Attractions in Perth

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djtech

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Planning a round the country Aussie Trip, most other cities have plenty of 'famous' attractions but not so much with Perth. I have no idea what to do in Perth apart from the Pinnacles and the Pink Lakes (thought its a bit far away). Any suggestions for places to visit or things to do in Perth? Preferably some unique things only found in perth.

Brandon Loo

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A drive down to the Margaret River area is very popular with tourists to visit the wineries, and nearby is the Busselton area where there's plenty of great beaches and water activities, and caves to explore.


There's lots of country towns 'down south'. Off the top of my head, Pemberton was very lovely especially if you stay on a waterfront chalet for the night.

Nearby is the Gloucester Tree, a 58 metre tree that has rungs pegged into it circling to the top. You can free-climb it for free (just pay park entry fees) – it's not too dangerous.

You're also in the vicinity of the old karri forests, and the Valley of the Giants treetop walk.

If time permits, you could head further south to Albany, which has The Gap and The Blowholes - two quite interesting rock formations carved out by water, and amazing views.

Closer to Perth, Fremantle is a coastal suburb/town with a very rich maritime history. From there, you can catch a ferry to Rottnest Island (or charter a private plane from nearby Jandakot airport if you feel fancy), where you'll find plenty of quokkas.

The CBD and Northbridge are worth checking out especially on weekend evenings, as there have been plenty of new developments in the last few years, such as Elizabeth Quay by the Swan River. Start from one and walk to the other via Yagan Square.

You can catch a Transperth ferry across to South Perth which is a nice area to walk around. Perth Zoo is nearby.

Adjacent to the CBD, Kings Park is a well known botanic garden and worth checking out.

Strolling along the Crawley foreshore, you'll eventually see the iconic blue boat house.

There's plenty more to do depending on your interests - the above suggestions are your more typical 'first time visitor' destinations tailored to country towns and natural formations.

Last editedby Brandon Loo at Dec 10, 2018, 03:15 AM.

broleur

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A drive down to the Margaret River area is very popular with tourists to visit the wineries, and nearby is the Busselton area where there's plenty of great beaches and water activities, and caves to explore.

There's lots of country towns 'down south'. Off the top of my head, Pemberton was very lovely especially if you stay on a waterfront chalet for the night.

Nearby is the Gloucester Tree, a 58 metre tree that has rungs pegged into it circling to the top. You can free-climb it for free (just pay park entry fees) – it's not too dangerous.

You're also in the vicinity of the old karri forests, and the Valley of the Giants treetop walk.

If time permits, you could head further south to Albany, which has The Gap and The Blowholes - two quite interesting rock formations carved out by water, and amazing views.

Closer to Perth, Fremantle is a coastal suburb/town with a very rich maritime history. From there, you can catch a ferry to Rottnest Island (or charter a private plane from nearby Jandakot airport if you feel fancy), where you'll find plenty of quokkas.

The CBD and Northbridge are worth checking out especially on weekend evenings, as there have been plenty of new developments in the last few years, such as Elizabeth Quay by the Swan River. Start from one and walk to the other via Yagan Square.

You can catch a Transperth ferry across to South Perth which is a nice area to walk around. Perth Zoo is nearby.

Adjacent to the CBD, Kings Park is a well known botanic garden and worth checking out.

Strolling along the Crawley foreshore, you'll eventually see the iconic blue boat house.

There's plenty more to do depending on your interests - the above suggestions are your more typical 'first time visitor' destinations tailored to country towns and natural formations.
Last edited by Brandon Loo at Dec 10, 2018, 03.15 AM.

This is a great list! I'm an East Coaster who lived in Perth for three years, the whole south-west region from Albany to Busselton is a well kept secret, so incredible.


Around Perth, I'd also suggest the Swan Valley (for more wine) and definitely Cottesloe Beach. If you go up to the Perth Hills, Raeburn Orchards is great for a picnic, the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail for hiking/cycling, or Gooseberry Hill for views of the CBD.


Dan22

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@Djtech - It’s funny as the things you suggested aren’t even in Perth...if your trying to pick the ‘harbour bridge and opera house’ landmarks of Perth then I suggest:

1 - Walk along Swan River starting in Perths CBD, along the new and still developing Elizabeth Quay, up to Kings Parks for views of the whole city - there’s many treks here and much more to explore deeper in the Park.
2. Newly built Yagan Square in perths CBD with its food markets, walking around the malls of CBD around high end King Street and side streets of Queen and Shafto Lane for street art and coffee or bars at night.
3. Northbridge will be busy at night and full of all sorts but there’s some hidden gems here includinbg Sneaky Tony’s - a hidden rum bar in the becakstreets of Perth, jazz bars, whiskey bars, wine bars - take ur pick. Rooftop movies if you’d prefer overlooking the city.
4. Crown Resort and Casino if you want a show, nice meal and bars clubs and gambling all within walking distance
5. Park at Scarborough beach and walk the coastal trek to North Beach. Snorkel or laze about Mettams pool or find your own ‘private beach’ along the way. Get lost walking around 6. Fremantle, the Fremantle markets open all day on weekends definitely worth a visit with lunch on the cafe strip as well as historic sights around finishing up at Little Creatures Brewery
7. For a drive up in the hills only 30m away from CBD try Swan Valley, Pickering Brook, Bickley Valley for wineries and breweries (the latter 2 are more visited by Perth locals whereas Swan Valley gets the tourists. Lemsurdie Falls, Seprentine Falls, Mundaring Weir, John Forrest National Park, Kalamaunda pools - all on our doorstep but a world away that makes you forget about the city.
8. Day trip to Rottenst Island a must!
9. Take a swan river scenic cruise from Perth to Fremantle or up to the foot of the swan valley
10. Cottesloe beach, City Beach and Scarborough are your more popular beaches with few places to eat and shop. Try go in morning, Perth is one of the windiest cities one world. Scarborough has markets on by the beach some days and you can enjoy the sunset over the west coast!

mitchimus

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Maritime Museum in Freo is good

Rotto for the Quokkas - they leave from Barrack St Jetty, Freo or Sorrento Quay
Stadium Tour at Optus Stadium if you like that sort of thing
Yagan Square and Northbridge
Lizzies Lake (Elizabeth Quay)
Little Ferry Company tour along the river in front of the CBD and around to the Stadium and Claisebrook
Ferry to South Perth and a visit to the Zoo
Scarb Beach, City Beach, Cottesloe Beach - beaches are best in the morning although if you want to see the sunset take a wind jacket as it's usually windy in the afternoon. Any beach along the coast is good.
Swan Valley - wineries, distilleries, breweries, chocolate factory, cheese, coffee roasters
Cultural Centre - Art Gallery, State Library
Kings Park
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Dredgy

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Perth's "famous" attractions for me growing up there were Kings Park (great views, nice park) and the Bell Tower. Bell Tower is showing it's age a little now, but the tour was good from memory (I loved it as a kid, less so as a teenager but I was a grumpy teen). I still love the building though.


Perth hills, Swan Valley, Margaret River, Pemberton and the whole Great Southern means if you've got a car and a designated driver you're in one of the best wine regions in the world.

Rottnest is of course justly famous.

Last editedby Dredgy at Dec 10, 2018, 07:26 PM.

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