Flocked by over five million people every year, the King's Park & Botanic Garden is one of the most popular destinations of Western Australia. Nestled along the shores of Swan River, the park faces the bustling Central Business District of the city. Sprawling across a massive area of 400 hectares (990 acres), the park boasts of national monuments and memorials. Tranquil pathways lined with a variety of Eucalyptus trees lead to dramatic vantage points, vibrant flowerbeds or grassy meadows where locals and tourists bask under the glorious sun. The park's major attraction is its colorful botanical garden, boasting of 2000 species of endemic flora. A recreational hub, the park plays host to several flower festivals, exhibitions, and live music performances. Come nightfall, the park is the perfect place to enjoy the bedazzled skyline of the city juxtaposed against the starry night sky.
Closely linked to with the beautiful city of Perth, the Swan River defines sheer beauty. The river gracefully flows from the serene countryside and suburbs of Perth and then forms a union with the sea at the popular Fremantle Bay. Being the focal point of the city, the sparkling waters flow from the Avon Valley. The riverbed is buzzing with attractions for people of all ages who wish to indulge in some leisure. Some of the prominent ones include the Black Swan Island, the spectacular King's park and the Herrison Island to name a few. Take a cruise by the river or partake in the many activities that take place at the river bank.
Only 25 minutes by ferry from the mainland, enjoy this aquatic paradise. Rottnest Island, boasts numerous fantastic beaches. For traveling within the region, bicycles, the main source of transport, can be hired at Thomson Bay. The amazing array of marine life living in the coral reefs (that fringe the island) ensure superb snorkeling and scuba diving. The island also proves very popular with city surfers short on good surf. Beware, the flora and fauna is protected, including the cute quokkas (native marsupials like mini-kanagroos).
The sprawling white beaches in Perth are sensational, this one tends to be particularly popular. Regular swimmers, picnicking families and sun-bakers frequent Cottlesloe. It also offers a wonderful choice of locations to watch the sunset. Enjoy spectacular views across the Indian Ocean from one of the many cafes and restaurants along Marine Parade or from a tranquil spot on the sand. At the southern end of the beach, a reasonably sheltered reef proves a great spot for snorkeling. The main beach area has showers and toilets.
Enjoy a superb summer evening of theater or dance at Quarry Amphitheatre. This renovated limestone quarry, set in a serene surrounding with the city lights as a backdrop, offers a perfect location for an evening outing. The Quarry program features an excellent mixture of professional and amateur acts. The venue boasts a great little cafe, licensed bar, and a pre-ordered hamper service. The other option, take your own picnic. The amphitheater is also available for weddings and private functions.
What was originally built by and for the inmates of Fremantle Prison is a full-fledged tourist site in Freemantle today. Constructed in the 1850s, it operated as a maximum-security prison until 1991, although the final hanging was conducted in 1964. Ensconced amid well-manicured lawns, the stately limestone buildings set an eerie scene for touring visitors. According to a legend, ghosts of the inmates haunt the Fremantle Prison till date and for those with an interest in the paranormal, it also hosts nighttime paranormal and torchlight tours of the prison, alongside other special events and exhibitions. From the spooky pathways, banal cells to the interrogation rooms, the tours offer an insight into the everyday life of convicts. On-site facilities include a cafe, a souvenir shop, ice cream parlor, and photography service.
A favorite with outdoor enthusiasts, this is one of the longest walking tracks in Australia. It stretches 598.38 miles (963 kilometres) from Kalamunda to Albany. The track winds and climbs through spectacular scenery including Jarrah and Karri forests unique to Western Australia. For those not keen to spend six weeks on their feet, the return trip from Kalamunda to Mundaring Weir Hotel proves a comfortable day walk.
The Vietnamese Buddhist Temple or the Chua Chanh Giac Temple is the headquarters of the Vietnamese Buddhist Association in Perth. It is well attended throughout the day and in the evenings. Situated in the busy Northbridge, (an area which is home to many Vietnamese restaurants, shops, and other businesses) the temple provides a refuge from work for many members of the Vietnamese community. It also acts as a focal point for social and cultural activities during holidays and weekends. The temple plays an important role as a center for Buddhist religious teachings in the city.
This area combines heritage, arts and cafes. George Street provides a wonderful place to enjoy a delicious breakfast before wandering through the galleries, antique shops and surrounding streets. The precinct boasts a charming street scape lined with terraced houses in the free classical style. The George Street area emerged in the early 1900s and reflects a variety of styles from that period. Do not miss zany Hubble Street or a visit to the arts and crafts center.
Gallery East exhibits a range of traditional and contemporary Asian and Western art in a number of mediums. This one-of-a-kind gallery presents unique pieces by prominent as well as lesser-known artists. The gallery space relies on a minimal design concept that proves particularly effective as a viewing space. A courtyard area, attached to the gallery space, contributes nicely to the creative ambiance. Prices for art pieces vary from exhibit to exhibit.
Located near Council House and a pretty parkland with a lake, the Armadale History House Museum offers a pleasant spot for an outing. Armadale History House is part of the Minnawarra Historic precinct. The museum contains pioneer exhibits, Aboriginal history displays as well as geological finds from the area. The attendants are helpful, friendly and well informed. History House staff are more than happy to assist with directions, so call beforehand.
Sunset Coast is a coastal area located in the Australian city of Perth. This bustling area is known for the various activities like fishing, swimming, kite-surfing and other water sports. The tourist attractions like Marmion Marine Park, Sorrento Quay and AQWA are worth visiting. It is a perfect option for a fun day trip with family and friends.