Five Reasons To Visit Perth
January 13, 2009 at 10:50 AM
Western Australia's capital city of Perth might win prizes as the most isolated city in the world, but that doesn't mean it's not worth a visit. And thanks to Virgin Blue and Jetstar, it no longer costs the earth to get there. Visitors from the US will find their flight stopping in Sydney or Melbourne first, but you'll get there eventually.
Once in Perth, here are the five must-sees:
Kings Park, which overlooks the city center, is bigger than New York's Central Park. Grab supplies from the supermarket and use one of the free barbecues to have one of the best outdoor meals in the world.
The Caversham Wildlife Park will actually let you touch koalas, feed kangaroos or hold a wombat. How can you resist?
In Perth's port town of Fremantle, the Fremantle Prison is a convict-built mansion that was used as a jail until 1991; the best experience is to take the tunnel tour, floating underneath the penitentiary in tunnels dug by prisoners.
The huge aquarium called AQWA lets you swim with sharks (who are usually not hungry). It's safer than the beaches!
The Swan Valley in the eastern parts of Perth has dozens of wineries and breweries offering great food, wine and beer. There's also a chocolate factory where you can eat all your guilty conscience will allow.
· Kings Park [Official Site]
· Caversham Wildlife Park [Official Site]
· Fremantle Prison [Official Site]
· AQWA [Official Site]
· Swan Valley [Official Site]
· Perth Travel coverage [Jaunted]