Top 10 Best Perth Attractions
Looking for the most popular things to do in and around Perth? We put together a list of the top 10 best Perth attractions for you to enjoy! Here in Australia’s sunniest capital the ocean sunsets, wineries and bushlands are close enough to be enjoyed in a day. All the finest ingredients for a fantastic holiday can be found here and it is no wonder that Perth is so high on the list of the world’s most liveable cities. Get a taste of the local lifestyle with these urban experiences.
First on the list of top 10 best Perth attractions is Penguin Island. Located 45 minutes south of Perth and a five minute ferry ride across Shoalwater Bay, Penguin Island is one of Australia’s premier nature based tourism destinations. The star attraction is the little penguin – the smallest species in the world. Visitors can get up close to the penguins at the Discovery Centre where rangers host three daily penguin feedings (costs may apply). This is your best opportunity to see these creatures as they’re shy and spend most daylight hours feeding at sea or hidden in their burrows.
Penguin Island lies in the heart of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park which abounds with wildlife including dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, pelicans and seabirds. Underwater there are reefs and sea-grass meadows for snorkelers to enjoy. On the island, nature lovers can explore boardwalks and lookouts. Enjoy a picnic area overlooking a beach – perfect for children to have a swim while parents relax.
Penguin Island closes from early June to 14 September each year for the little penguin nesting season.
Rockingham Wild Encounters operates an hourly ferry service to Penguin Island from 15 September to early June (costs apply). They also offer a range of cruises to explore more of the marine park.
Perth’s iconic Cottesloe Beach is as pretty as a picture. It’s one of the city’s most popular spots for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and drinking in ocean sunsets over a glass of wine, a refreshing beer or a relaxed dinner.
‘Cott’, as it’s affectionately known, can be reached by car, bus or train from Perth. Take the 15 minute drive from the city, hop on the regular Transperth buses, or jump on the Fremantle train line and enjoy a pleasant 600 metre walk to the beach from Cottesloe station.
What makes it a favourite among Perth’s 19 sensational white sand beaches is its many charms. Shady Norfolk Pines, smooth terraced lawns and pristine sands offer the perfect setting for a lazy afternoon or family day out.
A buzzing boulevard of restaurants, cafes and bars is the place to be seen enjoying a beachside breakfast, lunch, dinner, sunset drinks or a lively Sunday session.
Crystal clear waters and consistent swell make it a regular hangout for swimmers, body boarders and surfers, while the rocks and reefs invite snorkellers to hit the water too.
In March, you’ll also see Sculpture by the Sea transform the foreshore into the most incredible outdoor gallery space.
Take in one of the most photogenic cityscapes from the Swan River and its foreshore, joining Perth locals for a walk, cycle, jog, picnic, spot of sailing and fishing or a gentle river cruise. The city stands proudly on its banks, with Perth’s brilliant blue skies and many vantage points offering perfect photo opportunities. Head to Kings Park and Botanic Garden or a 180 degree panorama of the river, cityscape and Darling Range beyond.
Hop on the ferry to South Perth for a lazy lunch, or relax on the sweeping beach of Matilda Bay.
Follow the river to Fremantle, and gaze in awe at some of Perth’s most opulent riverside residences. Or cruise to the upper reaches to sample the fruits and heritage of Western Australia’s oldest wine region – the Swan Valley.
Those in search of water based thrills – hire a surf cat, try twilight sailing, jump on a jet ski, throw in a fishing line.
In winter, the Swan River is also the setting for the Avon Descent – a gruelling two day time trial that tests novices and Olympic champions from far and wide. Pitch yourself on the river banks and take in this amazing spectacle.
BARRACK STREET JETTY
Meander along Barrack Street Jetty to visit the towering glass spire of the Swan Bells. Indulge your tastebuds with a range of waterfront restaurants, casual bars and quality cafés. Enjoy the tranquil views across the Swan River while you sit back and soak up the lively atmosphere.
If you feel like getting out on the water, take the inexpensive public transport ferry across the river to South Perth, to wander along the foreshore or visit the zoo. For a more extended cruise head out to the picturesque Swan Valley on a wine tasting cruise, take a whale watching tour, or head across the ocean to Rottnest Island. All services depart from Barrack Street Jetty.
If you are looking for a distinctive souvenir or memento of your stay, check out the unique offerings from the exclusive boutiques in Barrack Square. With a range of authentic Australian handmade art, artefacts, giftware and uniquely Australian attire such as Akubra hats and crocodile leather merchandise, you will find something to suit all tastes and budgets.
Right in the centre of the city, the Barrack Street Jetty is an easy stroll from the bus and train stations or the Hay Street Mall.
KITTY’S GORGE, SERPENTINE NATIONAL PARK
Kitty’s Gorge Walk Trail is one of the beautiful walks accessible from the historic town of Jarrahdale. An hour’s drive south west of Perth, Jarrahdale is an ideal day trip for a walk and lunch at the winery or one of the cafes.
Originally a timber mill town in 1872, with the last mill closing in 1997, Jarrahdale is now a historic town using its jarrah trees for tourism instead of logging.
Kitty’s Gorge Trail is seven kilometres (14 kilometres return) trail that follows the Serpentine River and Gooralong Brook. Along the way, it passes impressive granite outcrops and the brook’s many waterfalls. This Top Trail has steep loose sections and uneven ground and requires a degree of fitness. It can be accessed from either the car park opposite the cemetery in Jarrahdale or from the falls car park in the Serpentine National Park. If walking from the township of Jarrahdale include the short loop of Stacey’s Track.
THE MAZE – HOME OF OUTBACK SPLASH
Surrounded by lush green lawns, large trees and picturesque gardens, The Maze, home of Outback Splash, is a great place to relax in a safe and friendly environment.
With six mazes, including the brand new Hedge Maze, a Giant Jumping Pillow, children’s playground, kangaroos, emus and koalas you will never get bored!
If that doesn’t seem like enough to keep you occupied, from October to April the Waterslide Playground is open to keep you cool with six slides and a giant tipping bucket.
Surrounded by cabanas, sun lounges and shade umbrellas give the venue a resort style ambience. Guests are also welcome to bring their own pop up shade and picnic blankets to ensure they are sun safe for the whole day.
LOTTERYWEST FEDERATION WALKWAY
Enjoy Perth’s famous treetop walk, taking in the spectacular views along the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. Extending 620 metres through Kings Park, the numerous lookouts provide breathtaking views of Perth City, the Mt Eliza escarpment and surrounding rivers. A 222 metre long elevated section with a 16 metre above ground suspension bridge, offers a bird’s eye view of a canopy of tall eucalypts.
The walk takes around 40 minutes to complete, and begins adjacent to the Lord Forrest statue. You will pass by several beautiful wildflower gardens, across the Tuart Lawn, alongside the tranquil Water Garden valley before entering the cathedral of the Marri woodland forest.
With the interpretive signage provided, you will be able to gain a greater insight into the flora, fauna, Aboriginal culture and fascinating history of the area. Nyoongar Aboriginal art, the inspiring landscaping and artistic drawings on the steel bridge pylons create a visually enthralling experience.
Kings Park is an easy walk or cycle from the city; it is also well serviced by buses.
SERPENTINE NATIONAL PARK
With beautiful waterfalls, bushwalking trails and an abundance of native wildlife, Serpentine National Park is an idyllic day-trip from Perth.
Located on the Darling Scarp, Serpentine National Park is known for Serpentine Falls which cascade over a sheer granite face.
The steep slopes of Serpentine River valley create a stunning landscape which is home to all kinds of birds and animals. Go bird watching and you could see as many as 70 different species of birds including red-capped parrots, western rosellas, red-tailed and white-tailed black-cockatoos, and yellow robins.
Kangaroos, wallabies, possums and many other animals also call the park home.
A 500 metre walk trail runs along the river and leads to the falls. There are barbecues, picnic areas, and public toilets available throughout the park which covers 4,300 hectares of land.
Serpentine National Park is about an hour’s drive from Perth.
SYD’S RAPIDS AND ABORIGINAL HERITAGE TRAIL
The easy 5.2 kilometres Syd’s Rapids and Aboriginal Heritage walk trail is located where the Walyunga National Park joins the Swan River, 40 kilometres north east of Perth. Taking half day or less to complete, this Top Trail provides interpretation on the indigenous history, plants and animals and the history of white water rafting in this beautiful location.
Walyunga National Park lies in the Darling Range, just behind the Darling Scarp. The Swan River runs through the centre of the park, forming a string of placid pools along the valley floor in summer and a raging torrent with long series of rapids in winter. The latter provides one of Australia’s best white water canoeing courses and is part of the annual Avon Descent race each August. The 5.2 kilometre Syd’s Rapid trail leaves from Boongarup Pool and is a flat easy walk up to the rapids.
The easy 1.2 kilometre Aboriginal Heritage Trail meanders along the river bank, between Walyunga Pool and Boogarup Pool, and allows people to learn about Aboriginal myths and legends and see the park’s plants and animals through the eyes of the original inhabitants.
The park is also known for sensational wildflowers in winter and spring.
PINJARRA BAKERY AND PATISSERIE
Pinjarra Bakery and Patisserie – Waroona Store has been a community icon in the South West for the past 19 years – having won over 350 State and National awards.
Situated approximately one hour and 15 minutes south of Perth – their Tourist Accredited stores have an array of public conveniences including EFTPOS facilities, public and disabled amenities as well as ample and convenient parking.
Passionate about customer service, premium quality and extensive choice – enjoy an impressive variety of award winning gourmet pies, pastries, cakes and bread – as well as delicious homemade pizza, seasoned wedges and freshly made wraps, rolls and sandwiches.
For customers craving a coffee break, savour an extensive Silvana coffee or choose from a huge selection of cold refreshments including milkshakes and frappes.
There is something to quench any thirst or whet any appetite.
Customers can relax and enjoy the very best of their secret recipes in the spacious dine in areas inside or alfresco on the deck. Open seven days.
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