The biggest and best place to visit in Western Australia and home to a variety of cultural symbols and landmarks tied to a people and land that have long existed here, Perth has a healthy share of intriguing things to be doing in your time here.
The Central Business District is where you'll find the majority of activities, including Perth's conglomeration of art, ethnography, and beyond known as the Perth Cultural Centre. A visit here is necessary and it is convenient that they actually packed the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Western Australian Museum, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia (all of them high level institutions) under one roof. Located on the north side of the Swan River, the CBD has pedestrian shopping streets in Murray and Hay Streets, while a handful of museums, galleries, and unique edifices are spread throughout this 1 km by 2 km grid. To the south you'll encounter Kings Park, where the best views of the city and a number of striking memorials to war heroes reside. Just north is Northbridge, where you'll find more alternative crowds and cheaper attractions.
Fremantle is the other cultural center point in Perth, a port on the Indian Ocean known for its maritime museum, preserved prison, markets, and more. This is your hopping off point for Rottnest Island, although Fremantle should be explored in its own right for its excellent harbor-side modern culture that stands apart from the rest of Perth. Otherwise, there is little else to explore in Perth, unless you're willing to set out for distant parts of Western Australia. Check out our activity listings for further options.
Although this city of 1.6 million may be without the cultural fuse to blow the powder keg of your mind, you'll enjoy the chance to find out a lot more about the most isolated city of this size on Earth and the unsung neck of the woods in which it exists. It's a travel idea that may prove to be much better than everyone else's overblown European vacation.