Kings Park & Botanic Garden (above) is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Explore this beautiful 1,000-acre oasis – one of the largest inner-city parks in the world – and you’ll soon forget you’re in the middle of Australia’s fourth-most populous city.
The park offers stunning views of the city skyline, the Swan and Canning Rivers and Darling Ranges; the most rewarding views can be found at the Kings Park War Memorial. Don’t miss popular attractions like the Lotterywest Federation Walkway – which takes visitors on a dream-like stroll through a canopy of eucalyptus trees – and the moonlight cinema by Lycopod Island.
The park is also an abundant source of historical and cultural significance. Established in 1892, visitors are able to learn more about aboriginal art traditions and culture through the numerous memorials and art pieces by indigenous artists from Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
For a truly unforgettable experience at the park, make time to visit the spectacular Botanic Garden within. The Garden features roughly a quarter of the 12,000 flora species native to Western Australia packed together in a flourishing display spanning 42 acres.
After a long day of exploring, grab a seat at one of the many cafes and eateries situated around the grounds. There are also gift shops and galleries brimming with artworks and trinkets, perfect as gifts or a memory from your day here.
10. Rottnest Island
Just 19 km off the coast of Perth, Rottnest Island has pristine beaches, jaw-dropping scenery and abundant marine and wildlife you’d not expect to find on a secluded tropical island. Named by Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh in 1696 after he mistook the island’s wildlife for rodents, Rottnest Island is where you’ll spot the Quokkas – the famous smiling marsupials adored by locals and tourists alike.
After getting that perfect quokka selfie, cool off in the clear waters along the island’s many beaches and bays. Popular water activities here include snorkelling, diving, kayaking and sailing. While the island is car-free, a hop on/off bus service is available to take visitors around. If you’re looking to get the family moving, free guided walking tours and bike rentals are also available on the island.
11. Penguin Island