Although I have lived in Queensland since I was nine, I was born in Perth and I still think I’m a Western Australian at heart. This may also be due to the fact I don’t appreciate eating mangoes, avocado and pineapple. Don’t hate me for it. Nevertheless, here are four of my favourite places to visit and things to do in Perth, Western Australia.
Hillary’s Boat Harbour
Ah Hillary’s, a suburb right on the beach in Perth, where the rich live and the not-so-rich go to have budget fun. The Boat Harbour has a great water park for the kids (or young at heart) including a lizard slide. Yes, you can slide right down the lizard’s tongue.
Then you can walk through the breakwater harbour and do some shopping at the boutiques, pick up some local delicacies, and then it is lunch/dinner time. And man, is there some choice for your meal. There are the usual takeaway chains, cute cafes, the quintessential fish & chips, or the restaurants.
We went to a great burger joint, but next door was an African restaurant and we saw a guy order what literally looked like half a cow. The steak was huge. Now I love my steak but I don’t know how anyone can get through one that size, seriously.
When I was younger I loved going into Perth’s main city centre mall and visiting Old London Court, where every 30 minutes the knight would chase the dragon around the clock. I didn’t get to see it this time (sad face) but I got some photos of the alley, a replica of English architecture from back in the day.
King’s Park is one of Perth’s greatest attractions. It is perched high above the city so has great views of the skyline and the Swan River. There is such a large variety of wild flowers and plants that you could spend hours walking around the park discovering them all. King’s Park is also home to a couple of great war memorials. Make sure a visit (brief or not) is on your Perth bucket list.
A visit to Fremantle is one of my favourite things to do in Perth. It has old-school architecture (which is somewhat rare in Australia) mixed with a hip cultural vibe. I love walking through the E-Shed Markets, enjoying a sunny Perth day at one of Fremantle’s great cafes and pubs and visiting the Little Creatures Brewery. In my opinion, Perth wouldn’t be a great city if it wasn’t for Fremantle’s presence.
Things to do in Perth
These are just my favourite things to do, but there is plenty more to keep you occupied. A trip to Rottnest Island is always worthwhile, or you could head to Kalamunda in the hills? Plus, if you ever want a different experience then you can take a day trip up or down the coast to one of the many great cities along the way.