Located in the Western part of Australia, Perth has an abundance of events and sightseeing to offer those who visit. Annual holiday festivities to wildly popular cricket games are only a few of the things you can expect to do when taking in the city and its surroundings.
An activity that should be at the top of everyone’s list when visiting Australia is a live cricket game. Cricket to Australians is like football or hockey is to North Americans. It is their national sport and it’s taken quite seriously. Cricket games can be found around the city very easily, but advice is to see a professional game at one of the local stadiums. It’s the best way to really get a feel for the spirit of this national pastime. A good place to go is the WACA (Western Australian Cricket Association) grounds.
One famous landmark of the city of Perth is its Bell Tower. The tower’s most distinctive icons are the 12 bells of St. Martin-in-the-field which date back to the 14th century. The bells have been recast but remain a historical memory of the only royal bells that are known to leave England. These custom built bells truly are magnificent and are some of the largest musical bells in the world.
If you find that you are heading to Australia during the month of January, note on your calendar that January 26 is Australia Day. It is a day when the entire country celebrates the rising of the Union Jack at Sydney in 1788. The entire country is exploding with festivities, fireworks, water and air shows. In Perth, many of the activities take place along the Swan River park areas in the city. January 26 is also the day Australia welcomes its new citizens.
Enjoying Perth activities does not limit you to the city. Yanchep National Park is an incredible place to spend a day or two. The park is full of opportunities that are uniquely Australian. Aside from beautiful endless walking trails, the park has places where you can rent boats, explore crystal caves and cuddle koala bears. There is also an entertainment area where the local indigenous people share their music on didgeridoos.
If you have wandered the city and feel like relaxing, throwing a blanket on the grass at King’s Park is recommended. Being noted as one of the largest inner city parks in Australia, it is a wonderful place to sit, let tired feet rest and people watch. It is also where many of Perth’s outdoor concerts are held. For those interested in learning more about Perth, the city offers free daily-guided tours from this park. To catch one you need to be outside the Aspect of Kings Gallery shop according to the posted schedule.
Yanchep National Park