Things I didn’t know about Perth


Perth is considered the second most liveable city in Australia, and it has a reputation as one of the best places to live in Australia. It’s also home to great beaches, beautiful parks, exciting history, and many cultures. There are so many things about this place that you probably didn’t know before reading this article. This list will give you an idea of what to see and do in Perth and how much fun you can have while doing it! In this article, we will take you through various things I didn’t know about Perth:

*largest inner-city park

Perth is known for its large urban green spaces, and the largest of these is Kings Park. The park covers over 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres) and contains more than 100km of walking tracks, lakes, playgrounds, gardens, sports fields, and even a zoo. This park is usually open daily from 6 am until dusk, but during the summer months, it may close earlier or later depending on weather conditions. For example, if it rains heavily, the park may close at 5 pm instead of 7 pm. If it’s scorching, then the park may not open at all. Kings Park is located at the top end of St. Georges Terrace, which runs along the southern edge of the CBD.

*Perth has the tallest building in Western Australia

The tallest building in Western Australia is the Westralia Tower, which stands at 297 meters (964 feet). This skyscraper was completed in 2014 and is now the third tallest building in Perth after two other buildings were built in recent years. The Westralia Tower is located at the corner of Barrack Street and Murray Street, near the intersection with William Street. Some of these streets have been renamed since the tower was constructed; for example, Murray Street used to run parallel to the river, but now it runs perpendicular to the waterway. However, long-time residents still refer to this street by its original name.

*Perth’s first casino

In 1832, when the Swan River Colony was established, gambling was illegal in the colony. However, in 1843, the government decided to develop licensed gaming houses, and the first such house opened in Fremantle. It wasn’t until 1847 that gambling became legal throughout the entire colony. In 1858, the first official casino was established in Fremantle. At the time, it was called the Casino Theater, and it was owned by Henry Shiell. He ran the theater for 20 years, and he eventually sold the property to John Forrest. Forrest had previously bought the land for $1,000, and he spent another $10,000 renovating the building. The new casino was officially named the Royal Adelaide Hotel. Over the next few decades, the popularity of casinos proliferated, and by the early 1900s, Perth had four casinos operating. Today, there are three casinos in Perth – Crown Metropol, Canning Place, and Aquarius – offering different types of games.

*The world’s longest underground swimming pool

Located under the Perth Convention Center, the Pool of Remembrance is a vast underground swimming pool stretching over 2 kilometers (1.2 miles). It was initially designed to hold up to 10 million liters of water, but because of the high demand for space, it only holds around 3 million liters today. It can be accessed via an elevator, and you can swim in it year-round. There are also changing rooms available and a cafe where visitors can enjoy light meals and drinks. The Pool of Remembrance is free to enter, and it opens every day from 8:30 am until 9 pm.

*The oldest surviving building in Perth

The oldest surviving building in the city is the Old Treasury Building, built-in in 1829. It was initially used as the office of the Governor of Western Australia, but it was later converted into a courthouse. In 1836, the Supreme Court of Western Australia moved into the building, and it continued to operate out of here until 1977. Today, the Old Treasury Building is home to the State Library of Western Australia. It was declared a heritage site in 1975, and it has undergone various renovations over the past 40 years.

*The largest shopping center in WA

The largest shopping center in Western Australia is Westfield Carousel, located on the eastern side of the Perth central business district. It spans more than 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres) of land, and it includes over 300 stores, including big-name retailers like Coles, Target, Kmart, Woolworths, Aldi, and many others. There are plans to expand the mall further, so it will become even more significant. There are no other large malls nearby in this region, so people often travel long distances just to shop at Westfield Carousel.

*The most expensive street in the world

If you want to visit the most expensive street in the whole world, you should head to Kings Park Avenue in Northbridge. This street costs $40 per hour to drive down, and it takes about one hour to go all the way through. It is lined with shops and restaurants, and it is not uncommon to see celebrities driving their luxury cars along the road. This street is known for its exclusive shops, and some of the best brands in the world have outlets here. For example, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Chanel, and Dior all have stores on Kings Park Avenue. If you’re looking for something cheaper, you can try shopping at the nearby Raine Square Shopping Center.

*Only place you can get quokkas

These cute little marsupials live in the wild, but they are infrequent. They are native to Australia, and they are found mainly in the country’s southwest. These animals look similar to kangaroos, but they have shorter tails and smaller ears. They were once hunted for their fur, but now they are protected by law. However, if you come across them, don’t feed them or touch them. Quokkas are compassionate creatures, and you could end up being fined.


This list of things I didn’t know about Perth included everything from exciting facts to fun trivia. Hopefully, these tips helped you learn more about our beautiful capital city. Remember that there’s always more to discover when you go to Perth.

Tyson Houlding
Tyson Houlding is a 28-year-old associate at a law firm who enjoys walking, writing, and learning new languages. He is creative and bright, but can also be very unfriendly and a bit lazy.He is an Australian Christian who defines himself as straight. He has a post-graduate degree in law.