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Here are some suggestions for first-time visitors in Perth:
1. Kings Park and Botanic Gardens - (Free) Only 1.5 kilometres from the city, at the top of St George's Terrace, visted by over 6 million people each year. 400 hectares of parklands and botanic gardens with spectacular views over Perth City, Swan River through to the Darling Range hills in the background. While you are there: take in the 200 degree view from Fraser Avenue under the majestic lemon-scented gums (make sure you go back at night time to see the city lit up - a magical view! ), wander around the Pioneer Woman lake and fountains, climb the DNA Tower, take the elevated treetop Federation Walkway, watch families in the playgrounds, have a barbecue in the park with friends, hire a bike and cycle the many paths like the locals. Spectacular unique wildflower festival displays each spring during September.
2. Hillarys Boat Harbour / Sorrento Quay marina - (Free) 20 kilometres north of Perth at the end of Hepburn Avenue. While you are there: look at boats and luxury launches, sit and enjoy the restaurants, cafes and bars, browse in 100+ shops along the boardwalks, book a ferry trip to "Rotto" for the day or a deep sea fishing trip, ride a water slide, fish from the jetty, swim or walk along the beaches, catch a wave or enjoy a family barbecue up on the grass or on the fine white sand at adjacent Sorrento Beach.
3. Whiteman Park/Caversham Wildlife Park - (entrance to and parking within the Park is free) 30 minutes east of Perth city - While you are there: visit the motor and tractor museums and Caversham Wildlife Park (entrance fees) where you can pat a kangaroo, watch birds of prey, take a photo with a koala, see a wombat. In Whiteman Park village you can buy a coffee, unique handmade art, pottery or glass. Or, bike and walk the paths and trails throughout the park ;where mobs of kangaroos freely roam. You can take a train or tram ride, watch the kids enjoy the playgrounds and water playground, barbecue your lunch and soak up the scenic bush views. This is near the Swan Valley so can be combined with a trip there -see (5) below. (Prices for Caversham Wildlife Park -click here http://www.cavershamwildlife.com.au/a...)
4. Fremantle historic maritime city - 30 minutes south of Perth city by train or road - While you are there: dine on fish and chips overlooking the harbour (Cicerello's is a Fremantle institution on the Fishing Boat Harbour waterfront), visit the Maritime and Army Museums, the historic old Fremantle Prison (even at night!), The Roundhouse, wander in the Fremantle Weekend Markets, enjoy alfresco coffee or a meal while you people-watch on South Terrace, try the world-famous Little Creatures beer at the boutique brewery on the waterfront, and enjoy shopping at some one-off boutiques down High Street (like Love in Tokyo or Hustle). At night time, check out some world music at Kulcha or the Fly By Night Club.
5. Swan Valley - 30 minutes east of Perth city - While you are there: taste some of Perth's premium wines at a winery, visit a boutique brewery, visit a chocolate factory, enjoy original gourmet food creations at restaurants and cafes, follow walking, cycling and driving trails through the valley. On the way to the Swan Valley, you can stop at historic Guidlford to wander around the collectibles shops and have a devonshire tea at a local cafe.
6. Barrack Street Jetty - located right on the city riverfront at the river-end of CBD Barrack Street. While you are there: take a short ferry ride across to South Perth for a coffee or walk the grassy foreshore, take photos or climb the Swan Bell Tower, eat at the waterfront restaurants, order a coffee and watch the ferries and the riverlife come and go, book a whalewatching tour or a day trip to Rottnest Island, take a variety of boat trips (up through the Swan Valley wine region or board a jet boat if you're inclined.)
7. Perth's fabulous beaches - (Free) Cottesloe, Scarborough and City Beach are some of the best options to visitors staying near central Perth and it's free to spread out a towel on the fine, white sand. You can catch a train to get to iconic Cottesloe to catch a wave, swim with the locals, watch the lifesavers in summer, have lunch at one of the seafront cafes, or for something less formal, grab a cold beer and a pub meal at the Ocean Beach Hotel (or the OBH as the locals call it). If it's a Sunday, partake in the Sunday session at the OBH but be warned - if it's a sunny day, the pub will be packed with locals!
8. Lake Monger - (Free) Just three kilometres out of Perth city area is Monger's Lake, with Western Australia's famous emblematic black swans and other water birds in abundance. Walk or jog around the lake with the locals or cycle if you're inclined. Sit on a park bench and enjoy the lake views, or walk to the western side and take photos with city building views in the background. Eat a picnic lunch while bird-watching or watch your kids enjoy the playgrounds. Its a flat 15 minute walk to Lake Monger Drive if you catch a train to Leederville station - have a coffee or lunch at one of the the roadside cafes in Leederville while you are there.
9. Rottnest Island - approx 20 kilometres west of Fremantle. This idyllic and under developed little island is just a ferry trip (or flight) away from the city. Ferries depart from Barrack Street Jetty, Fremantle (and Hillarys in summer) and take between 30 minutes to an hour depending on your departure point. The fare from Fremantle is least expensive. Rottnest offers an array of intimate white beaches, coves, bays, great snorkelling or scuba diving on reefs and wrecks, and crystal clear water. Thomson's Bay is packed with watercraft in summer on weekends. Join historic tours of wartime fortifications, take photos of lighthouses or watch migratory birds on the salt lakes. The common modes of transport around the island are bike (available for hire or bring your own) or bus and you will get to met the cute little quokkas that are native to this island. The recently renovated pub serves cold beer and lovely meals but there are other food options on the island including cafes and a local bakery.
10. The Pinnacles - Take a day tour or hire a car and drive the 250-odd kilometres (approx 3 hour drive each way) to Cervantes and Nambung National Park, while experiencing a taste of the vastness of the State of Western Australia on the way. See the bizarre configurations of rock caused by calcification of the remains of an ancient forest. Best time for photos is near sunset but please be aware of kangaroos crossing roads if driving back at night in a hire car.