|Perth offers a mixture of modern architecture alongside large city parks and uncrowded beaches so makes a great base for a holiday which can combine many different features.
Kings Park is one of the parks near the city centre where you can walk or use the biking trails and enjoy the extensive flora and fauna. Here you can easily forget that you’re right near a large city centre! This is also a good place to go for views of the city which are said to be very spectacular at night time particularly.
Whiteman Park is on the outskirts of the city and this is a national park and wildlife sanctuary, though this is just one of many other similar wildlife parks in or near Perth.
Perth Zoo has been in operation since 1898 and is a popular city attraction. There are many animals and much plant life here from around Australia as well as from Africa, Asia and South America.
Perth is situated on the Swan River and by the Indian Ocean and hence water plays an important part in city life and in the city attractions. At Hillarys Boat Harbour you’ll find a number of things to do including the Aquarium of Western Australia which has an underwater observatory where you can view sharks and stingrays amongst other things. The area around the harbour includes many places to eat and drink and also during the day you can enjoy the small water park here, called the Great Escape.
In a different coastal area you have the redeveloped Claisebrook Cove which is on the edge of the city centre. This area offers a variety of unusual and striking architecture and restaurants and cafes to enjoy.
About 20km outside of Perth itself is the town of Fremantle. This was the original port city of the area and although part of Greater Perth it is considered an independent city. With its historic background, Fremantle has a lot to see including the first permanent building in Western Australia, the Round House, built as a prison in the 1830’s. It’s a small building which has been restored and now serves as a museum but is interesting all the same.
If you’re interested in maritime history, the WA Maritime Museum has a good collection of vessels and a history of maritime life in this part of Australia. In addition, Fremantle also offers whale watching opportunities, a scenic port, markets for shopping and the beach.