Australia’s sunniest city is easy to explore – there are free buses and walking tours in the city, plenty of guided tours that will take visitors further afield and it’s an easy self-drive destination. Perth’s vibrant urban offering is complemented by its nature-based experiences. Visitors to the city can connect with the Swan River on a foreshore bike ride, a lunch or wander around Elizabeth Quay, a boat tour with an Aboriginal guide or simply soak up the sunset over the Indian Ocean on one of the city’s 19 metropolitan beaches. Just 30-90 minutes from the city centre, visitors can be swimming with dolphins, meeting cute quokka’s on Rottnest Island or cruising the canals of Mandurah
All the finest ingredients for a fantastic holiday can be found here so it is no wonder that Perth is so high on the list for the world’s most liveable cities.
Celebrating Perth’s love affair with the Swan River, Elizabeth Quay is transforming the foreshore into a free playground for all ages to enjoy the city’s active lifestyle, abundant sunshine, amazing views, alfresco dining, outdoor markets and lively festival scene.
Finding an immense native park studded with trees that live for 2000 years, a suspended bridge and dense wildflower carpets in the heart of a capital city is as unexpected as it is engaging. Kings Park – full of soaring native trees, birds, small mammals and Aboriginal heritage – is bigger than New York’s Central Park making it one of the world’s largest and prettiest urban parklands.
Cottesloe is an iconic beach for Perth locals and visitors alike, blessed with a wide sweep of squeaky white sand is fringed on one side by the transparent turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, and on the other by cafes, restaurants and casual beachy shops.
Northbridge is a cultural feast for the senses within minutes of the city. Showcasing local, national and international art, fashion and history, it’s also a multicultural melting pot of flavors blended together with a lively mix of bars and nightclubs.
Perth is the only Australian capital where you’ll find yourself surrounded by gourmet sweet treats and fresh produce, arts and crafts and beautiful natural bushland.
Fremantle, Perth’s bohemian sister city lies at the mouth of the Swan River, a short train ride west of Perth’s city centre. Effortlessly blending old and new, Fremantle offers a glimpse back to Perth’s early years with preserved historic streetscapes, and a European feel that carries through to today in numerous coffee shops, tapas bars, and restaurants serving up the freshest seafood straight from the harbour.
Take a journey to Rottnest Island, Perth’s secluded island playground surrounded by coral reefs and the sparkling Indian Ocean. A ferry, plane, helicopter or even seaplane can transport you to the place where locals go to swim, surf, snorkel, fish and relax. Don’t forget to pack a selfie stick and capture the ultimate souvenir – a #quokkaselfie.