Perth has a range of attractions and activities to enjoy from sight-seeing, wildlife up close, Aboriginal culture and dance, to aquatic fun and adventure.
Perth's most iconic visitor attraction, Kings Park offers a truly unique experience with natural bushland, tranquil park areas, native birds and stunning panoramic views of the city and Swan River. Opened in 1872 it has developed as a beautiful park in the centre of Perth and extends to 400 hectares. The park supports 250 species of plants and 100 species of native animals including birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. In spring, wildflowers transform much of the park into a mass of colour and visitors come from all over the world to see this spectacle. The Lotterywest Federation Walkway provides a walk through the treetops. Start at the Lord Forrest Statue on Fraser Avenue. During the summer months, the park also hosts a number of events including outdoor concerts, outdoor moonlight cinema, as well as the Kings Park Wildflower festival each spring. Location: Fraser Avenue, Perth.
Only 5 minutes from the city centre, Perth Zoo offers the opportunity to see wildlife up close, in natural habitat settings. Perth Zoo is in South Perth and has more than 2,000 creatures of 280 different species. For lunch you can cook yourself a barbeque meal on the facilities available, have a picnic, or stop by at the Zoo Cafe for a meal or snack. Perth Zoo is open every day of the year including Good Friday, Easter and Christmas Day.
Perth Bell Tower
One of the world’s largest musical instruments, located where Perth meets the Swan River, is a hallmark attraction as one of the most unique and iconic attractions in the world. Open 10am-4.30pm daily (Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday).
Araluen Botanic Park
One of WA’s most amazing and beautiful botanic parks, just 35km south-east of Perth is Araluen Botanic Park ‘Paradise found!’ Araluen is a tranquil botanic garden of natural and developed beauty, providing four seasons of relaxing activity. Whatever time you visit Araluen, you will find the streams flowing, plenty of grassy areas on which to enjoy a barbecue or picnic and several delightful bush walks to take. At Araluen Botanic Park there is flora and fauna to see. The last Sunday of each month features ‘Art in the Park’, a great opportunity to see exciting displays, demonstrations and sales of wonderful art by some of the state’s finest mixed media artists.
John Forrest National Park
John Forrest National Park is one of Australia's oldest conservation areas and Western Australia's first national park. Located on the Darling Scarp to the east of Perth, the park provides magnificent vistas of the Swan coastal plain and contains walk trails through rugged wilderness, along the old railway line or to quiet pools and spectacular waterfalls. There’s plenty of wildlife to observe including many native birds, possums and bandicoots. In spring time, wildflowers colour the landscape. Tearooms and a tavern are open regularly. The park covers more than 1,500 hectares of land and is best accessed from Great Eastern Highway.