Perth is a lively city which offers great entertainment and nightlife. The most popular areas for nights out are Leederville, Northbridge and Subiaco, with plenty of action in Northbridge.Perth hosts a rich blend of historic and modern architecture, with a large number of fabulous buildings located within the city. Some of the buildings worth visiting include the Perth Mint, Perth Cathedral, Perth Town Hall, Trinity Church and Perth Post Office.
Perth also has several cinemas and theatres. To see the latest feature films go to Hoyts, Greater Union or Village City, but for art house films go to Astor in Mt. Lawley, Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge or Luna in Leederville. During Autumn you can also go to Sunset Cinema to relax and watch the films from outdoors.
To see theatre and concerts there are a number of places you can go including the Entertainment Centre, His Majesties Theatre, the Perth Concert Hall, the Playhouse Theatre and the Subiaco Theatre Centre.
There is also a fantastic exhibition at the Murray Street Fire Safety Education Centre and Museum displaying old vehicles and equipment. In addition there are photos from the days when horses and carts where part of the fire service. The old limestone building that houses the education centre and museum is a fine piece of colonial architecture.
The museum, gallery, library and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts can be found in the Perth Cultural Centre. The museum hosts exhibitions of wildlife, transport, Aboriginal culture and nature, and is open everyday between 10.30am - 5.00pm except for Saturday when it is open 1.00pm - 5.00pm.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia is open 10.00am - 5.00pm everyday and displays Aboriginal, Australian, Asian and European art. The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts displays contemporary art and holds performances in the Blue Room, between 11.00am - 8.00pm from Tuesday - Sunday. For a hands on day out visit the Scitech Discovery Centre in West Perth.
There are many parks and gardens in Perth, bringing a touch of nature to the city. Perhaps the most well known of all Parks in Perth is Kings Park. Spanning some 406 hectares and just 1.5 km from Perth CBD, Kings Park offers great views of downtown Perth and beautifully cultivated gardens.
Swan Bells, is an ultramodern structure constructed to house the twelve bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields which were presented along with five specially cast bells to mark Australia's bicentenary in 1998. An additional bell, commissioned by the Western Australian Government, to mark the second millennium completes the total of eighteen bells. Various clocks, bells, sundials, telescopes and tubular bells can be discovered at the Swan Bells.
Located just five minutes from Perth city, Perth Zoo is home to over 1300 animals representing 200 species. Set amongst lush gardens, naturalistic exhibits closely replicate the animals' native habitats and allow unique animal experiences. Perth Zoo is open 9am until 5pm every day of the year.
Destinations within Perth