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Top 5 Must-dos When You Have 24 Hours in Perth

December 19, 2013

in night life, Perth, short trips, travel tips, trip planning, Western Australia

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When you have just 24 hours in Perth, it’s easy to take the taxi to your hotel, dump your bags, grab some food at the hotel restaurant and sleep until you have to leave. Thanks to the excellent public transport, you can travel a lot of ground even with just 24 hours in Perth. Here are five options for things to do during your visit.

What Can You Do in 24 Hours in Perth?

1. Perth Zoo

Take a ferry across the Swan River to reach the Perth Zoo. Animals on show include Australia’s famous koalas and kangaroos, but the zoo has worked hard to make it a home to many different species from around the world, with elephants, tigers and even a Nepalese red panda, as well as many new additions from the jungles of South America. Couple your tour with the Twilight Outdoor Cinema to enjoy a night under the stars with a picnic blanket and film during your 24 hours in Perth.

Perth Zoo

2. Kings Park and Botanic Garden

If you want to escape the craziness of the city during your 24 hours in Perth, check out the massive Kings Park. If you like hiking, try the steep walking path from the Swan River and take in the views from the top. Those who are interested in the park’s flora and fauna will not want to miss seeing many of the 2,000 different species of plants on view in the 17-hectare Botanic Gardens.  There is another moonlight cinema here that’s on weekly, or daily during the holidays.

3. Crown Perth

If you’re looking for a night out during your 24 hours in Perth, head to Crown Perth. The entertainment complex next to the Swan River has drawn many world-famous restaurants and bars, like Rockpool and Nobu, to kick off your night with some fine dining. Couple this with two hotels, a nightclub, a theatre designed to seat more than 2,000 people, a 20,000-seat indoor arena and a casino that operates around-the-clock, you could easily spend your full 24 hours in Perth here.

Perth skyline

4. Fremantle Prison

Get your culture fix by visiting Freemantle Prison during your 24 hours in Perth. The largest convict-built structure in Western Australia, in 2010, Fremantle Prison became the first building in the state to be added to the World Heritage list. The prison was used as a maximum-security gaol until 1991. The Australian Summer 2014 exhibitions include “Women in Prison” and “Wadjemup to Walyalup: a History of Indigenous Incarceration in Western Australia.

Freemantle Prison

5. Western Australia Museum

Perth sits on the western coast of Australia with a beautiful view of the Indian Ocean, which has been the site of several shipwrecks. The highlight of this museum is a piece of the Batavia, a Dutch trading ship that wrecked back in 1629. In addition to maritime history, you can also see scientific and cultural collections in this 120-year-old institution during your 24 hours in Perth.

A day might not seem like long, but there’s so much you can do with 24 hours in Perth. Fight the jetlag and get out and explore this western enclave to explore a part of Australia that many only ever dream of seeing.

What would you do with 24 hours in Perth?

Photos, in order, by and BBM Explorer

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6 Comments - Add Yours!

  1. Susan

    I have been to Perth and Zoo at Perth is a must visit place. I admire Australia for their rich Fauna and suburb areas.
    Fremantle Prison is something that I have missed. Now on the list 🙂



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