The City of Perth in Western Australia is an unheralded travel destination for many travellers, who seem to get lured to eastern seaboard of Australia with the popular destinations in Melbourne, Sydney and Gold Coast the obvious choice.
The West should never be neglected. Especially when in close proximity to the city of Perth, is the gorgeous Southwest region with lush wineries, stunning beaches of the West Coast and array of outdoor adventure that calls out to you upon arrival in the state.
The Perth CBD is adventure all to itself, and it needs to be explored to its fullest to be completely appreciated. It is an iconic city with a mixture of multicultural diversity, modern infrastructure, historic buildings, lively street atmosphere and the scenic Swan River, which is suitably located on the city’s doorstep.
A quick and Easy Travel Guide to the City of Perth
The Swan River
The Swan River may be 72-kilometres in length, but it’s the picturesque stretch that surrounds the Perth region that will truly mesmerise with its dazzling views, riverside dining and nature walks along the banks of the Swan.
If you prefer to be amongst the action in the middle of the Swan River, the river is flowing with plenty of activities such as river cruises that stretch all the way to Fremantle and kayaking over the shallow depths of the water for those in need a solid work-out. If all else fails, there is always the costly option of hiring a motor boat and exploring the sights of the Swan River at your own leisure.
CHECK IT OUT: Ku De Ta restaurant has made its way from Bali, to the “On the Point” location off the Swan River. Dine in Style with quality cuisines or have a drink or two with your lover or friends and make it a great night out.
The Ku De Ta is only a ten-minute walk east of the city.
Elizabeth Quay is the most scenic location in the city of Perth with astonishing 360 degree views. Standing in the middle of the Elizabeth Quay bridge you have the luxury at gazing at the towering city that overshadows the Quay, then you turn around and watch the ferry’s coast by on the stunning Swan River, with the popular Kings Park and Botanical Gardens in close range towards the west.
The Quay is the social hub of Perth, with various amounts café’s, restaurant, ferry shuttes and kid’s attractions to keep the little ones occupied. Perhaps the only desire will be to take a relaxing stroll along the river in the refreshing nature with big city in the background and enjoying the most of Western Australia’s pleasant weather.
CHECK IT OUT: The Transperth Ferry’s depart from Elizabeth Quay and it travels across the river to South Perth terminal, where Perth Zoo can be found for another exciting day out. Even if the world’s best wildlife doesn’t take the fancy, you can always check out the city views from a different angle and catch the return ferry back to Elizabeth Quay at a later time.
Cathedral and Churches
Not quite Adelaide’s city of churches, but not to be out done, Perth is still splashed with Cathedrals and churches in various locations within the city boundaries. Neatly tucked in next to Perth’s skyscrapers, the churches are often found by stumbling upon the fine structures by accident.
CHECK IT OUT: Built in 1865, The St Mary’s Cathedral is situated on the eastern part of the city on Victoria Square. Even if churches are not your style, you will love the presence of this Roman Catholic Cathedral and its beautiful articulate design.
Shopping the CBD
If you love to shop, then you will love what the city of Perth offers for any shopaholic that is desperate to spend their dollars. There are a range of street malls and arcades within the walking streets of the CBD that will have you occupied for hours, and perhaps the men looking at their watches.
The action for all the shopping happens between the Hay St Mall and Murray Street Mall, there you’ll find a number of novelty stores and major retail outlets of Myer and David Jones. When you are done on the streets, check out the range of shopping arcades that are hidden within the city buildings, another excuse to spend your hard earned dollars.
CHECK IT OUT: London Court is located off Hay Street and is appropriately named with its old London style design. Come inside gates at either end, marvel at the lavish infrastructure, enjoy a fine coffee at the London Court café and buy a souvenir for your own memory of your time spent in Western Australia.
Cross to the other side of Perth Station and enjoy another vibrant part of the city, Northbridge. This lively spot is popular either day or night and is famous for its restaurants, cafés and nightclubs. Northbridge is also home to the State Library of Western Australia, which is situated along the laidback walking strip of James Street Mall, near Perth Station.
CHECK IT OUT: Old Shanghai is retro style food court that is ideal for those who love affordable Asian cuisines and drinks. Old Shanghai and its selection of food outlets can be found along James Street.
Garden and Parks
Isn’t wonderful to be able to walk through a major city and come across parklands and gardens at random and escape the madness on the streets. Perth has parks of all sizes within the city region, whether it is at Lang Park that is spread out far and wide along the Swan River, or the boutique Supreme Court gardens that is close to the CBD, you’ll have no problem whatsoever in finding a fresh patch of lawn to eat your cut lunch.
CHECK IT OUT: Kings Park and Botanical Gardens is a magic touch that is situated on the outskirts of Perth. It is 4-square-kilomtres of blissful nature walks, open park areas and bushlands, that comes with the best views of the city. If you are coming to Perth, then Kings Park needs to be number 1 on the to do list.
Eating out and Cafes
Fast food, restaurants or food courts, the city of Perth has many dining options that covers any budget including everyone’s favourite franchises in McDonalds, KFC and Hungry Jacks. Whether you choose to dine in style at the city’s top hotels or enter the Arcades food courts, you are not without option within the confines of the city.
CHECK IT OUT: The C restaurant in the Sky, Perth’s only rotating restaurant that sits 33-stories high of St Martins Tower on St Georges Terrace. It doesn’t come cheap but you won’t find a better view in the city to have a simply delicious meal.
Perth mixes the old and the new with several Heritage buildings blended perfectly with the modern high-rises around them. From the Government House built in 1864 to the Supreme Court (1903) there are number of iconic buildings that is deep in history and tradition to marvel upon.
CHECK IT OUT: The Perth Town Hall built in 1870, is the only town hall in Australia to be built by convicts who were shipped over to the West for such purpose. The Town Hall is situated on the corner of Barrack and Hay street and is close to the central hub of the city.
Street art is often found spread for your adventures in the city. It is art in a variety of odd shapes and sizes and somewhat very clever. Every art in the city its own meaning and story behind it and its recommended that you collect the Art map at the information Centre on Murray street for all details and locations of the street art.
CHECK IT OUT: Percy the Mirror sculpture on Hay Street Mall, dedicated to Percy Button who entertained the public of Perth during the 1930’s and 40’s and became a legendary figure of the city.
Take a walk
The best way to feel every beating heart of Perth, or any city around the world for that matter, is by your own two feet. Find every alley, hidden shop and each nook and cranny by taking your time and having a stroll through the city.
You’ll never know what you will find by taking things slow, amazing street art, heritage buildings, a fine restaurant, a Cathedral or the perfect shop that has your favourite clothing items at a bargain price.
Go on, take a walk and explore this great city.
CHECK IT OUT: Maps of various walking tours can be found at the Perth Information Centre on Murray Street. Either take a free guided tour at different times of the day, or collect a map and explore at your own free time.
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