Three Must See Things in Perth, Western Australia

If you are intending to visit Perth and you have limited time for sightseeing, you should really try to visit these three places which are located within or are very close to the city centre and relatively easy to reach.

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Kings Park and Botanic garden overlooks the Swan River and the Darling Range, and is only 1.5 kilometres from the city.  At over 400 hectares in area, Kings Park receives over six million visitors each year – but it is so big, you never really notice.

Nearly two thirds of the park is native bushland, and the rest consists of picnic areas, playgrounds, botanic gardens, restaurants and the War Memorial which commemorates those Australians who have died in combat.

There is no charge to visit Kings Park, and it is a very charming place to visit, especially as you get spectacular views over Perth and its environs. Some of the most popular things to do include taking a free guided walk to learn about Western Australia’s unique flora.  These walks depart twice daily at 10am and 2pm from Fraser Avenue.  There are various themes to these walks, some concentrate on horticultural matters, whilst others inform you more about the history of the park and the buildings and plants contained within it.

The Lotterywest Federation Walkway is a steel arched bridge which allows you to walk amongst the canopy of tall eucalyptus trees. The walkway extends for 620 metres, and some fantastic views can be enjoyed during the walk.

The botanic garden displays the diversity of West Australian wildflowers.  There are over 12,000 plants that occur in Western Australia and nowhere else, and the botanic garden features 2,000 species of plants.  The garden is at its best in spring, anytime from August through to October, when the majority of wildflowers bloom and present a very picturesque and quite inspiring display.

To get there by public transport from the city catch buses 37 and 39 from St. George’s Terrace (Bus 37 runs between Kings Park and Perth Domestic Airport).  There is a city free zone, sp if you do catch either of those buses from the city then you ride for free.

Perth Mint

Perth Mint is located in an historic building in Hay St, a short walk from the city centre.  The Mint first opened in 1899 following the discovery of gold in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.  The miners deposited their raw gold at the mint where it was refined and minted into gold coins. The Perth Mint has the highest classification from the National Trust and was one of the first buildings entered on the State’s heritage register.  In 1957 Perth Mint produced what was probably the world’s finest gold that was 999.999 parts per thousand pure, and which set a new benchmark for the production of gold.  The Perth Mint is a member of an elite group of world mints whose pure gold, silver and platinum legal tender coins are trusted without question.

The Perth Mint is open 9.00am to 5.00pm weekdays and from 9.00am to 1.00pm on weekends and public holidays.  It is free to enter the Perth Mint shop, but tours of the complex cost AUD15 for adults and AUD5 for children.  As part of the tour you get a guided walk, get to witness a gold pour, see the world’s largest gold bar exhibition and Australia’s largest gold nugget collection. You can also hop on the scales and see what your weight would be worth in gold.

The Perth Mint also has a shop which sells many of the commemorative coins and medallions that are produced at the mint, plus jewellery and souvenirs.  Western Australia produces gold, diamond, pearls and other gems, and the shop sells original design jewellery produced from the raw products that are found in WA, the quality of which is guaranteed. You are also able to invest in gold at the Mint.

If you don’t wish to walk to Perth Mint, the free CAT service stops just a few metres away.

Perth Cultural Precinct

This is located in an area adjacent to Perth Station which contains the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the State Library and the WA Museum and the soon-to-be-completed theatre complex.  The Perth Cultural Precinct is part of Northbridge, Perth’s main entertainment area which boasts many restaurants, pubs and clubs.

The WA Museum gives an insight into Western Australia’s historical past.  It features many permanent exhibitions, and also host travelling exhibitions. Entry is by donation.

Founded in 1895 the Art Gallery of Western Australia occupies three heritage buildings.  The Gallery houses the State Art Collection, which includes one of the world’s finest collections of Indigenous art, the pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art and design, as well as Australian and International art and design.  Entry is free, or by donation, but you may be asked to pay to view a major travelling exhibition.

The State Library also houses exhibitions and displays, it also has a small theatre which regular holds talks and lectures or shows films.  The State Library is an excellent place to go if you wish to research any information about Western Australia.

The Perth Cultural Precinct is serviced by trains and the free Blue CAT service.

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