Perth City Centre is located alongside the peaceful waters of the Swan River, twenty Kilometres inland of the Indian Ocean on the West Coast of Australia.
Originally Perth was located for the safe inland position during colonial times, while the river provided an excellent means for transporting supplies from the coastal port to the fledgling colony. Much of Perth was originally built using convict labour and this can still be seen today in some of Perth's remaining historic buildings. These days however, the river and surrounding area provides a scenic outlook for the city of Perth as well as a place for recreational activities.
The area around the city also had significant historical meaning to the Aborigines of the region, and according to Aboriginal folklore the Swan River was created by a large mythical snake known as the Waggyl, which slithered its way through the area creating the bends and gullies which shaped the river. In winter came the rains which filled the empty channel with water, and the river we know today as "The Swan" came to be.
During your visit to Perth you will find many fun activities in Perth's city centre, many of which focus around the picturesque Swan River. You can enjoy one of the many river cruises which operate along the river, some offering dining and music as you spend a few hours cruising in and out of the city.
For spectacular panoramic views of Perth and the river, visit Kings Park and Botanic garden and take advantage of the many lookouts and vantage points available to the public, or enjoy a relaxing picnic in one of the many recreation areas of the park.
Spend a sunny day exploring the river by walking or cycling your way along the foreshore on one of the many cycle and walking tracks provided, or take part in waterfun sports and scenic flights.
The Swan River also provides an excellent scenic backdrop to enjoy while dining in Perth, and many restaurants have excellent river views where you can enjoy delicious meals while taking in the surrounding landscape.
The Perth City Centre also offers tourists a wealth of great shopping opportunities. Whether it is souvenirs, Aboriginal Art and crafts, fashion, swimming and beach wear, jewellery, cameras and high tech items, the vast array of shops available offer an extensive range of choices, from shopping malls and department stores, to cafes, restaurants and food halls. Some of the most popular shopping areas to visit include the The Hay St Mall, Murray St Mall, Raine Square, Forest Chase, Barrack St and Kings Street, however there are many other malls to visit as well.
While in the city visitors can also visit some or Perth's main tourists attractions including the Perth Zoo and the Old Mill, both just a short ferry ride from the city, as well as Barracks Arch and Kings Park both of which are located just on the edge of the Perth city centre, and are easily accessible by public transport. More information on what to see in Perth can be found in our Perth Attractions section.
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