Western Australia’s capital is one of Australia’s most beautiful cities. With the best in dining, urban street-life, stunning scenery and incredible range of outdoor attractions, there are so many ways to enjoy Perth. It’s the kind of city you might not want to leave.
In the CBD, check out the extensive collection at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Otherwise, the Perth Mint has a brilliant exhibition of gold nuggets, coins and fossicking history. Join one of its hourly tours to see live demonstrations of gold pouring. The inner suburbs of Northbridge, Subiaco and Mt Lawley are great to explore for the dining and nightlife.
Enjoy Perth’s great outdoors
With the Swan River running through the city and an abundance of beautiful parks and trails, enjoy Perth on foot, by bicycle or from the water. There are also countless eateries offering outdoor dining. King’s Park overlooks the city and Swan River and its popular café and restaurant make the most of the magnificent views.
Perth also boasts 19 beautiful beaches. Swim or snorkel in the crystalline calm waters or surf the breaks. Cottesloe is one of the most popular beaches, only 15 minutes drive from the CBD, and with a selection of chic boutique shopping and dining nearby. Not to mention the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition every March.
Perth is a wonderful place to encounter all kinds of marine life, with numerous vantage points for whale watching during migration season from September to December. In addition, there are plenty of excellent dive and snorkelling spots, such as Marmion Marine Park off Trigg Beach.
Enjoy Perth’s surrounds
Rottnest Island (pictured top) on a cloudless summer day is absolutely unforgettable. No vehicles are allowed on the island, but visitors can walk to the numerous little beaches or hire a bike. The clear, pristine waters are excellent for swimming, while the incredible contrasts of white beaches, granite boulders and azure sea and sky make for incredible photographs. Visitors will definitely meet quokkas, the adorable resident marsupials, as well as other wildlife. The west coast of the island is the best spot for whale watching. To get to Rottnest, take a ferry from the City or Fremantle, or try a sailing tour.
The Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail is an easy day trip beginning only half an hour’s drive from the CBD. Follow the trail through idyllic farms and vineyards and make time to visit the microbreweries, galleries and shops. The restaurants and cafés are amazing showcases for the region’s produce. Otherwise, let someone else do the driving and take a winery tour. Travellers with children will especially love the Caversham Wildlife Park and Zoo.
A number of National Parks are also within easy driving distance of the CBD. Yanchep National Park to the north of the city is popular for its koalas and scenic walks. Not to mention over 400 caves.
About an hour’s drive south of Perth is the seaside city of Mandurah – another great spot for boating and fishing. The renowned surfing and winery region of Margaret River is another two hours drive south from there.