A brief guide to the city of Perth

With tranquil beaches, cobalt skies, luscious parks and bustling urban areas all found here, exploring the streets of this wonderful destination is something you will never forget. If you are planning to include a visit to the city during your next tour of Australia, here are some aspects of it you may wish to consider.

The best time of year to go

The greatest thing about Perth is that it can rightly claim to be a true year-round destination, particularly thanks to its western location. With people coming to explore the city throughout the year, visitors will notice a distinctly laid-back attitude whether relaxing in Kings Park or discovering the iconic Old Mill. The average winter temperature in the city sits at around 14°, conditions which travellers from the British Isles will generally be very comfortable with.

For those expecting it to be slightly warmer during their holiday ‘Down Under’, however, the intense sunshine during the summer months sees the mercury often soar well above 30°, so come prepared with a decent hat and some suntan lotion. With plenty of things to do in Perth, together with many opportunities for walking in and around the city, it is often the case that the cooler winter temperatures best suit those keen to explore the great outdoors, instead of the scorching summer heat.

What to see

With so much to see and so many things to do in Perth, it is important to consider which sights you want to discover before reaching your destination to ensure you make the most of your visit. Placed high on your list should be a visit to the Fraser Avenue Lookout, a clearing in Kings Park which offers breathtaking views across the cityscape and towards Rottnest Island in the bay – a sight well worth a photo or two.

Another admired landmark is the Swan Bells, a set of 18 hanging bells which are encased in a copper and glass campanile. Found in Barrack Square, 12 of the 18 bells originate from St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London’s Trafalgar Square, and were given as a gift to the people of Western Australia as part of the bicentenary celebrations of 1988.

Finally, a must-see for the animal enthusiast is Perth Zoo, home to over 1,200 animals across 170 different species. Set in 41 acres in south Perth, here you can get up close and personal with everything from giraffes and lions, to komodo dragons and koalas – the latter being a famous native of Eastern Australia.

To find out more about the wealth of Perth landmarks you can discover, why not take a look at this handy map?

Enjoy some outstanding food

With so many things to do in Perth, you are sure to work up quite an appetite after a day of exploring. Fortunately, the city’s restaurant scene is heralded among the finest in the whole country and the many establishments across Perth offer the chance to sample cuisines from all over the world.

One of the finest Perth restaurants is Friends, a Travellers’ Choice 2013 Winner and benefitting from a prime location overlooking the Swan River. Specialising in the best foods in Australia, among the dishes available there are grilled barramundi fillet, kangaroo striploin stuffed with mushroom and terrine of roast mount barker chicken.

Another famous restaurant in Perth city is Restaurant Amuse, a French establishment which looks to treat your taste buds to completely different experiences. Its menu never stays the same, constantly changing depending on the types of fresh ingredients which are available to the chef on any given day; it offers a surprise for every patron who visits.

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