Kings Park is one of Perth's main attractions, the park is located on a hill above the city. From the ANZAC Memorial you have the most beautiful view of the Swan River and the skyline of Perth. At around 4 km², Kings Park is even larger than the famous Central Park in New York. The Lotterywest Federation Walkway (photo) is worth seeing, the path meanders along the edge of the slope and offers breathtaking views.
The Swan River is Perth's lifeline. The small river through which the first explorers came is dammed up in front of the city to form a large lake. The harbor for the excursion boats and a beautiful promenade with palm trees are located here. At the harbor there are a few restaurants right on the shore. The Swan River becomes a narrow river shortly after Perth. In the Swan Valley, it meanders through the Australian bushland. Those who follow the river further north arrive at Walyunga National Park, where the Swan River becomes the Avon River.
At the entrance to the Sterling Garden stands a statue of Alexander Forrest, a famous explorer and politician from Bunbury, Western Australia, who later became a citizen of Perth. At St Georges Terrace there is a fountain with bronze kangaroo sculptures. The Sterling Garden merges into the Supreme Court Garden. The two green areas are separated by the building of the Supreme Court. A narrow path leads through a beautiful group of trees, on the large lawn of the park, which borders the waterfront at the Swan River. Concerts are held on the meadow in summer. The "Perth International Arts Festival" also uses the park as a venue.
The beach of North Beach is narrow and rocky, in the water you have to pay attention to rocks. But the water is very clear. There are ramps leading down to the beach at Mattams Pool, the parking lot is located further north.
You enter the wide sandy beach of Trigg Beach, through a beautiful dune landscape. Almost all beaches on the coastline of Perth are densely built, just behind Trigg Beach, there is still bushland.
Who is looking for a city beach should go to "Scarborough Beach". There are restaurants and shops. The sandy beach is always busy, sometimes its even hard to find a parking lot. Because of restaurants and bars, the beach at Scarborough is very popular.
From Perth along the Swan River to the north, you enter the famous wine growing region of the "Swan Valley". The winemakers sell wine and other delicacies in their shops. In the area there are many good restaurants.
From Great Eastern HYW turn into Park Road for the "John Forrest National Park". The road runs along the slope, and offers beautiful views on Perth and the lush vegetation. The park has hiking trails, a small lake and a restaurant.
The city of Mandurah is about 70 km to the south of Perth. In Mandurah there is a small harbor with shops and restaurants. In the district of Halls Head, there is a very nice sandy beach.
Nature and leisure in Perth
Perth is situated between the Swan River and the Indian Ocean. In the east, the region is bordered by a forested mountain range in which the "John Forrest National Park" is located. You can hike in the mountains. Here are the reservoirs that secure the water supply of Perth.
There are some lovely parks in Perth. Don't miss the Kings Park. The park is located on a hill above the city and offers the most beautiful view of the skyline and the Swan River, which has been dammed to create a lake.
Beaches around Perth
There are endless beaches on the Indian Ocean, especially to the north you soon come to lonely beaches behind the city. If you don't want to lie on the beach all by yourself and also need some infrastructure such as parking spaces, toilets and restaurants, you should use the nearby city beaches. Here, too, the beaches are empty by European standards. These beaches are located between Hillary's Boat Harbor in the north and Cottesloe Beach in the south.
There are many sharks in the Indian Ocean and there are shark attacks on the beaches of Perth. You should be careful, especially at dusk. Small sharks can also cause serious injury. The website "Sharksmart" of the government of Western Australia has published a code of conduct in the water and shows the most recent shark sightings on a map.
Day trips from Perth
If you want to go on further excursions from Perth, you can go to the "Pinnacles", which are about 250 km north of Perth. A very nice tour along the coast to bizarre rocks that stand in the desert.
Another natural wonder is the "Wave Rock", a rock that looks like a high wave. Wave Rock is located approx. 300 km east of Perth.