, marked and made into historic sites, stand as chilling reminders of that past.
So folks, if you’re about to spend your mini-vacation in Australia, head on and book your Perth hotel right now — there’s plenty to see.