Below is a variety of itinerary highlights created to maximise a visit to Perth, the world’s most isolated city:
One of the most redeeming features about Perth is its abundance of beautiful natural spaces, and where better to begin exploring these than the expansive Kings Park – one of the largest inner city parks in the world – equipped with two great cafes to fuel you round the grounds!
Take a leisurely stroll through the lush Botanic Garden located in Kings Park, admiring the abundance of trees, plants and wildflowers along the way.
To take your walk to new heights in one of Perth’s most accessible outdoor areas – look out for the Lotterywest Walkway – a suspended bridge which spans across a section of the park and provides a great panoramic view of Perth.
Cram in some culture by visiting the Aboriginal Art Gallery and pay respect to lives taken in World War II at the State War Memorial.
Top tip: Head over to Kings Park at dusk for one of the best skyline sunsets over the city.
Visiting Rottnest is at the higher end of the itinerary, in terms of both priority, and price. Take a short ferry ride from various locations around Perth (Hillarys Boat Harbour, Barrack Street Jetty or Fremantle) for an all-round great day out.
The best way to explore the island is by bicycle. Some ferry companies include bike rental as part of a package deal with the ferry ticket across – with extra cheap deals on a Tuesday – for those whose budget is of high concern.
Cycle up, down and around picturesque paths to turquoise waters and beautiful bays, stopping for that bucket-list Quokka selfie along the way!
When it comes to beaches in Australia, best really is West. Just a short bus ride from Perth city will take you to Scarborough beach, a large sandy beach with lapping blue waves for that true holiday feel.
If sunbathing isn’t your thing, take a walk along West Coast Drive for stunning seaside scenes. Head for Mettams pool, a popular snorkelling spot with crystal clear waters.
Make sure to check out Yelo café for fantastic food and drinks available to take away or consume in the cool interior, taking a break from the beating summer sun (or chilly winter winds).
Heirisson Island lies between the suburbs of East Perth and Victoria Park in the Swan River. It is reachable by foot and is most notable for being a sanctuary for Kangaroos.
You can get really up-close and personal with these native mammals who roam freely around their inland Island.
To avoid disappointment, note that the best time to catch sight of these inhabitants is in the evening, just before the sun begins to set.
There is an abundance of beaches and beautiful coastlines that run alongside the City of Perth. However, some are more accessible than others if, like me, you are reliant on public transport.
Cottesloe beach can be easily reached by either train or bus from the City centre and is arguably Perth’s most popular beach spot. And once there, it is easy to see why.
Another beach even closer to the City is the aptly named City beach. Surf the waves or wave at the surfers as you soak up your sandy surroundings and wish every City was as lucky to have this natural playground on its doorstep.
City beachs’ colourful Clancy’s Fish Bar is also worth a visit, for great food and drink. Served in a great atmospheric venue with the best beach views around (other than on the beach itself…).
Located just 30 minutes from Perth City, Fremantle is like Perth’s hipster sibling. There are plenty of quirky cafes and fashion-forward shops to keep you occupied for hours, let alone all the other activities you can find here.
Check out the foodie-fanatic weekend markets for some incredible culinary treats – both savouries and sweets – along with pieces of art, beauty boutiques and lots lots more.
Fremantle is also home to Fremantle Prison, a former Jail turned World Heritage Site (and more recently, a hostel!) Take a tour of the grounds to learn about the history of the prison and prisoners alike. See the formerly occupied cells first-hand for a real insight into the inmates’ accommodation.
Finish up in true Freo fashion by heading over to Little Creatures Brewery to sample some local produce. Order a tasting paddle to truly embrace the experience and try every single craft beer on the menu.
If you’ve not got long to explore and discover the full charm of Perth, why not let someone show you all the best bits in one go?
Take a tour with a passionate Perthian to learn all about the local history and hidden gems the City has on offer.
Ranging from cultural tours to art tours, to bar tours, there is lots to be shown and told no matter where your interests lie. These tours are suitable for solo wanderers or large groups alike and are a great way to maximise a lot of sights/watering holes in a short amount of time.
Speaking of watering holes, make your way across to Swan Valley for some of the best wineries and breweries in the region, all located in close proximity for your convenience (as well as optimum grape and hop growing conditions….)
With the recent launch of UberVino, visiting Swan Valley has never been easier – and no one has to volunteer as designated driver – drinks all round!
A visit to Perth wouldn’t be complete without visiting Elizabeth Quay. This iconic waterside entertainment hub situates where Perth’s City meets the Swan River – it is newly-founded and marked by the landmark Spanda sculpture – designed to echo the waters’ ripples high above the waterfront.
Take the time to soak in your surroundings by having a leisurely drink or meal in one of the Quay’s many bars or restaurants. Or alternatively, bring out your competitive side by trying your hand at the mini-golf course!
This pretty little City may be far removed from the rest of the population – but it is certainly not far removed from idyllic natural landscapes – not to mention acting as the perfect gateway to further explore the wonderful West Coast!