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5 More Top Tourist Spots in Perth

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Published April 6th 2012
5 More Top Tourist Spots in Perth

Are you looking for somewhere to take visitors from overseas or interstate? Maybe you just want somewhere different to take the kids on the school holidays or the family on the weekend?

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.

Fremantle Prison

The history of Fremantle Prison dates back to the very beginnings of Western Australia. Built by convicts in the 1800s, Fremantle Prison was a fully functioning prison up until 1991, housing both men and women prisoners. It is one of the largest surviving convict prisons in the world today. In its hey-day, Fremantle Prison was home to some of the most notorious, dangerous and famous prisoners in Western Australia.

After its closure as a prison it was turned into a tourist attraction and it now attracts thousands of people each year. Visiting Fremantle Prison is fantastic and fascinating, it is also quite eerie and spooky. Apparently Fremantle Prison is haunted and many people will swear to that.

Walk the gangways and corridors that prisoners walked, look in the cells, see the gallows and death row. Tour the prison, by day or on a Torchlight Tour or perhaps you would like to take a Tunnel Tour.

There is a café so you can enjoy a snack or light lunch. Visit the Fremantle Prison Shop and pick up a souvenir of your visit and don't forget your camera.

Image Courtesy of Fremantle Prison Website

Swan River Cruise

Take one of the many cruises on the Swan River that Captain Cook Cruises have to offer.

Relax and take in the scenery of the Swan River and the Perth suburbs as you cruise along the idyllic river. There are many different cruise packages to choose from including lunch cruises, dinner cruises, scenic cruises or wine cruises.

Choose from a full day or half day, day or evening cruise. Some cruises include a bus or tram tour. Enjoy lunch or dinner, morning or afternoon tea as part of your trip.

Whichever cruise you choose you will be sure to have a trip to remember.

Museums and Art Galleries

There are a number of fine museums and art galleries in the Fremantle and Perth area. Some of the best known are The Western Australian Museum in Perth, The Maritime Museum or The Shipwreck Galleries Museum in Fremantle.

There is also an Army Museum and a Motor Museum in Fremantle and an Aviation Museum in Bullcreek.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is the largest art gallery in Perth and has exhibitions all year round.

Museums and Art Galleries are not for everyone but they are interesting and have some great long term exhibitions and short term travelling exhibitions.

Beaches and Parks

There are many beautiful beaches and parks in Western Australia.

See the white sand of the beach and the brilliant blue of the ocean against a clear blue sky - it will take your breath away. Along the coastline of Western Australia are some lovely beaches such as South Beach, Cottesloe Beach, Port Beach and Scarborough Beach, all of them are popular for swimming and surfing.

Parks such as Kings Park, Point Walter Reserve and Whiteman Park are some of the largest parks in WA. There are many smaller, local parks close by.

Many beaches and parks have BBQ facilities and play areas for the kids, so pack up a BBQ or take along a picnic and have a day of relaxation and fun.

Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is an A-Class holiday destination and popular tourist attraction, not too far off the coast of Western Australia. It's great for holidays or day trips. Take in the breath-taking views, go swimming, surfing or diving, or just laze on the beach.

Walk one of the Heritage Trails or take a Historic Tour and learn the history of Rottnest Island. Visit the museum or the exhibition centre or the Lighthouse. Enjoy a Coastal Walk or Cycle the many paths around the island.

There are many fine restaurants, cafes and shops on Rottnest Island so you will have no problem finding a great place to dine.

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Why? To see the wonders of Western Australia
When: Whenever you want a great day out
Where: All over Perth and the Surrounding Areas
Cost: Varies
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to add to your list of places to get British products you should add Brittania in Maddington, next to the Kiwi Shop. There is also good one in Welshpool not far from Sevenoaks Street. Don't just look at North of the River.
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