Perth – The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination

Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.

What are you looking for in a retirement travel destination?

If you wanting to visit a beautiful city, with great tourist attractions, a safe and friendly destination, that is easy to get around – then put Perth onto your retirement travel bucket list.

Perth is a modern city, renowned as Australia’s sunniest capital. The wonderful weather conditions are perfect for exploring the cities natural beauty, the Swan River, the stunning beaches, the food and wine trails, and a great range of tourist attractions.

We visited Perth in 2006. On that occasion we only spent one week in Perth and surrounds. We really enjoyed that visit. So, as retirees enjoying travel around Australia, we planned a house sit in Perth. This time we spent one month. And, let me tell you, we enjoyed our visit immensely.

Our list of Perth and surrounds “must see” tourist attractions

Kings Park and Botanical Gardens

Visit Kings Park and Botanical Gardens and enjoy spectacular views of Perth and the Swan River. The War Memorial adds another dimension to the skyline, as it stands on the bluff of Mt Eliza.

Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
King’s Park & Botanical Gardens, Perth

The Cenotaph was picture perfect, surrounded with beautiful gardens.

We enjoyed wandering through the 17 hectares of the Western Australian Botanical Gardens. These gardens have the largest display of Western Australian wild flowers in the world. There was a regional display from every region of Western Australia. All the wild flowers were simply stunning. We were so lucky to see the abundance of wonderful spring blooms.

Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
King’s Park & Botanical Gardens, Perth
Perth _ The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
King’s Park & Botanical Gardens, Perth

We enjoyed more wonderful views walking along the tree top suspended bridge.

Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
King’s Park & Botanical Gardens, Perth.

iCity Kiosk Walking Tours – Discover the City of Perth

iCity Kiosk free guided walking tours, from the Murray St Mall, is the best way to discover the city of Perth. Volunteers share local information, great tips, and you see things you otherwise are likely to miss. We enjoyed two tours – the 90 minute Orientation Tour, and the Tour Of Perth’s Town Hall.

Perth - the Perfect Retirement Travel Destination
Discovering Perth on the iCity Kiosk City Orientation Walking Tour
Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Town Hall, Perth
Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Umbrella Display, Hall Street Mall, Perth

Perth Mint

Enjoy a guided heritage tour of the Perth Mint; the original heritage premises; the Guinness World Record Australian kangaroo one tonne gold coin; the 1899 melting house; and gold, silver and jewellery exhibitions.

We particularly enjoyed the live demonstration of the traditional gold pour. (No photos – accidentally bumped settings on camera).

Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail

The Swan Valley is only 16km from Perth. Enjoy the many delights of the 32km Swan Valley food and wine trail scenic loop. There are over 40 wineries, plus restaurants; cafes; breweries; chocolate, nut, honey outlets; fresh produce; galleries and more.

Our house sit was located on the edge of the Swan Valley food and wine trail. How lucky were we to frequent different outlets throughout our stay! Plus, we enjoyed a full day Out & About Wine Tour.

Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Sitella Winery, Swan Valley
Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Retirees enjoying the Out & About Wine Tour, Swan Valley
Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Mandoon Estate, Swan Valley

Explore Fremantle’s history and charm

Fremantle is a hot tourist destination. Visit Fremantle’s waterfront precinct and enjoy a meal at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. Enjoy the sights of the fully operating busy port. Visit the museums and explore the quirky shops and E- Shed Markets . Enjoy a tram ride and the stunning historic buildings.

We particularly recommend a visit to the Maritime Museum, the Shipwreck Museum, the Round House, the Army Museum of Western Australia. We very much enjoyed eating along the foreshore. And we especially loved walking (or jump on a tram) around the historic buildings. Most of which are in beautiful order. I couldn’t resist taking heaps of photos. All in all, a great place to visit.

Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination
Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle
Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
The Shipwreck Museum, Fremantle. We really enjoyed this museum as we had seen many ship wreck sites on our travels down the WA coastline.
Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Round House, Fremantle – the first permanent building in the Swan River Colony – built 1830.

Captain Cook Cruise – Perth To Fremantle

Captain Cook Cruises offers a range of cruises along the Swan River.

On this trip, we decided to enjoy a cruise to Fremantle, and later returned to Perth via train. This is the only tourist experience we repeated from our 2006 trip. We again loved all the sights along the beautiful Swan River ,and coming into the Port of Fremantle.

Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Maritime Museum, Fremantle,
Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Scenery on Captain Cook Cruise to Fremantle
Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Scenery along Swan River on Captain Cook Cruise to Fremantle.

If you are wanting a fun experience join a Captain Cook Swan Valley wine cruise. We enjoyed this cruise in 2006, and heard current reports that this is still a great, fun experience.

Sunset Coast Self Drive

We enjoyed a self drive tour along Sunset Coast of Perth. Cafes and restaurants are dotted along the coastline, overlooking the many beautiful beaches. Interestingly, there are free large parking areas in front of all the beaches. No parking problems here.

Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Cottlesloe Beach, Perth.

Our favourite was Cottlesloe Beach.

Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Rendezvous Hotel, Scarborough Beach Perth.

During our visit the Scarborough Beach foreshore area was undergoing major reconstruction. It should be a great area to visit in the future.

Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Hillary’s Boat Harbour, Perth

Hillary’s Boat Harbour is a great place for families. Inspect all the boats, enjoy the water slides, rides and mini golf. This is a popular spot to enjoy lunch overlooking the water.

Little Ferry Co

Take a scenic cruise on an small, solar electric ferry with the Little Ferry Co. We boarded at Elizabeth Quay and went to Claisebrook Cove. Enjoy the cityscape, the beauty along the river, and seeing Perth Stadium (yet to be opened),and Crown Casino Perth.

Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Little Ferry Co, Perth
Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination
View from Elizabeth Quay, of the Swan River, Perth

Self drive trail, Avon Valley

The Avon Valley is east of Perth. This area is a truly picturesque, with beautiful rolling hills and quaint villages.

Make sure you pull into beautiful Toodyay and enjoy it’s country charm, cafes and shops.

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Toodyay, Western Australia.

Travel onto New Norcia Benedictine Community, 132km north of Perth. This is Australia’s only monastic town.  This historic town was built in 1846 by two Spanish Benedictines. It is simply stunning and well worth the trip. A guided tour of the town buildings is a must. We thoroughly enjoyed inspecting the many beautiful buildings and stunning chapels – yes, there are a number!

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New Norcia, Western Australia.
Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
A chapel within New Norcia.
Perth - The Perfect Retirement Travel Destination.
Another chapel at New Norcia,

Other Perth Tourist Attractions we recommend:

We visited Perth in 2006. Two of our favourite tours then were:

  • Rottnest Island, & shipwreck tour. This was a great day tour. We are not sure which tour company we did this tour with then. But, such tours are still available.
  • Swan Valley Wine Cruise. We loved this fun tour; with music, lunch and wine included. We continue to hear great reports about this tour.
  • Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle. This is a top museum. Make sure you visit.
  • Take a train out to Guildford (outer Perth, near Swan Valley) This whole town is heritage listed (not just the buildings); honouring the significance of the area in Western Australia’s history.
  • Take an overnight trip to Margaret River – another fabulous food and wine trail

As retirees enjoying travel, we couldn’t be happier with the diverse variety of tourist attractions in Perth and surrounds. And in our opinion, the tourist attractions were not as expensive as some we have enjoyed.  Another bonus, Perth is so easy to travel around. The roads are great, and generally flow smoothly. The trains are clean, not crowded, and we could always get a park at our train station.

We highly recommend Perth as a tourist destination. If you haven’t been make sure you put Perth on your retirement travel bucket list.

What about you?

Have you been to Perth? If so, what are your travel tips?  If no, what are you most interested in seeing in Perth?  What are you looking for in a retirement travel destination? We would love to hear your thoughts. Please join in the conversation.

Wishing you happy and safe travels

From Estelle & Greg – Retirees Enjoying Travel

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