Being the largest convict built prison this is Western Australia’s World Heritage Building which has been used for the last 140 years as a place for incarnation. With 5m high walls this is one of the dominating places of Fremantle. The tour consists of visit to kitchen, men’s cells, and solitary confinement cells. One can visit the women prison and take the underground boat ride through the tunnels. Once entering the gate house one can visit Prison gallery, gift shops and the Convict Cafe which is absolutely free. The first convicts were made to build the same including others as time passes by. Stretching from 1855 to 1991, over 3, 50,000 have been incarcerated here. This is one of the prominent sightseeing spots of the city and a must visit for all who wants to explore the historical places of the city.
Pretty as a picture, the Cottesloe Beach is the perfect place to enjoy various water sports like surfing, snorkelling, and swimming in the crystal clear waters. It is a perfect relaxing space where one can enjoy long hours hearing the gushing waters and the scenic beauty beyond with family and friends over a refreshing drink.
The place can be easily reached by taking a ride with the Transperth busses or take a train ride and then hop off to enjoy a 600 m walk to the lovely Cottesloe Beach. The white sandy beaches and the lovely beachside food is the best way to get entertained as well as spend quality time with the near and dear ones. A lazy afternoon with good is what is promised by the beachside.
Hillary's Boat Harbour is one of the best recreational places to visit in Perth. The harbour was opened in 1988 and since then it has been providing matchless experience to both the tourists and locals alike. A perfect getaway for families, the Harbour has some of the best attractions to spend a day full of adventure.
Highlights: The Hillary’s Boat Harbour is home to the famous AQWA – the largest aquarium in Australia – which takes you to the incredible journey of discovering the varied marine life of Western Australia’s coastal areas. Other major attractions are The Great Escape – a leisure park and Sorrento Quay Boardwalk – a retail hub for shopping enthusiasts. You can also visit the Rottenest Island from the Harbour.
Location: The Hillary’s Boat Harbour is located on the north of Perth, in Hillary, a coastal suburb of the city. It is 25 minutes drive away from Perth CBD.
The Aviation Heritage Museum of Perth offers you a one of its kind experience. The museum includes the display of civilian and military aviations, with thirty aircrafts and a number of other artefacts. The museum was opened to the public in 1983, but it has a rich history that goes back to the year 1929, when the RAAF association was found.
Highlights: You can book a special Lancaster tour, which gives you the actual experience of what it is to sit inside the Lancaster Bomber, a unit that was acquired by the museum in 1962, and which served in World War II. There are other guided tours that are available on request.
Location: The museum is located in Bull Creek.
Timing: 10.00am to 4.00pm every day.
Price: Entry fee is $10 for adults over 16 years and $5 for children. The price for Inside Lancaster Tour is $100 per person.
The Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is the best place to enjoy pristine islands, ship wrecks, coral reefs and not to forget exciting sports like snorkelling, diving and marine life watching. At the beautiful Penguin Island one can come close to the beautiful penguins and sea gulls and then feed them and play with them. Various other kinds of fish species can also be viewed from here. The bottlenose dolphins are a sight to watch and with abundant availability this is truly the best. One should also not miss the exotic sea lions of Australia available majorly at the seal Island. Saxon Ranger which is actually a 400 tonne fishing vessel which was used earlier is now based here. The marine park is well accessible from Rockingham which is based on the southern part of Perith. For the entire water sports lover it must be known that necessary permits should be taken for diving here.
Location: 135 Arcadia Drive , Rockingham, Perth
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The long stretch of white sand and the impressive surf breaks makes it an ideal spot for the teen and surfers, swimmers and even the body boarders. Wind surfing and kite surfing are also popular games being played here especially when the afternoon sea breeze flows. The nightlife here is equally interesting with a lot of cafes and restaurants being based here. One can also pack a picnic and enjoy family time on the stretched grasslands located closeby.
Beach cricket is also played here especially in organised events in this location. There are also facilities to be accommodated in any of the nearby hotels so that people can stay here and enjoy a lovely summer holiday. The Scarborough Beach is located in the north western side of Perth and takes about a decent 20 minutes drive from the city centre to reach here. Regular buses are also available to reach the spot.
The Pinnacles are one of the wonders of Mother Nature. Thousands of these spires like limestone formations are scattered all over the desert area in Nambung National Park. Millions of year old, these intriguing structures are one of the most fascinating places of attraction in Western Australia. Some of them are more than three and a half meter high.
Highlight: The view of the landscape is magnificent during the sunset. There are some secluded and pristine beaches in the park where you can enjoy swimming and snorkelling. A number of idyllic beaches can be found in the beautiful coastal town of Cervantes. Visit the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre, located in the park, from where you can learn more about the formation of these natural sculptures and the habitant wildlife.
Location: The Pinnacles are found in Nambung National Park, which is located roughly two hundred kilometres from Perth.
At a distance of easy walking distance from the Perth train station, where the Perth Cultural Centre is located which houses the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The gallery was founded in 1895 and it consists of heritage buildings. The gallery consist of some of the best creations of Australian artists, the prestigious State Art collection, and eminent collection of western Australian art and also some International design and art. Design, craft, painting, culture all are present in this collection having altogether about 17,000 collections. In a nutshell, one has a peek into the cultural heritage of the country and enjoy its artistic strength. The gallery remains closed on every Tuesday. One can also take a bus ride to the museum. The blue CAT buses give the nearest drop off and pick up from the museum. There are no entry fees for the museum but one can voluntarily donate.
Location: Perth Cultural Centre, Perth
Timings: 10am to 5 pm
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Located at the banks of Swan River about 5 minutes from Perth CBD, lay the Perth Zoo. The Zoo remains open every day of the year and as per records it has never been closed from the day it was opened in 1898. It is quite large an area so if the program is for half a day then one may lose out on essential part of the zoo, so an ideal tour would be for a full day. Almost all types of animals are available here with all coming from different parts of the globe. There are Asian animals, African, Australian, South American and not to forget a whole range of love fauna and a wide range of unique plants. The entry fee of the zoo is different for individuals and for groups. However for child below 4 years of age the entry is free. There are membership cards and citizen concession card which allows great discounts. Educational programs and events are organised here too which are especially good for the kids.
Based on the northern part of Fremantle, lies the beautiful Leighton Beach which has brilliant scenic views and is an ideal location to enjoy snorkelling and swimming. The waves of this beach are quite low and that s why it provides an ideal location to be with kids and family and enjoy a fabulous day. Body surfing is another sport which can be tried here n the cool waters of the ocean. One can enjoy the sight of the locals swimming here daily and view extensive marine life by snorkelling under the water.
The sight of sunset is one of the key attractions of this location especially with the backdrop of Rottnest Island. The best part of enjoying a day in Leighton beach is that it allows pet and it is an animal exercise ground. So for all those pet owners this is an ideal place to enjoy some play time with your loved ones.
The Fremantle Markets is one of the most sought after destination for locals and tourists alike. The place is brimming with vitality and every type of merchandize. It is a perfect place to shop till you drop. The market is housed inside a huge Victorian era edifice which was constructed in 1902. It is one of the heritage places of Western Australia. Inside the building, there are 150 stalls, selling all kind of things from t-shirts, fashion apparels, pottery, local handicrafts, souvenirs, antiques, jewellery, music and local produces.
Highlights: The Fremantle Markets has huge range of cafes and restaurants where you can find delicious food. You can always find some kind of performance and events, both inside and outside the market.
Location: The Fremantle Markets is located on South Terrace in the centre of the port city Fremantle. It can be reached in about thirty minutes drive from Perth Airport.
St Mary’s Cathedral is considered as one of the major tourist attractions of Perth. This Cathedral Church is the seat of the Archbishop of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth. It is an interesting edifice in Perth which is located on a peak of the hill with a calm and tranquil surrounding. The construction of the Cathedral was completed in three phases and has a rich history of more than a century. The recent expansion work of the Cathedral was ended in 2009.
Highlights: You can enjoy the impressive architecture of the building and attend the service. The calm surrounding of the Cathedral is perfect to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can also join for a special tour that is conducted every Tuesday for a donation of $5.
Location: The Catehdral is located at the heart of Victoria Square, close to Perth CBD.
Placed 50 minutes out of Perth City, Rockingham Beach is a popular tourist spot that has been declared as the cleanest beach of the state. In fact, it is a primary centre of Western Australia. The cleanliness credit goes to the massive underground filter tanks that protect the ocean from water pollutants and harmful storm particles. The rehabilitation works integrated by the state government in the dune system curb the heavy storm that takes place in the winter season. This beach represented Western Australia in the National Clean Beaches Awards held in March 2011.
Talking about the facilities over here, there are schools, industries, shopping outlets, petrol station, fast food chains, cafes, shops, and much more. Although, the place has mind boggling population growth, but tourists who love to enjoy in a serene and clean environment can step in to Rockingham Beach. Highlights: kite surfing, wind surfing, boating.
Located 18 kilometers off the coast of Western Australia, Pinky Beach stands near Fremantle and Perth, on Rottnest Island or ‘Rotto’, which is a premier Island Gateway with around 60 beautiful bays and beaches. Pinky Beach provides an alluring experience to the tourists who visit here and makes it a memorable trip for them. It is just below the Bathurst Point Lighthouse, which is only a short walk away from the Thompson Bay settlement. If you like, you can expand your trip by staying there overnight in a variety of accommodations available there or if you wish to return back you can catch the Rottnest Ferry back from Fremantle. The best time to visit this beach is during the summer months and rest in the lap of lovely bays and beaches, relishing the soothing effect of the sparkling blue water. Highlights: You can enjoy at the Pinkies between 8pm and 11pm.
Situated to the north side of Rottnest Island, the approximate distance of Little Parakeet Bay from Thompson Bay is three kilometers. All it takes is a short ferry ride from the city. The structure of the bay is covered with rocks all over. It is hidden behind the rocky outcrop and beyond it is a large sandy beach.The water is clean and crystal clear. The jagged rocks perforated on its surface tend to exhibit a kind of dramatic backdrop. It is a safe as well as protected place for those who love to swim, as the waters are well protected and shallow.
The best time to visit here is September to March as you can enjoy whale watching, wild flowers, and summer months. Highlights: this place is ideal for swimming, surfing, and beach walk, cycling, tunnel tour, Oliver hill gun, Quokkas, little salmon bay, and much more.
Visiting AQWA Under Water World is a unique way to discover the distinctive marine life of Western Australia. It is the largest aquarium of Australia with more than four hundred different species of sea life. Built in 1988, the aquarium has five different regions, representing the different marine life and their environment in different parts of the Western Australian shoreline. The aquarium has one of the largest living coral reef exhibits.
Highlights: If you are a qualified snorkeler or scuba diver, you can join AQWA’s Divemaster and discover the sea life from close. After exploring the unique aquarium, you can enjoy delicious meals and snacks with a cup of hot coffee at AQWA Café.
Location: The aquarium is located in Hillary, the northern suburb of Perth.
Timing: 10am - 5pm
Price: The entry ticket price of the aquarium is $79 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.
Being the oldest gold mint of the world and a branch of Britain Royal Mint, the Perth Mint was built in 1899. Crossing the iron gates one can visually treat their eyes with the greatest collection of gold bars available on earth. It is almost worth a million dollars gold asset present in the museum. Located within walking distance from Central Business district, the Perth Mint is open on all days throughout the year. The primary work of the institution at the beginning was to gold refining as it was collected from the eastern goldfields of Western Australia and then produce coinage. In this process they have successfully built up a fascinating collection, which is definitely worth a view. One can enjoy the sight of the biggest coin which is made of a ton of pure gold and values about 50 million dollars. Enjoy the view of gold nuggets and many other forms. One can also fetch an entry in the melting house and see gold melting from solid gold bar.
Based in the thriving Barrack Square, where Perth meets Swan River lies the designed buildings which houses a set of historical bells which was actually a gift from London to Western Australia. Open in the year 2000, it accommodates 12 historical bells from Church of St Martin which is known to be from 14th century. In this place one can get a fabulous insight of the historical times and get to know more about the bells. For the history lovers this is an exclusive way to know more about ancient Perth. The Bell Tower also provides 360 degree views of the Swan River as well as the city and it strikes as the best place to enjoy photo shooting. One can enjoy the fascinating views of the oldest bell in Australia. The place not only showcases the bells but also execute exhibitions and programs worth viewing. For a good time with friends and family this is an ideal location
A few miles away from Perth, lays the Rottnest Island, a place of picturesque beauty, abundant sea life and sandy beaches with emerald green water. The island consists of a number of beaches and bays. There are walking and biking trails to explore the island.
Highlights: Relax on the sandy beaches or swim in the emerald water, enjoy surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving or come close to the nature and wildlife by exploring the island on bike. Take a tour to the museum, gallery and heritage buildings to learn about the history of the island. To enjoy the panoramic view of the island, climb the Wadjemup Lighthouse. You can take a guided tour to the island or you can hire a bike to explore the area on your own.
Location: The Island is located eighteen kilometres off the Fremantle harbour, Perth. It can be reached by a short ferry ride.
If you want to learn more about the cultural and natural heritages of Perth, Western Australian Museum is the right place for you. The museum was first opened in 1891. At the time, it has the assemblage of geological samples. Today, the museum has some permanent exhibitions that tell the tale of Western Australia. The engaging exhibitions have the history of the region from prehistoric times, containing samples and specimens of extraterrestrial rocks along with dinosaur fossils. The exhibition also tells the story of the aborigines and the exhibitions which display the biological diversity of the area.
Highlights: After enjoying the various exhibitions in the museum, you can rest for a while at the new Muse Café, which serves you delicious beverages, cakes and lunch menu.
Location: The museum is located at Perth Cultural Centre.
Being one of the favorite white sand beaches of Perth City Beach is exceptionally beautiful and clean. It is popular with surfers and families who can enjoy 3000 hours of sunshine. Located at a 20 minutes driveway to the west of Perth city, it offers some of the extravagant homes with a captivating view of Indian Ocean. It also provides a perfect place for picnic as it has facilities like showers, playground, and toilets. Also, a broad way to Floreat Beach makes an adorable seaside stroll for the visitors.
The beachside restaurant offers spectacular food and drinks for those who prefer to wait and savor the snacks served over here. If you plan to stay, Scarborough is the best option, which is only 3 minutes drive away from the beach. The best time to visit here is the month of August. Highlights: sporting clubs, schools, and organizations conducting social events.
The most amazing natural swimming pool one could imagine is none other than The Basin. It looks similar to a manmade pool and is placed just two or three steps away from the beach across a shallow platform at the edge of a large hole. The water is refreshing as well as crystal-clear and it feels is different while swimming in this natural pool. The soft white sand surrounds the refreshing ocean water and the gentle waves of water wash your feet, you feel as if in heaven. The right climatic conditions to visit over here are the summertime when there is gentle breeze and low tide. It is the best swimming beach at Rottnest and therefore is considered to be an ideal place to swim and enjoy the calm waves of water.
Highlights: close to the beach, shallow water level, 3 meters deep, ideal for swimming, natural pool.
Relish the powdery sand, crystal sparkling water, and tiny water waves. Located in north of Fremantle,Port Beach is close to the huge rock wall at the northern edge of Fremantle Port. As is the name of this,so to continue the feel of port there is an empty area across the road that is full of fuel tanks, containers, and old mill. These containers are kept ready to be loaded onto ships and trucks. From the beach, you can easily see the red, black, and white cranes of harbor.
The best time to visit here is during the summer season and if you want to get that picture-perfect conditions with cool breeze, you can go there between 10:30am to 2pm. Highlights: The things and activities that attract tourists to port beach are swimming, walking along the beach side, bike rides, and Restaurant Salt that serves delicious food.
Scitech Discovery Centre located at Sutherland Street, close to King’s Park at the city centre displays some of the best theories on science and technology through exhibitions, events and activities. Taking participation from all the visitors this is absolutely entertaining as well as educational that all can enjoy. There are separate sections on space and galaxy and the world of physics s been explored firsthand here.
One can actually enjoy the versatility of science which is known to have many standpoints that can provide entertainment to people of all ages. It is actually a great value entertainment and a place to get huge knowledge. There are restaurant and in house cafes where one can enjoy snacks and other refreshment. The place is a fascinating location and a must visit for all.
Being the capital city of Western Australia, Perth is designated as one of the best cities to live. Flushing with money from mining, this beautiful city is based on the south west coast is a thriving rich place with a modern outlook. The sterling beaches and the meandering Swan River form the source of many activities and the greatest attraction of this place. One can enjoy sailing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, boating, diving and many other things that guarantee entertainment unlimited.
Camping at the national parks and visiting Rottnest Island is also quite entertaining here. Some of the major attractions here include King’s Park, Botanical Garden, Perth Zoo, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Aviation Museum, St Mary’s Cathedral Cultural Centre and many others. Cycling through the bike tracks beside the Swan River is one of preferred pastime of people here.
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