Perth Tourist Attractions
What to see in Perth City
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Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, sits on the Swan River. Tourism is a part of Western Australia’s economy and there are many attractions in and around Perth, Fremantle and the Swan River.
Some tourists visit Perth as a location on its own and some like to visit all of the best places in Perth as the start or end point when visiting W.A. This article is being written with the traveller in mind who is NOT hiring a car because there is so much to see and do in Perth without needing one. So, save on that expense and use those funds to get around and participate in more things to make your trip really worthwhile. Here’s some ideas on what to do around Perth for budget conscious travellers.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Perth City – Take one of the free walking tours. There are maps available for six different self-guided walking tours, do them all or choose the ones that suit you, they cover areas of interest from art, convicts, aboriginal heritage and historic buildings. You can download the free ‘Perth Trails” app to take your self-guided tours at our own pace. There are also some free guided, city history and art tours that leave from the Perth City Visitor Kiosk on Murray Street. Although they are free, you do need to book your place.
Visit the Optus Stadium or even just wander the grounds around it as there is a heap of beautiful walk paths, sculptures and information plaques full of local history. Take a relaxing ride on the ferry across the river to South Perth for lunch or to visit the Perth Zoo. Retail shopping is available around the pedestrian strips on Hay and Murray Streets and the malls in-between. Yagan Square connects Perth and Northbridge and is full of things to see and do along with plenty of places to grab a bite. Perth and Northbridge provide plenty of night life such as the Twilight Hawkers Markets or many pubs and night clubs.
(Yagan Square – Photo Credit: Tjyllyungoo Lance Chadd) (Barracks Arch – Photo Credit TripAdvisor)
(London Court in Perth – Photo Credit Tourism WA) (South Perth foreshore with ferry and Perth City) (Optus Stadium – Photo Credit Tourism WA)
Kings Park Botanic Gardens – ideal for picnics, photos over the city and breathtaking gardens within the park. Visit the war memorial, trek the LotteryWest Federation Walkway, climb the DNA tower and wander the walking paths. There are five free guided walks you can choose from or take the self-guided Booja Gnarning Walk that shows you how the Noongar people used to live off the land. If you have the energy, you might even like to try Jacob’s Ladder when you’ve finished viewing the park, it takes about 20 minutes to climb up and down.