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Perth is a fascinating city to explore and welcomes cruise passengers with open arms.  The wonderfully warm atmosphere combines with the stunning Swan River leading down to the ocean to create a beautiful arrival point for cruise guests.  Perth is the capital of Western Australia and believe it or not is actually just as close to Singapore as it is to Sydney, a prime example of the enormity of Australia.

From the moment you arrive here, the relaxed ambience and chilled out aura is contagious.  You instantly feel at home here and the city centre itself is ideal for visitors as it is predominantly pedestrian only making navigating your way around much easier.  The temperate climate adds to the exquisite modern metropolis and there is so much to see and do here, the choices really are endless.

The parklands here are beautiful and one in particular that steals the show is Kings Park.  This location is ideal for cruise passengers looking to just relax and watch the world go by.  Many cruise lines will even put together a picnic for you to take with you here.  An alternative option is to head for the magnificent Perth Zoo to witness a wide variety of local wildlife.  Caversham Wildlife Park, which offers a complete bush experience, is also another exciting attraction to watch an amazing collection of animals in their natural habitat including emus, kookaburras, dingos and crocodiles.

Perth is not the only area to explore when visiting here.  Many cruise line excursions offer the chance to combine Perth with a visit to the delightful location of Fremantle.  A leisurely drive is a brilliant way to discover Fremantle’s old world charm, which provides a unique collaboration with the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Perth.  Upon your arrival at Fremantle you will instantly notice the quaintness of its terraced housing and charismatic historic buildings.  This is a historic city and certainly worth a visit.  Whether exploring independently or via a cruise line excursion be sure to include the Western Australia Maritime Museum as it is a fascinating museum to explore.  Close by you will also find the UNESCO Fremantle Prison and the 12-sided Round House.  This is the oldest building in Western Australia and was originally a jail.

Heading back to Perth now and its sleek, soaring skyscrapers.  This city oozes style and is a great place to just stroll around and take it all in.  Shopping lovers will relish the many different commercial areas here and there’s always a bar, café or restaurant on hand to take a break for a bite to eat.

Swan Valley is a great place to see and along with its beautiful scenery is also home to some superb wineries.  Home to Sandalford Wines, Swan Valley is a must for a spot of wine tasting and you also have the opportunity here to enjoy an insight into the wine making process before sampling fortified wine straight from the oak barrel.  This is a brilliant place to visit independently but is often exceptional value for money as an excursion through your cruise operator and by choosing this option, it also often included an Australian lunch at a nearby restaurant.

If you are going to take in Swan Valley then it would almost be a crime not to spend a little time enjoying the gorgeous Swan River.  A riverboat ride can be picked up here for a leisurely cruise and you can even enjoy tea or coffee as you glide past the sights.

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