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Art Gallery of WA is the home of the State's art collection. The gallery has regularly changing special exhibitions as well as an excellent shop to browse through and a wonderful cafe to relax and enjoy.

Bibbulmun Track stretches from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany of WA's south coast passing through a constantly changing landscape. Basic huts and camp sites are provided along the trail. Contact the Bibbulmun Track Foundation for information on how best to enjoy this amazing trail.

East Perth Cemetery was the first cemetery of the Swan River Colony and has the graves of many of the early pioneers. Managed by the National Trust WA, the cemetery is open to the public on Sunday.

Government House was built in 1863 and is the official residence of the Governor of Western Australia. Set in beautiful grounds in the heart of the city on St George's Terrace. The gardens are open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 12.00 and 2.00.

His Majesty’s Theatre was opened on Christmas Eve 1904 and, for the last 105 years, has been one of Perth's premier performing arts venues. In addition to the ballet, opera and other live shows His Majesty's is also home of the Museum of the Performing Arts which has frequently changing exhibitions related to Western Australia's Performing Arts history.

Kings Park is at the top of Mount Eliza and provides spectacular views of the city. It is also home to the State's War Memorial and the eternal flame. Kings Park is famous for its displays of wildflowers and regularly hosts outdoor performances by bands, theatre groups and has an outdoor cinema during the warmer summer months.

Old Mill, South Perth is one of Perth's most distinctive landmarks. Built in 1835 to grind flour, the mill played an important role in the early years of the colony. The Mill is now managed by the National Trust WA.

Old Perth Boys School is located in the heart of the Central Business District on St George's Terrace and now houses a popular lunch time cafe.

Parliament House is Western Australia's seat of power and a very impressive building. Construction commenced in 1902 but the full vision was not realised until 1964. Public tours are available from Harvest Terrace, West Perth on Monday and Thursday mornings at 10.30, be sure to book ahead

Perth Heritage Trails present the many layers of Perth's history in a number of trails. Free brochures can be found at the Murray Street Mall information kiosk. Guided tours are also available from the iCity volunteers and podcasts have been created for those who prefer to discovery the city at their own pace.

Perth Cycle Trails has an excellent web site detailing a number of cycle trails including a number of excellent trails through the Perth Hills linking to a number of heritage sites.

Perth Mint was built in 1899 to deal with the large quantities of gold that were discovered in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. The Perth Mint was Australia's third branch of Britain's Royal Mint, the other two being in Melbourne and Sydney. It is the only one that remains open.

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) is located in the cultural centre in Northbridge. It aims to provide visitors with an experience of the work of local, Australian and international artists presenting a program of exhibitions, performances, publications, screenings and a whole lot more.

Perth Town Hall was built in the 1870's by convicts. It was restored in 2005 and is now the venue for exhibitions, craft markets and a range of other functions.

Perth Tram provides a range of tours around the city visiting a number of heritage sites, a unique way to travel.

Perth heritage walking tours are provided free of charge by the City of Perth council. Brochures can be downloaded and there are also a number of audio tours available. Why not try the ground breaking Hi-Tech Heritage Trail which sends stories, images and recordings to your mobile phone using WiFi technology.

Perth Zoo located in South Perth opposite the city and accessible by a short ferry ride across the Swan River. The zoo was opened in 1898 and many of the original buildings are still in use. In addition to visiting the animals why not take the heritage tour around the site.

Queen’s Gardens (and other city parks) Perth has a number of pleasant parks providing a calm sanctuary for workers and visitors. Queens park is built on the site of Perth's original clay pits used between 1860 and 1890 to produce bricks for building projects around the city. The gardens are also home to a replica statue of Peter Pan, the original being in Kensington Gardens in London.

Supreme Court Gardens is in the heart of the city adjacent to Council House on St George's Terrace. It was opened in 1845 as a botanical garden and is a beautiful shady part of the city to rest in for a while and watch the world go by.

Swan Bells, Barrack Square The bell tower is relatively new but the bells inside are from St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square in London. The original bells were recast in the 16th century by Queen Elizabeth I and the current bells were finally recast in the 1700's. The tower also houses an excellent collection of bells from all over the world and you can even meet a real bell ringer and have a go at ringing the bells yourself.

Swan River flows from Moondyne Brook in the Perth Hills to the sea at Fremantle. It has strong cultural significance for Perth's Aboriginal people as well as for today's residents. It is a beautiful place to walk, cycle or just sit and enjoy. A number of river cruises are available from Barrack Square and a public ferry also runs between the City and South Perth.

Tranby House was built in 1839 by one of Perth's early settlers Joseph Hardy. It was originally named Peninsula Farm and was home to the Hardy's throughout the 19th century.

Two Feet and a Heart Beat walking tours provide an insight into what makes Perth and its people tick.

WA Museum Perth is located in the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge and has a number of fascinating exhibitions. The building was purpose built in the late 1890 as an investment during the gold boom period. The site also includes the old courthouse and gaol which was built in the mid 1800's.

The City of Bayswater
has developed the Bayswater and Maylands Town Centre Heritage Trails. The trails feature some of the key buildings, people and events that help shape the development of the town centres.

To find out more visit Experience Perth.

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