Perth Business Directory
A Guide to Perth, Western Australia
Perth is the capital of Western Australia and is the largest city on the whole of the western half of the continent. Despite being the fourth largest city in Australia, in touristic terms it very much plays second fiddle to the likes of Sydney, Melbourne and the cities of Queensland - undoubtedly because it is somewhat isolated out on the west coast.
Second fiddle maybe, but it is no poor relation. Perth is a glorious city where the lovely outdoors is embraced into a relaxed and beneficial lifestyle. It boasts beautiful clean beaches (like Sydney), a vibrant social and cafe scene (like Melbourne), pristine parklands (like Canberra), an excellent selection of museums and galleries (like both Melbourne and Sydney), and is as cosmopolitan as anywhere else Down Under. Residents of Perth love the outdoors, and the climate makes it easy to enjoy the simple pleasures of a stroll in the park, or a day on a sun-drenched beach. Visitors who want to experience the laid back, good-living lifestyle so associated with Australia, will definitely find it in Perth.
The Swan River on which Perth sits provides plenty of leisure activities, and interesting day trips from the city are to be had out into the Swan Valley and its vineyards.
The Attractions of Perth
Kings Park and Botanic Gardens - among the many parks in the city, the four acres of bushland is a haven of indigenous plants, best seen during the Perth Wildflower Festival held annually in September.
Perth Zoo - Not one of the world's biggest zoos but has interesting collections including a nocturnal house and an Australian bushwalk.
Scitech - An interesting collection of over 150 interactive and hands-on exhibits of design and technology, some large scale.
Perth Mint - If you've ever hankered to hold a gold bar, this is the place. Here, you can handle a gold ingot worth over $200,000.
The Bell Tower - The pointed glass spire of the tower presents the best opportunity for a 360 degree, bird's eye view across the city.
Aquarium of Western Australia - View the fascinating marine life of Western Australia from a ~100m underwater tunnel or take the opportunity to dive with sharks.
The Beach - there are some 19 beaches in and around Perth so there's something for all tastes, even a nudist beach.
Holmes a Court Gallery - Bought together by the eponymous collector, the gallery houses the largest exhibit of privately owned indigenous (aboriginal) paintings in Australia - be fascinated by the pictures made on canvas and bark.
Western Australia Museum - the place to head to immerse yourself in the ancient history of the state. Enjoy the gallery that contains dinosaur casts or the display of meteorites, as well as the natural history collections of mammals, birds and butterflies.
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts - A showcase of everything that is on the cutting edge of the art scene in Perth and its surrounds.
Northbridge - The best area for a night out on the town in Perth. In this small area you'll find more than 20 nightclubs, a stack of bars and tons of restaurants.