The Optus stadium in Perth plays host to India vs Australia 2nd Test starting Friday. After winning the first match in Adelaide, Virat Kohli’s men will look to double their advantage over the hosts when they take the field inside the 60,000 seater stadium. As the fans look to enjoy the five days of gruelling cricket, they can also take some time off to visit some of the interesting places in the city.
The vibrant nature of Perth along with warm weather and bright sunshine makes it a holiday playground for locals and tourists. The region also offers a great scope for action and adventure activities. Today, we explore the places one shouldn’t miss during the visit to the Western Australia region.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
A popular spot for tourists in Perth, Botanic Garden sees over 6 million visitors every year. The park offers panoramic views of treetops, the city skyline and the Swan River. The place also has a mighty Kimberley boab tree, a 750-year-old specimen. For Children, the park offers a visit to the Rio Tinto Naturescape, a place for children to connect with the environment and over 70 bird species.
The Botanic Garden offers 319 species of native plants and around 80 bird species. It has conserved the native biological diversity and cultural heritage icons. Apart from that, it has maintained its focus on local flora, because of the diversity of Western Australian wildflowers.
The Bell Tower
The towering glass pyramidal structure is located where Perth meets the Swan River in vibrant Barrack Square. It is one of the largest musical instruments and was built to keep the significant bells of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields Church and the parish church of Buckingham Palace in Trafalgar Square, London which dates back to before the 14th century.
The place offers the tourist a chance to see the ancient art of bell ringing, as well as stunning views of the Swan River from the sixth-floor open-air observation deck. The tower also gives chance to tourist to go at bell ringing by themselves in the Bell Tower Chiming Experience tours.
Explore Swan River on Paddle Steamer Decoy
The decoy was built in 1905 by Ransome, Sims, and Jefferies steam engine and is the last and only operating Paddle Steamer in Western Australia. The vessel hosts private and public cruises with live entertainment and also has a fully licensed bar & kitchen and offers panoramic views from timber deck.
The Perth Mint
If you love artifacts then you can’t afford to miss visiting this place. The Perth Mint through its state-of-the-art multimedia presentations, historic images, and aged artifacts present the story of the search for gold in Western Australia. Apart from that the one thing to keep an eye on is the Guinness World Record-holding Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin which is the largest coin in the world and is valued at more than $50million.
If you love adventure sports then the city of Perth offers an amazing scope of action for people who love Adrenalin rush. With the rivers, canals and beaches around one can enjoy kayak or cruise on Swan Lake. A person can also enjoy jet skiing kiteboarding and can also go on a deep sea fishing adventure. Perth also offers skydiving, hot air balloon ride and scenic flights to Rottnest Island.