It’s not surprising Perth in Western Australia is regularly voted one of the world’s most liveable cities. Immerse yourself in an eclectic mix of city culture and stunning nature, from Perth’s burgeoning bar scene and alfresco arts festivals, to its expansive parklands and the sparkling Swan River, with its wild dolphins.
Australia’s sunniest capital city, Perth embraces a relaxed outdoor lifestyle. Explore the exotic botanic gardens and wild bushland of Kings Park, one of the world’s largest inner city parks, or the inviting turquoise waters and spectacular sunsets at Cottesloe Beach, Perth’s most iconic beach. The historic port town Fremantle buzzes with coffee shops, buskers and markets.
Rottnest Island, just a 30 minute ferry-ride from Fremantle, makes a great day trip. Its 63 secluded beaches and 20 bays, offer the perfect location for swimming, snorkelling and surfing. Except for a hop-on hop-off bus service there are no vehicles on Rottnest, so grab a bike to explore the island and look out for the cute quokkas (pint-sized marsupials) which can be seen hopping around the paths.
For food and wine lovers, take a day trip to Western Australia’s oldest wine region, the Swan Valley. Scenic vineyards, microbreweries and art galleries speckle the valley, offering free tastings and creating a feast for the senses. In the north, Lancelin promises pristine coastline, fishing and active pursuits like windsurfing and sandboarding.
From Perth, you can travel just a few hours in any direction and feel as if you are worlds away, from lush wineries in Margaret River, to the underwater wonderland of Ningaloo Reef; from outback characters in Kalgoorlie to epic landscapes in the Kimberley. Bring a sense of adventure and experience the extraordinary in Western Australia.