Campervan Touring Information
(38km round trip from Perth)
Trip duration: Half or whole day, or overnight.
Perth is a shiny, modern city, pleasantly sited on the Swan River, with the port of Fremantle a few km downstream. It’s claimed to be the sunniest state capital in Australia and the most isolated capital city in the world. Of Western Australia’s 1.5 million people, almost 80% live in and around Perth.
Kings Park, there are superb views across Perth and the river from this four-sq-km park. It includes a 17 hectare Botanic Garden that displays over 2000 different plants species from Western Australia and a section of natural bushland. In spring, there’s a cultivated display of Western Australia’s famed wild flowers.
City Buildings, near the corner of King St and St George’s Terrace, the Cloisters date from 1858 and noted for their beautiful brick work. Originally a school they, have been integrated into a modern office development. On the corner of St George’s Terrace and Pier St is the Deanery which was built in 1859. Opposite the Deanery, on St George’s Terrace, is Government House, a Gothic looking fantasy built between 1859 and 1864.
The Army Museum of Western Australia, on the corner of Bulwer and Lord St, has a display of army memorabilia.
The Fire Safety Education Centre & Museum, on the corner of Irwin and Murray Sts, has displays on fire safety and fire-fighting equipment.
Perth Zoo, Perth’s popular zoo is set in attractive garden across the river from the city at 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth. It has a number of interesting collections including a nocturnal house which is open daily.
The Australian Wildlife Park, has the only numbats on display in the world and a Conservation Discovery Centre.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia is housed in a modern building which runs from James St through to Roe St, behind the railway station. It has a very fine permanent exhibition of European, Australia and Asian-Pacific art and a wide variety of temporary exhibitions.
The Creative Native Gallery, at 32 King St, has an excellent display of Aboriginal art and artefacts including jewellery, pottery and didgeridoos.
The Dreamtime Gallery, at 101 Lake St, Northbridge, also has some fine examples of Aboriginal art.
On the road
Reached via the Stirling or Canning Highways. For a more interesting round trip, return via the opposite side of the river.
Must see- Fremantle
A visit to this fascinating old port can make an interesting round trip.
The port of Fremantle is a city of contrasts, with galleries and museums, long stretches of white sand beaches and historic buildings. As the first stop for many migrants arriving in Australia, Fremantle is home to a melting pot of nationalities and this is reflected in the city’s old world, European feel and the diversity of restaurants. There is much to see here, including the South Terrace Cappuccino strip, the Maritime Museum, Fremantle Arts Centre, the Historic Boats Museum, the Bannister Street Craftworks and the old Fremantle Gaol.
A prime attraction is the Fremantle Markets, on South Terrace at the corner of Henderson St. The markets have a variety of things to choose from craft work, vegetables, jewellery and antiques there is also a great tavern where buskers often perform.
For further information, contact:
Fremantle Tourist Information Centre
Town Hall Shop
King Square, High Street
FREMANTLE WA 6160
Phone: (09) 430 2346
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