Explore central Perth, starting with a visit to King’s Park.
Its 400 hectares of tall trees, bushland, lakes, gardens and picnic areas are a focal point for locals and visitors and one of the best places for views of the city, Swan River and Western Australia’s renowned sunsets. Then make like a local and stroll, shop, eat and drink in the Cathedral Square, Yagan Square, Barrack Street Jetty or Elizabeth Quay precincts.
Spend the next day in Fremantle, Perth’s eclectic port city. First stop, Fremantle Prison for the 9.30am Prison Art and Behind the Scenes Tour. An experienced guide shows visitors through the cells and yards, covered with prisoner’s works, including convict etchings, Aboriginal landscapes, dot paintings and murals, and a range of graffiti and tattoo art. The tour includes a personalised look into the Prison’s diverse museum collection, which includes photographs, documents, furnishings, artworks, clothing, weapons and archaeological material.
For lunch, take your pick from the more than 100 restaurants and cafés in Fremantle. Then move on to the WA Maritime Museum for the 1pm Fremantle Maritime Adventure. This tour encompasses Western Australia’s incredible maritime history including the winning America’s Cup yacht, Australia II, a tour of the famous submarine HMAS Ovens and a look behind the scenes with a museum expert, including a rare chance to handle significant Museum items. Then wind down after an action-packed day in Fremantle with private drinks on the Museum balcony, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
On day three, fly or drive from Perth to Albany, on the south west coastline of Western Australia. Spend the afternoon exploring Albany, taking in its dramatic whaling, convict, settler, maritime, military and Aboriginal history.
Day four starts at the National Anzac Centre with the National Anzac Centre Significant Experience, departing Thursday to Sunday at 7.30am. The Centre overlooks the harbour from which over 41,000 men and woman departed Australia for World War One. A dedicated tour guide will illuminate the Anzac legend and trace personal stories through a treasure trove of artefacts and monuments of remembrance, creating a deeply personal connection with the past and paying tribute to those who served.
In the afternoon either return to Perth or continue exploring the breathtaking beaches and forests of the south west coastline with a trip to the nearby town of Denmark. Poornarti Aboriginal Tours offers a range of day and overnight tours giving insight into the culture and history of the Noongar people.