Perth Sights

Because of its relative colonial youth, Perth has an advantage over most other capital cities in that it was laid out with foresight. Streets were planned so that pedestrian traffic could flow smoothly from one avenue to the next, and this compact city remains easy to negotiate on foot. Many points of interest are in the downtown area close to the banks of the Swan River, while shopping arcades

and pedestrian malls are a short stroll away.

The city center (CBD, or Central Business District), a pleasant blend of old and new, runs along Perth's major business thoroughfare, St. George's Terrace, as well as on parallel Hay and Murray streets.

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North Cottesloe

  • Beach–Sight

This is the quieter end of Cottesloe where local residents go to walk their dogs (a section by Grant Street is a designated dog beach),...

Perth Mint

  • Museum/Gallery

All that glitters is gold at the Perth Mint, one of the oldest mints in the world still operating from its original premises, and a reminder...

Perth Zoo

  • Zoo/Aquarium

From kangaroos to crocodiles and venemous Aussie snakes to Asian sunbears and orangutans, this expansive, more than century-old zoo is...


  • Beach–Sight

The beach may be beautiful and the waves surfable, but there’s little else to do in Scarborough, save grab a latte from an uncharacteristically...

Scitech Discovery Centre

  • Museum/Gallery

Interactive science and technology displays educate and entertain visitors of all ages. There are more than 100 hands-on general science...


  • Beach–Sight

While lovely, Swanbourne tends to keep a lower profile within Perth's beach scene, largely due to its nudist-friendly stretch which is...

The Bell Tower

  • Local Interest–Sight

The spire-like Bell Tower is home to one of the world's largest musical instruments, the 12 antique Swan Bells, which have surprising...


  • Beach–Sight

Surfers and body boarders favor this beach, riding the transparent blue waves from Trigg Point and Trigg Island, sometimes crashing into...

Western Australian Museum and Old Perth Gaol

  • Building/Architectural Site

Whether you fancy getting close to a taxidermied wallaby, dinosaur fossils, meteorites, or hundreds of colorful butterflies, you'll find...

Yanchep National Park

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Sure, it’s nice to cuddle a koala in an enclosure, but it’s far more exciting to see them in the wild, just above your head. Take...