In my opinion, one of Perth's most exciting locales for people of all ages would definitely have to be the Perth Cultural Centre. Located in the heart of the city, right next to vibrant Northbridge, it's home for most of Western Australia's major cultural institutions, as well as being a super venue for large annual festivals such as the Perth Fringe Festival, Kickstart Festival and Awesome International Arts Festival.
Whether you're just passing through on your office lunch break or are enjoying a big day out in the city, there is so much to see and do.
With a cafe, bookshop, free WiFi, gallery and loads of wonderful books, the State Library of Western Australia has been a firm favourite with locals for years. Equally popular is the Western Australian Museum, with its awesome world-class exhibitions and fabulous kids' educational space, the Discovery Centre. Children of all ages will love the hands-on creative activities, educational documentaries and special kid-friendly exhibits that are offered there. There is also a cafe and a very good gift-shop.
Art-lovers will also enjoy visiting the Art Gallery of Western Australia and PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art). As well as the exhibitions that are shown there, both galleries also provide great activities for children.
Finally, if you're yearning to connect with nature, be sure to spend some time relaxing by the Wetlands or the Urban Orchard. Throughout the year the Urban Orchard holds various gardening and sustainability workshops, so be sure to check out the upcoming events on the Centre's website.
The Perth Cultural Centre is wonderful and you can easily spend a whole day there. If you're visiting with young children, be sure to check out the sensory playground just outside the Western Australian Museum - it's small but very creative! I've never seen anything like it - and kids really enjoy exploring all the interesting objects there.