10 Best Places To Visit in Perth, Australia

Perth can offer you the best of both worlds with a busy, bustling city centre with nearby walks, beaches and day trips, it can be the perfect break away. Whether you are travelling solo, as a couple, with friends or with the family there is always something to do within easy reach.

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Have a look below at some of the top places to visit when you visit Perth.

1. Bells Rapids Park

If you are looking for a nice relaxing morning, afternoon or maybe even the whole day then taking a stroll along the Swan River is ideal for you. It links the hills, suburbs and the ocean and it has been awarded as the first heritage site in Western Australia because of its rich cultural, environmental and recreational values.

Ideal any time of the year with it trails all the way along the river you can easily enjoy a walk, run or cycle. Perfect for being there with your family too. Why not pack a picnic to enjoy along the way, as there are plenty of spots along the river where you'll be able to stop and watch the world go by.

If you're looking for a good walking spot, then you'll surely enjoy exploring the Bells Rapids in Brigadoon. You get to bask in the breathtaking view of the streams and waterfalls while walking on a gravel road. You get to see views of the Avon River and the countryside by opting to go a circuit walk while on the area. However, swimming is not recommended due to its strong undercurrents.

2. Fremantle

Located just outside of Perth, Fremantle is not only an ideal destination in Australia for taking ferry trips out and around but it is also a dynamic port city to spend some time getting to know. Hiring a car to take a trip here would make a for a brilliant day out, you can get a great price if you decide that this something for you.

In Fremantle, you will find a variety of dining options on the waterfront with music and art around every corner. You can head down charming little bustling streets and shop at busy, unique markets. A great thing to see here is the underground Fremantle Prison Tunnel tour.

3. Heirisson Island

Right in the middle of Swan River and the main city Heirisson Island is a real unexpected hidden gem on Perth and offers you an escape from the city life. It’s a beautiful quiet spot where you can expect to see a variety of birds; perfect for bird watchers and it even has it’s own population of Kangaroos.

They are on the Western end of the Island and are well protected with a gate and fence to stop them from wandering into any traffic. Bear in mind if you go in the peak of the day it can be very hot and they are most likely going to enjoy the shade from the trees rather than hopping around in the heat.

4. Adventure World

The biggest fun park of Western Australia is in the suburb of Bibra Lake. Children will love the different outdoor rides available all day. Cafes are open serving a variety of food, or you can opt to bring your own and have a picnic inside the park.

5. Cottesloe Beach

If you're in for a good swim, surfing snorkelling or dolphin-spotting, then Cottesloe Beach is your next destination. Enjoy pristine white sand, sparkling water, the laid-back surf culture, the stunning Perth coastline and enjoy your stay on relaxing seaside hotels or apartments. This is the reason why Cottesloe Beach is one of Australia's most iconic beaches.

6. Kings Park and Botanic Garden

If you're in for a good and free picnic spot, head over to Kings Park and you'll find a stunning view of the Perth City Skyline and Swan River. Among the gum trees lies grassy areas open for the public making walks and picnic a fun activity. Enjoy sipping your favourite cup of coffee while your kids enjoy playing on large playgrounds. This is a relaxing spot both you and your young companions would love to visit if you are staying for one day in Perth.

7. Lake Monger

Beautiful Black Swans is what you can find on the 70-hectare lake of Lake Monger Reserve. This conservation wetland is also home to an array of local birdlife and is a popular hotspot for runners and dog-walkers. Just make sure to refrain from feeding the water-birds as most human food can make them sick and pollute the water in the process.

8. Lesmurdie Falls National Park

One of the most breathtaking waterfalls Perth has to offer lies in the Lesmurdie Falls National Park. Enjoy sipping on your morning coffee or experience mouth-watering meals on the Kalamunda Village located near the falls. The Top Trail is a two-kilometre walk that leads to a picnic area and at the base of the falls is where lush vegetation grows.

9. Mullaloo Beach

Just 20 minutes from Perth's City centre lies the Mullaloo Beach. Enjoy a calming dip in its refreshing waters and let your children enjoy the soft white sand along the coast. Children of all ages will enjoy the various parklands and playground facilities. This beautiful beach allows you to enjoy a stunning view of the sunset making it an excellent way to end your day trip.

10. Penguin Island

Are you in the mood for the best day trip destination in Western Australia? Then you should head from Perth by ferry over beautiful Shoalwater Bay to Penguin Island. You've read that correctly! As unbelievable as it may seem, penguins do live in Australia!

In Shoalwater Islands Marine Park lies Penguin Island. Steal a day away enjoying a day with the smallest penguins in the world. Not only that - you get to watch rare Australian sea lions as well as wild dolphins when you go on a cruise. Go swimming, snorkeling, or enjoy a picnic while waiting for your ferry to come and pick you up.

As one of the best places to visit in Perth, Penguin Island is a rare opportunity to spot the world's smallest penguins, sea lions and majestic dolphins on the same day. Whether you decide to have a lovely picnic, indulge in adventurous activities or simply observe nature, you'll have the time of your life!

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Kalyan Panja