Perth has undergone a revolution and is no longer the quiet city it used to be. As well as the local scenic attractions such as Kings Park and Fremantle, there is a vibrant theatre scene, superb restaurants and high end shopping to experience.
Some of the areas we recommend include:
In the City
Cultural Centre Precinct
This area takes in the Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Western Australian Museum and the State Library of Western Australia and
Perth City boasts the best shopping in Western Australia. For some top end shopping experiences head to King Street which has Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany and Co as well as some jewellery shops showcasing Western Australian diamonds, opals, gold and pearls.
Just a short walk up the steps known locally as Jacob’s Ladder and you are in Kings Park, which boasts the best view of Perth city. Here you can see local flora in abundance (including Gija Jumulu, a boab tree estimated to be 750 years old), as well as the LotteryWest Federation Walkway suspended in the Eucalyptus treetops.
Made famous by hosting the America’s Cup, Fremantle is a harbour side town full of history, as well as eclectic shopping experiences and aromatic coffee on the ‘Cappuccino Strip’. Recommended attractions are The Maritime Museum, The Fremantle Prison and the Fremantle Markets (open Friday – Sunday).
Famous for the long white beaches and grassy slopes, Cottesloe is well worth a visit, especially at dusk to view the Sun setting over the Indian Ocean.
This area on the outskirts of Perth boasts a bevy of wineries and award winning restaurants highlighting local fresh produce. You can easily spend a day wandering this area, including Guildford with its strip of antique stores and Caversham Wildlife Park where you can get up close to an array of Australian wildlife.
For those who wish to enjoy even more space
Thousands of limestone pillars up to 5m in size, spread across 190 hectares of constantly shifting sand dunes, these are a sight to behold. The Pinnacles are estimated to be about 80,000 years old.
No visit to Western Australia is complete without a visit to the iconic Margaret River region. Well known for its wine and delectable local produce, this area is a must for any foodie.
Although a plane ride away, world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef is the only place in the world where you can freely swim with gliding manta rays and the majestic whale sharks.