Laid-back Perth, with its wonderful weather, easy-going vibe and breathtakingly beautiful beaches, is the capital of Western Australia.

The city has a combination of informal and relaxed surroundings and big-city attractions. This makes Perth appealing to locals and visitors alike.

The city is a buzz of cultural activities and the predominance of bars and restaurants adds to the atmosphere of this chic cosmopolitan city. With a remarkable public transport system, it is easy to explore all the city has to offer.

Below are 7 exciting things to do in Perth:

1. King’s Park and Botanic Garden

Kings Park and Botanic Garden offers amazing views of the Darling Range and Swan River and incredible sweeping views of the city. Ideally located close to the heart of the city, the park can be described as a peaceful oasis. This 1000-acre recreational area is roughly two-thirds of natural bush that houses a large diversity of native birds and plants. Notable attractions around the park include a water garden, the peaceful Place of Reflection and an acacia garden.

2. Hit up the Beautiful Beaches

Mosman Park Beach in Perth

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There is a bevy of beautiful beaches in Perth and its surrounding at which sun lovers can relax or frolic at their heart’s desire. Cottesloe is a popular choice and the beach can be accessed in less than 15 minutes when driving from the city centre. It is renowned for both its booming café culture and its crystal clear waters. City Beach is a hit with families and this is largely due to its plethora of picnic nooks and its children’s playground. One of Perth’s greatest and most reliable surf breaks can be experienced at Trigg Point and Scarborough is known as a top spot for wave riding. Penguin Island and Rottnest Island offer exceptional snorkeling and both locations are ideal for fun family adventures.

3. Visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia

The Art Gallery of Western Australia serves as host to an impressive collection of Australian and international art. The pieces range in date from 1829 to present. As a part of the Perth Cultural Centre, the gallery is a mere one-minute walk from the closest train station. It offers a wide collection of contemporary and traditional indigenous art. The gallery also displays the works of distinguished artists like Frederick McCubbin and Hans Heysen.

4. Relax on the Swan River

Swan River in Perth

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The Swan River provides the perfect surroundings for outdoor fun and it is a huge hit with visitors and locals alike. There are riverside parks ideal for picnics and the active outdoor enthusiast can explore the different hiking and biking trails. Swan River is also the prime location for fishing, kayaking, swimming and sailing. You can also explore the river via a relaxing cruise between the notable port of Fremantle and the city of Perth. There is also an option for cruising up to the shores of the beautiful Swan Valley. In this location, there are highly acclaimed restaurants in which foodies can sample delectable artisan delights and fresh local produce.

5. See the animals at Perth Zoo

The Perth Zoo is located approximately 3 kilometres or roughly 2 miles from city centre. Since 1898, the zoo has been a delight to animal lovers. The kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, Tasmanian devils and wombats are among the most popular at the zoo. Perth Zoo can be easily accessed by car, bus, bike and train. Additionally, visitors have the option of hopping on board a ferry from the Barrack Street jetty.

6. Visit the Bell Tower

The bell at the aptly named Bell Tower is among the largest musical instruments across the globe. From its towering glass spire, the bell fills the air with its chimes. There is an open invitation for visitors to try their hand at bell ringing. In its awesome location where the Swan River meets the city in Barrack Square, the Bell Tower is a mere 5-minute walk from the city centre. This has contributed to it being among the most visited attractions in the city. It is among the few locations in the world where you are allowed to experience the ancient art of bell ringing and also try your hand at it.

7. Experience a close encounter at Caversham Wildlife Park

The Caversham Wildlife Park showcases one of Western Australia’s biggest collections of native fauna. The park encourages visitors to experience thrilling close encounters with cuddly wombats, koalas and some of the other cutest inhabitants of Australia.

Whether it is a family outing, a chance to fuel romance or an opportunity to spend quality time alone or with friends, there are a number of amazingly exciting things to do in Perth.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Perth!

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