Travels Down Under: 8 Of The Best Things About Perth, Australia

When most people think of Australia, they tend to think of sprawling cities like Sydney or iconic outback landmarks such as Uluru (Ayers Rock). The thing is, Australia is a vast island continent and, as you can imagine, there are many points of interest to visit there.

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If you’re planning to visit the land down under, one city that you need to add to your itinerary is Perth. Located on the southwestern coast of Australia, Perth is the fourth-most largest city in the country and the biggest in the state of Western Australia. Here are eight of the best things about Perth for you to enjoy:

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  1. Kings Park & Botanic Gardens

Situated on the western edge of Perth’s central business district, Kings Park boasts botanical gardens and natural bushland. Larger than Central Park in New York, it’s the most visited attraction in Perth with around five million visitors per year.


  1. Lotterywest Federation Walkway

Perth’s famous tree-top walk is the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. It offers several lookout points across the city and is situated in Kings Park.

If you plan to spend the day at the park and the walkway, I recommend venturing there by car. Car hire in Perth is plentiful, so you don’t need to hire a vehicle for your entire stay in the city; great if you’d prefer using public transport for most of your visit.


  1. Perth Mint

The Perth Mint is Australia’s official bullion mint. It offers a combination of activities and exhibitions and first opened in 1899. The guided tour is highly recommended, and is a fun place to visit whatever your age!


  1. Scitech

Another exciting venue to visit if you’ve got a family in tow is Scitech. Located near City West station, it’s a leading science education institution. There is much to see and do there, and you can easily dedicate an entire day staying at Scitech.


  1. The Nostalgia Box Museum

If you want to visit somewhere a little quirky or unusual, one example is the Nostalgia Box Museum. It bills itself as Australia’s first dedicated video games console museum. Even if you’re not a fan of computer games, you’ll still enjoy visiting this place!

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  1. St. Mary’s Cathedral

Whether you’re religious or not, you’d have to admit St. Mary’s Cathedral is quite impressive! With an eclectic mix of old and modern styles, the building is over 150 years old and draws in plenty of visitors from far and wide each year.

  1. Swan River

Winding its way from Darling Scarp to Fremantle, the Swan River offers a range of activities for visitors to Perth. Examples include boating, fishing, and swimming. The river is of cultural and environmental significance in the city.


  1. Jacob’s Ladder

Want to burn some calories from your breakfast or lunch meal? If so, why not take a trip up Jacob’s Ladder! It’s the name given to a 300-step ascent from Mount’s Bay Road to Cliff Street. The latter marks the boundary of Kings Park.

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