Welcome to Daily blog no 20. Today I am going to share Perth solo itinerary for 1 day. This straight to the point guide will cover things not to miss in Perth even when you are traveling by yourself! No matter where you stay in Perth, once you get to the Swan Bells, you are more or less in the heart of the city and then all you have to do is choose which attractions you want to see first.
Perth was one of the first cities I visited in Australia and it has been one of my favorites ever since! This quiet but beautiful city is the capital of Western Australia, which boasts the sandy beaches, the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mount Eliza. More on that below.
But first, here are some important info:
Perth solo itinerary
- Perth solo itinerary
- 1. Visit Swan Bells
- 2. Walk up to the Kings Park and Botanical Gardens
- 3. Watch the sunsets at the Fraser Avenue Lookout
- 4. Relax at the Fremantle Beach
- 5. Admire the art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia
- 6. Check out the history of gold at the Perth Mint
- 7. State Library of Western Australia
- 8. Stroll at the Stirling Garden
- 9. Visit the Heirisson Island
- 10. Go to Matilda Bay
1. Visit Swan Bells
Swan Bells is one of Perth’s iconic landmarks located in the heart of Barrack Square along the Swan River. Entry ticket is a bit pricey but the ringing of huge bells, locking a love lock and fantastic view from viewing area may encourage you to buy the ticket for a well-deserved entry.
It is the world’s only bell tower built to allow close-up viewing of bell ringers in action. The tower combines history with modern architecture and offers panoramic views of the city and Swan River. You can also participate in an interactive demonstration. The park around Elizabeth Quay on your way to the Bell Tower is also an attraction on its own. Make sure you visit this place for a leisurely stroll along Swan River!
2. Walk up to the Kings Park and Botanical Gardens
No Perth solo itinerary would be complete without a visit to Kings Park. It is a very large, wonderful array of natural bushland, manicured lawn areas, brilliant botanical gardens and much, much more. The birdlife is fantastic and the native plants a joy to see. On top of the hill, there is a great view overlooking Perth. It is a beautiful park with a memorial on one side and the Botanical gardens on the other. From what I’ve seen it was clean, well maintained, beautiful and reminds me of Aussie bushland that you see when you drive further out of town.
It looked like there were plenty of sculptures around which you could use to map a route around the gardens. There is also a gift shop which sells lovely pieces by local artists, and a cafe with good food and coffee. Get a book or just stroll around this superb park for a picnic or exercise. You would probably need at least half a day to walk around. Just don’t forget to wear good walking shoes.
3. Watch the sunsets at the Fraser Avenue Lookout
Fraser Avenue Lookout is on the edge of King’s Park which is set high on a hill overlooking the Perth city center and the Swan River that flows alongside the city. You can visit Fraser avenue lookout before or after Kings Park as they are in the same area.
I recommend going there for sunset especially if there are some clouds as the rays of sun coming through would be just stunning to look at! Something worth mentioning is there are lots of photo opportunities here which is also why it made it to this Perth solo itinerary article. When coming back down the hill, check out some excellent restaurants as well.
4. Relax at the Fremantle Beach
There are several beaches in Fremantle. Such as Bathers Beach in Fremantle, Port Beach, River Beach and Leighton Beach in North Fremantle, and South Fremantle beach. I enjoyed the Soth Beach while I was there. It’s such a dreamy little beach and so clean! It’s heaven. Lovely white, soft sands, and crystal clear seawater that was nice and cool and refreshing. The beach was deserted until about 5 pm when families seemed to be coming down after school and work.
With the free CAT bus service from Fremantle station to just across the road from the south beach, it’s so easy to get to. The buses run pretty regularly too so it’s not something you need to stress over. Also, If you are a fan of Rock and roll music or AC/DC fan, you should visit the statue of the legendary lead singer Bon Scott in Fremantle Beach. It’s an amazing and stunning place right in front of the Fremantle harbor. There are some nice and good restaurants in the area. Beautiful beaches to spend some hours, a must-visit in Perth.
5. Admire the art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia
The Art Gallery of Western Australia has several floors which exhibit different collection from historical, classic, contemporary to modern art. Entrance is free except for the special exhibits. Watch out for the early closing hours though. I found something I didn’t expect to like in here.
There’s a great ambiance and the collections are very good. The aboriginal art is well represented and there are plenty of controversial pieces to make you think. Well worth a visit. I highly recommend this place for an artist, art lover, tourist, and anyone interested in seeing an art gallery in the heart of Perth.
6. Check out the history of gold at the Perth Mint
Perth Mint is the perfect place to visit if you have any interest in the history of gold. You also have the opportunity to see the largest gold coin in the world – weighing 1 ton and worth nearly $60 million today! It is the most valuable gold coin in the world which rotates on a solid plinth.
You also have the chance to see several “gold nuggets”, carry 15kg real gold bar and watch the demonstration on how to make the gold bars. The mint also houses the second-largest gold nugget (25 Kg) currently in existence. The “Gold Pour” is very entertaining; from a safe distance, you watch a guy pour 99.99% molten gold from the furnace to form a 6Kg gold bar. Worth a visit when in Perth!
7. State Library of Western Australia
A well designed, open library which provides the public with everything they need in a library. it contains a cafeteria, bookshop, internet access, wireless access, work locations, meeting rooms, child play area, and, of course, lots of books, records, and resources.
The open design with plenty of light makes it easy to move around. This library is an excellent space to drop in for refreshment, a quiet place to read and or to meet a friend in a less than hurried space.
8. Stroll at the Stirling Garden
Stirling garden is located at the back of the Supreme Court, on the corner of St George’s Terrace and Barrack Street. It is a fairly small garden but a nice chill place to unwind. Nicely maintained by City of Perth plenty of shade from trees, grassy areas to stretch out on, a good place to have morning tea or lunch away from the weekday crowds – even quieter on weekends. Perth is full of well maintained lovely public parks and I also recommend Hyde Park and Queens Park.
9. Visit the Heirisson Island
Heirisson Island is located in the Swan River, traversed by the Causeway. It is a refuge for wildlife. If you want to see the kangaroos, it’s best to go at about 5.30 PM, so that you’re walking around with the Kangaroo enclosure at dusk, which is when they appear from the bushes. Heirisson Island is a cozy island for picnics & taking a selfie with human-friendly kangaroos! If you are lucky, you can also see several birds. like great egrets, willy wagtails, and ravens. I made a day out of relaxing here and highly recommend it.
10. Go to Matilda Bay
Matilda Bay is surrounded by water, beautiful trees, and a perfect spot to spend a lazy afternoon with a book on the grass. The view of the city from here is beautiful and with the sunset even better. It is a natural bay on the Swan River adjacent the Crawley suburb and below Kings Park, you can also picnic, and watch yachts sailing on the water.
A short walk from the reserve you’ll pass historic buildings, the University of Western Australia and the iconic Blue Boatshed. There are lots of wildlife to be seen from birds, fish, crabs and an occasional dolphin. Just a great spot to relax with the harbor view and the park.
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