Perth is a beautiful and picturesque city and oh so wonderfully laid-back and charming. The capital and largest city of the Australian State of Western Australia is known for its balmy climate, stunning beaches and an easy-going personality. It came to be referred as the 'City of Light' when city residents illuminated their homes and streetlights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth on Friendship7 iin 1962.
Those who are fans of marine life ought to visit the AQWA - The Aquarium of Western Australia. The aquarium is home to a plethora of rich aquatic life. Some of the features include the aquarium's 98m (328ft) glass tunnel is the biggest in Australia and one can touch the sea creatures at the interactive Discovery Pool. Visitors can dive and snorkel with sharks as well as indulge in reef-walking.
Head over to Bell Tower - housed at the foot of Barrack Street, on the Swan River Foreshore. This architectural wonder pierces as high as 80m (260ft) and is a result of a beautiful unique design. Visitors can climb up the tower and enjoy panoramic views from above. Those who are culturally-inclined may visit His Majesty's Theater. Some of the highlights include a beautiful staircase, a domed, three-tired auditorium and gorgeous foyers. It is a venue for plays, opera, musicals, concerts and dance. It also houses the West Australian Ballet, the West Australian Opera and the Museum of Performing Arts (MOPA).
Those who are tired of the concrete jungle and need some respite can head over to the Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Housed at the heart of Perth, it encompasses 400 hectares (990 acres) of Mount Eliza. The park is crisscrossed by walking trails and bicycle paths and showcases free guided walks available daily. Animal lovers would enjoy visiting the gorgeous Peth Zoo. It features an Australian Bushwalk, Rainforest Retreat and African Savannah where visitors can enjoy native animals in their natural habitat. You also have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with animals, so don't miss out on interacting with a numbat, Western Australia's own marsupial emblem.
Be sure to take a trip to the Rottnest Island, perched around 20km (12 miles) off the coast of Perth. Famous for its pristine white sandy beaches, clear waters and secluded bays, Rotto is the is an ideal day trip or weekend getaway. The island is also home to a colony of adorable quokkas (an Australian native masrsupial). Taking selfies with these lovable creatures has become a popular phenomenon.
When it comes to shopping, do head over into Hay Street and Murray Street pedestrian-only malls. It showcases the finest high street shopping. The historic King Street exhibits the best designer boutiques and galleries selling Aboriginal art. As for cuisine, do try out Chilli Mussels - a popular local specialty, comprising of mussels cooked in tomato and chilli jus.
The stay options of Perth are abundant. The city is home to the best luxury hotels, rental apartments and cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind to prefer based on their budget and taste.
Perth experiences hot-summer Mediterranean climate. The best time to visit would be during spring or autumn as the temperatures are pleasant.