Historical Tours Perth & Surrounds
Two Feet offer daily tours in Perth and Fremantle that explore the history, culture, influential people and the events that helped shaped Western Australia. All of this is done in a friendly conversational manner with a knowledgeable local.
Perth in a Nutshell: While Perth may not be as well known as its east coast counterparts, Perth and the surrounding area is the gem on Australia’s west coast. Perth offers visitors the opportunity to indulge in an authentic Western Australian experience. What separates Perth from other Australian cities? The Perth Metropolitan Area boasts something for everyone with an impressive balance between unique heritage, thriving city and natural beauty. Read on to learn what Perth has to offer visitors.
Heritage: Established as the Swan River Colony in 1829 by Captain James Stirling, Perth has a unique heritage that has helped shape the city into what it is today. Stories of the European settlement and the traditional Noongar owners of the land remain the influence for tying an expanding cityscape back to its roots. In doing so, locals and visitors can follow, and engage with, the story of Perth and its people.
Climate: Perth has more sunny days than any other Australian capital city! A sea breeze known as the ‘Fremantle Doctor’ keeps things cool during the heat of summer (December-February), where temperatures average 27°C to 30°C. Winters in Perth are mild and wet, averaging between 18°C and 21°C (June-August). The warm Mediterranean-style climate leaves no excuse not to venture into the great outdoors and experience the relaxed atmosphere and natural beauty that the city offers.
Natural Beauty: Set between the Swan River and the sprawling 400-hectare Kings Park, even the Perth CBD boasts unparalleled natural beauty. The city was colonised in 1829 as the Swan River Colony on the banks of the Swan River, home to the iconic Black Swan. Native wildlife can be spotted all throughout Perth, for example the kangaroos on Heirisson Island, whale watching tours running from Hillarys Boat Harbour, dolphins that swim along the coast, and other species within the impressive Kings Park. Rich in local Aboriginal heritage, Kings Park is one of the world’s largest inner-city parks. Kings Park is a biodiversity hotspot, and a haven for native flora and fauna with wildflowers, botanical gardens, bushland and an array of wildlife. Situated at the top of Mt Eliza, Kings Park is also the perfect spot to enjoy uninterrupted views of the Perth city skyline and its surrounds.
Small Bars: These days it is difficult to imagine Perth without its growing small bar scene. Perth CBD and Northbridge offer bars specialising in boutique booze or a particular type of drink, alongside laneways with exclusive hidden bars. Small bars and restaurants also create the opportunity to showcase the best of WA’s local craft beer and award winning wine from the Swan Valley and Margaret River wine regions.
Street Art: An evolving urban art scene has seen Perth CBD, Northbridge and surrounding areas painted with colour in recent years. Be sure to keep an eye out for murals, sculptures and installations when wandering the city streets. Streets of Perth displays the urban art scene in all its technicolour glory alongside associated events on their website and social media channels.
Sports: Perth is home to two of the most successful teams in quintessentially Australian AFL (Australian Football League) – the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles (we’re not biased!). From the National Basketball League’s ‘Perth Wildcats’, to cricket’s Western Warriors, Perth Thundersticks field hockey champions and rugby’s Western Force and Western Reds, motorsports, water sports and much more, Perth’s sports culture and sportsmanship is some of the Nation’s finest.
Cultural Events and Festivals: Many ‘Perthites’ and visitors alike have enjoyed a range of festivals throughout the seasons including the Perth International Arts Festival, Fringe World Festival and Eat Drink Perth. The thriving festival scene has brought the city to life with showstoppers such as the Royal de Luxe Giants that towered over the streets of Perth during the Perth International Arts Festival in 2015, commemorating the ANZAC centenary.