Perth Australia Holiday Guide

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With it’s fantastic climate, relaxing lifestyle and country charm , the city of Perth is a great place to visit   A variety of water sports are available as the city is situated on the delightful Swan River ( the Black Swan is the State emblem ) and in addition it’s close to the beaches of Scarborough, Cottesloe and Rockingham.   Take a river cruise to the Swan Valley winegrowing region or an adventure cruise – there are several cruise operators to choose from. 

A Perth car rental provides a great way to see Perth and the surrounding areas. There are some great accommodation choices and Perth hotels, while fewer in number, are on a par with the accommodation found in the eastern states.

There are numerous sidewalk cafes and restaurants in the Northbridge area and plenty of entertainment is on offer at the popular Burswwod Entertainment Centre. Delightful views of the city can be seen from the landscaped botanic gardens at Kings Park which boasts a great variety of local flora.

Take an historic tour of the city and discover many of the convict-built buildings which still stand today – there is the Perth Mint, Government House and the Perth Town Hall, all worthwile visiting. In recent years, many skyscrapers have been erected but these restored buildings continue to serve as a reminder of Perth’s history.   Other places of interest for the visitor are Perth Cultural Centre, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the gallery of Aboriginal History and for a hands-on science experience, the Scitech Discovery Centre. 

Other examples of colonial architecture can be found in the restored buildings of The Old Flour Mill, Tranby House and Woodbridge House in Guildford.

Underwater World offers you the opportunity to get close to local marine life and you will be able to see a variety of Australian wildlife by visiting the Perth Zoo 

In recent years, Perth has expanded to such a degree that Fremantle, the port for Perth, is now almost incorporated into the city of Perth.  Prior to the America’s Cup yacht races of 1987, historic buildings and sites were renovated and restored and today sidewalk cafes and restaurants abound providing a cosmopolitan atmosphere.  Visit the Fremantle Markets, the Maritime Museum with its interesting exhibits , and discover some of the history of this area at the Fremantle History Museum and the Fremantle Prison.  All offer interesting reminders of the history of this region.

Whale watch cruises operate from both Perth and Fremantle during the months of October to November and if you want to view the colony of fairy penquins on Penquin Island, you will need to take a boat trip from Shoalwater Bay.

A favourite local attraction is Rottnest Island located just off the coast of Perth.  The island boasts over 60 beaches with some of excellent scuba diving and snorkelling spots.  Surfing is another sport enjoyed by many people on the island   Rottnest Island is home of the pint-sized kanagaroo, the quokka and the island bears its name as the indigenous marsupial was originally mistakenly described  as a large rat.  Touring round the island on a bike is a popular acitivity but there are also guided tours available.  Learn about the history of the area which was once used as an  prison for Aboriginal men,

Travelling north from Perth, you will find plenty of wildfowers in the Spring. Visit the towns of New Norcia, Dalwallinu, Morawa and Mullew, the latter two being a bit further afield, nearer to Geraldton. There are numerous parks in the area too, including Yanchep National Park and Nambung National Park both well known for their limestone formations. Visit  the restored flour mill in the Berkshire Valley as well as the farming centre of Moora.  Many historic buildings such as Buckland House can be found at Northam, north east of Perth as well as a delightful showing of wildflowers in the Spring. . 

Attend and have fun at the annual Avon Descent event for canoeist and whitewater rafting enthusiasts.  Additional towns well worth a visit are Brookton, Beverley, York and Toodyay are all located on the banks of the river Most of these towns have historic convict-built buildings and York, whichboasts a National Trust vintage car museum and hosts some of the popular States fesitivals.

Further south , there is Mandurah, a great holiday beach resort and  spot for good fishing and prawning.   There is also the historic town of Pinjarra located on the Murray River where steam engine buffs can hop on the Hotham Valley Railway for a ride .  

The Wheatlands of Western Australia commence at the Great Eastern Highway in the east and south towards the coastal fringes of Albany .   This area delights visitors with its abundance of wildflowers in the spring.  Merredin is the major centre of the area and boasts an interesting renovated railway station .   Marvel at the rock formations caves and Aborigianl rock art which can be found around this area and the town of Hyden is only a short distance from the one of Australia’s famous landforms, Wave Rock. The town of Narrogin has an interesting railway heritage museum and the last section of a eucalypt forest which once covered the area, can be foundat the nature conservation and wildlife refuge area of Dryandra Woodland. 

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