Perth is Australia's only capital city on the Indian Ocean and it is oozes confidence and frequently scores top billing on lists of the world's most liveable cities. The vibrant city defies its remote location on the southwest coast by boldly flaunting its riches, both natural and material and its colonial architecture. Be enthralled by a city on the move that has passion for the past and energy for the future.
TOP 8 PLACES TO VISIT
1.AVIATION HERITAGE MUSEUM
You will be surprised by the fascinating aircraft displays at the museum. On exhibit is more than 30 aircraft and thousands of artifacts cover civilian and military aviation and trace the evolution of aircraft from two-winged WWI planes to present-day passenger jets.
2.ST. MARYâ€™S CATHEDRAL
The cathedral was consecrated in 1865 and this neo-Gothic cathedral was constructed over three centuries. The cathedral is evocatively lit at night and is a soothing spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
3.ART GALLERY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The gallery houses a collection of both international and Australian art from 1829 to the present day with emphasis on works from Australia and the Indian Ocean Rim. On exhibit is an extensive collection of traditional and contemporary indigenous art with displays of works by eminent artists such as Hans Heysen and Frederick McCubbin.
Visitors can watch pure gold being poured to from a solid bar in the Melting House. In the original vault from 1899, the worldâ€™s largest collection of gold bars and natural nuggets are housed.
5.KINGS PARK & BOTANIC GARDEN
The 400 hectare, bush filled expanse of Kings Park is Perthâ€™s pride and joy. The Botanic Garden housed over 2000 plant species indigenous to WA. During sprint thereâ€™s an impressive display of the state's famed wildflowers. The Lotterywest Federation Walkway is a 620m path including a 222m-long glass-and-steel bridge that passes through the canopy of a stand of eucalypts is a year round highlight of the park.
6.AQUARIUM OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
With the WAâ€™s vast coastline is divided in five distinct zones - Far North, Coral Coast, Shipwreck Coast, Perth and the Great Southern. The AQWA features a 98m underwater tunnel showcasing stingrays, turtles, fish and sharks. For the daring visitor there is snorkeling or diving with the sharks with a in-house dive master.
7.PERTH INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS
The museum is housed in an elegant 1896 red-brick former school. It is one of Australia's principal platforms for contemporary art, including installations, performance, sculpture and video. Promoting new and experimental arts, it also exhibits graduate works annually.
This surprisingly interesting collection of retro 1970s and 1980s gaming consoles and arcade games of Atari, Nintendo and Super Mario learn you about the history of gaming. There are plenty of consoles to jump onto and see if the old skills are still there from a few decades back.
OTHER PLACES TO SEE
The best way to get around Perth is by ferry, car, motorcycle, bicycle, bus, trains and foot.
The best time to visit Perth is in September, October or November when the city is aglow with the colors and perfumes of spring and sunny days are uninterrupted by rain. December through February constitutes Perth's summertime and is marked by scorching temperatures.