Family Fun In Perth - Australia's City Of Light!
Perth became known as the "City of Light" when the residents lit their houses and street lights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting on Friendship #7 in 1962, and repeated the act again as he passed above them in the Space Shuttle in 1998.
Metropolitan Perth is between the Indian Ocean and a low coastal escarpment known as the Darling Range, on the banks of the Swan River in Western Australia. In this growing city of over two million, there are plenty of activities to suit the Aussie lifestyle of outdoor and cultural interests, love of nature and sport, and a taste for adventure.
Over 80 kilometres of white sandy beaches make Perth's coast ideal for swimming and surfing. The beaches are clean and rarely crowded and the weather is temperate. Take in the sites riding along the bicycles trails adjacent to the Swan River or at Scarborough Beach. Stroll through the beautiful King's Park Botanical Gardens - or try the thrilling Treetop Walk for a fun and unique view of the city. There are free barbeque facilities and plenty of picnic spaces so families can take a break to dine among the gum trees. King's Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the world, with lots of trails for cycling, jogging and walking plus an amazing display of native flowers. It's dotted with many playground areas for the kids. If sport is your thing, there's usually a match to enjoy at the Perth sporting stadiums: Aussie-rules cricket and rugby are wildly popular.
Perth Zoo houses a variety of Australian and exotic animals from around the globe. The zoo is known for a number of Australian species, including the numbat, the dibbler, the chuditch, and the western swamp tortoise, but kids will also see plenty of lions, tigers, orangutans and giraffes. At Rockingham Wild Encounters families can swim with dolphins, visit Penguin Island aboard a ferry, or take an ecology tour.
The Perth International Arts Festival is a cultural celebration held annually. There are a variety of entertainment and cultural outings to discover in Perth: the Western Australian Museum houses an extensive display of Aboriginal artifacts, the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Freemantle displays maritime objects from all eras and includes a Royal Australian Navy submarine and Australia II - the yacht that won the Americas Cup in 1983.
Perth is home to the Western Australian Ballet, the West Australian Opera and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra - and each presents regular performances throughout the year. The Perth Concert Hall is the city's premier entertainment venue. There's a strong local music and arts community thriving in the city.
The Aquarium of Western Australia is a terrific place for families to spend a day exploring the coastline on an underwater journey loaded with fascinating marine life. The Perth Mint tour gives kids an insight into the workings of an operational mint, and the Bell Tower is one of the world's largest musical instruments - twelve giant bells housed in a towering structure send their sound ringing over the city.