Perth and Surrounds

Perth and Surrounds
Perth and Surrounds
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Perth and Surrounds

You’ll love Perth’s alfresco dining, friendly pubs and clean and uncrowded beaches.

Cruise the Swan River past parks and skyscrapers to 40 vineyards in the Swan Valley or the Perth Zoo. Visit Rottnest Island, where you can explore history, bike ride to secret beaches and kayak to secluded bays. Feast on seafood and soak up the carnival atmosphere in historic Fremantle. Discover the lookouts, landscaped gardens and Aboriginal heritage of huge Kings Park. Swim, surf, fish, windsurf and sail on clean and uncrowded beaches such as Cottlesloe or Scarborough. Then skip between the sunny boardwalks, beaches and marinas of the Sunset Coast.

Five must-have Perth experiences:

1. Cruise the Swan River

Cruise the Swan River past parks and skyscrapers to the beaches and bays of Rottnest Island. Or glide past opulent homes to the lively, historic port of Fremantle. Take a high-speed ferry to the Perth Zoo or head upstream to the vineyards of the picturesque Swan Valley. Experience Perth’s glittering skyline on a dinner cruise. Or float down the river to Matilda Bay and the Mediterranean style buildings of the University of Western Australia. Hire a sleek sailboat and billow across the water. Canoe, kayak, kiteboard and jet ski or just watch the colourful flotilla of boats from the shore. Throw down a picnic rug or bike ride alongside the water on the Perth Waters or Canning River tracks.

2. Get back to nature in Kings Park

One of the largest inner-city parks in the world, you can walk under towering eucalypt canopies and past mirrored lakes, sculpted gardens and picnic areas on the Bushland Nature Trail. Take in spectacular views of the city, Swan River and Darling Ranges from a lookout on the Lotterywest Federation Walkway or from the top of the 15 metre high DNA Tower. Learn about bush survival skills, taste bush tucker and listen to stories of the Rainbow Serpent on a walk with a local Aboriginal guide. Explore the rich diversity of Western Australian wildflowers in the Botanic Garden. These 400 hectares of lush landscaped gardens are just a short stroll from Perth’s city centre. You can explore them going bike riding, bushwalking or rollerblading. Or just enjoy the fresh air, bird song and outdoor summer events.

3. Join the festival in Fremantle

Wander heritage-listed streets buzzing with busking musicians and magicians. Or stroll winding alleys lined with art. Browse the bustling weekend markets or head to High Street for designer fashion and Aboriginal crafts. Enjoy a coffee on the lively ‘Cappuccino Strip’ or taste fresh Indian Ocean seafood at a restaurant on Fishing Boat Harbour. Visit the local micro-breweries or imbibe a pint in a historic pub. Listen to stories of prisoners and murderous mutineers on a torchlight tour of Fremantle Prison, the state’s first jail. Or see the infamous 17th century Dutch Batavia shipwreck in the old Shipwreck Museum in Cliff Street. Cruise on the Leeuwin tall ship or sail to Carnac Island and spot seals, whales, dolphins. Enjoy a free Sunday concert at Fremantle Arts Centre or relax with a sunset picnic on South Beach.

4. Relax on Rottnest Island

Just a short ferry ride from the city, you can bike ride or kayak to secluded bays and swim from 63 beaches on tranquil, car-free Rottnest Island. Snorkel or dive the vibrant coral reefs and historic shipwrecks. Ride the surf at Strickland Bay, Salmon Bay and Stark Bay. Or grab a rod and make the most of the island’s great fishing. Spot quokkas, the cute marsupials that inspired the island’s name. Learn about the island’s history on a guided tour of the Aboriginal prison or in the Rottnest Museum. Visit the old lighthouse and see the underground tunnels, huge guns and sweeping views of Oliver Hill. Take in the sunset from a scenic flight.  With its Mediterranean climate, native flora and fauna and relaxed pace, it’s no wonder the locals want to keep Rottnest Island their summer holiday secret.

5. Explore the Sunset Coast

Swim and snorkel on Cottesloe Beach, before exploring the trendy open-air cafes and pubs along the promenade. Relax on the white sands of City Beach. Or join the surfers and bronzed backpackers of Scarborough, then wander salty-skinned and happy through the weekend markets. Meet sea lions, bottlenosed dolphins and humpback whales at Marmion Marine Park on Trigg Beach. Or snorkel the shallow lagoons, reef walls, tiny islands and underwater caves. Relax in the boardwalk bars and restaurants of Sorrento Quay at bustling Hilary’s Boat Harbour. Then immerse yourself in an underwater world at the aquarium or join a whale watching cruise or deep sea fishing charter. Fish from the beach and wander the marina at Mindarie Quays. Scuba dive shipwrecks from the seaside towns of Yanchep or Two Rocks and picnic and swim at picturesque Yanchep Lagoon.

Flinders Ranges National Park, SA
Flinders Ranges Highlights

Flinders Ranges Highlights

Connect to the memory of the earth in South Australia's rugged, majestic Flinders Ranges and outback.

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Rottnest Island, WA. © Tourism WA
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island, just a short ferry ride from Perth, feels a world away from city life. Rottnest Island was separated from the Western Australian mainland around 7,000 years ago when the sea level rose. The first records of human occupation of Rottnest Island date back more than 6,500 years, when the Nyungah Aboriginal people inhabited the area. Known to local Aboriginal people as Wadjemup, the island is of great spiritual significance to Aboriginal communities.

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Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia

With blue skies and sunshine almost every day of the year, Monkey Mia, approximately 850 kilometres north of Perth, is ideal for a leisurely getaway or exciting outback adventure.

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Pink Lake, Western Australia

Pink Lake, Western Australia

Western Australia is home to a number of extraordinary ‘pink lakes'. Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago off the coast of Esperance.

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Valley of the Giants

Valley of the Giants

It's easy to be awe-struck by the towering forests around Walpole, a tranquil township around four and a half hours drive south from Perth. Giant red tingle trees, which grow as high as 40 metres, are unique to the Walpole wilderness areas. Get a bird's eye view of these sky-scraping trees the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, then see their massive, gnarled trunks on the Ancient Empires boardwalk below. Afterwards, you can cruise Walpole's peaceful rivers and inlets and discover the great walking tracks and pristine white beaches of Walpole-Nornalup National Park.

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Cable Beach

Cable Beach

Cable Beach, at Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, is a 22 kilometre-long stretch of pure white sand, set against a backdrop of red ochre cliffs and fringed by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Ride a camel along the beach at sunrise or sunset.

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The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles

It's a true desert landscape in Nambung National Park, where the weathered rock spires of the Pinnacles rise out of yellow sand dunes. Yet the park sits on the deep blue Indian Ocean, along an idyllic stretch of coast three hour's drive north of Perth. After experiencing the eerie Pinnacles, stay in the fishing village of Cervantes, with its white beaches, coral reefs and Lake Thetis, a salt lake teeming with living fossils. Get up close to a rich array of wildlife in Badgingarra National Parks and discover Jurien Bay's national parks and idyllic sandy beaches.

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D'Entrecasteaux National Park

D'Entrecasteaux National Park

The WACA

The WACA

The WACA, nestled in the suburb of East Perth, has been the home of cricket in Western Australia since the early 1890s. WACA are the initials of its owners and operators, the Western Australian Cricket Association. Throughout its history, the ground has also been used for a range of other sports, including athletics carnivals, Australian Rules Football, baseball, soccer, Rugby League, Rugby Union and International Rules Football as well as major rock concerts.

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Perth's City Precincts

Perth's City Precincts

Beyond its tranquil river and spacious beaches, Perth has lively city precincts humming with great shopping, nightlife and dining. Soak up business chic in Perth’s city centre, browse boutiques along Leederville’s stylish Oxford Street and catch live music in Mount Lawley. Discover hip bars and trendy eateries in Northbridge or visit the theatre along the leafy streets of Subiaco. Clustered around the northern banks of the Swan River, these urban pockets are places to meet the locals and experience its vibrant culture.

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Stirling Range National Park

Stirling Range National Park

Rare Western Australian nature is on show in Stirling Range National Park, home to the craggy, 65km-long Stirling Range, and an astonishing array of seasonal wildflowers, many of which grow only here. This bushwalking and biodiversity hotspot lies just over an hour’s drive north-east of Albany, and is a destination on the South West, Beaches and Goldfields Drive from Perth.

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Fremantle

Fremantle

Immerse yourself in fine food and fascinating history in Fremantle. Food is always a festive affair in the historic port of Fremantle. This is a city where you can eat in heritage-listed streets buzzing with buskers or on winding alleys lined with art. Your next meal is as close as the music floating out of a colonial pub or the breeze blowing from the harbour.

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Cape Range National Park

Cape Range National Park

Around 1100 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park is a landscape of rugged limestone ridges, deep rocky canyons, pristine beaches and one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The nearest town is Exmouth, gateway to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Cape Range National Park’s traditional custodians are the Baiyunga and Jinigudira people.

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Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park

Be humbled by nature in Karijini National Park, in Western Australia’s Pilbara, where the earth has been cleaved and carved over two billion years. Discover the spectacular chasms, marbled rock tunnels, cool rock pools and sparkling waterfalls. Beneath the bright blue Pilbara skies, the craggy red landscape shelters abundant native vegetation, animals and birds. Camp here beneath the vast outback sky or enjoy back-to-nature luxury in an eco-retreat.

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Margaret River: Wine, Waves and Caves

Margaret River: Wine, Waves and Caves

Get your postcard pens ready. You'll want to tell everyone about your trip to the Margaret River region. Fringed by tall forests and crashing surf, this is a place where great wine, fine food and breathtaking scenery meld into one.

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Margaret River

Margaret River

With many world-class wineries and award-winning restaurants, Margaret River is one of Western Australia's most famous food and wine regions. Tour the cellar doors and taste local brews at the boutique breweries. Here you can eat fresh crayfish straight from the ocean or dine on the local organic beef and truffles. Visit the farmer's markets and try the artisan cheeses. Indulge in local handmade chocolates and delicious fudge. When you've finished your culinary journey, take time to explore Western Australia's Great South West. In a few hours you can go from wineries to stunning beaches with world-class surf breaks, snorkelling and diving or walk amongst ancient forests and caves.

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