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Scitech Discovery Centre
Corner Railway Parade & Sutherland Street,
City West First Floor
Tel (08) 9481 5789
Open 10am-5pm daily
This hands-on science museum features over
160 interactive exhibits. However, like many science museums, it is geared
mostly toward children.
+61 8 9285 5000
The sprawling white
beaches in Perth are sensational. Regular swimmers, picnicking families and sun
seekers visit Cottlesloe. It offers a choice of locations to watch the sunset.
Enjoy spectacular views across the Indian Ocean from one of the many cafes and
restaurants along Marine Parade or from a tranquil spot on the sand. At the
southern end of the beach, a reasonably sheltered reef proves a great spot for
snorkeling. The main beach area has showers and toilets.
+61 8 9372 9752
Only 25 minutes by
ferry from the mainland to enjoy this aquatic paradise. Rottnest Island, 11
kilometers long and almost five kilometers wide, boasts numerous fantastic
beaches. Enjoy leisure activities galore. Bicycles, the main source of
transport, can be hired at Thomson Bay. The amazing array of marine life living
in the coral reefs that fringe the island ensure superb snorkeling and scuba
diving. The island also proves very popular with city surfers.
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
+61 8 9480 3600
Only minutes walk
from central Perth, this park offers a tranquil respite from the city. With 400
hectares of parklands and natural bush to explore, visitors can enjoy numerous
activities. Hire a bike, take a tram tour, or join a free guided walk. An
evening visit proves spectacular. Meander along 'Honour Avenue' (lined with
towering lemon-scented gum trees) and enjoy the city lights.
Armadale Reptile & Wildlife Centre
+61 8 9399 6927
The Reptile Park
was set up as a conservation and education facility in 1994. It now houses more
than 200 species of reptiles from the venomous local variety to the more
friendly python family and waddling goanna. The park also lodges a variety of
other residents that do not belong to the reptile fraternity such as flying
foxes, quokkas and enichindas. Other amenities include barbecue areas, a snack
bar and souvenir shop. Admission: Adults AUD11; children AUD6.50; concession
Cruising Yacht Club jetty
+61 8 9591 1333
has been operating since 1987 and knows all the right spots to locate wild
dolphins. Daily tours from September 1 until May 31. First, you will cruise
through the waters off Rockingham, home to about 180 bottlenose dolphins. When
the dolphins are spotted, the experienced crew will assist you in donning a wet
suit, snorkel, and mask, and you will join them in their underwater world. All
dolphins at Rockingham are wild, (meaning no tricks and no training), thus
visitors experience the mammal in it's true state! The trip runs between two and
five hours. The other option is a dolphin watch tour.
Perth Institute of
Contemporary Arts (PICA)
51 James Street,
Bus Blue CAT Train
Tel (08) 9227 6144
free, charge for performances
The Perth Institute
of Contemporary Arts features exhibits of avant garde and contemporary visual
and performing arts.
310 Hay Street
Bus Red CAT
Tel (08) 9421 7223
or 1800 098 817
9am-4pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm; gold pours Mon-Fri 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm,
Sat-Sun 10am, 11am, noon
building on Hay Street offers a unique insight into how money is made.
+61 8 9592 5191
Little penguins and
numerous sea birds inhabit this 12.5-hectare island haven. Penguin Island is a
breeding site for 16 species of birds. The island also has excellent snorkeling
and surfing conditions, delightful picnic areas, a Discovery Center, lookouts
and walkways. A ferry operates (on the hour) from Mersey Point at Shoalwater and
ferry tickets include entry to the Island Discovery Center.
Riverside Drive, Perth
Bus Blue CAT Ferry
Barrack Street Jetty
Tel (08) 9218 8183
daily; bell ringing Mon-Fri 11.30am-12.30pm, Sat-Sun noon-2pm
copper and glass tower in Barrack Square is one of the world's largest musical
instruments. It houses a set of 18 bells, which includes 12 bells from St
Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London that date from before the 14th
century. The tower features galleries where you can see the bell ringers in
action as well as observation decks that boast stunning city views.
+61 8 9417 9666
Only 20 minutes
drive from Perth, this is Western Australia's major theme park. It is only open
from September until April but with over 30 exhilarating rides and a wildlife
park, it is worth a visit. Try the Tunnel of Terror, the Turbo Mountain Roller
coaster or meet some of Australia's original inhabitants in the wildlife area
and touch farm. Do not forget your swimsuit - the park has swimming areas and a
children's water playground. There are food and refreshment outlets and shaded
Sir James Mitchell Park
+61 (0)8 9474 0777
Enjoy the splendid
sunset scenes and sparkling Swan River while cycling or walking along the South
Perth foreshore. Established in the 1970s, Sir James Mitchell Park was initiated
specifically for passive recreation and it serves its purpose superbly.
The only building in the entire area is the old Wesley College Boatshed at Coode
Street Jetty. The park stretches along the river from Mends Street jetty to
McCallum Park at the Causeway Bridge. There are several wetland areas and a
wonderful paperbark swamp that is worth a visit.
John Forrest National Park
+61 8 9298 8344
This park is one of
the oldest and most-loved picnic areas located in the Darling Ranges. The main
tree species found in the area are Jarrah, Marri and Wandoo - home to an
abundance of bird life. Take time to enjoy the extensive walking trails and
visit the lookout for the fantastic views. Other features are the 100 year-old
railway tunnel, the two waterfalls and rock pool. The park has a tavern and
several picnic areas with barbecues.
61 8 9483 1111
Situated within the
Shoalwater Marine Park is a group of ideal beaches for children. Cape Peron
offers a wonderful series of small bays with rocky outcrops making the area an
adventure to explore. This is a great spot for snorkeling and shore diving. The
best time for diving is in the morning before the wind begins to blow too much.
The marine park covers 6,545 hectares taking in Shoalwater Bay and Warnbro Sound
with a chain of limestone islands including Penguin Island and Seal Island.
Ferries and tours to the islands run from Mersey Point.
(Perth suburb 15 km from the city center)
Be sure to
arrange round trip transport from Perth if you do not have an automobile.
Caversham Park is remote, and it is difficult to arrange transportation back to
the city from the park. There is a gift shop/cafĂ© that has a telephone and
helpful personnel, however. Rides to the entrance gate are available. However,
taxis will come right to Caversham Park entrance if arranged in advance.
evenings: occasional special outdoor film presentations and concerts
northeast of the city center. Within this extremely, though isolated, popular
park is a section known as Cavensham Wildlife Reserve which offers up-close
photo opportunities of koalas, interaction with kangaroos and emus, and camel
rides. The park also contains an extensive collection of vehicles from the past
100 years and a craft village that displays the work of local artisans. There
is also an exhibit of the history of farm machinery.
Perth, a ferry ride away from the city centre. The zoo is dedicated to
conservation and has all the features of an international standard zoo.
Attractions include a nocturnal house, a wildlife park, and an African Savannah