Whether you're on holiday, finished work for the day or simply planning to take in some city scenery, the following provides something for everyone.
Water Labyrinth by Jeppe Hein was unveiled by Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi on Friday 16 November 2012. This interactive water sculpture, created exclusively for Forrest Place, is internationally renowned artist Jeppe Hein's first permanent artwork in Australia.
Water Labyrinth shoots jets of water into the air, creating nine rooms that disappear as quickly as they emerge. The sculpture uses water chlorinated to swimming pool standards and tested daily.
Water Labyrinth runs 10am to 6pm every day unless Forrest Place is being used for events.
For up to date details about scheduled maintenance, and upcoming dates that the Labyrinth will not be available, please click here.
Perth Town Hall
A historic icon that has seen the city develop around it. Built in 1868, the Perth Town Hall is a prime example of heritage buildings erected during a period that saw the city flourish and develop.
Barrack Square and The Swan Bells
The jetties at Barrack Square are the departure point for river, winery and Rottnest Island cruises, as well as ferries to South Perth and Perth Zoo. The vibrant riverside location features public art, cafes, restaurants and a lively bar. Barrack Square is the home to Perth’s Swan Bells Belltower, one of the world’s largest musical instruments. The Belltower houses the twelve bells of Saint Martin in the Fields church, the parish church of Buckingham Palace, and also features a viewing platform and exhibitions. It is open daily from 10am.
On the city's doorstep lies this natural beauty; creating a stunning contrast against the skyline of city high rises. Dual-use paths make it possible to walk, ride or skate a circuit around the Swan River. For water sports enthusiasts sailing, windsurfing and canoeing are popular choices, with hire facilities located along the foreshore. The ‘bridges’ walk around the river (crossing at Narrows Bridge and the Causeway) will take you approximately 2.5 hours.
Since the gold rush of the late 1880s, Australia's gold has been refined by The Perth Mint and made into legal tender coins, tradeable bars and exquisite jewellery. Housed in one of the country’s most elegant 19th Century buildings, The Perth Mint is the nation’s oldest operating mint. See a live gold pouring performance in the original Melting House and marvel at the world’s largest gold coin, valued at over $50million.
The Perth Mint is located at 310 Hay Street, East Perth. Open 7 days, 9am – 5pm. Phone 1300 366 520 or visit www.perthmint.com.au/visit for more information.
Arts and Culture
Read here about the exciting variety of visual arts, performing arts and museums to be experienced in the City.
Perth Cultural Centre
On a walk through Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge, you will find the Art Gallery of WA, the WA Museum and the State Library. The Cultural Centre is also home to innovative arts venues Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and The Blue Room Theatre.
City Parks and Gardens
Our city is decorated with historic parks and gardens. With an array of open green spaces to botanic gardens dating back to the founding of Perth, the City's parks and gardens are free to be enjoyed by the public.
A short stroll from the City centre, you’ll find 400 hectares of towering trees, stunning bushland, mirror-like lakes, grand lookouts, sculpted gardens and picnic areas. Kings Park is a natural wonderland where you can enjoy pleasant walks while taking in the native plants, seasonal wildflowers and rich Aboriginal heritage. Magnificent views of the Swan River and Cityscape make the parklands a popular place for taking photos.
Kangaroos on Heirisson Island
On the fringes of the City of Perth you can visit Heirisson Island, the home of a colony of Western Grey Kangaroos. The island is in the city’s East and can be accessed via the Causeway. Dawn and dusk are the best times to catch a glimpse of the islands’ inhabitants.