October 12, 2016

Insider Tips on What to Do in Perth

Perth, Western Australia’s capital, is one of the most underrated cities in the Land Down Under. Due to its geographical location – it is closer to Bali than it is to other Australian cities – Perth is often overlooked in favour of Sydney and Melbourne, two of Australia’s most popular capital cities.

Perth is a booming city, rapidly advancing in terms of foreign investments and real estate development. Its main strength is that it is naturally rich in minerals, oils, and natural gas, and its bustling mining industry is the main reason why the metropolis withstood global recession.

Once considered dull, underdeveloped and boring, Perth has finally shed its unflattering reputation and now boasts of a glittering skyline dominated by skyscrapers, a sophisticated and lively atmosphere, and tons of tourist-friendly attractions. It is also one of the most culturally diverse cities in Australia, owing to fact that a huge chunk of its population consists of immigrants from all over the globe.

If you’re looking to visit Western Australia anytime soon, allot at least 4 days exploring its capital city. Need ideas on the best things to see and do in Perth? Here are insider tips on the things to do in the city.

1. Spend a day in King’s Park.

Perth is the sunniest city in Australia, and its moderate weather is perfect for tourists who prefer to keep an outdoor lifestyle. One of the most visited places in the city is King’s Park, a thousand-acre park on top of Mount Eliza that’s ideal for picnics, walking, and trekking. King’s Park offers breathtaking views of Perth and its equally stunning backdrop, the Swan River.

A favorite attraction among visitors to King’s Park is the Moonlight Cinema, one of the most popular open-air cinemas in Australia. The cinema screens new releases and classics throughout the summer season. One of the most expansive inner-city parklands in the world, King’s Park also houses a state war memorial and a botanical garden that features a collection of 2,000 species of Western Australian flora.

2. Check out the local food and entertainment scene.

Due to the influx of immigrants, the atmosphere in Perth is cool, hip, and vibrant. New businesses in the food and entertainment scene have mushroomed over the years and there’s no scarcity of fabulous bars, clubs, and party places.

When it comes to food, Perth is a melting pot of international cuisines. Asian, Eurpopean, Western, and Middle Eastern – you’ll never go hungry in Perth, whatever it is you’re craving for. For really affordable and good eats, head to Northbridge where you will get your belly full with authentic Asian and European dishes.

3. Enjoy the sun, surf, and sand at Perth’s sandy beaches.

Cottesloe Beach

The worst thing you can do in Perth is to stay holed up inside your hotel room when you have spectacular beaches at your disposal. When in Perth, do as most locals do, and enjoy the city’s share of gorgeous sandy beaches, blue skies, and crystal-clear waters. Just a stone’s throw away from Perth CBD is Cottesloe Beach, one of Australia’s most popular beaches. Cottesloe beach is perfect for picnics, swimming, snorkeling, and surfing.

4. Explore Perth’s many cultural attractions.

Home to many local museums and art galleries, the city of Perth is a perfect destination for the arts and culture buff. One of the most visited cultural attractions in Perth is the Western Australian Museum, a state museum that hosts a wide collection of scientific and cultural exhibitions like the Dampier Marin Gallery, Mammal Gallery, and the Diamonds and Dinosaur exhibition. The museum has six main sites all over Western Australia.

Another must-visit is the Art Gallery of Western Australia, a public gallery that’s located very near the Western Australian Museum. Established in 1895, the gallery holds over 17,000 contemporary and aboriginal artworks. Participate in the museum’s Indigenous Art tours and gain valuable insights on Australian aboriginal art.

Ready for an extraordinary holiday in Western Australia? Spend 4 fabulous days in Perth with these day tours and excursions.

By: Brendelyn Balaga

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