Perhaps Perth is the respite that you have been looking for amid all the busy that is found in the other cities of Australia. The capital city of the West is always found to be livable and laid-back—its energy suitable for those travellers looking to have a relaxing and quiet holiday. Here are 12 things to do when you are travelling around this charming city.

1. Kings Park

Kings Park is one of the most popular visitor destinations in Perth, with unique bushland and parkland areas for all to enjoy. Kings Park’s stunning location overlooks the Swan River and offers views of the Perth city skyline as far as the eye can see. Wander the pathways, the botanical gardens, the open grass areas and walk amongst the tree tops on the elevated bridge.

2. Explore Perth CBD

Whether you’re keen to “shop till you drop” or just want to stroll around taking in the atmosphere, Perth CBD has plenty of options for everyone to explore and paths to walk along.

3. Water Labyrinth

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While strolling around the city, take a look at the Water Labyrinth in Forrest Place. The Water Labyrinth is an interactive water sculpture that shoots jets of water into the air creating nine rooms which disappear as quickly as they emerge.

4. Sail, bike or walk along Swan River

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Perth is set along the Swan River which links all the suburbs, the hills and the ocean. With trails along the river it’s a good place to go for either a walk, run, bike or boat trip where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the city skyline, the many sailing boats and some of the most expensive real estate in the country. You can even consider a cruise at night when the sparkling city lights are reflected on the river.

5. Elizabeth Quay

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Elizabeth Quay is where Perth’s city meets the Swan River. Elizabeth Quay is part of a bold plan by the Western Australian Government to revitalize central Perth. There is an array of attractions including the island playground, the BHP Billiton Water Park, public artwork, promenades, open spaces and a great mix of relaxed riverside dining.

6. See The Bell Tower

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The Bell Tower overlooks the Swan River and is one of Perth’s most unique visitor attractions. Filled with fascinating historic content and boasting a unique and distinctive design – resulting from a major architectural competition – it has become an icon for Perth and Western Australia.

7. Day Trip To Rottnest Island

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Rotto, as the locals call it, is less than an hour by ferry from Perth. It is best discovered by bicycle as there are no cars on the island which makes it a relaxing and enjoyable experience for people of all ages.

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The Island is known for its perfect white beaches. You can snorkel with tropical fish and get up close to quokka – a cute little marsupial (the happiest animal on Earth and only found in Western Australia). Other activities on the Island includes tennis, golf, fishing, swimming, kayaking and diving. Rottnest Island is incredible!

8. Explore The Historic Fremantle

Fremantle or “Freo” is located just half an hour from downtown Perth and is particularly known for its streets filled with music, art and dotted with cafes, bars and seafood restaurants. Explore the heritage buildings and fascinated convict and maritime history.

Make sure to walk along the harbour, wander the markets, visit the old Fremantle Prison and don’t miss the Little Creatures Brewery on the water for delicious wood-fired pizzas and great craft beer. It is easy to wander around and get caught up in the charm of this colourful port town. It makes it the perfect day trip!

9. Visit Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe is a beach-side suburb and is about 15 minutes’ drive from Perth CBD. It is one of the best places around the city to experience crystal clear water, and is popular for swimming, snorkeling and surfing, and a great spot for families to have picnics under shady Norfolk Pines.

However, if you haven’t seen the sunset over the ocean, Western Australia is where it’s at. Perth’s sunsets are legendary and watching them from Cottesloe Beach just makes it even better.

10. See Kangaroos On Heirisson Island

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Heirisson Island is located right at the main part of the city and in the middle of the Swan River and can be accessed via the Causeway. The island is an unexpected treasure and escape from city life. Not only do you find an array of birds, but it’s truly the home of a colony of Western Grey Kangaroos. The best time to get a glimpse of the islands’ inhabitants are either at dawn or at dusk as it’s cooler you can see the kangaroos grazing and hopping around – they are usually asleep in the shades and can be tricky to find during the hot day time. Like Perth, it is a hidden gem.

11. Aquarium Of Western Australia

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Aquarium of WA is located in Hillarys in Perth and is also a popular attraction when visiting the city. AQWA possesses Australia’s largest single aquarium and walk-through tunnel, and exhibits the spectacular marine life of sharks, stingrays, turtles, tropical fish, sea dragons and coral reefs. An awesome underwater adventure awaits you at AQWA!

12. Hit Northridge’s Trendy Bars

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Northbridge is only a short walk from Perth CBD. It is a vibrant environment that consist of an eclectic mix of shops, cafes and restaurants, and some of the best bars and nightlife in Western Australia. It’s a great place to spend a night out dining, getting a cocktail or simply just wandering around to experience the great atmosphere. Northbridge has a wide variety of food, catering to everyone’s tastes –  but if you’re a seafood lover, you will undoubtably be able to find fresh options everywhere you go!