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.
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.
We enjoyed more wonderful views walking along the tree top suspended bridge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our favourite was Cottlesloe Beach.
During our visit the Scarborough Beach foreshore area was undergoing major reconstruction. It should be a great area to visit in the future.
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.
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.
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!
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