See and Do in Perth
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Expats who relocate to Perth will find that, despite the glorious weather and the wonderful stretches of pristine beach, there is only a modest selection of man-made attractions. Still, that doesn’t mean there isn’t much to see and do in this little city in Western Australia.
Sightseeing in Perth
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Since 1895 this gallery has been home to the pre-eminent holdings of Western Australian art, craft and design. Visitors can view traditional and contemporary Australian indigenous art as well as some pieces of international art. Entrance to the gallery is free, and it's situated in a perfect spot for visitors to pop over to the Western Australian Museum to take in even more of the region's culture and history.
Caversham Wildlife Park
A trip to Caversham Wildlife Park is a must-do for animal lovers and is an excellent pick for a family day out. For a truly memorable experience, visitors to this park can get up close and personal with koalas, wombats and kangaroos.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
With over 1,000 acres of parkland and gardens, the Kings Park and Botanic Gardens is home to over 80 species of birds, a State War Memorial, the Royal Kings Park Tennis Club and a reservoir.
Located on a small pedestrian street, the London Court features beautiful Tudor-style architecture providing a glimpse into the country’s colonial past. Visitors can experience the charming small shops and cafés on either end of the lane.
Located in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park just south of Perth, is this unspoilt reserve which is home to a penguin colony of more than 1,000 birds. Visitors may also spot dolphins, sea lions, stingrays and pelicans while at the island.
The Perth Mint
Australia’s oldest operating mint, the Perth Mint used to make gold sovereigns for the British Empire. Today visitors can watch molten gold being made into bars, view the largest collection of natural gold nuggets in Australia (including the Golden Beauty nugget) and see the pressing of precious coins.
One of the world’s best small zoos, the Perth Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals of over 164 species. It features exhibits such as African Savanna, Asian Rainforest and Australian Walkabout.