Australia's most isolated capital city, is located on Swan River, just
a few Kms from
Indian Ocean beaches. It was founded in 1829 and only the Western Australia gold rush
in the 1890s made it really grow. Kings Park offers beautiful views over the city and
Swan River. Hay Street Mall is one of the city's major shopping areas. Northbridge is the
favourite dining and nightlife area. Just cross the Pedestrian bridge at Central Perth
Train Station and you'll be there. WA Museum, Perth Mint, The Cloisters or the Art
Gallery of WA are just a few highlights among many others to visit.
visit to Perth should as well include a trip to Rottnest Island and Fremantle.
Should you decide about a day trip or even spending a couple of days on Rottnest,
you will certainly enjoy the absence of cars (except busses), as everyone over here rides bicycles.
The island, some 19 Kms off the coast, further offers long white beaches and rugged scenery.
You may as well see some quokkas, small marsupials which are rather common here.
The island got its name in 1696 because these quite animals were mistaken as large rats.
Fremantle is located some 20 Kms south of Perth and is the main seaport of WA.
It contains many historic sites and restored old buildings. Visits should include
the Fremantle Markets during weekends, the Old Prison and Museum, the Round House
being the states oldest building or just a stroll along the many bars and restaurants.
You can get there either by train or by ferry from Barrack St. jetty. The train is cheaper,
you will however get beautiful views of the skyline when going by ferry.
In case you like wine, the Swan Valley, one of WA's premium wine growing regions is
just a short drive from Perth.
Perth on Great Eastern Highway brings you to Avon Valley and Wa's oldest
inland town York. This small town is a living museum hosting attractions like
the Settlers House, the Castle Hotel or the old Town Hall. The York Motor Museum
is an absolute must for vintage car lovers. You can as well consider
a visit to an Alpaca Farm or the Mill Gallery if you like wooden furniture.
From York, you travel through the Wheatbelt, a vast region which stretches from the
Great Eastern Highway down to coastal Albany.
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