The Four Top Places to Visit During Autumn in Western Australia

Best Places to Visit in Perth Australia

Best Place / December 14, 2017

King's Park and Botanic Garden

King's Park and Botanic Garden

Boasting beautiful views of the Swan River and Darling Range, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is an oasis of peace near the heart of the city. Almost two-thirds of this sprawling 1, 000-acre park is natural bush, which harbors a diversity of native plants and birds. Dedicated to conservation, the botanic garden spotlights plants from Western Australia and other Mediterranean climates such as South Africa and California. Highlights include an acacia garden, the peaceful Place of Reflection, and a water garden that recreates a Darling Range creek.

Atop Mount Eliza, with stunning views over the city, the King's Park War Memorial is a poignant tribute to servicemen from Western Australia. Walking trails, ponds, play areas, and viewpoints abound throughout the park, encouraging visitors to explore. After a stroll through the park, pop into Aspect of Kings Park, a retail precinct of gift shops and galleries highlighting local artists. Fraser Avenue Lookout dishes up delicious views of the city, and, at night, the park is the perfect spot for a romantic stroll with twinkling views of the city lights.

Hours: Open daily, year round

Admission: Free

Address: Fraser Avenue, West Perth

2 Swan River

Local Aboriginals believe the rainbow serpent, "Waugal" created this winding river. To Perth locals and tourists alike, it's the perfect setting for outdoor fun. Visitors can picnic in the riverside parks, bike or hike along the many trails, cast a fishing line, sail, swim, or kayak. To see some of the posh houses of the riverfront suburbs, hop aboard a relaxing river cruise between Perth and the historic port of Fremantle. Another popular day trip is a cruise upriver to the fertile shores of the Swan Valley, Western Australia's oldest grape-growing region. Here, foodies can sample fresh local produce and scrumptious artisan foods at the highly acclaimed restaurants. Most ferries and river cruises depart from Barrack Square Jetty.

3 Beaches

Sun lovers can choose from a bevy of beautiful beaches in and around Perth. Less than a 15-minute drive from the city center, pine-fringed Cottesloe is one of Perth's most popular strands with its clear waters and thriving café culture. Port Beach is also a favorite, and City Beach has a children's playground and plenty of picnic nooks. For families, the sheltered inlets on the snaking Swan River such as Como, Crawley, and Point Walter are top choices as well as Rockingham Beach, and the sheltered shore at Hillary's Boat Harbour. Trigg Point has one of Perth's best and most reliable surf breaks and Scarborough is another top spot to ride the waves. Further afield, the shores of Rottnest Island and Penguin Island offer excellent snorkeling and are great for fun family day trips.

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