It may be the most isolated capital in the world but don’t let that fool you, Perth is bursting with energy and lots to discover. From amazing water-sports and relaxing stretches of soft sand beaches at city beach, to the bustle of Fremantle Markets, Perth offers travellers a variety of cool places to explore, perfect for any kind of holiday.
When to Go and Weather
As many of the city’s attractions are outdoors, Perth’s Mediterranean climate makes it easy to take advantage of all that the city has to offer. The hottest months are in January and February making this the best time to visit for sun-worshippers. Spend a day windsurfing or body-boarding at Floreat Beach or cool off with a beer at Cottesloe. With lots of bars spilling out onto the sand, this is a favourite local hangout for a relaxed Sunday Session. If you’ve come to Perth during winter (May – September), be sure you have packed an umbrella and some boots as it can be much wetter and cooler. Embrace the weather and dive right in with sharks, stingrays and sea turtles at the Aquarium of Western Australia, or stay dry at the Maritime Museum.
Navigating around Perth is a breeze thanks to a wide variety of transportation options. While hiring a car may be more convenient for some, it isn’t necessary as the city boasts a number of fantastic public transport systems. Take advantage of the free-shuttle service better known as CAT and explore the interesting traders at the Fremantle Markets. Or, cruise about on the local ferry system. Spend an afternoon exploring Kings Park. The largest inner-city park in the world, travellers can hike up Jacob’s ladder, explore the botanical gardens and even enjoy a movie at the Moonlight Cinema before hopping a ferry to the CBD for some late night eats. Perth also has a great train system making it worthwhile to invest in SmartRiders. This cash free system automatically calculates fares on busses, ferries and trains and deducts them from your preloaded micro-chip card so you don’t have to fuss with change!
Despite its remote location, Perth has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the world. As well, its proximity to Indonesia and varied ethnic population means that travellers can enjoy flavours from every corner of the globe. For a relaxed brunch with view try the always laid back Soda Café on the shores of North Beach, perfect for a quick bite before hitting the surf. Those looking to sample exotic flavours can munch on some of the finest Indian in town at Chutney Mary’s in Subaico or dine on Indonesian favourites at the eternally popular Sparrow in Northbridge. If you’re searching for a romantic dinner spot, than look no further than Matilda Bay. With an elegant menu and views of sailboats anchored in the harbour, this is a great spot to relax over a nice glass of wineand watch the sun set. For a cosy date night without the price tag, pack a picnic and head to the Moonlight Cinema in Kings Park where you can cuddle up under the stars.
Perth used to be known as Boorloo to the tribal groups that used to live there. Due to its extensive mining industry, Perth has the largest number of millionaires per capita in the world. The Perth Mint is the oldest operating mint in the world established in 1899.
Whether its surf and sand or vibrant markets and museums, Perth’s variety of attractions and activities make it the ideal holiday destination.Spend a day at sea swimming between Cottesloe and City Beach and be sure to try some water-sports. Or, take the ferry to Rottnest Island. An all-day event, here you can cycle around the island, snorkel in crystal clear bays or play a round of golf. For nature lovers, head to Penguin Island. Easily accessible by ferry, the island is teeming with wildlife, allowing you can get up close with Penguins or check out the Pelican colony that resides here. If you love a deal, spend the afternoon at Perth Upmarket or the Freemantle Market. Dedicated to local crafts this is the perfect spot to find a few souvenirs, have a look around or enjoy a pint with some new friends. If you’re looking for a little adventure, try kayaking underneath Freemantle through the maze of old colonial tunnels. Travellers will love swimming, kayaking or snorkelling in Hillary’s Boat Harbour. A great spot to just hang out, here you can munch on fish and chips while lounging on the beach. After the sun goes down, head out on the town for some trendy eats and dancing. Try some tapas and designer cocktails at Andaluz in the CBD before cruising to the always packed out Tiger Lil’s where resident DJ’s spin the season’s hottest tracks.