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

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AQWA: Aquarium of Western Australia

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

Art Gallery of Western Australia

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

Batavia Coast

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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...

Cohunu Koala Park

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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...


  • Beach–Sight

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...

King's Park

  • Garden/Arboretum

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...

London Court

  • Local Interest–Sight

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

Nambung National Park

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

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

North Cottesloe

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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

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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...


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