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Relax in the City of Perth

As one of the Countries most famous major cities, Perth has earned its role as Western Australia’s capital. Its beautiful sandy beaches kiss the Indian Ocean, serving as the welcoming barrier separating city and surf. But for the locals it’s more than just a city – it’s home.

Perth

Perth has some amazing features and activities that are great for relaxing and appreciating life on the western coast. If you’re on holiday, or you’re a local looking for a new way to enjoy the area, Perth has your bases covered.

  1. The Art Gallery of Western Australia
  2. The Perth Zoo
  3. Aquarium of Western Australia
  4. Dining and Nightlife
  5. Nature Walks and Attractions
  6. Aussie Rules Football at Subiaco

For those people lucky enough to call Perth home, exploring the city will provide you with an experience to rival any holiday.

Take the time now to learn a little more about how you can enjoy your weekends and time off in one of Australia’s most beautiful cities.

Founded in 1895, the Art Gallery of Western Australia is located within the Perth Cultural Centre and is easily accessible by train and many other systems of public transport.

Visitors are encouraged to indulge in the historical and contemporary pieces that range from:

  • Paintings
  • Photography
  • Sculptures
  • Crafts
  • Indigenous Art
  • And more
The Art Gallery of Western Australia - Map

As some exhibitions feature and change periodically while others remain ongoing, there is always something available to entice your interests and encourage conversation.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia offers guided tours, workshops, conferences and special events that cater for all ages from the seasoned enthusiast to the young budding artist. There are even nano-galleries where you can learn more about each exhibition through insightful multimedia presentations.

Entry to the gallery is free, although you will be asked to make a small contribution upon entry to aid in future operations of the facility. Donations are not mandatory, but any help you can provide goes a long way and is greatly appreciated.

Another feature unique to the Art Gallery of Western Australia is the ARTBAR, which combines live entertainment with traditional art. The ARTBAR features acts from stand-up comedians, actors like Guy Pierce and musicians like Sarah Blasko and former Midnight Oil front man Peter Garrett. Scheduled artists and performances can be found on the ARTBAR page of the gallery’s website where you can also purchase your tickets. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show with a drink from the bar and engage in a conversation with other guests after each thought provoking performance.

You can also hire function rooms from the gallery for your special occasions. Whether it is a family celebration or a work presentation the gallery caters for all your needs and they offer package deals so that you do not have to deal with the headache of designing meals or organising function staff. To top it off, the Art Gallery of Western Australia now offers it’s rooftop bar for hire complete with stunning views of the city’s skyline.

The Perth Zoo

The Perth Zoo is the perfect place for family outings and is located just five minutes away from the CBD. Take the kids to witness the wonder of nature in a safe and friendly environment.

Part of the Perth Zoo’s vision involves educating the youth of Australia about the Australian wildlife and native environment. To do this they offer school excursions and kids group packages during the holidays. They also offer educational programs for teachers so that the future generations of Australia can learn the importance of conserving the native flora and fauna.

You also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the zoo’s inhabitants with the Be a Keeper and Eye to Eye packages. These packages allow you and your family to go behind the scenes with the zoo’s professional keeping staff and spend time with the amazing animals specific to each available package. Choose from the many packages on offer:

  • Be a Keeper – Elephants
  • Be a Keeper – Primates
  • Be a Keeper – Savannah
  • Breakfast with the Elephants
  • Eye to Eye – Best of Australia
  • Eye to Eye – Bull Elephant
  • Eye to Eye – Bush Buddies
  • Eye to Eye – Lion
  • Eye to Eye – Penguin
  • And much, much more!

There are cafeterias for you to stock up on food and drink when hunger sets in. Though, for a real family day out we suggest that you take advantage of their on site electric BBQ’s and picnic tables.

Entry fees for the Zoo:

  • Adult- $29
  • Children (4-15 years) – $14
  • Concession and Seniors – $22
  • Mini-Group – (2 adults and 2 children) $75.20
  • Children under 4 years – Free

Discounts for groups of over 30 people are also available – email groupticketing@perthzoo.wa.gov.au for more details.

Aquarium of Western Australia

Just like the Perth Zoo, The Aquarium of Western Australia is dedicated to the education and preservation of marine life.

To keep in line with their philosophy of ethical treatment and sustainability the Aquarium no longer houses mammalian marine life on site. Though, the Aquarium of Western Australia has ventured into partnership with another organisation to offer charter tours so that guests still have the opportunity to see whales, dolphins and seals in their native habitat.

Walk down the tunnel that is the aquarium’s underwater viewing gallery and watch in amazement as colourful fish, stingrays and sharks swim overhead. You wont have to bring a towel to experience this world of underwater life.
For those who are a little more daring, you can choose from any one of the diving packages available that enable you get up close and personal with the aquatic animals and even swim with the sharks.

Aquarium of Western Australia - Review
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Coral World International, an organisation renowned for its technology and ability to grow living coral environments within an aquarium facility, purchased the aquarium in 1991. Their acquisition results in your opportunity to see one of the world’s largest living coral reef exhibits and dazzling colourful marine life from their underwater viewing gallery.

The Aquarium of Western Australia caters for all groups and functions so you can book your next corporate event, social gathering, birthday party and even your wedding.

Dining and Nightlife

Perth is no different to the other major cities in Australia and boast a number of amazing cafés, restaurants and bars.

Try your next breakfast at La Veen Coffee, which in 2015 and 2016 was voted one of the top places to eat in Australia and one of the top 15 places to find coffee in Western Australia. La Veen is proud of the fact that all of the items on their breakfast menu have been made from scratch and they endeavour to provide their customers with food to excite and delight. Try the La Veen Big Breakfast if you are feeling hungry or go for the Avocado Smash for something light.

For a great family meal at an affordable price be sure to venture down to the Hog’s Breath Café in Northbridge. Serving a range of steaks and other family favourites you are sure to find something that brings a smile to everyone’s face. Try the Hickory Smoked Prime Rib for a real Tex-Mex flavour of go for something light like the Crispy Chicken Caesar Wrap.

Hog’s Opening Hours:

11:30 am – 9:30 pm Sunday to Thursday
11:30 am – 10:30 pm Friday and Saturdays

Store Specials:

Kids eat free: Sunday – Tuesday
$9.90 lunches: Monday – Friday

For those with a sweet tooth, and a love for fine chocolate, check out Koko Black located at 140 Williams Street. Koko Black offers some of the finest chocolate delights in Australia for you to eat in store or to take home to enjoy all to yourself. Bring home a gift box of assorted goodies to your sweetheart or warm up on the cold winter nights with one of their famous hot chocolates. They also offer larger catering services providing sweets for weddings, corporate and social functions – though you may find it difficult sharing these desserts once you set your eyes on them.

Nature Walks and Attractions

Reconnect with nature by choosing any one of the spectacular bush walks and trails located just outside of the city.

1 – Yanchep National Park

Also known as the Ghost House Walk the Yanchep National Park allows you to visit Koalas on the Koala Boardwalk or relax with a BBQ while surrounded by Kangaroos. There are a few walking trails to choose from and you also have the option to hire a boat and row merrily across the river to compete your journey.

The Yanchep National Park is located roughly one hour north of the CBD and is the only track offering its very own ‘Ghost House’ attraction.

2 – John Forrest National Park

A short 30 minute drive from Perth’s CBD the John Forrest National Park offers its visitors the opportunity to enjoy not one, but two waterfalls – the Hovea and National Park Falls. From here you can sit and marvel in the wonder of the natural aqueous cascades or admire the park’s wildlife. The park has horse riding, picnic, toilet and BBQ facilities so you can make the most of your day out with the family.

John Forrest National Park
(Image courtesy of https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/john-forrest)

3 – Penguin Island Boardwalk & Walk Trail

A 5 minute ferry ride from Rockingham, this trek spans over one and a half kilometres and takes roughly one to three hours to complete; stopping at all the sights. Penguin Island gets its name from the fact that it is the home to Australia’s largest colony of Fairy penguins. Aside from the walking tracks, Penguin Island offers its guests the chance to swim, snorkel, dive and windsurf in its surrounding waters.

Penguin Island Boardwalk Walk Trail(Image courtesy of http://www.rockinghamvisitorcentre.com.au/accommodation/penguin-island-ferry-cruises/8750)

4 – Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is known as having some of Australia’s most cherished beaches, and for good reason too. Lay and relax next to the crystal clear waters of one of the 60 plus beaches of the island, or jump on a bike or air-conditioned coach and explore the terrain. Rottnest has so much to offer and is perfect for family, or romantic getaways. Visit the historic Hotel Rottnest with its open planned bar, bay side rooms and magnificent island views.

Aussie Rules Football at Subiaco

It would be hard to pass a weekend without indulging in a game of good old Australian footy. Subiaco Oval, currently known as Domain Stadium, serves as host to iconic AFL teams; the West Coast Eagles and Freemantle Dockers. Join in the crowd as each team squares off against the best that the rest of Australia has to offer in the nations most exciting and loved game – the AFL.

This stadium also has a rich history of staging big name music artists from Led Zeppelin to Bon Jovi to the all time Aussie favourite AC/DC.

You can also use this piece of Western Australian history to celebrate your own special occasion. Domain Stadium offers many of its private function rooms, and even the oval itself, for hire so that you can walk the grounds that some of football and the music industry greats have walked before.

To keep your finger on the pulse and be the first to know about each game and event held at the stadium, be sure to visit their site (http://www.domainstadium.com.au/) for more details.

Knowing what you now know, after reading the information in this article, it is easy to see how the wonderful city of Perth has more to offer its locals and visitors than any other city on earth.

But, to really enjoy Western Australia you should take the time to explore the city and the surrounding areas in order to find the best-hidden and little known treasures of Australia.

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