Perth is a lovely city along Australia’s west coast that boasts stunning gardens, fine dining and plenty of entertainment. The capital city of Western Australia is also located close to several incredible national parks, reefs and beaches.
The city centre is a great spot for dining, shopping and a night out. There are ample restaurants from cheap eats to award-winning fine dining sprinkled throughout the city. A large variety of shops and boutiques sell items for every buyer. And the city is home to many small bars with different quirks and charms.
Kings Park and Botanic Gardens is one of the most popular spots to visit in the city. It has a wide array of flora sectioned into different gardens and lawns. The area also features some interesting memorials and statues. Kings Park has a few retail and dining options, including gallery shops, cafés and the award-winning Fraser’s Restaurant. There is a lookout at the park’s edge that offers a dazzling view of the Swan River and city skyline.
Elizabeth Quay is another hot spot in Perth. The quay is located along the water’s edge of Swan River. It is newly remodeled and there are plans for more additions in the future. Elizabeth Quay Bridge gives a bit of distance from the city centre for a spectacular view of Perth’s skyline. It is a pedestrian bridge and quite a sight to behold itself.
One of my favorite parts of Elizabeth Quay is Annalakshmi Restaurant. It is an Indian restaurant that is donation based and offers a delicious buffet. Eat your fill of scrumptious Indian food and pay what you think is fair. The restaurant is quite large with lots of seating indoors and outdoors with a beautiful view of the quay and the city beyond.
Nearby is the Barrack Street Jetty, which is one of the ports to catch a ferry to Rottnest Island. The Bell Tower is a large musical instrument located adjacent to Elizabeth Quay in Barrack Square. The tower houses eighteen bells, which are played by expert bell ringers from noon to 1 p.m. every Sunday, Monday and Thursday. Tours are available to explore the public areas in the tower and to try your hand at ringing the bells. The sixth floor has an observation deck with great views of the city and surrounding area. Tower tours are offered every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Perth Zoo is about five minutes south of the city centre. The zoo houses more than 1,200 animals from all over the world, including an Australia Walkabout and Asian Rainforest. A bit further northwest of the city is the Aquarium of Western Australia. The aquarium features marine life from all around the southern and western coasts of Australia as well as dangerous sea creatures from around the world. The aquarium also offers adventures to have a more in-depth interaction with the animals, including a sleepover and a dive or snorkel with sharks.
The aquarium is located in Hillarys Boat Harbour, which is an entertainment, dining and shopping center in Perth. The harbour has a large variety of shops and restaurants. There is also a park area and a sectioned off swimming area for a safe dip in the Indian Ocean. Hillarys is also one of the ports to catch a ferry to Rottnest Island.
There are several popular and stunning beaches near Perth. Cottesloe Beach is home to stunning turquoise water and several quaint cafés. Trigg Beach is a good spot for families with its playground and grass area. Mettams Pool at North Beach is popular for snorkeling.