Perth Specialty Attractions
Australia's oldest mint, the Perth Mint allows visitors a look into the minting of precious metals. Watch a gold bar be poured from molten metal, tour the Heritage Walk, or view the world's largest collection of natural gold specimens.
The Swan River flows through the Swan Valley and past downtown Perth towards the Indian Ocean. Named for the unique Black Swans that inhabited the river when Dutch explorers first came to the area, the Swan is edged by parks throughout the city. Annually, Australia Day fireworks light up above the river, bringing the citizens of Perth together in celebration on its banks.
The Maze is a unique experience combining six mazes, mini golf, and local Australian wildlife in one attraction. Picnic and barbecue areas allow you to enjoy the park's surroundings while you eat. Or, if you don't wish to cook, The Maze restaurant provides a large selection of affordable meals.
Hillarys Boat Harbour is home to the Aquarium of Western Australia, plenty of shops, a few restaurants, a coastal harbour and recreational joints that offer trampolines and other similar attractions for the kids.
Containing the bells of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Swan Bells tower was built as Perth's Millenium Project. The bell tower provides an excellent view of Perth. Regularly, the Bells are rung and can be heard throughout the city.
Captain Cook Cruises WA offers daily river cruises on the Swan River. Options range from wine cruises to the Swan Valley region for wine tasting and good food to scenic river cruises, lunch cruises and regular evening dinner cruises.
The Sunset Coast
Lapped by the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, the beaches of the Sunset Coast cannot be missed when in Western Australia. Metropolitan Perth boasts 80 kilometres of beach alone. Sunset Coast beaches include: Trigg Island, Swanbourne, Port, City, Floreat, Scarborough, and Cottesloe.