Perth is the capitol of Western Australia and sits where the Swan River meet the southwest coast. Perth boasts some beautiful sandy beaches and lovely riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Perth has a wonderful Cultural Centre, including a theatre, library and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
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- The best time to visit Perth is in September, October or November when the city is aglow with the colours and perfumes of spring and sunny days are uninterrupted by rain.
- Head to see a game of Australian rules football, officially known as Australian football, or simply called Aussie rules, football or footy. It is a contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field, often a modified cricket ground.
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London has four major airports and is connected by one of the most amazing underground train systems in the world. The main access point for the Tube is Kings Cross Station.
City West Station
City West railway station is a railway station on the Transperth network, 1.6km from Perth Station serving the suburb of West Perth.
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Are there any safety tips I should know?
The main dangers visitors to Perth face are sunburn and dehydration. Make sure you cover yourself with SPF 30+ sunscreen and a hat, and preferably a shirt and keep a bottle of water with you, especially in the warmer months. Also be wary of dehydration in the hot weather. An insect repellent will be useful on Summer evenings if you are outdoors.
What areas should I avoid?
Some of Perth’s suburbs can have a slightly higher risk for tourists, take extra care in places like Balga and Girawheen. In the city take extra care after dark and try not to travel alone.
What are the common crimes?
Perth is known for a generally low crime rate, the main risk for tourists is pick pocketing. Take care with your belongings and try not to make yourself a target for opportunists.
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Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.
The Perth International will once again capture the attention of golf fans internationally when it brings some of the world’s best players back to Perth in 2013 to compete for Australian golf’s richest prize purse.
Fremantle BeerFest is the biggest Australia’s longest running, original beer festival. With over 300 unique, exotic and small batch craft beers, ciders, cocktails, and wines, handcrafted and perfectly complemented by the most decadent local street eats, this festival isn’t one to miss!
This is the most popular annual festival in Perth and annually hundreds of thousands of people enjoy the incredible array of entertainment on offer.
What else is there to do in Perth?
Lesmurdie Falls located in the Lesmurdie Falls National Park in the hills East of Perth, are one of the more spectacular waterfalls on the Darling Range escarpment. The trail starts at the top of the falls with a short walk to the viewing platform. For a longer walk follow the trail to the base of the falls where the lush vegetation grows. The walk is particularly recommended in Winter and Spring when the rains swell Lesmurdie Brook which tumbles over the Darling Range Escarpment.
Since opening in 1988 Hillarys Boat Harbour has been a premier recreational destination for Perth locals and visitors. The harbour offers a wide range of restaurants, attractions, activities, shops and services for fishermen, boaters, beach goers, tourists and locals and is an exciting and unique place to spend a day out.
Perth Oval nib Stadium was originally built in 1910 and following a 2010 Department of Sport and Recreation Master Plan has been developed into a 25,000 seat stadium. The stadium is home to Perth Glory soccer team and the Western Force rugby union team and is also the venue for major big name music concerts. Book tickets and experience an Aussie sports fixture or enjoy a big name concert.
Barbagallo Raceway is the home of Western Australia’s premier Motorsport complex, hosting a wide range of categories of racing from Formula Fords, Saloons, through to Historics and Touring Cars and the Perth round of the V8 Supercars Australia Championship. Check the calendar of events and experience the thrill of racing as a spectator.
What are the top beaches in Perth?
Scarborough Beach is possibly Perth’s most popular beach. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, walk southwards to Brighton Beach which is every bit as beautiful, but generally has fewer people.
There are some fantastic options for beach-side dining and drinking. There are also designated BBQ spots along the grass parkland, which makes this area a popular spot to spend the evening with friends or family.
Port Beach is a beautiful unbroken stretch of white sand along the coastline. With a lack of a big surf, this beach is a great place for ocean swimmers, stand up paddle boarders, as well as families with younger kids.
What are the highlight attractions?
In a digital age where authenticity is at a premium, the Western Australian Museum’s natural, social and cultural history collections have never been more important as an avenue for exploring the past and looking to the future. Explore the diversity and creativity through the Museum’s displays and special exhibitions, events and activities.
Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s premier cultural heritage sites and tourist attractions. Built by convicts in the 1850s, Fremantle Prison was used as a place of incarceration for 136 years before being decommissioned as an operating maximum security gaol in 1991. The empty prison with its solitary cells and gallows is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent. Visitors can ‘step inside and do time’ with Fremantle Prison’s experienced guides on a range of fascinating tours.
Renowned as having one of the finest music acoustics in the Southern hemisphere Perth’s Concert Hall is located in the city centre. The Concert Hall is an example of brutalist architecture, with its solid opaque interior, giant projecting roof, and use of white off-form concrete. The auditorium features a specially commissioned 3000-pipe organ surrounded by a 160-person choir gallery and an audience seating capacity of 1,729.
The outstanding Aquarium of Western Australia surrounds you with all the fishy creatures of the Southern Ocean. Innovative underwater tunnels and walkways get you up close and personal with the turtles, fish, sharks and rays swimming overhead. If you dare you can scuba dive with sharks in the Shipwreck Coast feature aquarium.
Where can I see great art?
The Gallery’s exhibitions place particular emphasis on the arts of Australia and due to its geographic position the Indian Ocean Rim. The Gallery houses the State Art Collection which includes one of the world’s finest collections of Indigenous art, the pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art and design, as well as Australian and International art and design.