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DO AND SEE
You don’t have to leave the city to go
surfing. Suits who love the water drive
to the swell at Trigg Beach from the
CBD in less than 30 minutes. If you’re
not brave enough for the breaks, you
can watch the pros in action while
sipping coffee at beachside cafe.
For a gentle swim, ask any
local and they’ll recommend
Cott (Cottesloe Beach). With
its surrounding bars, cafes and
restaurants, many memories have
been formed on Cottesloe’s white
sand, its grassy knolls also perfect for
watching the sunset.
Patches of lush green sit among the
skyscrapers and city concrete, with
16 major parklands within the city.
Perth’s oldest, Stirling Gardens,
opened as a botanical garden in 1845,
and some of the original trees from
that time are still standing.
The breathtaking view from
Kings Park, situated above the city,
is a must-see priority on any visitor’s
itinerary. The biggest inner-city park
in the world, Kings Park showcases
Western Australia’s natural landscape
Drop in on
Troy De Souza,
manager, Best of
• Kings Park is the jewel of Perth. Take
the treetop walk, view the botanic
gardens, or go on a walking tour and
learn about Indigenous culture.
• The Perth Mint is situated in
a beautiful heritage building,
and they do interactive tours
every hour. It’s a great way to put
yourself in touch with Western
55 William Street, Perth
(08) 9483 1111
1800 812 808
Tower, follow the grassy banks by foot
or bike. Parks, sailing clubs, jetties and
restaurants are perched along the way.
Perth Cultural Centre is home to
the Art Gallery of WA, holding
contemporary and historic works
representing Australia and the world.
The Perth Institute of Contemporary
Arts is just around the corner and runs
programs in art, theatre and dance.
If you’re getting to these by foot,
you can spot art in laneways and on
buildings, with the city’s street art
evolving of late.
Science discovery centre Scitech is
pretty much the coolest place in town
for kids; its science-based programs
make learning fun. The Aquarium
of Western Australia will leave kids
mesmerised by ocean life, while at
Adventure World there are water slides
to cool you down, and thrilling rides
for the whole family. Perth Zoo offers
‘eye to eye experiences’, where kids
can get up close and personal to their
favourite animals. The WA Museum
features programs like Tiny Discovery
where kids can learn through
storytelling, crafts and artifacts.
There are plenty of hotels and apartments in the CBD, including five-star
international hotels with river views – the perfect place for a staycation
or refreshing mini-break. Northbridge has embraced the boutique hotel,
a treat for those wanting to stay in a personalised space, right in the heart
of the entertainment, eateries and contemporary bars.
For ocean lovers, hotels line Perth’s sunset coast, capturing those
epic WA sunsets over popular shores, particularly Scarborough Beach,
Cottesloe, and Hillarys Boat Harbour.
For accommodation check out scooptraveller.com.au/PerthCity.
View of Perth city from the Old Swan Brewery.
and bush lands, and is
home to a beautiful
Just north of
Northbridge is Hyde
Park. A north-of-the-
river staple, it often
hosts ethereal weddings,
romantic picnics, and
shady lunchtime naps.
It’s a good time to shop in Perth,
with popular international retailers
now open in the city. Hay and Murray
streets, the main shopping malls in
the CBD, are connected with cute
arcades and underground specialty
shops. Between St Georges Terrace
and Hay Street, the Enex 100 mall
caters to style, with specialty fashion
and lifestyle stores. If you’re a luxury
lover, head straight to King Street,
which houses everything high end.
No wonder the Swan River is iconic:
the way Perth’s lights reflect off the
water each evening is magnificent.
Opposite the University of Western
Australia, Matilda Bay is a great spot
to walk, with views of the city and
Kings Park. If you’re visiting the Bell
Sunrise on the Swan River
(photography Pok Leh)
BEFORE YOU GO
Whatever the season, don’t get
about without sunscreen. The
world’s driest city is also one of
the sunniest, with Perth having
intense UV rays all year round.
It works best when you’re central
but there are trains from Perth to
all major suburbs, and the bus
routes will fill in most gaps.
driving down West Coast
Highway. You may not be
a water baby, but Perth’s
sunset over the ocean is
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