Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is a beautiful and intriguing city which sits on the coast next to the Indian ocean. Though it may not be as glamorous or well-known as some Australian cities, it’s vibrant and energetic, and bursting with different things to explore; exotic wineries, gorgeous weather all year round, and expansive green spaces. If you’re planning to hit this grossly underrated city on your travels, here are just four great things to see and do.
Any nature lover who’s visiting Perth simply needs to see Rottnest Island. Even though it’s just under 20 kilometres outside the city, you’ll feel a world away when you walk around this unique and intriguing island. Rottnest is car-free, and can only be accessed by ferry, or helicopter if you can splurge on the experience. You can easily spend a whole day here, relaxing on one of the 60 beautiful beaches, snorkeling in the coral reefs of the coast, scuba dive around shipwrecks and learn about the island’s history. Best of all, you get to encounter quokkas, one of the cutest marsupials in the world, that can only be found in Western Australia.
Hit Some Independent Bars
If you like checking out small, independent bars, then you’ll love Perth. The city centre and suburbs are scattered with small, independent bars, and more are popping up all the time. Chow down on some delicious tapas with a wine pairing at Andaluz, or go for a more vintage feel at Hula Bula, which serves tasty retro cocktails you can enjoy surrounded by tasteful tiki décor. If you really want to separate the wheat from the chaff, talk to some locals. They’ll be quick to point you in the right direction!
If you’re in Perth, don’t miss some of its paradisiacal seaside towns. You can even stay there and wake up to crystal-clear ocean views every day, with hotels like the ones listed at accommodation Hillarys. If you like to soak in the more bohemian sides of your destinations, be sure to head over to Scarborough, and get a coffee at off-beat cafes such as Kinky Lizard and Wild Fig. Then, run towards the waves and take a refreshing dip. Head closer to the city centre, and you’ll get a great sunset from Cottesloe beach; a perfect spot for picnics in the evenings. Just choose a weekday to avoid the crowds!
Hit Swan Valley for a Winery Day
After a 25-minute drive from the city centre, you can visit the prestigious Swan Valley wine country. Here, you’ll be able to explore 40 vineyards, and various cellar doors where you can taste some of the best exports of Australia’s oldest area of wine country. Most travellers like to cycle through Swan Valley, but you can also make your day trip a little more luxurious by taking a cruise up the river, sipping at the local wines and become more engrossed with each stop at a cellar door.