Looking for a fun, charming and unique city to explore in Australia? No, we’re not thinking about Sydney, Melbourne or even Brisbane for that matter. While most people tend to think about Australia’s east coast, there’s plenty to be discovered in the wonderful west, and one of those places is the sun-drenched Perth. The remote and isolated location (you’re going to need to look into car rental in Perth) of this city means alongside endless bars, restaurants and, well, city life, there’s an abundance of nature too. Think wildlife parks, gardens, and even an island! There’s a reason this is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia…
The laid-back culture here in Perth makes it a great destination to escape from daily life and simply unplug and relax. Here are some of Perth’s best hidden places to unwind.
Small but perfectly formed, this public park is located on the corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, it’s also the city’s oldest garden. On a sunny day in Perth (which let’s be frank, is more often than not) the gardens provide an area of peace and tranquillity. The perfect space to enjoy a spot of lunch among the greenery. Enjoy views of the fantastic sculptures, water features and selection of interesting plants.
City of Perth Library
Looking for a slice of peace and quiet amongst the hustle and bustle of the city? Retreat to the City Library for a moment or two of rest. Not only is this an ideal spot to unwind, it’s well worth visiting for the exquisite architecture. Covering 3,5000 square metres and seven floors, you can get lost in the fantastic selection of books, magazines, and even artwork. On the ground floor you’ll find a small but adequate cafe serving a selection of food and drink. Visiting with children? The kids’ floor will have the little ones excited about reading. Complete with colourful displays, toys and even an outdoor section too.
Developed in the 1990s and located in east Perth, Claisebrook Cove is a picturesque riverside spot that boasts an awesome selection of cafes, restaurants, bars and activities. While rollerblading might not offer the relaxation you need, you might want to consider packing a picnic to enjoy alfresco or renting a kayak for fun on the water. The views and laid-back vibes are perfect for a lazy afternoon.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a popular attraction in Perth and suitable for visitors of all ages. Hailed as the jewel in the city’s crown, this park is one of the biggest in Perth and attracts more than 6 million people every year. The beautiful location offers spectacular panoramic views of the city – well worth it for the Instagram shot. At just over 400 hectares in size, you can enjoy the well kept gardens and feast your eyes upon endless wildflowers and local flora. Visiting in the summer? Be sure to check out the park’s calendar as there are regular events, concerts and festivities held in Kings Park during the warmer season. If you want to truly unwind and immerse yourself in nature, tag on to one of the free guided walks on offer.Now you know where to unwind in this city, you’ll be able to find a moment of peace and tranquility when you need it.