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  •   Perth - Attractions

•   Perth Mint
At Perth Mint you can watch gold being poured and coins made, or pick up a gold bar and dream of what might be. The historic building dates from the Gold Rush era.

•   Northbridge and the Art Gallery of Western Australia
The suburb of Northbridge is the cultural heart of Perth. Here you will find the Perth Cultural Centre, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, all in James Street. The Galleria Art and Craft Market is held in the Cultural Centre Mall at the weekend. There is a lively bar and restaurant precinct west of the Cultural Centre.

•   Western Australia Museum
Also in Northbridge and well worth a visit is the Western Australia Museum. Exhibits include historic Perth buildings, a Megamouth (one of the largest species of shark) and an 11-ton meteorite.

•   Kings Park
Kings Park is Perth's playground. There are walks, picnic facilities, a floral clock, children's playgrounds and a war memorial. In spring the Botanic Gardens at Mount Eliza are a mass of the wildflowers for which Western Australia is so justly famous.

•   Perth Zoo
Perth Zoo in South Perth sits in an attractive garden setting. The Butterfly House is superb and many native Australian animals are on display. A great way to get to the zoo is to take a ferry trip from Barracks Street Jetty across the Swan River.

•   Ferry to Fremantle
You can also take a ferry from the Barracks Street Jetty past the exclusive waterside mansions of Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park to the historic port of Fremantle. The tourist tram from the jetty will give you a commentary as you pass the most popular sights.

•   The Round House
The Round House at Fremantle is WA's oldest remaining building. Built as a jail, it was then used as a police lock up before being used for police accommodation. Be sure not to miss the Whalers Tunnel which has been restored.

•   The Aquarium
The Aquarium of Western Australia is an exciting look at the marine life of WA. In the viewing tunnel you can see fish and sharks up close, while the touch pool allows you to go even nearer to turtles, baby sharks and other marine creatures. Experience Seal Island with its Australian and New Zealand fur seals.

•   Scitech Discovery Centre
Visit the Scitech Discovery Centre in West Perth, with its hands-on science and technology exhibits to help make science fun, especially for children. There is also the Omni Theatre which features a giant cinema screen.

•   Perth Observatory
For a date with the stars, visit Perth Observatory. The Observatory has a range of tours available, both day and night. Day tours are usually held on Sunday and include informative talks by an astronomer and a visit to the Observatory`s museum. Night-time tours include viewing through the telescope, and bookings are essential.

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