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Things to do in Perth

Looking for a big, fun, family day out in Perth? Then head to Adventure World Perth just 20 kilometres from the city. This amusement park is packed with all-age activities, rides and attractions. Make sure you get here early – it opens 10am – as there is a lot to see, do and experience. Pack sunscreen, hats, cossies and rashies, towels, and dry clothes for the trip home. Adventure World Perth is closed during the winter months. It reopens late September in time for the school holidays.   Things to do at Adventure World Perth There are 35 rides, including a roller coaster, sky lift and 16 water rides. They’re grouped by ‘scare factor’ so you can pick and choose according to children’s ages or daredevil levels.   Extreme Rides at Adventure World Perth Two of the most popular rides…

Located at picturesque Hillarys Boat Harbour, 20 minutes north of the city, Perth Aquarium of Western Australia is a wonderful place for children and international travellers. Overseas visitors get a kick out of seeing all the marine creatures found in this part of the world, including big sharks, sea turtles, juvenile crocodiles and thousands of brightly coloured tropical fish. The small ones love it as they can easily see everything. Displays have inset stools so shorties can step up to get a good look. There are also magnifying glass for inspecting tiny fish and sea horses. The touch pool is a huge hit with children as it allows them to pet tiny sharks, stingrays and many other slimy, finned and scaled critters.   Exhibits at Perth Aquarium of Western Australia Perth Aquarium of Western Australia specialises in marine creatures that…

Want to feast your eyes on a jaw-dropping treasure trove of precious metals? Then visit The Perth Mint for bullion by the truck load. At The Perth Mint, bullion is manufactured from pure gold and silver, ranging from investment bullion coins to minted and cast bars. This historic refinery and mint processes most of Australia’s massive gold output, making it one of the top four producers in the world. Located in Hay Street, a short walk from the city centre, it is an exhilarating place to visit, with the opportunity to buy Perth Mint bullion direct from the source.   Buying Perth Mint Bullion Buying Perth Mint bullion direct from the manufacturer is considered the best way to invest in gold and silver. Weights and purity are guaranteed by the Government of Western Australia. So you can be sure that…

A trip to gorgeous Rottnest Island, just 19 kilometres off the mainland, is a must-do for Perth locals and visitors to the area. The easiest way to get to this island paradise is on a Rottnest Island Ferry. As well as being a fun adventure in itself, the leisurely boat ride is quick. It takes just 25 minutes from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillary’s Boat Harbour, and an hour and half from Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty.   Choose your Rottnest Island Ferry There are two ferry companies offering transfers to Rottnest Island, with several departure points. If you’re in Perth City, your best bet is to jump aboard a Rottnest Island Ferry at the Barrack Street Jetty. While, Hilary’s Boat Harbour is the most convenient departure point if you’re in North Perth. If you want to leave from Fremantle, you…

Heading to Perth for a holiday? Then be sure to pack binoculars and a camera with a good zoom lens. Perth is a great base for whale watching – either from the land or on a whale watching tour boat. There are many opportunities to observe these gentle, playful creatures as they cruise down the West Australian coastline on their annual migration. They stop off in Perth waters for a rest en route. No one has actually counted the whales, but it’s thought around 30,000 humpbacks do the journey, and the population is growing. Increasing numbers of Southern Right whales and Blue whales are also seen. One thing is for sure: these giants are hard to miss – especially when they goof around, breeching, playing, and showing off. The whale watching season kicks off around mid September and goes until…

Perth Zoo is open every day. Being located just five minutes from Perth CBD, it’s easy to get there by car (park for just $5) or take the ferry from the Barrack Street Terminal. Beautifully landscaped with majestic trees, water features and shady paths, Perth Zoo is a very pleasant place to check out native and non-indigenous animals. It’s also a top spot for a picnic so bring one from home or get a takeaway and a coffee from the Zoo’s cafe.   Who’s at the Zoo? Over 1250 animals and 164 species live at Perth Zoo. A large number of them are part of breeding programs for endangered species, so there are usually some precious new arrivals to melt your heart. If you’re new to Oz or visiting the zoo with friends from abroad, you’ll get a big kick…

No trip to Perth is complete without a visit to the gorgeous Rottnest Island. This jewel-like island is just a short, fun ride by ferry, private boat or plane from the city, yet it seems a world away. A ‘Class A’ Reserve, Rottnest Island is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, wonderful diving, abundant wildlife, postcard-perfect beaches, and its famous furry inhabitants – the quirky quokkas. These laid-back little marsupials are hopping around everywhere!   Things to do on Rottnest Island Rottnest Island is the perfect place to swim, snorkel, fish, soak up some rays, or wine and dine at the water’s edge. You can hang out in Thompson Bay, where the ferry terminal and village are situated, but most people choose to go exploring as there’s plenty to see and experience on this historical isle.   The Day Tour of…

Nestled in the upper reaches of the majestic Swan River, 25 minutes from Perth, Swan Valley is a food, wine and art lover’s paradise. It is WA’s oldest and most popular wine growing region, and renowned for its fresh gourmet goodies, beautiful landscapes, historic buildings, galleries and wildlife parks.   Things to do in Swan Valley Swan Valley is full of fun and interesting things to see and do, making it the perfect destination for day trips from Perth. Many lively cultural and culinary events are held in Swan Valley, with the biggie being October’s glorious Spring in The Valley – one of the largest wine and food festivals in Australia.   Tours of the region’s wineries are a must. The easiest way to do this is to follow the Swan Valley’s fabulous Food and Wine Trail. This 32-kilomtre scenic…

Western Australia’s South West Region has been named one of the planet’s top ten places to visit thanks to its extraordinary beauty and unique attractions – including The Valley of Giants. The Valley of Giants is a forest of amazingly tall tingle trees in the Walpole Wilderness Area. It’s near the coastal towns of Walpole and Denmark, around four and a half hours drive from Perth. You can get right in amongst the giants via the exhilarating Valley of Giants Treetop Walk. This one- of-a-kind experience takes you 40 metres into the tree canopy and along 600 metres of sky-high trail. Needless to say, the views out over the treetops to the surrounding national forest are absolutely magical. Upon coming back down to earth, you walk through a grove of veteran tingles called the Ancient Empire. Some of these babies…