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Weekend Breaks to Perth

Planning a short break to Perth? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Perth. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Perth. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Perth Cultural Centre

his complex houses the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Museum of Western Australia and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

The Museum of Western Australia, which focuses on everything that makes up the culture, history and life of this part of the country, is highlighted by a 25 m blue whale skeleton. Perth's original prison, built in 1856, is part of the museum. On another level, the museum has meteorites, the biggest weighting 11 tonnes as well as vintage cars and stuffed wildlife.

The Art gallery of Australia has a permanent collection of European, Australian and Asia Pacific art while the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts promotes the creation and presentation of new and experimental art.

Kings Park

In spring, displays of Western Australia's famed spring flowers are set up in this 400 ha park that includes a botanical garden. The botanical garden has over 2 500 species of Western Australian plant species. Located against the backdrop of the Swan River, it also offers fine views of Perth.

Created in 1872, it is considered the premier recreation area in Perth.

Freemantle

This is the suburb where Perth likes to play. It is 19 km from the city centre but easily accessible by train. It is an old port with a colonial charm that comes from its old buildings and relaxed pace. The suburb's icon is the Round House, on 10 Arthur Head Road, that has 12 sides and was built in 1831.

The Freemantle Museum and Arts Centre recalls Western Australia's past while the Maritime Museum has many relics from Dutch ships wrecked on the coast. The Freemantle Prison, which was in use until 1991, was built in 1855 by convict labour. It is now a museum that gives daylight and candlelight tours.

A visit to the Freemantle market is also worthwhile and the buskers add quite a but of ambience.

Perth Mint

It first opened in 1899 under British control to refine the gold found in the fields of Western Australia, which were then turned it into British sovereigns. It is among the world's oldest operating mints.

The building has a museum with coin and precious metal exhibits and displays on mining and refining in Western Australia. You can watch gold, silver and platinum being smelted and tours are held in conjunction with a gold pour every hour and you can get to handle a gold bar. Perth grew out of the discovery of gold in the 1980s.

Underwater World

Located north of the city on West Coast Drive, this is not your run of the mill aquarium. Besides the thousands of examples of marine life, there are interactive displays like the Touch Pool, Microworld and dolphin feeding.

Sunset Coast

This is lined with 30 km of beaches along the Indian Ocean and most of them are empty during the week. The different beaches cater to everyone's taste. Cottesloe, for instance on the southern end, is fringed with grassland and trees. Scarborough is popular with surfers while Swanbourne, to the north of Cottesloe, is a naturalist beach.

Whiteman Park

The motor museum in this park has vehicles that are over 100 years old and will keep some people occupied for quite a bit. Generally speaking, there is so much to do and see that the management has made provisions for those who tire out easily, or may want to see as much as possible in a short time, by providing trams of the 1920s era to cart people around.

Nature and wildlife lovers are catered for and the emus and kangaroo enclosure in particular seem to be attractive. There is a crafts village that including Aboriginal works.

Northbridge

This is Perth's restaurant and nightlife region with loads of pubs, bars and dance clubs. The best thing to do is just wonder down the streets until you find something that suits your fancy. Many bars and pubs feature free beer, happy hour and other incentives.

There are over 40 establishment crammed into a sq km. Much of the action centres on James and Lake streets.

Perth Zoo

Set in gardens across the Swan River, it includes a nocturnal house, wildlife park and conservation discovery centre.

City Centre

Perth is a fairly compact city situated on a bend on the Swan River, that can easily be explored on foot. By the river is the Old Mill where the first settlers used to grind their flour and which is now a museum that is open daily for tours.

The main shopping area is along Hay and Murray Street malls and the arcades that run between them. The Old Town Hall on the Hay Street Mall was the last building in Perth to be built by convict labour. It is now used as an entertainment venue or for civic ceremonies. At the west end of Hay Street is His Majesty's Theatre, simply known as the Maj by the locals, that was one of the buildings erected during the gold rush era of the 1800s.

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