Perth Travel Guide (WA, 6000)

Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and one of the most beautiful cities in Australia.

The weather is fantastic, the beaches are clean and uncrowded, and the city, situated on the banks of the Swan River, is in a postcard-perfect setting.

Free buses get you around the CBD where you can visit the Perth Mint, Bell Tower, Museum and art galleries. And there’s a train and bus station right in the centre of town, as well as plenty of accommodation in the form of hotels and hostels.

If you’re after some serious retail therapy – make a beeline for up-market King Street. Packed with boutiques, art galleries, eateries and beautiful people, it’s the place to be seen. For quality department and fashion chain stores, the Murray Street and Hay Street malls hit the spot.

Northbridge, Mount Lawley, Leederville and Subiaco have buzzing nightlife, or try Cottesloe or Scarborough for a more laid-back surfie vibe.

Jump on a ferry to South Perth to take that world-famous snap of Perth’s skyline. Lined with well-kept lawns, palm trees and riverfront cafes, it’s a nice spot to relax over lunch. At night, it’s especially spectacular when the city’s glittering skyline is reflected in the Swan River.Source: ATDWPERTH DIRECTORY:Adventure:Perth Diving AcademyAttractions:Gallery of Fine ArtEntertainment:Rosemount HotelFestivals & events:Kings Park Botanic Gardens Wildflower Festival (September)Information:Streets of PerthHeritage buildings:Central Government OfficesGovernment HouseGuildford HotelHer Majesty's TheatreRose & Crown HotelSt Georges CathedralWoodbridgeRecreation:Carramar Golf CourseTransport:Norfolk JetPerth International AirportQantasSky West AirlinesVirgin Blue

Ernest Giles | Perth

Ernest Giles arrived in New South Wales in 1851. His first expedition in 1865 explored the country west of Darling River. In 1872 he led his second expedition to explore central Australia west of the overland telegraph line. In 1875 on his third expedition Giles arrived in Perth after successfully completing the crossing of central Australia from Beltana Station in South Australia which he depar...

Government House, Perth | Perth

Perth was a penal settlement from 1850 to 1868. From 1860 onwards the city experienced a building boom with the widespread use of brick in place of sandstone in every form and variation. Designed in 1859 and finished 4 years later Government House is built of rosy brick with stone quoins with 8 beautiful hatted towers.

P&O Building, Fremantle | Fremantle

The creation of an inner harbour resulting from the removal of a bar at the river mouth increased Fremantle's port facilities. With the change came new additions to the port of Fremantle including the stone and stockade elder building with domed tower on the corner and built in 1905.

Rose & Crown Hotel, Perth | Perth

The corner section of the old hotel still bears the date 1841. Various additions were made in 1850 and 1880.

St Georges Cathedral, Cnr Cathedral Ave., and St Georges Tce. | Perth

Work was begun on St Georges Cathedral in 1879 to a design by Sydney architect Edmund Blacket. The great tower and steeple of the original plan were never constructed. The present bell tower was added in 1902 as a memorial to Queen Victoria. This Cathedral is situated in the heart of the city, facing Stirling Gardens. The Cathedral, which follows the Gothic style of architecture of the early Engl...

St Marys Cathedral, Junction Murray and Lord Streets | Perth

St Marys is within a few minutes' walk of the business portion of the city. On the original plan of the city of Perth this square was shown as a recreation reserve, but later it was granted to the Benedictine Bishop as the site for a cathedral. In 1926 it was decided to build a new cathedral on the same lines as those of the other capital cities of Australia. Gothic of the Late or Perpendicular pe...

Her Majesty’s Theatre, Perth | Perth

Her Majesty’s Theatre extends the city's Treasury of Victorian and Edwardian Buildings. Despite its revolutionary use of steel and concrete construction, the 1904 building looks exactly as a great Edwardian theatre should look.

Roundhouse at Fremantle | Fremantle

The Roundhouse was erected as a jail in 1831. On closer inspection the building has 12 separate sides. Designed by colonial engineer Henry Willey Reveley.

Woodbridge, near Guildford | Perth

Situated on the banks of Swan River near Guildford Woodbridge was built in 1885 to be the impressive Victorian mansion and home of Charles Harper, explorer, politician and publisher.

Central Government Offices, Perth | Perth

The Central Government Offices and Town Hall cover a complete city block and were erected during the period 1874 to 1905. Those sections designed by colonial architect Richard Jewell display a textural richness using the bricklaying technique of Flemish bond.

Former Asylum Building, Fremantle | Fremantle

The Former Asylum Building is the last major building associated with the convict period. Designed by Captain Henderson and built between 1861 and 1865, the impressive limestone building features 3 projecting wings with Dutch gables. Today the building is the home of Fremantle Museum and Arts Centre.

Guildford Hotel, Perth | Perth

A curious crown-like structure tops the Guildford Hotel reminiscent of an Edwardian band rotunda.

Orient Hotel | Fremantle

The three storied Orient Hotel of 1897 is one of the many extravagant pubs of the city and a fine example of a beautiful Victorian building.