Do you have family or friends visiting from overseas or interstate? Perhaps you are hosting an exchange student as many families do during the year. If so you will be looking for great places to take them. Places that show off just what a fantastic state Western Australia really is.
There are so many wonderful tourist spots in Perth that it's easy to everlook some of them. So, where are the best places to go in order to get a true taste of Perth and Western Australia.
The Perth Zoo is a fun place to visit at any time and it's open every day of the year. Take a tour, watch the animals at feeding time or just wander around and see all your favourite animals up close. Bring your camera because there are plenty of opportunities to get a great shot of your favourite creatures.
Bring along a picnic or BBQ and enjoy lunch at the Zoo or there are food and drink vending machines throughout the Zoo. There is also a lunch bar and café where you can enjoy a snack, light lunch or coffee.
The Perth Mint opened in 1899 and is now home to Australia's only gold refinery and is one of the largest gold and silver producers in the world. The Perth Mint produces all Official Australian Gold Bullion Coins and Silver Bullion Coins, they also produce gold bullion bars and silver bullion bars.
The Perth Mint offers a unique combination of attractions, exhibitions and demonstrations to visitors. Take a guided tour, watch gold being poured, see the largest gold bar exhibition and the largest gold nugget collection, engrave your own medallion and much more. Visit the Perth Mint Shop and discover a wealth of gold and silver coins, nuggets, jewellery and an extensive range of gifts and souvenirs.
Adventure World is the biggest Theme Park in WA. With over 23 rides and attractions, there is loads of fun to be had at Adventure World and something to suite the whole family.
Since opening in 1982 Adventure World has changed and grown as new rides and attractions are added and it is an extremely popular place to visit. There is an all-inclusive entrance fee, so once you pay to get in you won't have to pay for any of the rides.
Bring along a picnic or if you prefer there are lots of food outlets within Adventure World so you can enjoy a snack or light lunch during your day.
AQWA, or The Aquarium of Western Australia, is WA's number one underwater marine attraction showcasing the incredible and unique marine life of Western Australia.
With over 40 stunning exhibits including the largest living coral reef exhibits in the world. Walk beneath three million litres of water and see sharks, stingrays, turtles, jelly fish, octopus and hundreds of stunning fish up close.
Take the plunge and explore the reefs, dive or snorkel with the sharks or take an underwater reef walk, all under the supervision of qualified dive masters, booking are essential.
AQWA is open daily from 10am. There is a café so you can enjoy lunch or a snack and a great shop where you can purchase a souvenir of your visit to AQWA.
The Perth Bell Tower is a 271 foot high, copper and glass campanile, which houses a set of 18 bells known as the Swan Bells.
The Bell Tower includes the twelve bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields, which is one of London's oldest and most famous churches and dates back to the 14th century.
The tower is a popular tourist attraction and thousands of people visit each year. Climb the Bell Tower and see the breath-taking view of Perth and the Swan River. Enjoy a tour of the tower, a bell handling demonstration or listen to the bells ringing daily at 12 noon.
I had been to Hillarys Aqwa and it's an amazing experience seeing the fishes, jelly fish and sharks underwater.
Another tourist attraction I'd like to add to the list is the Rottnest Island. It's one of the most beautiful island with blue water and crystal clear beaches. Try the Rottnest Fast Ferry cruisehttp://www.rottnestfastferries.com.au and see the beautiful Rottnest Island.