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Excite Your Senses at the Perth Cultural Centre

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Published October 13th 2013
See what the your city can offer you
There are so many things to see, taste, hear, smell and touch at the Perth Cultural Centre. This little hub located between the Perth CBD and Northbridge has a lot to offer the public and the kids will love it. And, as an added bonus, most of the things here are free.

Heading in from Forest Place and walking over the train station, you will be lead directly to the Art Gallery of WA - an amazing place with rooms upon rooms of creative talent. If you haven't been for awhile, this place is definitely worth a visit. Filled with paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and many more, the Art Gallery also has regular special exhibits.

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See the beautiful works of art


Across from the art gallery is the City of Perth Urban Orchard. Tended by local volunteers, this kitchen garden is thriving with fruit, vegetables, herbs and companion plants which can be used by passers by. When we were there, a mother was grabbing some lettuce leaves from the gardens to put into her son's sandwich as they went past. There are beds upon beds of plant life and it is encouraged for people to feed from it.

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Taste the offerings from the Urban Orchard


Moving on from the gardens are the Wetlands. Set up to bring some freshwater ecology wetlands to the city, the little area of peace and calm is really relaxing as well as being pleasing to the eye. The steps that lead to down to the wetlands are often used by families to have a break between attractions and by city workers on their lunch breaks. The City of Perth have also recently introduced two species of frogs into the wetlands, so if you sit very quietly you should be able to hear the gentle croaks of the new residents.

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Hear the sounds of the waterfall and of the frogs that reside here


As you head around the corner from the wetlands you will see the Perth Cultural Centre Play Space. This multi-sensory play space is based on nature and sound and has a range of play equipment on which the kids can climb on, bang and play with.

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Hands on play equipment will excite the kids


Next to the play space is the WA Museum. If you have children, you need to bring them here. The displays are impressive, interesting and educational at the same time. Downstairs in the Discovery Centre is the place where you will find interactive activities for the kids. Most of the activities offered are free and kids will love unleashing their creative talents here.

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Lots of interesting displays to see


Back tracking towards Northbridge along the James Street Mall pedestrian way, the State Library of WA has large collection of books and offers a quiet space from which to browse through them.

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A variety of books await you


Further down is the amphitheatre with steps leading to a giant screen. The screen airs shows and what's on can be seen at the Perth Cultural Centre website.

On the side is the Perth Institue of Contemporary Arts (PICA) which has regular changing displays of contemporary artwork.

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Become lost in thought while looking at amazing artworks


The Cultural Centre is also home to four coffee shops where you can stop for a feed or a drink on your ventures around the area. If you're not a fan of paying for drinks, within the Cultural Centre are also some drinking fountains specifically designed for refilling drink bottles.

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Smell the coffee


This area is free open space. Take your family down, make use of it, and see what your city has to offer you.
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This is a lovely area to visit. I've wandered round here on my last two trips to Perth from the uk!
by jukej (score: 1|26) 1852 days ago
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