Perth: Culture and Arts
Wonderful weather, pristine beaches and an easy-going character
Perth is definitely an outdoor city, but if you need to escape the heat or a heavy downpour the city has some fine museums and indoor attractions. The West Australian Museum on Francis Street is well worth a visit, housing a fascinating range of exhibits including meteorites and local natural history.
The Katta Djinoong exhibition traces the Aboriginal origins of Western Australia’s earliest people, whilst the reconstructed Old Perth Gaol features a series of displays on the early colonial history of Western Australia. Not to be missed, in nearby Fremantle is the recently opened Western Australian Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay.
There are numerous exhibits detailing the maritime history of the region, but perhaps the most outstanding is the rebuilt 17th century Dutch ship the Batavia. Perth also has a fine centrally located zoo, housing a wide range of all the popular animals but has a strong emphasis on much of Australia’s fascinating and sometimes unusual domestic wildlife. AQWA an oceanarium, with a submerged glass tunnel is well worth visiting and features thousands of sea creatures, mostly from the waters around Western Australia. The oceanarium also has a dolphin sanctuary. One thing you won’t need to do whilst exploring Perth is drive. Perth has a clean, fast and frequent bus service called CATS (Central Area Transport Service) that will take you to just about any part of the city. But the best feature of CATS is that it is entirely free!
Another good way of exploring the city is to take one of the popular cruises along the Swan River to Fremantle. For the more energetic Perth has a great network of safe, dedicated Cycleways, many of them following and crisscrossing the Swan River.