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Expats who relocate to Perth will discover that, along with the glorious weather and the wonderful stretches of pristine beach, there is a multitude of fun attractions too. Here are some of our top picks.
Recommended attractions in Perth
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Since 1895 this gallery has been home to the pre-eminent holdings of Western Australian art, craft and design. Visitors can view traditional and contemporary Australian indigenous art as well as some pieces of international art. Entrance to the gallery is free, and it's situated in a perfect spot for visitors to pop over to the Western Australian Museum to take in even more of the region's culture and history.
Located on a small pedestrian street, London Court features beautiful Elizabethan architecture providing a glimpse into the country’s colonial past. Visitors should also make a stop at one of the charming small shops and cafés on either end of the lane.
Located in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park just south of Perth is this unspoilt reserve that is home to a penguin colony of more than 1,000 birds. Visitors may also spot dolphins, sea lions, stingrays and pelicans while on the island.
The Perth Mint
Australia’s oldest operating mint, the Perth Mint used to make gold sovereigns for the British Empire. Today, visitors can watch molten gold being made into bars, view the largest collection of natural gold nuggets in Australia (including the Golden Beauty nugget) and see the pressing of precious coins. A highlight is the Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin, certified by Guiness World Records as the largest and most valuable coin in the world.
One of the world’s best small zoos, the Perth Zoo is home to more than 1,200 animals of over 160 species. The zoo is involved in a number of conservation efforts including breeding and protection programmes. Visitors to the zoo can view highly protected endangered species such as Tasmanian devils, red pandas and lemurs.