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The 10 Best Things to do in Perth – Discover the sun-drenched capital of Western Australia!

The city may seem isolated but don't let that fool you. Perth is packed with things to do, from galleries, museums beaches to nature parks and the best of fine dining and shopping.

1

Kings Park and Botanical Gardens

This is one of the largest city parks found in the world. Overlooking the Darling mountain Range and the Swan River, the picturesque surroundings are a great way to spend a day with the family. The 1000-acre park is 2/3 a natural bush region and has many native species living there. The botanical garden features a large variety of plants from Australia and the Mediterranean.

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Swan River

According to the local aboriginal communities, a multi-coloured serpent named "Waugal" is responsible for creating the river. Picnics, hiking, biking trails, sailing, swimming and kayaking are a few of the activities popular around the lake. Or try a river cruise between Perth and the famous Freemantle Port.

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Beach fun

There are quite a few beaches to choose from while in Perth. Cottesloe is just 15 minutes away from the city. It is a popular beach with sparkling waves and a multitude of cafes. Other beaches worth visiting includes, Port Beach and City Beach. The latter is a famous picnic spot and playgrounds for young children.

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The Mint

Delve into the history behind the discovery of gold in Perth. The Gold Exhibition has the largest coin in the world on display. In the Melting House catch a glimpse of gold being melted and poured into casts to form bars. Guided talks are available by the hour, and do stop by for some evening tea at the Café.

5

Zoo

The Perth Zoo has been around since 1898 and homes many species from around the world, including Australia's unique wildlife. Get to see wombats, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and the Tasmanian Devil to name a few.

6

Hilary's Boat Harbour

The harbour is around 20 km away from Perth. Near the harbour, you can find the Aquarium of Western Australia. Observe over 200 marine animals through an underground water tunnel. The marina area has a wide variety of shops, restaurants and attractions to suit the whole family.

7

The Art Gallery

The gallery is just one minute away from the train station and houses a large number of artworks from 1829 to the present day. Many works from Australia and South Asia can be found here.

8

St Mary's Cathedral

This beautiful church was built over three centuries ago in 1865. It is constructed in neo-Gothic architecture. Try heading there in the evenings as it is most enchanting amidst the soft lighting. Building tours are available at 10.30 pm on Tuesdays.

9

The Bell Tower

The space rocket looking tower is a unique addition to the city and happens to be the largest musical instrument in the world! Inside it are the bell towers from a 14th-century parish church from the Buckingham Palace. Entry tickets will allow you to ring the bell, and interactive tours are provided. Nearby Elizabeth Quay is packed with many cafes and restaurants for a quiet restful evening.

10

Aviation Museum

Just 15 km south of Perth is the impressive Aviation Heritage Museum. There are over 30 exhibits of life-sized crafts and artefacts. See the evolution of aviation from WW1 to the present day! If looking for accommodation, in Perth, hotels such as the Pan Pacific Perth is a well-known option for many travellers.

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