If you’re visiting Perth – or even moving to Perth – lucky you! The wonderful city has loads to offer; the exciting blend of tranquil beaches against a buzzing cityscape results in a laid-back lifestyle. Not to mention, the weather is divine all year round.
Before you embark on your trip, you should acquaint yourself with all the need-to-know facts and make a note of the places you simply must visit.
We have rounded up a brief travel guide to prepare you for the trip of a lifetime.
Perth: a brief overview
Perth is the capital of Western Australia – a state so large that if it was a country it would be in one of the top 10 biggest in the world. It is a 5-hour flight from its eastside cousin,the popular city of Sydney, and is located where the south west coast meets the marvelous Swan River.
Perth was founded in 1829 and now has a population of 1.7 million (2 million in Greater Perth), ranking it the fourth-most populous city in Australia after Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. It is said that Perth is home to the most self-made millionaires in the world (which is in part due to it being a leading global exporter of gold, diamonds, coal and more).
For visitors and holiday-goers there are countless hotels in Perth (both budget to high-end) and the public transport system is easy to navigate. Or, for more freedom you can easily discover Perth city by car or take off on a road trip to see the other treasures Western Australia has to offer.
Kings Park is Perth’s crowning glory. The 1003-acre park is located on the western edge of the business district and looks over Swan River. It boasts botanical gardens, lush grassland, and contains over 2000 indigenous plant species. You must walk along the Lotterywest Federation Walkway – abreathtaking 620m path that weaves around the canopy of a stand of eucalypts.
If you’re a regular beach-goer, you’ll love Cottesloe beach. Its crystal blue water is resplendent, and its sand is soft and white. It is lined with pubs, cafes, restaurants and pine trees, and is deemed the safest swimming beach in the area (the perfect place to take the children on a long summer day).
Art Gallery of Western Australia
If you’re looking to experience some culture whilst visiting Perth, the Art Gallery of Western Australia (founded in 1895) houses some of the most important post-WW11 art works by the likes of Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, Arthur Streeton, Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker and Grace Cossington.
Visit the Aquarium of Western Australia
The AQWA is a can’t-miss immersive experience. Get the opportunity to walk through a 98m underwater tunnel and see over 4,000 of Australia’s marine creatures. And, for the adventurous types, there is even a chance to dive with the sharks – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Catch a 2-hour flight to Esperance
Perth is just one of the many wonderous places Western Australia has to offer. You can jump on a 2-hour flight and land in one of Earth’s treasures, Esperance, which is located on the south west edge of Western Australia and is where you can see the virtually-untouched sights of Lake Hillier (a lake with bright pink water) and the Recherche Archipelago (where 100 rock islands are dotted along the coast). If you want to experience pristine beaches, there aren’t any better better than Lucky Bay in the Cape Le Grand National Park where the sand is soft like flour and you can spot wild kangaroos.
Other destinations you should hit-up when you’re visiting Perth include Ningaloo Reef (the westside version of the Great Barrier Reef) where you can swim with exotic marine species exclusive to Western Australia.
If you’re looking to go further afield, the Aussie holiday-favorite Bali, Indonesia, is as close by on a plane as the other popular Australian cities in the east.