Perth and much of Australia is still snug in the embrace of mild winter days, but there are always anticipated activities and sights to see around town year-round. The month-long Kings Park Festival in September is always packed full with blooming indigenous flora, youngsters enjoying live music, families engaging in games and more.
The beautiful park—one of the largest inner-city parks in the world—that opens year-round offers many walks and programmes, guided or self-guided, covering topics like the bushland, memorials in the park, aboriginal cultures, botanical knowledge and so on. Picturesque lookout points overlooking the expansive Swan River are available for visitors to take in the skyline of Perth's bustling central business district.
The city of Fremantle, around 30 minutes’ drive south, is the next destination to visit while in Perth. During the warmer months, visit the Rottnest Island via ferry to enjoy Australians' outdoor lifestyles. Then enjoy a delicious and fresh seafood at any of the local restaurants, preferably with a sea view, for the perfect lunch and dinner. Another option is to go to the famous Round House—where colonial convicts were held—and stroll around in the West End area where Georgian- and Victorian-style architecture dominates. The following stop is to shop for local products and produce at the historic Fremantle Markets.
Meanwhile, wine and food enthusiasts should head over to Swan Valley—which only takes 25 minutes from the central business district or 10 minutes from the airport—and follow the 32-kilometre scenic drive on Food and Wine Trail. More than 150 wineries, distilleries and breweries, restaurants and cafés, arts and crafts and fresh produce markets will satiate any distinguished palate. This growing wine region is one of the oldest in West Australia and annually host the always-packed "Welcome to the Valley" Oktoberfest each October.
When shopping in the city's central business district, Forrest Place is a pedestrianised square between Murray St, Hay St and the adjoining King St where large high-end department stores, restaurants and shops line the streets. Events and public art installations are also abundant in the square, such as the Water Labyrinth by Jeppe Hein and Grow Your Own by James Angus. Enjoy more arts at the nearby Art Gallery of Western Australia where Aggie the humanoid robot gallery guide resides. Children will delight at the hour-long tours or art classes given by this 58cm tall robot that can also dance and wink.
(Photo by Tourism Australia)