Perth CBD and Suburbs | Western Australia
Exploring Perth's CBD is an easy task. The city is compact and well planned, even though its location on a broad stretch of the Swan River gives it a spacious feeling. In addition, Perth has one of the best public transport systems in the country.
Perhaps the best place to start is the western edge of the CBD, in Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens.
Other interesting attractions of the CBD area include the Fire Safety Education Centre and Museum in the original Perth City Fire Station; Francis Burt Law Education Centre and Museum near the Supreme Court Gardens.
On the banks of the Swan River, Barrack Square was originally built as a military parade facility. Today it is an attractively manicured garden square surrounding the unique Bell Tower , with a surrounding jetty of cafes, shops and a busy ferry terminal. The Swan Bells in the Tower include 12 original bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London, celebrated in the old nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons.
Jump on a ferry across the Swan River to the South Perth Esplanade where the renowned Perth Zoo is located a few minutes away. It has one of Australia's best collections of native and exotic animals, which are in enclosures resembling their natural habitats. Wandering back along the Swan the length of the Sir James Mitchell Park , take a look at Heirisson Island, access is via the bicycle path from the City of Perth Causeway Carpark. The island contains a memorial to Yagan, an Aboriginal leader killed in 1833.
Returning to East Perth after visiting Heirisson Island, wander by Trinity College and the WACA Oval.
Closest to the CBD, the suburb of Northbridge is a popular restaurant and entertainment precinct. A complex of imposing buildings between William St and Beaufort St includes the Western Australian Museum, Alexander Library , Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The Galleria Art and Craft Markets specialise in local arts and crafts and are open weekends.
Perth residents boast that their beaches are the 'best surf beaches in Australia'. Some of the more popular are Cottesloe, Port, Scarborough and the nudist beach, Swanbourne.
A cruise on the Swan River to discover the Swan Valley is a worthwhile side trip. This was the site of the state's first permanent vineyards and there are are now over 40 wineries offering tours and tastings of top quality wines. A number of the wineries offer excellent alfresco or restaurant dining. Some wineries, like Houghton and Sandalford are over 100 years old.
Only 20mins from Perth, Sorrento Quay at Hillarys Boat Harbour is a marina-style complex packed with shopping and leisure options, as well as providing a fast ferry service to Rottnest Island . The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)
visitWA | 2009-01-13 | Just a cork's throw from the capital will land you in the Swan Valley, Western Australia's oldest wine growing region, which today is enjoying a renaissance as the centre of Perth's good life. | read more
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