Things to do in Perth
Perth offers several activities for adventurous and exploration inclined travellers and tourists. Perth is one of Australia's leading cities and boasts of spectacular natural beauty that is bound to leave tourists in awe for sure. You can start off your adventure trail in Perth with the Swan River Loop route. This route will give you access to some of Perth's most beautiful suburbs that lie along the northern banks of the Swan River. You can enjoy driving down this avenue all the way up to the Matilda Bay, Peppermint Grove, Dalkeith, Mosman Park and Claremont among other premium areas. You can actually reach South Perth by following this route. You have to start off from the Central Business District and follow the curve of the river all the way to the majestic University of West Australia and the delightful Matilda Bay.
The lovely yachts and pristine river will give you an unmatched view at all times while you can also enjoy a steaming hot cuppa and breakfast at the popular Matilda Bay Tea Rooms which is perched right on the edge of the river to give you an unparalleled dining and coffee experience. You can then traipse through the Nedlands area and Dalkeith till you reach the Millionaire Row of Jutland Parade. You will get some fabulous views from the Point Resolution Reserve and this is where many tourists usually stop to take pictures. You can then reach Claremont and shop at the Claremont Quarter which has many attractions in store. Peppermint Grove is another beautiful zone with wonderful landscapes and stunning views of the river. Mosman Park gives you a lookout at Bay View Terrace which is mindboggling to say the least! You can also enjoy having your lunch here at the Mosmans Restaurant which looks out onto the Swan River. You can simply head back to Fremantle, cross the bridge above the river and drive towards the Canning Highway to places like the Alfred Cove Nature Reserve or Point Walter Reserve if you're interested in more gorgeous views of the river in all its splendour.
You can also stop by at Mends Street South Perth which is home to several cafes and pubs that look out onto the city. The City Highlands also promise a lot for explorers with the lovely Kings Park which offers beautiful views of Perth city and the river alike. You can spend some time taking a walk in the botanical gardens and even go along the Federation Tree Top Walkway. You can also check out the cute Zamia Cafe or Botanical Cafe along with the Perth Convention Centre which lies downhill. The Swan Hills is another must visit and you can also take jet boat rides on the river if you want some excitement as part of the bargain. There is another wonderful journey that you can make from Fremantle to Rockingham as well. You will love the iconic heritage sheds while you go through the port and should drop in at the Maritime Museum as well. The Cappuccino Strip is where you will find some nicely brewed and tailored coffee along with several interesting weekend markets as well. You can also go to the Fishing Boat Harbour or simply drive out to the western most point of the Garden Island.
You can also journey to Rockingham which offers a lovely scenic drive and you can even swim at the beach here. There are several cafes dotting the beach and you will also find a spectacular lookout at Point Peron. You will also love the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and the ferry till Penguin Island will get you in for a treat! You can go Penguin spotting and watch them being nourished at the Penguin Discovery Centre. You can also view sea lions and dolphins on a cruise or visit Seal Island by hiring a kayak. Perth offers immense solace for foodies with some exclusive restaurants and other dining areas. Perth is home to a multicultural and diverse restaurant arena and this is evident through the al fresco dining zones, seafood restaurants and so on. You can explore some of Perth's best wine zone and dine by the river at night. There are several restaurants, bars, cafes, local produce markets and food and wine tours to keep you busy.
You should certainly check out the central business district which is home to several theme beer houses, posh bars, cafes and several fine dining restaurants. There are several wine and food joints in East Perth and you will find Thai, Italian, Aussie pub food and Greek menus here. There are several premium and classy restaurants that are located along the Swan River. Victoria Park is also a hotbed for some of the best restaurants in Perth and you will find almost every option under the sun here including Mexican, Vietnamese and even Lebanese. The Crown Perth complex also offers several dining options along with Mount Hawthorn and Mount Lawley.
You should also pay a visit to the Perth Cultural Centre which is located at the very heart of Perth city and houses several attractions for tourists. You can get lost in the compelling world of the Aboriginal people including their culture, stories and anecdotes in addition to checking out the lovely biodiversity, flora and fauna at the WA Museum. You can also check out a wonderful aboriginal art exhibition at the Art Gallery of WA. There is an orchard where you might fancy a little leisurely round or two as well! You should also visit Cottesloe Beach which is one of the most popular beaches located near the city centre. This beach offers several attractions for adventure junkies including snorkelling and surfing along with several entertainment and recreational activities post sunset. There are multiple bars and cafes that are located right along the beach. This beach also becomes a unique art gallery every March when the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition is held here. Perth is a treasure trove of stimulating experiences and adventure for tourists!