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Cruise the Swan River past parks and skyscrapers to 40 vineyards in the Swan Valley or the Perth Zoo.

 Visit Rottnest Island, where you can explore history, bike ride to secret beaches and kayak to secluded bays. Feast on seafood and soak up the carnival atmosphere in historic Fremantle. Discover the lookouts, landscaped gardens and Aboriginal heritage of huge Kings Park. Swim, surf, fish, windsurf and sail on clean and uncrowded beaches such as Cottlesloe or Scarborough. Then skip between the sunny boardwalks, beaches and marinas of the Sunset Coast.


MY TRAVEL AGENT suggests these must-have Perth experiences:
 
 
Swan River, WA1. CRUISE THE SWAN RIVER

Cruise the Swan River past parks and skyscrapers to the beaches and bays of Rottnest Island. Or glide past opulent homes to the lively, historic port of Fremantle. Take a high-speed ferry to the Perth Zoo or head upstream to the vineyards of the picturesque Swan Valley. Experience Perth’s glittering skyline on a dinner cruise. Or float down the river to Matilda Bay and the Mediterranean style buildings of the University of Western Australia. Hire a sleek sailboat and billow across the water. Canoe, kayak, kiteboard and jet ski or just watch the colourful flotilla of boats from the shore. Throw down a picnic rug or bike ride alongside the water on the Perth Waters or Canning River tracks.

2. GO FOR THE GOLD

The Perth Mint offers a unique combination of activities, exhibitions and demonstrations, enabling visitors to experience the astonishing allure of gold.  Make the most of your visit to the historic Perth Mint by joining one of our regular hourly guided talks.  The grand heritage building, the heavily secured vault and the original melting house provide the cues for many extraordinary stories about Western Australia's golden history and the Mint's prolific output of priceless gold bars and coins. Your visit includes the amazing spectacle of a traditional Gold Pour, during which pure gold is heated to molten temperatures and transformed into a solid gold bar.  The nineteenth century brick walls of the melting house are literally embedded with gold dust, accumulated over many decades of continuous refining.

 

Kings Park, Perth, WA

3. GET BACK TO NATURE IN KINGS PARK

Walk under towering eucalypt canopies and past mirrored lakes, sculpted gardens and picnic areas on the Bushland Nature Trail.  Take in spectacular views of the city, Swan River and Darling Ranges from a lookout on the Lotterywest Federation Walkway or from the top of the 15 metre high DNA Tower. Learn about bush survival skills, taste bush tucker and listen to stories of the Rainbow Serpent on a walk with a local Aboriginal guide.  Explore the rich diversity of Western Australian wildflowers in the Botanic Garden. These 400 hectares of lush landscaped gardens are just a short stroll from Perth’s city centre. You can explore them going bike riding, bushwalking or rollerblading. Or just enjoy the fresh air, bird song and outdoor summer events.

 

Fremantle, WA
4. JOIN THE FESTIVAL IN FREMANTLE
 
Wander heritage-listed streets buzzing with busking musicians and magicians. Or stroll winding alleys lined with art. Browse the bustling weekend markets or head to High Street for designer fashion and Aboriginal crafts. Enjoy a coffee on the lively ‘Cappuccino Strip’ or taste fresh Indian Ocean seafood at a restaurant on Fishing Boat Harbour. Visit the local micro-breweries or imbibe a pint in a historic pub. Listen to stories of prisoners and murderous mutineers on a torchlight tour of Fremantle Prison, the state’s first jail. Or see the infamous 17th century Dutch Batavia shipwreck in the old Shipwreck Museum in Cliff Street. Cruise on the Leeuwin tall ship or sail to Carnac Island and spot seals, whales, dolphins. Enjoy a free Sunday concert at Fremantle Arts Centre or relax with a sunset picnic on South Beach.
 
5.  MEET THE LOCAL WILDLIFE

Few capital cities in the world can boast that dolphins, penguins and sea lions live on their doorstep! Rockingham is only 40 minutes south of Perth, Western Australia and Rockingham Wild Encounters specializes in taking visitors to interact with the local wild life. They offer a range of tours to suit everyone’s level of adventure and budget from swimming with wild dolphins to exploring beautiful Penguin Island. 

 

Rottnest Island, WA
6. RELAX ON ROTTNEST ISLAND
 
You can bike ride or kayak to secluded bays and swim from 63 beaches on tranquil, car-free Rottnest Island. Then snorkel or dive the vibrant coral reefs and historic shipwrecks. Ride the surf at Strickland Bay, Salmon Bay and Stark Bay. Or grab a rod and make the most of the island’s great fishing. Spot quokkas, the cute marsupials that inspired the island’s name. Learn about the island’s history on a guided tour of the Aboriginal prison or in the Rottnest Museum. Visit the old lighthouse and see the underground tunnels, huge guns and sweeping views of Oliver Hill. Take in the sunset from a scenic flight.  With its Mediterranean climate, native flora and fauna and relaxed pace, it’s no wonder the locals want to keep Rottnest Island their summer holiday secret.
 
Cottesloe Beach, WA
7. EXPLORE THE SUNSET COAST
 
Swim and snorkel on Cottesloe Beach, before exploring the trendy open-air cafes and pubs along the promenade. Relax on the white sands of City Beach. Or join the surfers and bronzed backpackers of Scarborough, then wander salty-skinned and happy through the weekend markets. Meet sea lions, bottlenosed dolphins and humpback whales at Marmion Marine Park on Trigg Beach. Or snorkel the shallow lagoons, reef walls, tiny islands and underwater caves. Relax in the boardwalk bars and restaurants of Sorrento Quay at bustling Hilary’s Boat Harbour. Then immerse yourself in an underwater world at the aquarium or join a whale watching cruise or deep sea fishing charter. Fish from the beach and wander the marina at Mindarie Quays. Scuba dive shipwrecks from the seaside towns of Yanchep or Two Rocks and picnic and swim at picturesque Yanchep Lagoon.
 
 

8. RIDE A ROCKY WAVE

The Wave Rock near Hyden is one of Australia's most famous landforms, a giant surf wave of multicoloured granite about to crash onto the bush below. The wave part of the rock is about 15 meters high and approx. 100 meters long.  Stand under it and feel rock power from over 2,700 million years ago, before dinosaurs roamed the earth!

 

9. HIKE AMONGST THE PINNACLES

Nambung National Park is home to the Pinnacles Desert, a series of eerie limestone formations sporadically scattered over vast yellow, rippled sand dunes. Just 245km or three hrs drive from the city of Perth, the Pinnacles make for a comfortable day trip where visitors can walk amongst these spooky stones & visit the nearby fishing village of Cervantes.


 
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