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–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 and...Read More

  • 2. King's Park

    West Perth | 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...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. 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

  • 5. North Cottesloe

    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), dive...Read More

  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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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  • 8. 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

  • 9. Trigg

    Trigg | Beach–Sight

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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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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