Perth

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. Georges Terrace, as well as on parallel Hay and Murray streets.

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  • 1. Cottesloe

    Cottesloe | Beach

    Perth's poster beach is as beguiling as it is relaxing, what with its soft cream sand, transparent blue waters, and strip of beachy pubs and...Read More

  • 2. King's Park

    West Perth | Garden

    Locals boast that this is one of the few inner-city parks to dwarf New York City's Central Park; it covers 1,000-acres and grants eye-popping...Read More

  • 3. AQWA: Aquarium of Western Australia

    Hillarys | Zoo/Aquarium

    Huge, colorful aquariums filled with some 400 different species of local sea creatures—including sharks that are 13 feet long—from along the...Read More

  • 4. Art Gallery of Western Australia

    CBD | Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1895, the Art Gallery of Western Australia is home to more than 17,000 treasures and numerous free exhibitions of Indigenous and...Read More

  • 5. Batavia Coast

    Museum/Gallery

    A drive along this part of the coast, which starts at Green Head, 285 km (178 miles) north of Perth, and runs up to Kalbarri, takes you past...Read More

  • 6. Cohunu Koala Park

    Byford | Amusement Park/Water Park

    The main lure at this 30-acre property is the joy of cuddling a koala (for an additional A$25 fee). But the other native animals, such as emus...Read More

  • 7. London Court

    CBD | Pedestrian Mall

    Gold-mining entrepreneur Claude de Bernales built this quaint outdoor shopping arcade in 1937. Today it's a magnet for anyone with a camera...Read More

  • 8. Nambung National Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Imagine an eerie moonscape where pale yellow limestone formations loom as high as 15 feet: this is Nambung National Park and its most famous...Read More

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  • 9. North Cottesloe

    North Cottesloe | Beach

    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), dive...Read More

  • 10. Perth Mint

    CBD | 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...Read More

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  • 11. Perth Zoo

    South Perth | Zoo/Aquarium

    From kangaroos to crocodiles and venomous Aussie snakes to Asian sun bears and orangutans, this expansive, more than century-old zoo is an easy...Read More

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  • 12. Scarborough

    Beach

    After the West Australian Premier described the Scarborough precinct as “tired and old,” the state government pledged A$30 million to pretty...Read More

  • 13. Scitech Discovery Centre

    West Perth | Museum/Gallery

    Interactive science and technology displays educate and entertain visitors of all ages—particularly the younger ones—in this excellent facility...Read More

  • 14. Swanbourne

    Beach

    While lovely, Swanbourne tends to keep a lower profile within Perth's beach scene, largely due to its nudist-friendly stretch dominated by men...Read More

  • 15. The Bell Tower

    CBD | Museum/Gallery

    The spirelike Bell Tower is home to one of the world's largest musical instruments, the 12 antique Swan Bells, which have surprising historical...Read More

  • 16. Trigg

    Trigg | Beach

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

  • 17. Western Australian Museum and Old Perth Gaol

    CBD | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 18. Yanchep National Park

    Yanchep | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    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 the 240-meter...Read More

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  • 19. Wheel of Perth

    CBD | Tour–Sight

    This observation wheel with 36 passenger capsules—taking up to eight people each—rises about 160 feet above the foreshore near the Swan River...Read More

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