Moving to Perth
There are hundreds of things to see and do in WA and Perth so we have listed the top things that we feel are a must for those moving to Perth, from the famous landmarks to the hidden gems.
Top WA Attractions for New Arrivals
Kings Park is the largest city park in the world - it's even bigger than New York's central park. Enjoy spectacular views across the city and the gorgeous Swan River. Have a picnic in the botanical gardens, take the children to one of the fantastic playgrounds and enjoy a barbecue, see an open air movie or attend one of the many outdoor concerts. Walk along the Lottery West Federation Walkway and experience breathtaking views over the treetops or take in a little piece of history and marvel at one of the many war memorials.
30 minutes east of Perth CBD lies the oldest wine region in Western Australia. Experience a culinary extravaganza at some of the best restaurants in the state. Wander around many of the beautiful vineyards where you can sample as much local produce as you desire. Pop down to the Chocolate Factory and see how the best chocolate in Australia is made. Have a game of Supa Golf with the family or enjoy 9 holes at the exclusive Vines Golf and Spa Resort. There are also some fantastic boat tours that operate along the Swan River be sure to check them out on arrival.
Hillarys Boat Harbour
Hillarys is a fantastic day out and caters for all age groups. This is a popular spot for families enjoying a day out at the beach due to its child friendly waters with no current. Head to the Great Escape for a game of mini golf, or for the more adventurous have a go on the water slides. Mosey round the shops where you will find many unique boutiques. Have lunch at the famous Hippo Creek or enjoy churros with chocolate dip at chocolateria San Churro. Take a break from the sun and enter an underwater experience at the aquarium.
Gloucester Park is home to a range of restaurants including the fantastic Beau Rivage which offers buffet dining on the top floor of the JP Stratton Grandstand, boasting sweeping views of the race track and a stunning backdrop of the Swan River.
Ground floor bars, function rooms and private boxes are also available for use during race meetings and the trackside grass is always popular with families looking to secure their own version of the 'best seat of the house.'
Gloucester Park's marquee events include the WA Pacing Cup, the Golden Nugget Championship, The WA Oaks and the WA Derby. And their Italian Night and Chinese New Year Fireworks Nights are both not to be missed!
In November and December 2015, Gloucester Park is set to host the richest harness racing carnival in the world. The Perth Inter Dominion will be run over three weeks culminating with a December Grand Final worth $1.3 million.
For all dates and info visit www.gloucesterpark.com.au
Yanchep National Park
Yanchep National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Western Australia. Located just 45 minutes north of Perth city, it is a very popular destination for tourists and locals. Choose from the 9 interesting walks and trails the park has to offer where you can witness the spectacular scenery and panoramic views from sea to scarp. See collapsed caves, gorges, beautiful lakes and historic remains. Enjoy a picnic or fire up one of the many barbecues located around the park. Yanchep National park is also home to a large Koala colony. A great day out for everyone!
“Rotto”, as the locals call the island today, is situated just 12 miles from Fremantle. A short ferry ride and it seems as if you are in another world. There are 63 beautiful beaches, so with the crystal clear waters it is a perfect place to enjoy snorkelling. The best way to see the island is to hire a bike but there is also a local bus service and many guided tours. Attractions to be seen on the island include a family park, local museum, tennis, golf and scenic flights. You can also enjoy diving, fishing and kayaking. Rottnest is also home to the famous Quokka, a small kangaroo-like marsupial that can be found located around the island.
Whiteman Park & Caversham Wildlife Centre
A less famous, hidden treasure for those moving to Perth, Whiteman Park is located 20 minutes from Perth CBD and covers nearly 4000 hectres of natural bushland and is a great day out for all the family. Let the kids take in the fresh bush air in one of the great playgrounds, have a dip in the mini water playground or ride the train around the park. Whiteman’s also have some fantastic bush walk and cycling trails, take the dog for a walk or sit in the little café and take in your surroundings.
Caversham Wildlife Centre
Encompassed in Whiteman’s is Caversham Wildlife Park. Owned and operated by David & Pat and their two children and houses nearly 200 different species. The daily shows are a must, meet the wombat and friends and visit Molly’s Farm. Walk through the Kangaroo enclosure and feed them as they lay leisurely in the sun. Open 364 days a year, Caversham should be at the top of your itinery.
For many moving to Perth the most exciting feature of the city is its pristine beaches. Western Australia’s coast line is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, whether it’s the friendly resort of Hillarys the trendy suburb of Cottesloe or the surfing mecca that is Scarborough, there is a Beach for everyone. Below are just a few of our favourites.
Scarborough is the largest and most developed beach popular with local surfers who come to make the most of the prime breaker on this part of the coast. Regular surf and lifesaving displays and competitions are held here. There is a play area for the children set back from the sand and a strip of cafes and restaurants. There is also a large parking area.
Cottesloe is very popular with visitors and locals who love to come and soak up the cosmopolitan vibe. Dominating the beachfront is the Indiana Tea house, an elegant colonial style restaurant situated right on the beachfront. Swimming conditions are generally good here and surfers are banned through the height of summer (Oct-Mar). Lots of families come here as there are toilets, picnic benches, barbecues a children’s playground and plenty of room to run around. There are also many bars and cafes that are situated along the beach side.
Mullaloo beach is a large attractive spot popular with families and groups of friends taking advantage of the many picnic and Barbeque facilities overlooking the beach. There are also 2 children’s play grounds, and toilet and shower facilities. Overlooking the lawned area in front of the beach is the Mullaloo Beach Hotel where you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat.
Hillarys beach is a family favourite in Perth. A mini man made harbour which encompasses a naturally calm body of water with little or no current. It’s the best beach area in Perth if you have toddlers or not so confident swimmers but just as easily is great for the water babies too. Added to that the shaded areas and small park on the beach, this is kid heaven!! Great for the adults too, so much to see and do when everyone wants a break from the sun. Numerous free parking bays. Hillarys is easily accessible from Perth CBD.
Yanchep Lagoon beach is a family favourite. Located 40 minutes North of Perth City the lagoon is surrounded by reef which makes the area inside quite swimmer friendly. At the top of the beach is a little café for when you want a break from the sun and a small children’s play area. That said Yanchep Lagoon is a great day out or all the family.
Mettam's Pool nestles in a protected marine park, and surrounded by reefs creating a naturally calm ocean pool. It’s a great area for a mini snorkelling adventure, a relaxing swim in the calm waters or watch the surfers just beyond the reef. Mettam’s has wheelchair and buggy access, showers and a small picnic area just up from the beach or head up to one of the many trendy bars and restaurants just opposite to get out of the sun for a while. Located 20 mins from the CBD on Perth’s most picturesque coastline, a day out here is an absolute must. ust want to swim safely without any wave action. There is ramp access all the way down to the water, which is ideal for pram and wheelchair users.
Bussleton is located 218 km's South West of Perth and boasts 30 km's of pristine, white sandy beaches with turquoise waters stretching down to the Margaret River. Busselton it'self is host to the longest timber piled jetty in the souther hemisphere stretching 1.8 km's over the protected waters of Geographe Bay. It's a popular tourist attraction and offers a unique look at the ocean 8 metres down to the seabed from the underwater viewing platform located at the end of the Jetty. Jump the train or take a leisurely walk to the end and watch the families fishing and kids jumping into the deep turquoise waters along the way. A family pass costs $75 (2 adults and 2 children and includes a 40 minute guided tour. Booking is essential. Alternatively lounge on the beach and use the smaller jetty to dive into the clear waters closer to the shore, surrounded by nets and protected a leisurely swim here is a must.
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