Perth is located on the west coast of Australia, the capital of WA and has a population of 1.7 million. I came here as my sister and fiance had moved to WA in June 2011.
I admit Perth had not been on my radar until they moved over here. Outside of Australia, Perth does not seem to draw as much interest as Sydney and Melbourne. There is still a lot to do here, hence writing this post.
Top attractions in Perth
There are so many nice beaches in Perth, Sorrento, Leighton, Northcote. My favourite has to be Cottesloe which is located along the Fremantle train line. It is about 10 minutes walk from Cottesloe train station. The beach is has not been built upon with just the Indiana tea rooms and the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club occupying the beach front. There are a few shops off the main road, there is Alberts’ fish and chips shop which serves delicious fish. Red spoon ice cream is a nice little ice cream parlour, then there is also Il lido cafe and Indiana tea rooms.
2) Kings’s Park
This is the largest inner city park in the world and at 4.06 km² is bigger than New York’s Central Park’s which is 3.41 km². The view from Kings Park is amazing, you can see all of Perth and the Swan river., there are In 1872, it became the first park to be designated for public use in Australia. Over 5 million visit the park each year.
The are north of Perth city centre was once a run down place. There are still areas that need to be developed but this is the home to many restaurants and cafes that reflect the ethnic diversity in this area of Perth. I have gone through this area a lot, it is also home to the state library and the museum and theatre.
4) Swan River
The river runs through Perth and exits into the Indian Ocean. There is a lot to see up the river. We took it downstream on $20 each boat tour which we picked up from the ferry terminal. There are also jet boat tours which are for the more adventurous people.
Fremantle is Perth’s port city with lots of cafes and restaurants and also has a beautiful beach. The locals call it Freo and was Perth’s access port for ships that brought supplies into Perth. You can catch the train to Fremantle or drive over there, takes about 30 minutes by car from the city centre. Freo is a lively and artistic community, there is so much to do in this small town, I have written a 5 things to do in Fremantle in a previous post. Fremantle has a lot of history and it still has many old beautiful buildings in the town. It is definitely one of the top attractions to see in Perth.