The host city for Target 2017, Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and the largest and sunniest state in Australia. Enjoying over 3,200 hours of sunshine each year, its beautiful Mediterranean climate and laid back lifestyle is certainly one of the city’s biggest draws. But there’s so much more to Perth than just great weather. This diverse and multi cultural city effortlessly blends big city attractions with a stunning natural environment. Home to 19 beautiful, white sandy beaches and the largest inner city park in the southern hemisphere, Perth is a nature and outdoor lover’s paradise.
Whether you’re here for a couple of days, a week or longer, this friendly cosmopolitan city has something to offer everyone. With so much to see and do, enjoy and explore, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Things to see and do
Take a tour. Walking tours are a fun way to learn all about the history and culture of a city. And Perth is no exception. Pick up a map from one of the visitor centres and explore this wonderful city on foot, or join one of the free city heritage tours. The hop on, hop off bus tour is another option if you’re keen to explore the city at your own pace. For something a little bit different, see Perth from behind a Segway.
Cruise the Swan River. If you want to experience Perth from a different perspective, how about a river cruise? Sit back and relax and enjoy a leisurely cruise from Perth to Fremantle, or Perth to the Swan Valley. From day cruises and evening cruises to food and wine cruises, whatever floats your boat (pardon the pun!) there’s something to suit everyone. Alternatively, hire a kayak, paddle board or catamaran for an hour or more and explore the Swan River at your leisure.
Visit Kings Park and Botanic Gardens. In the region of six million people visit Kings Park every year. The park has been open to the public since 1872 and was in fact the first park in Australia to be designated for public use. Kings Park is also one of the largest inner city parks in the world, with 400 hectares of natural bushland, sculptured gardens and the most incredible panoramic views of the city skyline and Swan River.
Take a trip to Fremantle. Fremantle featured in travel bible Lonely Planet’s list of the world’s top ten cities to visit in 2016. Rich in history with beautiful heritage listed buildings, this port town is loved by locals and visitors alike, thanks in part to its funky, eccentric and eclectic vibe. Once you’ve explored the town and markets, take a tour of the prison and then chill out down at the fishing boat harbour. It’s just a 30-minute drive from Perth CBD, so there’s really no excuse not to pay this charming port city a visit. If you love great seafood, awesome coffee and craft beers, Fremantle is the place to be.
Explore Elizabeth Quay. You absolutely cannot visit Perth without taking some time to check out the city’s new waterfront development. Reconnecting the city and the Swan River, Elizabeth Quay opened to the public in January 2016. The $2.6 billion waterfront project is set to transform the city for future generations to come.
Enjoy some beach time. Western Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Australia, if not the world. With 19 in the Perth Metropolitan area alone, it’s hard to pick a favourite stretch of beach. The iconic Cottesloe Beach is one of the most popular, whether you’re a tourist or a local. It’s also the perfect spot to watch an epic Perth sunset. Whether you’re into sun baking (don’t forget to slip, slop, slap), swimming, snorkelling, surfing or SUPing (yes that’s a word!), Perth has the perfect beach to meet your needs.
Explore the food and drink scene. Did you know that Perth has more restaurants per capita than any other Australian capital city? With new cafes, bars and restaurants opening up practically every week, the city has something to tickle all taste buds. Take some time to explore the city’s charming lanes and alleyways and you’ll discover a popular growing small bar scene. Alternatively, take a trip out to the Swan Valley. Western Australia’s oldest wine region is less than a 30-minute drive from the city. Here you’ll find award-winning wineries and microbreweries, restaurants and cafes surrounded by beautiful natural bushland.
Go shopping. If you’re looking to indulge in a spot of shopping, you’ll find most of Perth’s shopping centres located in the outer suburbs. Perth also has a great market scene, with many local businesses showcasing their products, including organic food and hand-made arts and crafts. In the city, King Street is the premier shopping destination. Here you’ll find a variety of high end stores selling designer goods such as Tiffany and Co., Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci and Prada.
If you have the time, we highly recommend taking a trip to the picturesque Margaret River region. Located about three hours South West of Perth, Margaret River is a must-visit for food and wine lovers. The area is home to producers of gourmet food and more than 200 vineyards producing world-class wines. With stunning beaches, ancient forests and caves, Margaret River is a popular destination for a weekend getaway. If you’re looking for something closer to the city, Rottnest Island makes for a memorable day trip or short break.
Home to over 60 stunning beaches, this beautiful nature reserve is just a short ferry ride from Perth, Fremantle or Hillarys Marina.