Located in Western Australia, Perth sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Accessing Perth from the UK has become a lot easier as you are now able to fly direct from London Heathrow with Qantas which takes 17 hours. Perth is a city which offers a lot of activities in the city and is also the perfect base as you are able to venture to different places of interest nearby.
Things to do
When visiting Perth a trip to Kings Parks & Botanic Garden is somewhere which is a must visit. Kings Park is over 400 hectare overlooking Perth water and the Central Business District, it is one of the world’s largest inner city parks. You are able to enjoy spectacular views of both swan and canning river as well as the city skyline from within Kings Park. Within the park you are able to find the botanical gardens displaying over 3000 species of unique flora. Bushland walk trails and guided walking tours which are free are available. Another opportunity for spectacular views across Perth is a walk across the Lotterywest Federation Walkway which is an arched bridge suspended amongst a canopy of tall eucalypts. At King’s Park there is a curved wall known as the whispering wall where you can sit at one end whilst someone else sits at the other end, if you whisper in to the wall the other person will be able to hear you as if you are sat next to them.
A landmark that is popular in Perth is The Bell Tower which is also known as Swan Bell Tower which overlooks swan river. Swan bells are a set of 18 bells which are hanging in a specially built high copper and glass campanile, they are the second largest ringing bells in the world. If you wish you are able to go up the tower to ring the bells at certain times throughout the day. More information about ringing the bells can be found on the website. www.thebelltower.com.au
Located in the central business district centred around The Bell Tower you will find Elizabeth Quay where you are able to ride a gondola or boat that will take you on a cruise along the Swan River. Along the river you will find restaurants and bars as well as the Ritz Carlton hotel.
Owned by the Western Australian government, Perth Mint produces coins of the Australian dollar for circulation and is the older of the two mints that is still issuing coins of a legal tender. Perth Mint distributes pure gold, silver and platinum to investors in over 100 countries annually. Visitors are able to learn about the story of Western Australian gold and its rich history as well as seeing the gold exhibition.
In Perth there are two cathedrals, Saint Mary’s Cathedral which is a Roman Catholic church located in the centre of Victoria Square. Another cathedral in Perth is St George’s Anglican Cathedral which is the principal anglican church in Perth located on St George’s terrace, this cathedral was listed on the Western Australia heritage register in 2001.
The only town hall to be built by convicts can be found in Perth which was built in 1870, upon completion it was the tallest structure in Perth. Perth town hall is also Australia’s only Gothic-style town hall.
Whilst in Perth we only ate at two different restaurant due to doing day trips to places nearby which meant we ate there instead. The two restaurants that we did visit where both lovely and I would recommend visiting.
Petition Kitchen: Located on the corner of St George’s terrace where you will find Petition Beer Corner, Petition Wine Bar and Petition Kitchen. A relaxed environment where you could see locals coming after work for a small bite to eat with their colleagues before returning home. A menu which is based on the idea of sharing plates with those who you are dining with. My Mum and I opted to get a broccoli & grain salad, toasted seeds, almonds with sheep’s feta as well as roasted half free-range chicken, peas & carrots, lardo, jus gras between us.
The Reveley: located at Elizabeth Quay over three levels with each level bringing something different. Ground floor which is where we chose to eat is a relaxed atmosphere where you are able to sit and enjoy the quay surroundings. If you are looking for something offering top quality cuisine with attentive service then you will be able to find this on the first floor. On the top level you will find Henry’s rooftop where you can enjoy breathtaking views, cocktails, live music and a menu of food which is easy to share. Whilst dining here both my Mum and I chose to order fish & chips.
During my stay in Perth I stayed at Pan Pacific located in the Central Business District and is a short walk from Perth Mint. Some rooms within the hotel offer views of the Swan River. Within the hotel there is a restaurant, sports bar, lobby cafe, swimming pool and gym.
Is Perth somewhere on your travel bucket list?
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