Attraction,Travel ian 1/4/2014

In cities like Perth there are myriad attractions for locals and tourists alike. Choosing the best things to see and do in any neck of the woods can be a very personal decision so I asked Rachel from Rydges Perth for her Top 5 things to do if you visit the WA capital. Rachel went for these (in no particular order):

  • Perth Zoo
  • Rottnest Island
  • Bell Tower
  • Fremantle Prison
  • Kings Park
  • Penquin Island


Yes, yes, I know that’s six things but it can be hard to narrow things down! A quick overview of the above…

Perth Zoo is a delight – it is small in size but big on a rewarding experience. Located just five minutes from the CBD you can get up close and personal with oodles of animals, take part in the walks and talks, sit back and enjoy the concerts under the stars. The zoo is open every single day of the year and has not closed for a day since it opened in 1898. Alow a leisurely full day or a very jam-pcked half day! Here is a link.

Rottnest Island takes its name from the Dutch explorers who thought that the resident little marsupials (quokkas) were ‘rats’.  The are actually small kangaroo like creatures who are very friendly and are happy to mingle with human visitors to their home. Rottnest is 18km off the coast and makes for an excellent day trip. More info on Rottnest here

The Bell Tower (Riverside Drive) has become an icon for Perth and WA. Outside it is known for its unique, distinctive design and inside is filled with fascinating historic content. This is also home to Love Locks – where couples can purchase a lock, have it engraved and choose a link on the Bell Tower chain to ‘lock’ your love. Here’s another kind of Bell Tower link

Fremantle_Prison_Restored_GatehouseFremantle Prison is about 25 – 30 mins out of the city and is a fascinating place where you can feel the history as well as learn about it. It had its origins in the convict days of the 1830’s and has witnessed trials, incarceration, duels, escapes and executions. There are Doing Time Tours, Great Escapes Tours, Tunnels Tours and Torchlight Tours – the official site here

Kings Park and Botanical Garden overlooks the Swan River just 1.5km from the Perth CBD. It is visited by nearly 6 million people each year who enjoy the expanses of unique bushland, tranquil parklands and gardens. The park hosts many events throughout the year and is the most popular visitor destination in Western Australia. Here’s a link to the Top Ten things to do once in the park

Penquin Island is 45 minutes south of Perth and while the star attraction is the colony of little penguins (feeding times are 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm daily) the island and marine park is home to heaps of other wildlife – wild dolphins (you can swim with them!), sea lions, stingrays, pelicans and over 50 species of sea birds. Here is the official website.

For something a bit quirky there’s the Twilight Hawkers markets, which are every Friday night from now until April 2014 – terrific food stalls with international dishes.

And, of course, Rydges Perth is here for all your accommodation needs.