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Perth

Understated and leisurely with its incomparable beaches and beautiful warm weather, Western Australia's capital is the perfect sunny escape. 


Perth's neighbourhoods lie along sandy beaches or the banks of the Swan River. It is a place for outdoor activities like cycling along the foreshore, playing volleyball on Cottesloe Beach or kayaking through the Swan Valley and the beautiful warm weather makes this possible almost year-round. Whether you’re watching the sunset over the city from Kings Park, exploring the historic seaside town of Fremantle or making a country escape to the picturesque Margaret River wine region, travelling to the Western side of Australia is well worth the trip.

KEY FACTS:

How to get here: Perth is accessible by land, sky, rail and sea through a vast network of travel options. There are 17 international airlines that fly into Perth international terminal, located 20 minutes from the heart of Perth city. Find out more here.
Weather: Perth enjoys hot, dry summers and mild winters. Find out more here.
Time zone: Daylight savings is not observed in Perth and Western Australia. The time zone is Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), UTC +8.
Top restaurants: GreenhousePrint HallRestaurant AmuséDuendé
Iconic attractions in Perth and surrounds: Cottesloe Beach, Rottnest Island (the only place you can see quokkas), Margaret River, The Kimberley, The Pinnacles, Broome.

Places to See and Things To Do in Perth

Discover Perth's city neighbourhoods, the alabaster sands of the clean, uncrowded beaches and meet Rottnest Island's friendly quokkas. 

Top 10 Things to do in Perth

Top 10 Things to do in Perth

Australia’s only capital city on the Indian Ocean oozes confidence. Explore Perth’s hip wine bars and sunny beaches, spectacular green parks and glittering skyscrapers, funky neighbourhoods and beautiful colonial architecture. Be enthralled by a city on the move that has passion for the past and energy for the future.

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Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Beach is one of the most popular of all Western Australia’s city beaches. It is located midway between the Perth central business district and the port of Fremantle in Perth’s western suburbs, only 15 minutes from the city centre. Cottesloe is renowned for its relaxed lifestyle and has been a popular seaside holiday destination for Perth locals for more than 100 years. Its village atmosphere and rich maritime heritage is sure to entice you to explore beyond its golden sands. It’s also the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean while dining on fresh seafood.

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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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Swan Valley

Swan Valley

Just north of Perth on the Swan River, lies the Swan Valley, Western Australia's oldest wine region. Handpick a bottle or two from one of the Swan Valley's state-of-the-art boutique wineries. Follow the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail and indulge your appetite in fine restaurants, relaxed winery cafes, breweries and distilleries, and roadside stalls selling fresh local produce. Dine alfresco in vineyard restaurants or pack a picnic and head to a national park. Cycle the historic Swan Valley Heritage Trail or explore the region in a romantic horse-drawn carriage, chauffeured limousine or a gourmet cruise on the Swan River.

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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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Iconic destinations around
Western Australia

Perth is the gateway to Western Australia’s iconic destinations like the true outback experiences of the Kimberley, the coral reefs and vast marine life at Ningaloo and the lush wineries and vast coastlines of Margaret River. 

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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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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Pink Lake

Pink Lake

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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Ningaloo

Ningaloo

Dive the Ningaloo Marine Park, which protects a 260km fringing reef off Western Australia's mid north coast. Snorkel through coral lagoons in Coral Bay, swim with the huge whale shark, and 4WD red sand dunes in Cape Range National Park. The Indian Ocean Drive from Perth links Ningaloo with Shark Bay and the dolphins of Monkey Mia.

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The Kimberley

The Kimberley

Be enthralled by the rugged gorges, epic waterways and incandescent ocean of the Kimberley, in Australia's north-west corner. Enjoy a sunset camel ride in Broome, then 4WD the Gibb River Road to Kununurra, home to the Ord Valley Muster and near the beehive-striped Bungle Bungles of Purnululu National Park. Broome is also gateway to the remote, beautiful Dampier Peninsula.

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Recommended Trips from Perth

Take a guided tour or follow a self-drive route and explore Western Australia. 

Indian Ocean Drive

Indian Ocean Drive

Discover white beaches, coral reefs, salty fishing towns and rugged national parks on this spectacular journey along Western Australia’s Coral Coast. Head north to taste fresh crayfish in Geraldton and mouth-watering tropical fruits in Carnarvon. Swim with the huge whale shark on Ningaloo Reef and four wheel drive through the canyons of nearby Cape Range National Park. On your way back down the coast, meet the dolphins of Monkey Mia, along with whales, manta rays, turtles, sharks, dugongs and fish in the wider Shark Bay World Heritage Area. See seasonal wildflowers break out their brightest colours all along the coast, from Cape Range to the cliffs and gorges of Kalbarri National Park.

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Three Great Days in Perth

Three Great Days in Perth

Pack in the sights to your Perth holiday, known for its sunshine, natural beauty and relaxed pace. Sail down the shimmering, blue Swan River or look over the city and its waterways from Kings Park. Swim, surf or just watch the sunset from Cottesloe Beach, then hit Northbridge’s cheap eateries and trendy bars. Dine out on Indian Ocean seafood and explore Australia’s best-preserved 19th century streetscapes in colourful Fremantle. Dedicate a day to discovering Rottnest Island by bike, boat or foot. Swim and surf from perfect white beaches, snorkel with tropical fish and coral and get up close to diverse wildlife.

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Three Weeks from Perth

Three Weeks from Perth

Discover Margaret River, Ningaloo Reef, Broome and even Darwin and Sydney on an action-packed adventure from Australia’s westernmost capital. From Perth you can head south to Margaret River’s wineries, waves, forests and caves. Dive shipwrecks and spot whales along the way. North from Perth you’ll find Ningaloo Reef, the world’s largest fringing reef, and Broome, where you can ride a camel at sunset along Cable Beach. Fly into Darwin for easy access to World heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, a tapestry of wildlife, wetlands and Aboriginal rock art galleries. Alternatively, cross the country from Perth to Sydney on the epic Indian-Pacific rail journey.

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Crossing the Nullarbor

Crossing the Nullarbor

Widen your horizons driving the Eyre Highway across the vast, treeless and mesmerising Nullarbor Plain. You can connect to this journey from Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth and drive west to east or east to west along the highway. Whatever your direction, the scale of the scenery has a powerful impact. Watch wooded hills flatten into bluebush-studded plateaus and see mobs of kangaroos lining the road. Visit vast cattle stations, historic homesteads and remote railway outposts. Get up close to rare birds in Eyre, spot southern right whales from the rugged Bunda Cliffs and fish in Fowlers Bay. Sleep overnight in the roadhouses and campsites dotted across the highway. While this is a sealed road, it travels through remote areas and requires thorough preparation. You’ll need a 4WD vehicle to venture off the highway.

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