Perth Western Australia Holidays
Perth is a particularly attractive city, situated on the picturesque Swan River, blessed with a fine Mediterranean climate, nearby attractive beaches and still possessing an unhurried lifestyle. The surrounding south west of the state produces fine wines, especially in the Margaret River area which is a popular day tour destination from Perth.
Being the only major city in the state, Perth has become the location for the headquarters of most of the mining companies that play such a big part in the Western Australian economy.
Places Of Interest - Perth & Surrounds
Perth - situated on the picturesque Swan River and synonymous with the black swan which is the state emblem. Perth still retains much of its country town atmosphere which makes a refreshing change from the frenetic pace associated with most other cities. Many of the civic buildings were convict built and stand proudly amongst the skyscrapers that bear testimony to the recent boom cycles of the state.
The city enjoys a Mediterranean type climate with a laid back, sidewalk cafe lifestyle. The Swan River, nearby beaches and ocean access have a lot to do with the many water based leisure pastimes of the area. Kings Park sits on high ground across the river from the city centre and is a good vantage point with a bonus of being set in landscaped Botanic Gardens which showcase unique local flora. Northbridge has a reputation as the city's restaurant district and is only a few minutes stroll from the city centre. The Burswood Entertainment Complex is one of Australia's finest casino and entertainment venues and has a great setting overlooking the river and city.
Take in the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Perth Cultural Centre to learn a little more of what this region is all about, especially the gallery of Aboriginal history. The Scitech Discovery Centre is Australia's most hands-on science discovery centre. Arrange a tour to some of the historic buildings, many of which are the restored convict-built originals. Examples are the Cloisters and Central Government Buildings noted for their brickwork, the Deanery, Government House, Palace Hotel, Perth Town Hall and the Perth Mint.
The Old Flour Mill is an excellent restored reminder of times past and Tranby House on the Swan River is a fine example of the early colonial architecture. Woodbridge House, in the suburb of Guildford, is a restored Victorian brick mansion overlooking the river. Swim at the local Perth beaches at Scarborough and Cottesloe fronting the Indian Ocean. Take a day river tour up the Swan into the Swan Valley winegrowing area.
The Perth Zoo offers an opportunity to view the unique numbat and other wildlife and the excellent Underwater World is a chance to get close to some of the local marine inhabitants. There are several cruise operators offering Swan River cruises as well as a variety of adventure cruises.
Offshore is Rottnest Island, a very popular tour destination noted for its pristine beaches and coastal waters. Originally a prison island, many of the original prison buildings still remain. Home of the unique "quokka" which is a small wallaby. Glass bottom boats offer cruises over the reefs and wrecks that dot the island. On land, bicycles are one of the preferred modes of transport although there are bus tours and guided walks.
Fremantle - once a separate town serving as the port for Perth but now largely swallowed up by the urban sprawl as Perth expands southwards to the coast. Since the America's Cup yacht races of 1987 Fremantle has embraced the sidewalk cafe culture and retained much of the cosmopolitan experiences of the time. Many of the historic sites and buildings were restored or renovated in advance of the event.
The Fremantle History Museum is housed in a convict-built building and has an excellent selection of exhibits about the region. The Maritime Museum has interesting exhibits from the shipwreck of the Batavia. The Fremantle Markets are a colourful attraction and buskers are usually in attendance. The Fremantle Prison is an imposing structure with reminders of the regional history.
Both Fremantle and Perth are bases for several cruise operations offering whale watch cruises in season, usually October-November. Nearby Rockingham is a popular resort centre. The offshore Penguin Island is home to a colony of Fairy penguins with viewing by way of cruises departing from Shoalwater Bay.