The Perth Mint#10 in Best Things To Do in Perth
The Perth Mint offers visitors a rare glimpse at lots and lots of gold – tourists can even handle $700,000 worth of it. The mint's exhibits walk through Western Australia's history with gold discovery and showcase everything from natural gold nuggets to the largest gold coin ever made (it weighs a ton). During the tours, a guide will lead you through the mint's vaults and demonstrate an actual gold pouring, all the while telling you stories about gold mining legends.
Although you can meander the Perth Mint on your own, most travelers recommend taking the hourlong guided tour for a richer experience. And even if it seems like it would appeal to a niche audience, most recent travelers say the exhibits and tours are so well done that this attraction is universally appealing.
The Perth Mint is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission costs AU$19 (about $14.50) for adults and AU$17 (around $13) for children, ages 4 to 15. Kids 3 and younger get in for free. Families can also purchase a family pass for AU$48 (approximately $37), which covers admission for two adults and two children. You'll find the Perth Mint a short walk from the city center, accessible via the free Red CAT bus. For more information, visit the Perth Mint's 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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