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20 Labouchere Rd.

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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To view animals ranging from Goodfellow's tree-kangaroos to Australian tarantulas, as well as creatures from other corners of the world – Bolivian squirrel monkeys, African lions and Asian small-clawed otters – the Perth Zoo is the place to go. Along with its diverse collection of animals, the zoo also hosts daily "Walks and Talks" in which staff members provide an in-depth, up close overview of select animals, such as elephants, Tasmanian devils and penguins. To get a more intimate look at the zoo's residents, consider booking one of its Close Encounters, which allows visitors to interact with animals, such as giraffes, orangutans and rhinos (for an extra fee). 

Some travelers recommend going on days when the temperatures are cool, since the animals tend to nap during hot days. Others express a little frustration at the high admission price, but most visitors reported having a lovely time thanks to the beautiful landscaping and interesting array of animals.

The Perth Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and is located in South Perth. The zoo is accessible via train and bus – get off at the Elizabeth Quay railway station and transfer to the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station (located next door) to catch bus Nos. 30 or 31. You can also take a ferry from Barrack Street Jetty in Perth's central business district to Mends Street Jetty in South Perth. There are several casual eateries on-site, but if you'd rather pack your own food, you can enjoy a picnic on a designated area of the zoo property. Admission to the Perth Zoo costs AU$29 (about $22) for adults and AU$14 (approximately $11) for kids ages 4 to 15; kids younger than 4 get in for free. For more information, visit the Perth Zoo website

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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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