Autumn is a fabulous time of year to visit Perth and the surrounding areas. Whether you want to get away for a romantic weekend, discover the city over the Easter break, or take your Mum out for lunch on Mother's Day, there are loads of wonderful ways to experience and enjoy Australia's sunniest capital city.
1. Perth City - A wealth of cultural insights
Whether you're a tourist or local visitor there is plenty to see and do in the city of Perth. You might like to peruse the laneway street art, discover Perth's iconic landmarks on foot during a walking tour or visit one of the city's many museums and art galleries.
2. Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Kings Park and Botanic Garden, located next to the Swan river and about 1.5km from the CBD, is the green heart of the city. The Park contains an impressive collection of native flora and around 80 different bird species. There are picnic and barbecue facilities, an ornamental lake, and playgrounds at numerous locations in Kings Park. All of this plus the magnificent city and river views extending to the Darling Range make Kings Park and Botanic Garden the most popular visitor destination in Western Australia.
3. Fremantle Street Arts Festival
If you happen to be in Perth this weekend you won't want to miss Australia's biggest street arts festival which will take over the streets of Fremantle from Saturday 4th until Monday 6th April. From busking and street theatre to circus and cabaret, festival goers will be wowed by over 10 stages of world class performances. To view the full program of events and acts go to fremantlestory.com.au
4. Jazz by the Bay
If the sweet sounds of Jazz, Soul and Funk are music to your ears make a note of the Jazz by the Bay Festival in your diary from 6 - 8 May. For 3 jammin days local, national and international jazz musicians will entertain audiences at various exciting venues throughout the City of Busselton.
5. The Bell Tower, Home of the Swan Bells
The Swan Bell Tower is one of Perth's most famous and unique tourist attractions. The Swan Bell Tower is situated on the Barrack St. Jetty on Riverside drive, overlooking the Swan River. The Swan Bell Tower is 82.5 metres tall and houses twelve bells of St. Martin-in-the-Fields from the 14th Century.There are six levels in the Swan Bell Tower, the top being the observation deck which looks out onto the Swan River and the city skyline on the other end of the Tower.
As the Bell Tower is positioned very close to the jetty, it is the perfect landmark to visit before catching a Ferry to Rottnest Island.
6. Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is just a short 12 minute flight from Jandakot Airport or a 25 minute ferry ride from Fremantle. This idyllic Island boasts picturesque scenery and some of the world's finest beaches and bays, not to mention an impressive array of wildlife including the Quokka - Rottnest’s most famous inhabitant. There are over 8,000 quokkas inhabiting the Island so you have a very good chance of spotting one while you are there. If you want to witness the annual migration of Humpback Whales it's best to visit the island between September and November. Rottnest is also home to a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals at Cathedral Rocks, as well as Ospreys and pods of Dolphins.
7. Lesmurdie Falls National Park
There are many national parks located near the city of Perth. One of the smaller national parks which has some of the best views of Perth and beyond is Lesmurdie Falls National Park. Located 22km east of the City, this park is home to a spectacular 50 metre waterfall and a 2km walk trail. The large picnic tables, lush vegetation and stunning wildflowers also make this park a popular spot with both tourists and locals.
8. Perth Zoo
Just a few minutes from the centre of Perth, the Zoo is a relaxing oasis in the heart of the city. There are more than 170 species of animals and a diverse collection of local flora.
A wonderful way to experience Perth Zoo is the Twilight Outdoor Cinema. The next upcoming session is Bambi, showing on Wednesday 15 April at 6.30pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy this Disney classic with your family under the stars. To book your tickets visit perthzoo.wa.gov.au
9. Eat Drink Perth Festival
Every year Eat Drink Perth brings together the newest and best of Perth's growing culinary culture for one whole delicious month. Happening at a variety of different venues in the Central Business District, Northbridge, East Perth and West Perth, the festival allows you to take advantage of great discounts at some of the best foodie hangouts and try some exciting new flavours.
This year Eat Drink Perth has opened its first ever Night Noodle Market, turning Perth Cultural Centre into an Asian hawker haven for 12 lip-smacking nights (started on March 18 and ends 24 April). From beer tasting to celebrity chef dinners the Eat Drink Perth program is an adventure your taste buds will never forget.
10. Beautitful BITS from Mokoh Design
We have a range of sensational stationery and homewares designed and made in Fremantle by Mokoh Design.The majority of their designs are influenced by the Australian landscape and culture.
This original Mokoh Design print features a Map of Australia with a collection of Australia's famous animals and other popular icons. It makes an eye-catching addition to any home and a fantastic souvenir to take back home when you return from your visit to WA.
Take a little BIT of Perth home with you with this Australian Cities Magnet Pack. This is the ideal momento to pack in your suitcase and once you get home you can stick them on the fridge to remind you of your travels.