Gateway to the wonders of Western Australia, Perth is a relaxed city with an inviting Mediterranean climate. Graced with beautiful beaches and the glorious Swan River running through its heart, it’s heaven for those who love the outdoors – and especially those who love being on or in the water. It’s great sights and dining also make it a wonderful city to explore before venturing further afield.
Getting to know Perth
Central Perth has a number of attractions, including the Art Gallery of West Australia and the Crown Casino at Burswood. The Perth Mint is worth a visit for its gold museum and live gold pouring demonstrations. Adjacent to the CBD, the expansive King’s Park is a great place to wander and linger for a relaxing lunch or dinner. The park’s restaurant and café also have magnificent views of the city and Swan River.
Perth is certainly blessed with immaculate beaches. Popular Cottesloe (pictured at top) is just 15 minutes from the CBD and makes the perfect vantage point for sunset views after a swim or surf. Enjoy some ice-cream or fish and chips by the beach, or check out the stylish eateries and shops. Serious beach lovers might also head to Scarborough Beach or City Beach to the north. At any rate, there are countless spots to take a stroll or a refreshing dip.
The charming port of Fremantle is definitely worth a visit for its heritage listed buildings, historic attractions and excellent dining. The community is at its liveliest on weekends with the hum of the Fremantle markets and street performers competing for attention.
For a great range of dining choices around the CBD, head to the inner suburbs of Northbridge, Subiaco and Leederville. Northbridge is also the city’s premier bar and nightlife district.
Day tripping from Perth
Rottnest Island is a must do day-trip in summer for amazing swimming, photography and to meet the native wildlife. Ferries depart from the City or Fremantle or try a sailing tour.
The Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail is an easy day trip beginning only half an hour’s drive from the CBD. Relax and enjoy the many boutique wineries, gourmet eateries and art galleries along the way.
A number of National Parks are also within easy driving distance of the CBD including Yanchep National Park to the north.
Perth travel tips
Summer is the best time to visit. Summer days are warm to hot and dry, with day after day of blue sky.
Perth International Airport includes the domestic terminal and is 20-30 minutes drive from the CBD. Transport to and from the airport is available by airport bus, shuttle or taxi.
Travellers also arrive by the Indian Pacific train, which travels through Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. From Sydney, the journey takes 3 days. The train crosses the vast Nullabor plain between Adelaide and Perth.
Perth has great public transport that includes buses, trains and ferries. Ferry services run from the city to Fremantle, and also to Rottnest Island. The CAT bus is a free service that runs during the daytime and some early evenings in the city centre, Fremantle and Joondalup.