Cottesloe Beach#2 in Best Things To Do in Perth
Located less than 10 miles southwest of central Perth, Cottesloe Beach – with its lifeguards, clean sands and clear waters – is one of the area's most popular shorelines, especially among families. But kids aren't the only ones who enjoy Cottesloe. Breathtaking sunsets and a collection of neighboring pubs make it a prime spot for adult travelers too. Stretching for nearly a mile from Mudurup Rocks to the southern rocks of Swanbourne Beach, Cottesloe is also a popular swimming, snorkeling and surfing spot (it boasts consistent waves perfect for body boarding).
Recent travelers strongly recommended making time for a sunset visit. They say the sunsets over the Indian Ocean are truly remarkable. Others appreciated the public toilets and showers near the shoreline, but many bemoaned the limited parking, so consider using public transportation to avoid the hassle. The annual Sculpture by the Sea event, held every March, was also highly recommended among reviewers.
Just beyond the beach is a wide swath of grass shaded by Norfolk Pines called the Cottesloe Esplanade, and it's a great spot to cool off and enjoy a picnic. This free attraction is located right off the train's Fremantle line; just get off at the Cottesloe stop. For more information, visit Australia's tourism website.
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#1 Kings Park & Botanic Garden
According to visitors, Kings Park & Botanic Garden can hold its own among the world's best parks – including Central Park in New York, El Retiro in Madrid and Stanley Park in Vancouver. Not only do the park's various sections feature more than 3,000 varieties of trees and plants, from red-flowering gum trees in the Fraser Avenue Precinct to bushland-specific flora, fauna and fungi, but there are also playgrounds, playing fields, cafes and picnic areas. What's more, the park's Rio Tinto Naturescape, due to open in 2018, will feature a creek for paddling, a rock pool for wading, and rock climbing and scrambling spaces too.
Travelers and locals alike adore this park's expansive walking paths and its ability to appeal to everyone from families to retirees. Others say the views of the city from the walking paths, especially from the raised Lotterywest Federation Walkway, are just "fabulous," as are the shade and breeze on hot summer days.
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