1. Kings Park
There is always something to do in Kings Park whether you are by yourself or with family and friends. If you enjoy an afternoon picnic, walking and sightseeing the beautifully cared for gardens, relax under the pagoda while taking in the views, or perhaps you enjoy some unique retail therapy, then be sure to visit Kings Park during your next stop over in Perth!
The Park is a located on Fraser Avenue. This amazing location gives you the opportunity to overlook Perth city and the breathtaking Swan River. Kings Park is known as one of the worlds largest inner city parks with an area of is 400.6 hectares. It consists of a variety of grassed parkland, botanical gardens and natural bushland
One of the greatest features is the outstanding collection of 319 species of native plants and around 80 bird species throughout the park. The park is beautiful to visit at any time of the day but sunset looking out to Perth is a sure treat!
2. Swan Bells
The Bell Tower is located on Riverside Drive in Barrack Square, the ideal location for easy walking distance from the city centre.
The bell Tower is considered one of the largest musical instruments in the world. It offers tourists the opportunity to see bell ringing in action as well as the chance to personally ring the bells on one of their interactive Bell Tower Chiming Experience tours.
This popular tourist attraction offers a range of interesting historic content along with its unique structure and design. The tower is 82.5 metres high with an observation deck at the top of the tower that is perfect for soaking in panoramic views of both the Swan River and city of Perth.
3. The Perth Mint
The Perth Mint is located at 310 Hay Street between Hill and Bennett Streets, East Perth. It is only a short walking distance from the city centre, open daily from 9am-5pm.
The Perth Mint offers a combination of highlights through its range of attractions, exhibits and demonstrations.
One of the greatest highlights includes gold pouring demonstrations. This allows the opportunity to witness pure gold being heated to molten temperatures and watch it transform into a gleaming solid gold bar.
Another must see experience at the Perth Mint is the world famous Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin. It is considered the largest and most valuable coin in the world, valued at more than $50million! It is made from 99.99% pure gold with a measurement of approximately 80cm wide and 13cm deep.
4. Elizabeth Quay
Elizabeth Quay features spectacular public art such as the Spanda. This is viewed from the north side of Elizabeth Quay offering great photo opportunities overlooking the waterfront. The spanda is a 29 metres high design that represents water ripples to link the swan river, land and sky.
Other art sculptures around Elizabeth Quay include the First Contact which is a 5 metre depiction of a bird in a boat, Statue of Bessie Rischbieth and the remarkable Elizabeth Quay Pedestrian Bridge.
Aswell as unique and trendy art sculptures, Elizabeth Quay offers a range of activities for all ages. Some of these activities include the Segway Tours, Little Ferry Co, Gondola on the Swan River, Jet boating with Wild West Charters and even a round of Mini Golf!
5. Fremantle Prison
The Fremantle Prison is now used as a tourist attraction offering a range of fascinating tours. Visitors can take a step back in time as they experience life behind bars through the eyes of prisoners. Fremantle Prison offers the following tours:
Tunnel Tours (from 9am)
Torchlight Tours (Wednesday nights from 7pm)
Torchlight Tours (Friday nights from 7pm)
Prison Day Tour Open Ticket
The Fremantle Prison is located in Fremantle with easy access available through the use of public transport throughout Perth. There is paid parking available for visitors. There is also a Cafe onsite open from 10am-5pm daily.
6. WA Maritime Museum and Shipwrecked Museum Galleries
The WA Maritime Museum is located in Fremantle. It features galleries that explore WA’s maritime relationship. From leisure boats and handcrafted sailing boats to commercial pearl luggers, the Museum inspires visitors to discover WA’s affinity with the ocean.
The WA Martitime Museum is open daily from 9:30am-5pm.
Make the most of your visit to Perth by visiting some of these unique and spectacular attractions! I hope you enjoy these Fremantle and Perth Treasures just as much as I did.
Happy Hiking! Happy Cycling!
(above: Perth Cityscape of Elizabeth Quay at Night Photographer: Rob Dose)