KINGS PARK WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL - for the "Greatest Wildflower show on Earth"
Will be the 57th year of this stunning display of native WA Wildflowers, making it one of the longest running festivals in Australia.
Retreat to the tranquillity of nature in the glorious surroundings of Kings Park, just a short stroll from Perth's City centre, Discover 400 hectares of towering trees, stunning bushland, mirror-like lakes, sculpted gardens and perfect picnic areas. Take in the heady heights of the eucalypt canopy by embarking on the Federation Walkway through the treetops. Perfect for those who cannot make it out into the countryside to see our (usually) spectacular wildflower season.
ARTS & CULTURE. VISIT YAGAN SQUARE.
Explore the rich variety of Australian art in the Perth Cultural Centre, home to the Art Gallery of WA, the WA Museum & the State Reference Library. The City's theatres include the impressively Edwardian His Majesty's theatre, the accoustically magnificent Perth Concert Hall and the State Theatre Company. All these are situated conveniently within the CBD's riverside public art galleries.
ELIZABETH QUAY & THE BELL TOWER.
Experience the vibrancy of the Quay's riverside public art galleries in Barrack Square, cafes and restaurants. To venture further afield, the jetties are also departure points for river, winery and Rottnest Island cruises, as well as ferries to Fremantle and South Perth. Pay a visit to the Bell Tower, one of the world's largest musical instruments (the bells were donated from St Martins in the Field in London), hear the magnificent ANZAC Bell peal out at noon daily, and see the city panorama from the viewing platform, or discover its programme of exhibitions.
Uncover a wealth of history in one of the country's most elegant 19th century buildings. The Perth Mint is the nation's oldest operating mint and an award-winning tourist attraction. Learn how Australia's gold has been refined and made into legal tender coins, tradable bars and beautiful jewellery since the gold rush of the late 1880s. Do a tour and finish off with a coffee and cake before you spend some of your 'hard-earned' here!!
The award-winning Zoo is a brief ferry ride from the city and home to around 1,300 native and exotic animals, as well as world-famous breeding programmes for critically endangered species. The Zoo's shaded walkways and grassy areas provide a relaxed place to see the animals going about their daily activities.
Swim by the white sand beaches, snorkel in turquoise waters over shipwrecks or hire a bike/hop on the bus, to explore the island. Just offshore from Fremantle, Rottnest Island is a convenient day trip. Watch out for the native quokkas, the cute marsupials which were the inspiration for the island's name. The Island has a fascinating history, demonstrated by the surviving early colonial buildings and lighthouse.
Take a 20-30 minute drive outside the Perth CBD to discover this bustling port city, situated at the mouth of the Swan River. Explore its famous heritage buildings and a fascinating maritime and convict history. Browse through crafts, clothes, jewellery, food and curios in the lively Fremantle Markets (check for opening hours) or relax on the Cappuccino Strip on South Terrace with the locals.
Just 20 minutes east of Perth, the Swan Valley is a great day trip. You'll find rolling vines, meandering waterways and lush natural bushland, as well as award-winning wineries, breweries and food producers. Many wineries offer cellar door tastings, and there are plenty of microbreweries to sample too. Stop by one of the beautiful picnic spots or have a bite at one of the 70 restaurants and cafes. River cruises from Perth also offer winery cruises.
Find whatever you are looking for in over 900 speciality stores, with everything from designer fashion to high-tech goods. The City's arcades include the wonderful London Court, Carillon City (large food hall), enex100 and Wesley Quarter, together with the Hay and Murray Street Malls. The city's major department stores are DJs, Myer and Target. For international fashion brands, head to stylish King Street, also the home of Kailis and Linneys jewellery for WA diamond and pearls.
ANZAC COTTAGE at 38 Kalgoorlie St, Mt Hawthorn.
The Cottage was built in 1 day on Feb 12, 1916, from donated materials, money, furniture and volunteer labour and was gifted to Private John Porter of 11th Battalion as he was the first returned soldier from Gallipoli to live in Mt Hawthorn. The Vietnam Vets Assoc restored and renovated the Cottage in the late 1980s/early 1990s. We can organise a tour by special appointment on Friday 28th August if anyone is interested in visiting the Cottage. Bus stops on Kalgoorlie St and Anzac Road Mt Hawthorn.