Perth is Australia’s only capital city where you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in natural bushland, sample world-class local wines and watch an ocean sunset within just 30 minutes of the city. It’s also the sunniest state capital, averaging 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and boasting a string of 19 beautifully clean and uncrowded beaches.
Top six things to do in and around Perth
1.Explore Kings Park & Botanic Garden
One of the largest inner city parks in the world – at 400 hectares it is larger than New York’s Central Park – Kings Park is a green oasis in the heart of the city.
A short walk or free bus ride from the city centre, check out the impressive views of the Swan River and city skyline, pack a picnic or learn more about the park on an Indigenous walking tour.
2. Discover the port city of Fremantle
The best preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape in the world, Fremantle is a little bit bohemian and hipster.
Learn about the town’s maritime and convict history on a walking tour, browse the shops, galleries and weekend markets, or dine at one of the many cafes, bars, restaurants or microbreweries.
3. Relax on Rottnest Island
With its 63 secluded white sandy beaches and 20 bays, it’s easy to see why the people of Perth proudly declare Rottnest Island (or “Rotto”) their very own island paradise.
Located just a short ferry ride from Perth, Fremantle or Hillarys – Rottnest Island has shot to international fame in recent years largely in part to its native inhabitant – the quokka.
The small, furry and very cute marsupial became an internet sensation after an online news source declared it the ‘world’s happiest animal’ – amplifying the social media trend, the #quokkaselfie.
And it’s easy to see why the quokkas are so happy – they live in paradise. Classified as an ‘A’ Class Reserve, Rottnest Island has an abundance of natural assets including some of WA’s best swimming, snorkelling and surfing beaches.
4. Experience food and wine in the Swan Valley
The Swan Valley is WA’s oldest wine region, and is an easy 30-minute drive from Perth city. Here you can meet the maker at some of the small family wineries or sample some of the wines from vineyards that sell their wines internationally. There’s also fresh produce, microbreweries and galleries galore on the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail.
5. Visit Elizabeth Quay
While you’re here don’t forget to check out Elizabeth Quay where you can enjoy the city’s active lifestyle, abundant sunshine, amazing views and alfresco dining.
There are so many ways to get to and from the quay. Catch a train to Elizabeth Quay station or a bus to Elizabeth Quay bus port. Ride Perth’s free CAT bus, or get a taxi to and from Barrack Street Jetty – right beside the iconic Bell Tower.
Hop aboard the ferry running between the quay inlet and South Perth, join a river cruise from Barrack Street Jetty, or take your own boat, canoe or kayak and pitch up at the free public moorings in the quay.
Cycle or walk the riverside trail and explore the one and half hectares of inlet, island, landscaped gardens and public art via the striking arched suspension bridge and promenade circuit.
6. Swim with the dolphins
From the shores of the spectacular Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, Rockingham Wild Encounters runs swimming with dolphin’s tours, sea kayak tours of Penguin Island, and boat cruises to get up close and personal with the local dolphins, sea lions and little penguins.
Want to explore more of Western Australia?
Make time to explore the rest of the beautiful state, here are some amazing attractions for your next visit.
From the 350-million-year old Bungle Bungle Range in the Kimberley region to the Ningaloo Reef, one of the few places on Earth you can swim with whale sharks – the gentle giants of the sea.
Some experiences are just a couple of hours drive from Perth. Head south and you can find yourself in one of Australia’s premium wine regions – the Margaret River Wine Region. Or head north along the coast to visit Nambung National Park, home to the Pinnacles – eerie limestone spires that have formed over millions of years.
Start planning your return trip at westernaustralia.com.