Though the area has been inhabited for many thousands of years, modern Perth began as a British settlement in the early 19th century. You will find many of the city’s historic attractions in its Central Business District during your trip to Perth, including Australia’s oldest mint, The Perth Mint, which is still in operation.
Other cultural centres include the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum. Archaeological evidence suggests the Noongar people have lived in the region for at least 45,000 years, and much of their history and artefacts can be seen in the museum.
Perth Town Hall, on Barrack Street, was built by exiled convicts around 150 years ago. But to trace the history of Perth to its origins, visit the restored Old Mill, first built in 1835 on the banks of the Swan River.
Other Perth highlights include visits to the expansive Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, the Swan Bell Tower located on the banks of the Swan River, and Perth Zoo. The city’s beaches, such as Cottlesloe and Scarborough, are also popular. Rottnest Island is also filled with sandy spots, as well as being home to the quokka, a cuddly, furry, rodent-like creature indigenous to Western Australia.