City Orientation Walk, Perth (Self Guided)

Perth is the capital of, and the main city in, Western Australia. The best way to get to know it better is by learning more about the city's landmarks, which make it special and distinguish if from other cities. Take this tour to discover the most popular landmarks in Perth:
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Australia » Perth (See other walking tours in Perth)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Author: Caroline
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St. Mary's Cathedral

1) St. Mary's Cathedral (must see)

St Mary's Cathedral, or Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, and seat of its Archbishop, currently Barry James Hickey. The cathedral is at the centre of Victoria Square, on the peak of a hill in East Perth, Western Australia.

The cathedral as it now stands was constructed in three main phases, with the first phase completed in 1865. Plans were drawn up for the replacement of the cathedral in the 1920s with a larger Perpendicular Gothic edifice. However, construction was interrupted by the onset of the Great Depression, leaving a new transept and sanctuary, with the aisle of the original cathedral as its nave. After 70 years incomplete, and portions of the cathedral requiring extensive repair work, funds were eventually raised in the late 1990s and early 2000s for the completion of the expansion. A new curved design for the expansion was created, and featured a second spire and underground parish centre. The cathedral closed for construction in 2006, and reopened in December 2009.

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Fire Safety Education Center and Museum

2) Fire Safety Education Center and Museum

The Fire Safety Education Center and Museum, showcases all kinds of firefighting equipment that has been in use in for the past 150 plus years. The collection is complemented by active corps of firefighters. It is situated in the fire station which was established in 1901 and, in its time, was one of the most advanced in the country.
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Murray Street

3) Murray Street

Murray Street is one of four main east-west roads within the Perth central business district. The street, the central portion of which has become a pedestrian mall, was named after Sir George Murray, Secretary of State for War and the Colonies from 1828 to 1830. The strip has many popular shops lining the street. Recent development along Murray Street has seen the addition of a number of both national and international retailers.
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Perth Town Hall

4) Perth Town Hall

The Perth Town Hall is the only town hall built by convicts in Australia. Designed by Richard Roach Jewell and James Manning in the Victorian Free Gothic style, the hall was built by convicts and free men between 1867 and 1870. Its decorations contain a number of convict motifs, including windows in the shape of the broad arrow, and decorations in the shape of a hangman's rope.
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King Street

5) King Street

King Street has a very European feel with its early 20th century, low-rise architecture and restored facades. Commonly known locally as the start of the "West End" - it transverses two of Perth's major street Murray Street and Hay Street, between the two there are around a dozen shops which include many high-end stores such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Kookai, Bally, Georg Jensen, Tiffany & Co., Sass and Bide and many other stores and cafes.

Recently employees of Chanel have been looking for property in Perth with King Street their first preference but with no space for rent or sale Chanel is looking elsewhere or waiting for space in the street. The street precinct is listed with the Heritage council of Western Australia.

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Trinity Uniting Church

6) Trinity Uniting Church (must see)

Trinity Church has the most distinctive architecture in Perth. The main front of the church features two spires roofed in slate, and a rose-colored window. Its interior is famous all over the city because of the stained-glass windows. The church was built in 1846 and today, is also a center for social activities.
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London Court

7) London Court

London Court is a three- and four-level open-roofed shopping arcade located in the central business district. It was built in 1937 by wealthy gold financier and businessman, Claude de Bernales for residential and commercial purposes. The arcade runs between the Hay Street Mall and St Georges Terrace and is considered an important tourist attraction in the City of Perth. It received a National Trust of Australia classification in 1978 and was recorded in the Register of the National Estate in 1982.

The distinctive mock-Tudor/Elizabethan façade and architectural features includes ornate entrances with large wrought-iron gates at each end. At the Hay Street end at the first storey level, a large clock chimes every quarter-hour, half-hour and on the hour. Four mechanised knights appear from a castle door and move in a semicircle each time the clock chimes as they apparently joust with each other. At the Terrace end, another clock in a window shows a miniature Saint George doing battle with the dragon. The clocks were made by the Synachrome Company of London at a cost of £4,000. The two interior ends include statues of Dick Whittington and his cat (northern end) and Sir Walter Raleigh (south end), each in bastion towers and gazing down on the shoppers below.

Other distinctive features include gargoyles, masks, shields, crests and wrought iron signs and brackets. Gabled roofs, weather cocks and lead lighting add to the Tudor style. The arcade floor is laid with terracotta tiles.

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The Bell Tower

8) The Bell Tower (must see)

The Swan Bells are a set of 18 bells hanging in a specially built 82.5 metres (271 ft)-high copper and glass campanile, commonly known as The Bell Tower or the Swan Bell Tower. Taking their name from the Swan River, which their tower overlooks, and forming a sixteen-bell peal with two extra chromatic notes, they are one of the largest sets of change ringing bells in the world.

Twelve of the set are historic bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square in London.

An inlaid path made of ceramic tiles surrounds the tower. These come from nearly every school in Western Australia and are arranged alphabetically by school name. Each school's tile lists students at that school in the year of 1999. Each child has written his or her name as a contribution to the Swan Bells. The site is now a tourist attraction for the City; since its opening in 2000, 1 million people have visited.
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Elizabeth Quay

9) Elizabeth Quay

Elizabeth Quay is a mixed-use development project in the Perth central business district. Located on the north shore of Perth Water and centred on the landmark Swan Bells, it is named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. The project includes construction of an artificial inlet on what was previously the Esplanade Reserve, and modifications to the surrounding environs including Barrack Square. The project plan shows nine building sites. There is an array of attractions including the island playground, the BHP Billiton Water Park, public artwork, promenades, open spaces and new food and beverage outlets. This destination is a unique events and entertainment space - operating all year round.
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Kangaroos in The City

10) Kangaroos in The City

Kangaroos in The City is a collection of five bronze animals in different poses, drinking and jumping. These unique statues represent Australia's most beloved animal. The sculptures were made by Charles and Joan Walsh Smith and placed in front of Stirling Gardens.
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Government House and Gardens

11) Government House and Gardens

Government House is the official residence of the Governor of Western Australia, situated in the central business district of Perth, the state capital. Government House is located on St Georges Terrace (Perth's main thoroughfare), sitting on the same block as Council House and the Supreme Court buildings. The buildings and gardens of Government House are of exceptional heritage significance and they are regularly opened for public viewing.
Government House is a unique example of a Victorian Gentleman's residence' set in landscaped gardens with mature plantings and a number of commemorative trees, known today as Stirling Gardens and Supreme Court Gardens.
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St. George's Cathedral

12) St. George's Cathedral (must see)

St George's Cathedral is located in St Georges Terrace in the centre of the city. Built in 1888, the cathedral replaced an earlier building immediately to the north-east of the present one. The cathedral is described as Gothic Revival and is made from local handmade clay bricks from Queen's Gardens and Victorian blue stone pillars on footings of Fremantle limestone. It was designed by Sydney architect Edmund Blacket. The site is near the "Rush Church" - the first church built in Perth, by Frederick Irwin, in December 1829, a few months after the city was founded. Its castellated bell tower was damaged in the 1968 Meckering earthquake.

In 2005-2008 the cathedral was extensively restored with the tile roof replaced by slates as originally built. Earthquake protection was added to two walls to provide bracing and much other work was undertaken. Plans are currently underway to restore and develop other buildings in the complex, including the Burt Hall and the 1859 deanery building, which adjoins the cathedral, on the corner of Pier Street. St George's Cathedral has become noted for its innovative and controversial theological teaching, popular preaching, commitment to inter-faith worship and music. Its Cathedral Education Centre is unique to Australia.

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Hay Street

13) Hay Street

Hay Street is a shoppers’ paradise. From renowned department stores and iconic high street brands, visitors will find what they are looking for. Hay Street and the adjoining laneways are closed to traffic, making the whole shopping experience relaxed. Besides shopping you can have fun in the bars and restaurants clustered around this street.
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Perth Mint

14) Perth Mint (must see)

After the foundation stone was laid in 1896 by Sir John Forrest, Perth Mint opened on June 20, 1899 as a branch of the Royal Mint in London to refine gold and manufacture gold sovereigns and half sovereigns to be used as currency in the colony. Up to 2000, the Mint's refined gold output totalled 4,500 tonnes, representing 3.25% of the total weight of gold produced by humankind. This is about the current holdings of gold bullion in the United States Mint's Fort Knox Bullion Depository. Up until the end of 1983, the Perth Mint also manufactured much of Australia's lower-denomination coin currency.

Today, the Mint continues to provide refining and other services to the gold industry and manufactures many coin related numismatic items for investors and coin collectors. It is responsible for manufacturing and marketing most of Australia's legal tender precious metal coins, including proof quality Australian Nugget gold coins, Australian Platinum Koala coins, Australian Silver Kookaburra coins and bullion.

In October 2011, the Perth Mint created the world's largest, heaviest and most valuable gold coin, breaking the record previously held by the Royal Canadian Mint. The coin is approximately 80 centimetres (31 in) in diameter and 12 centimetres (4.7 in) thick, and made of 1,012 kilograms (2,230 lb) of 99.99% pure gold. It is legal tender in Australia with face value A$1 million, but at the time of minting it was valued at A$53.5 million.

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The Strike

15) The Strike

The Strike is a monument created by Greg James in 1991. It is located in the courtyard of the main entrance to the Perth Mint. The statue represents two men, who have just discovered gold, and it's a reminder of gold fever, which hit Australia many years ago.
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Queens Gardens

16) Queens Gardens

Queens Gardens, is a park located on a former brickworks and clay pit site in the eastern end of the city. In the years before the first world war it was used as a garden party location by the Mayor of Perth, more recently it has been popular for open air weddings and wedding portaiture.
The Queens Gardens of Perth are popular among tourist because of their picturesque views, manicured lawns, and the bronze Peter Pan Statue situated there. It was the last work of George Frampton and is an exact copy of a well-known monument at Kensington Gardens in London.
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Walking Tours in Perth, Australia

Create Your Own Walk in Perth

Create Your Own Walk in Perth

Creating your own self-guided walk in Perth is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums and Galleries in Perth

Museums and Galleries in Perth

Perth attracts lots of visitors because of its numerous museums and galleries, which showcase all aspects of Perth's present and past. Visiting this city's museums and exhibition areas, will bring you closer to its culture and historic heritage. Some of the most famous museums and galleries of Perth are listed below:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Perth Cultural Walking Tour

Perth Cultural Walking Tour

Perth is the historic and cultural center of Western Australia, and has plenty of places to showcase it. This tour will lead you through the sites, both ancient and modern, where culture is presented. If you want to see, touch and feel it during a walking tour of Perth - consider the following list of cultural attractions:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Skyscrapers in Perth Walking Tour

Skyscrapers in Perth Walking Tour

Skyscrapers have always been the calling card of Perth. These huge buildings are an example of modern technology, and they are intertwined with the spirit of the time. Their rooftops are often hidden in the clouds. We offer you a walking tour through the highest and most famous skyscrapers in Perth:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Places of Worship in Perth

Places of Worship in Perth

Perth is an important historic center of Western Australia, and history is often closely associated with religion. That's why the city is full of churches which represent many religions. Don't miss a chance to visit some of the most important places of worship in Perth:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Specialty Shops in Perth

Specialty Shops in Perth

This capital of Western Australia bewitches its visitors because of the many shopping areas. Shopaholics call this city shopping heaven. Perth is full of boutiques featuring well-known. We offer you a walking tour through some of the most famous and interesting specialty shops in Perth:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
East Perth Walking Tour

East Perth Walking Tour

Perth is the main city of Western Australia and it's one of the top tourist destinations in the country. For its diversity of sights, they say that the city represents Australia in miniature. We offer you a walking tour of the East district of Perth. You'll enjoy visiting the following tourist attractions:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Perth for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Perth has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Perth, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.