Located on Australia's west coast, Perth has gorgeous beaches, world-renowned wine and great food. What more could you ask for?
It may be located way out west on the coast of the Indian Ocean, but that doesn't make Perth any less exciting than its eastern counterparts. Perth officially holds the title as the sunniest city in Australia and it regularly tops global-roundups as one of the most liveable cities, comfortably bringing together the benefits of modern sophistication with a laid-back lifestyle. Under a near-permanent canopy of blue sky, life here unfolds at a pleasing pace. You have superb beaches, global eats, and a booming small-bar and street-art scene at your fingertips, and that's just in the city. Surrounding Perth, you can find some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, a spectacular array of wildlife, some pretty epic wineries, and even a paradise island.
When to visit
If you love the sun, Perth is a dream destination ejoying hot, dry summers and mild winters. With an average of 32,000 hours of sun per year, there really isn't a 'bad' season to travel here. The summer sees the beachside suburbs come alive, with restaurants and pop-up bars aplenty. Take a day trip to Rottnest Island and snorkel or dive the surrounding reef, or take a whale watching cruise (September - November) to see the annual humpback whale migration. There's no less action during the winter months, as Perth's cultural season really ramps up. There's the Perth CinefestOz Film Festival (August - September) and the Western Australia Gourmet Escape (early November). And don't miss the blooming fields of wildflowers (June - November).
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How to get there
Qantas now offers a non-stop flight from London to Perth, which takes approximately 17 hours. Qantas and Virgin Australia each offer direct flights to Perth from all major cities in Australia which take between five and six hours, depending on your city of origin. Or if you'd rather savour the journey, the legendary Indian Pacific train ride is a trip of lifetime, departing from Sydney and journeying through vineyards, riverlands and the expansive Nullarbor Plain over three days.
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