Live and Learn in Perth
Educational experiences in science, art and culture come alive in Australia’s fourth largest city
Perth is a lovely city to explore for anyone interested in nature, scientific discoveries, art and culture
Perth offers a smorgasbord of nature and wildlife experiences, from beautiful nature parks and reserves to unique wildlife encounters and world-class walking trails. There is just so much to examine and explore, here are our top picks.
Penguin Island is easily one of Western Australia’s favourite destinations, home to an array of friendly animals such as the sea lions, dolphins and approximately 1,200 penguins. During an exhilarating ride onboard the adventure cruise, you will get a chance to observe the wild dolphins and other friendly inhabitants. Elsewhere on the island, a wildlife sanctuary zone was built to nest seabirds amidst white sandy beaches, limestone reefs and seagrass meadows – ideal for snorkelers and nature lovers to delve into. Do note that the island is only open from 15 September to early June (Western Australia Day Public Holiday), subject to weather conditions. The best time to visit will probably be the summer seasons, where little penguins stay ashore for six to eight weeks to grow their new feathers.
Traverse a world’s worth of animals when you visit the Perth Zoo, located just five minutes from Perth’s Central Business District (CBD) Area. The zoo is filled with lush gardens and naturalistic exhibits, while hosting more than 1,200 animals from all over the world, including the tigers, elephants, sun bears and orangutans. The African Savannah is an area that allows visitor to get in touch with the wild side and provides an up close experience with the lions, rhinoceros and giraffes. Other notable features include an eye-to-eye encounter while feeding a giraffe or coming face-to-face with a Galapagos Tortoise.
For the inquisitive minds and wandering hearts, Perth is a world of nostalgia and scientific discovery with lots of secrets and information waiting to be uncovered. Enjoy a world of learning through interactive play and live examples.
Australia’s first interactive video game console museum is being located in Northbridge, Perth. Experience history being written through the usage of video games and learn the history of gaming
consoles from the 1970s to 2000s. The museum also has a capacity for classic games such as Pong, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot and many more. This area also provides the opportunity for parents to bridge the generation gap with their children by showing the old video game consoles of their childhood years. It was first opened in December 2015 and has since been used for party venue hires as well.
A visit to Scitech is a mind blowing adventure of science experience for the whole family. With over 100 handson exhibits and Australasia’s largest planetarium, visitors will be treated to a variety of enthralling features, mindblowing science performances and delightful puppet shows. To bring the learning experience to a whole new level, the science centre also offers personalised school holiday programmes and a Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) lab to allow inquisitive minds the opportunities to create and experiment. This science centre operates as a not-for-profit organisation and aims to increase awareness, interest, capability and participation of all Western Australians and its visitors, in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is not uncommon to hear that Perth is alive with a spectacular
mix of music, theatre, comedy, dance and visual art. The rich tapestry of cultural experiences is available throughout the year and there is always something for everyone here.
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Considered one of Perth’s foremost cultural icons, the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) houses the highlyregarded State Art Collection – one of the world’s finest collections of indigenous and pre-eminent Western Australian art and design. Established in 1895, the AGWA resides in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre, occupying a precinct of three heritage buildings. The art gallery features a series of interactive projects including public programmes, artist talks, panel discussions and education resources. The ARTBAR also features singers, songwriters and occasionally, comedians who perform live. Remember to pop by and say hello to the world’s first art gallery engagement robot, Aggie, one that can provide humorous yet insightful information of the gallery.
City of Gosnells
Measuring a total of 127 square kilometres encompassing forests, woodlands, rivers and streams, the
City of Gosnells has a lot to offer in terms of cultural events and festivals. A convenient 20 minutes away from Perth’s CBD area, this is the perfect destination for visitors looking to discover the real culture of Australia, without the luxury of time to spare.
From leisure programmes featuring ghost walks, abseiling and parkour to events and festivals such as the Multicultural Food Festival and Australia Day breakfast, the city comes alive to welcome you to its myriad of events and leisure tours. The city’s ghost walk events are a hot favourite amongst visitors and the locals often describe the hills to be the home of the spirits, where the Mason and Bird’s timber mill workers used to build a thriving community back in the 1860s. For those interested, the best time to visit will be between October to March annually.
Dolphins playing near Rockingham
Kings Park and Botanical Garden
Elizabeth Quay, Perth
The Art Gallery of Western Australia