St. Mary's Cathedral#7 in Best Things To Do in Perth
St. Mary's Cathedral is the short name for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which rises high on a hilltop in East Perth. Since construction first began on the church back in 1865, it has undergone several repairs and expansion efforts.
"Beautiful" is the sentiment most travelers used to describe St. Mary's Cathedral, complimenting its mix of old and new architecture and its serene atmosphere. But reviewers were mixed on the best way to experience this religious site. Some recommended taking a tour, while others suggested attending one of the religious services.
The cathedral is open daily, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. On Wednesday and Saturday nights, the cathedral closes at 8 p.m. An hourlong guided tour is held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, and visitors can purchase AU$5 (about $4) tickets across the road at the Cathedral Office. To get there, just hop on the train and jump off at the McIver station. For more information, visit the St. Mary's Cathedral website.
More Best Things To Do in Perth
#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.
Explore More of Perth
If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.
Holly JohnsonJanuary 16, 2020
Kyle McCarthyJanuary 8, 2020
Lyn MettlerDecember 23, 2019
Gwen PratesiDecember 9, 2019
Lyn MettlerNovember 25, 2019
Kyle McCarthyNovember 21, 2019
Holly JohnsonNovember 14, 2019
Gwen PratesiNovember 12, 2019
Christine SmithNovember 12, 2019