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Perth Tourist Attractions

Capital of Western Australia
Perhaps none of the other Australian capitals has changed so much in recent decades as Perth, capital of Western Australia.

History

City Center

Kings Park

The DNA Tower in King's Park, Perth.
Like most Australian cities, Perth is well endowed with parks and gardens. The largest of these, immediately west of the city center, is Kings Park, one of Australia's most beautiful parks. Laid out in 1872 and finely situated on a hill above the broad river and the city, it has an area of 404 ha, consisting partly of natural bush country, with a brilliant display of wild flowers in spring, and partly of a botanic garden containing more than 1200 species of Western Australian plants.
There are particularly fine views of the city from the War Memorial and the Pioneer Women's Memorial.
On the parking lot on the city side of Mount Eliza a Visitor Centre provides detailed information about Kings Park.
Address: Kings Park, Fraser Avenue, West Perth, WA 6005, Australia

Mount Eliza

Mount Eliza is well equipped with roads, cycle tracks and footpaths, ponds, play areas and viewpoints. At the foot of Mount Eliza the city traffic can be seen filtering into the freeway.

Kennedy's Fountain

Kennedy's Fountain was constructed in the time of Governor Kennedy. It is fed by a spring which was an important source of water in the early days of the colony.

Old Observatory

The Old Observatory is a Victorian building, and is now the headquarters of the National Trust, the authority responsible for the protection of national monuments. The astronomical equipment has been removed.

Beaches

In Perth water sports, swimming and surfing are not merely holiday activities but part of everyday life. The beaches on the Indian Ocean, in particular Cottesloe, Swanbourne (nude bathing beach), Port, City, Scarborough and Trigg Island beaches, and the sheltered inlets on the winding Swan River (Crawley, Nedlands, Peppermint Grove, Mosman Bay, Como, Canning Bridge, Applecross, Point Walter) are all within easy reach. 20km northwest of the city center in Sorrento is Hillary's Boat Harbor, a large and well equipped marina with picnic facilities and a new attraction in the form of the Underwater World, with acrylic glass tunnels and moving walkways under the water where visitors can watch divers hand feeding sharks, and also swim alongside dolphins. Between September and November there are boat trips to observe whales off Rottnest Island.

Perth Zoo and Wildlife Parks

The zoo in South Perth can be reached by ferry from Barrack Street jetty. It houses a collection of native animals (koalas and kangaroos) which live in the wildlife park, as well as imported fauna. The fast-disappearing numbat is kept separately. An African Savannah has been created with a special ecosystem, and the zoo has also installed a Harmony Farm.
There are wildlife parks at Caversham (19km northeast of city center), Gosnells (Cohunu Wildlife Park, 20km southeast) and Two Rocks, in Atlantis Marine Park, near Yanchep National Park (60km north).
Address: 20 Labouchere Road, Perth, WA 6151, Australia

Old Mill Reserve

The old flour mill on the Old Mill Reserve goes back to the earliest days of the settlement. This picturesque old windmill was built in 1835 by a miller named Shenton, but it was too far from the wheat fields and had to close down in 1859. A plan to demolish it to make way for road development aroused so much opposition from the people of Perth that this relic of pioneering days was preserved and now houses a museum.

Perth International Arts Festival

The Perth Festival, which lasts three weeks in February/March, has a full program of music, drama and other events.
Address: UWA Festival Centre, 3 Crawley Avenue, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia

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