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Perth Holidays

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Perth Holidays

Most of the two and a half million people who live in Western Australia reside in the sophisticated and scenic state capital. Perth grew on the banks of the Swan River, named after the Scottish city of the same name, and was proclaimed by Queen Victoria as a city in 1856. The discovery of gold in Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie, to the east of the city, in the 1890s led to a dramatic rise in its population and an economic boom. Another boom followed in the 1960s courtesy of iron ore and nickel.

Today the city is characterised by numerous waterways, green parks and a compact central business district. There is plenty to occupy visitors in Perth, including touring the city by tram or bus, enjoying water sports on the Swan River, or just sipping a glass of the famous local wine in a riverside or beachside restaurant. Perth is said to have more restaurants per capita than any other Australian city. Not far from the city is Western Australia's oldest wine-growing region, Swan Valley, which welcomes tourists to visit the many award-winning family-owned wineries, which offer alfresco and restaurant meals and cellar tastings.

Perth is also the site of the world's oldest operating mint and boasts several museums and art galleries, historic buildings, a casino and a good variety of shopping opportunities. Last, but not least, the city offers more than 50 miles (80km) of white sandy beaches. Among the most popular are Cottesloe and Scarborough.

Top 5 Things to do in Perth

Kings Park, Western Australia - Kings Park is a 4.06-square-kilometre park located on the western edge of the central business district in Perth.
Swan Valley - The Swan Valley is a region in the upper reaches of the Swan River between Guildford and Bells Rapids, Western Australia. It is bordered to the east by the Darling Scarp.
Art Gallery of Western Australia - The Art Gallery of Western Australia is a public gallery that is part of the Perth Cultural Centre, in Perth, Western Australia.
Fremantle Prison - Fremantle Prison, sometimes referred to as Fremantle Gaol or Fremantle Jail, is a former Australian prison and World Heritage Site.
Perth Zoo - The Perth Zoo is a 41-acre zoo that opened in 1898 in South Perth, Western Australia.

Perth Highlights

Perth & Freemantle City Tour with Swan River Cruise

From £53 per adult, £35 per child (4-14)

This city tour gives you a flavour of all the Perth highlights and includes a leisurely river cruise from Fremantle back to the city.

The day begins at the beautiful Kings Park botanic gardens with time to experience a walk through the tree's canopies on the Tree Top Walkway giving a birds eye view of Perth's city skyline.

Continue to one of Perth's best beaches Cottesloe Beach before arriving at the historic port town of Fremantle.

Time is allowed for a walk down the main street, enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes (own expense) or perhaps find a bargain at the markets (Fri, Sat and Sun only).

When to Visit

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  • Currency Australian Dollar ($)
  • Flying time from UK The average flight time from the UK to Perth is 20 hours.
  • Primary Language English
  • Passport & Visas UK nationals must have a passport valid for intended period of stay. A pre-arranged Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required for stays of up to three months.