Visitors to Western Australia’s capital city, Perth often remark on the friendly, laidback environment that welcomes them.
Perth is the only capital city in Australia where you can choose to either explore a world-class wine region, picnic in one of Australia’s oldest conservation areas
or watch the sun set over the ocean, all within 30 minutes from the city. And with more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia, which ever activity you choose, chances are that there will be a blue sky overhead. It’s no wonder Perth has been voted as one of the world’s most liveable cities. A visit to one of the world's largest inner city park, Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, is a must for any visitor to Perth.
Enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants or cafes, or pack a picnic and enjoy the breath-taking views over the city skyline and Swan River. The new Indigenous tour of the park provides a fascinating insight into life before European settlement.
The beach plays an important role in Perth’s culture and with 19 in the metropolitan area to choose from, it’s easy to find your own slice of white sand to soak up the sun. Try surfing at Scarborough Beach, or simply relax and watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean from Cottesloe Beach.
While you’re in Perth you can also get your fill of culture. The Art Gallery of Western Australia features a permanent collection of some of Australia’s most famous artists. Their Indigenous art collection is one of the best in the world. The quaint holiday island of Rottnest is just a short ferry ride from Perth, Fremantle or Hillary’s Boat Harbour. Here, you can snorkel over shipwrecks, spot quokkas – the island’s unique and friendly marsupial, relax on the beach, or throw in a fishing line. There are no cars on Rottnest so pedal power is king. A little further south of Perth, you can swim with dolphins in the ocean at Rockingham or take a cruise and watch them play in Mandurah’s waters. A visit to Western Australia’s oldest wine region, the Swan Valley, is a must for food and wine lovers. Spend the day visiting the many restaurants, wineries and microbreweries to sample the quality local produce. Need some nightlife? You’ll find Perth has a lively and original music and arts scene. Northbridge, Leederville, Subiaco, Mt Lawley and Fremantle are full of bars and restaurants, pubs and clubs. Fremantle is considered the best preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape in the world, with its world-famous heritage buildings and a fascinating maritime and convict history. Soak up the laidback ambience, chill-out in a street café, enjoy fish and chips fresh off the boat at the Fishing Boat Harbour; or a cleansing pale-ale at an award winning microbrewery.
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