Live and Learn in Perth

Ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences in sci­ence, art and cul­ture come alive in Aus­tralia’s fourth largest city

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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

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.

Perth Zoo

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.

Nos­tal­gia Box

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.

Scitech

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.

North­bridge Pi­azza

Dol­phins play­ing near Rockingham

Kings Park and Botan­i­cal Gar­den

El­iz­a­beth Quay, Perth

The Art Gallery of Western Aus­tralia

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