Looking to plan a trip to Australia? Western Australia is one of the most beautiful states in the country and Perth is the perfect location to explore it from.
To ensure that you get the very most from your time in this amazing corner of the land down under, however, it’s crucial that you take the time to put a plan in place from the outset.
To many visitors to the area, one of the most difficult things is knowing where to start, but with a little research, you can ensure that you are ready to dive in and enjoy your time in WA as much as possible.
Despite being one of the most isolated cities in the world, with the nearest city center being South Australia’s Adelaide that’s a whopping 2100km away, Perth is home to a population of more than two million residents.
For many Perth residents and tourists alike, the remote nature of the city is one of the things that make this holiday destination most captivating. Not only do you have fewer crowds to deal with but you get to explore places that you otherwise might never have been able to reach or visit, without having the city of Perth to base yourself in.
Let’s take a look at just a few things that you should experience when you are visiting Perth and the surrounding areas.
Unmissable things to do in Perth and surrounds
Enjoy Perth’s Beaches
Whether you want to surf, swim or soak up the sunshine lying in the sand, Perth has plenty of beaches for you to enjoy:
- Cottesloe is one of the city’s most popular beaches, with some fantastic cafes and restaurants in the area to enjoy.
- City Beach and Port beach are also popular, with plenty of places to hang out and picnic with the family.
- Surfers might prefer to head to Scarborough Beach or head to Trigg Point where the waves are the most consistent of all the city beaches.
Check Out The Nightlife
Elizabeth Quay is the epicenter of Perth’s nightlife, with countless options on offer no matter what your interests are. This pedestrianized waterfront area is home to some of the best bars, restaurants, and cafes in the entire city, with many just a stone’s throw from all of Perth’s best hotels.
From fresh seafood to gourmet burgers, fine dining, live music, and some great bars, this is the perfect location for anyone looking for a little nighttime fun in the Western Australian capital.
No trip to Perth would be complete without a visit to Rottnest Island. Just a short boat ride from the city, this laid-back, car-free island is the perfect location to soak up some sunshine, visit historical sites, or interact with the adorable local wildlife.
One of the main attractions here is the quokkas. These cute little marsupials are naturally friendly, inquisitive, and certainly not camera-shy, so be sure to snap a selfie with these little cheeky champs.
There are also some fantastic nature walks and beaches to explore all across the island, so you should feel encouraged to set at least two days aside in your itinerary for adventuring across Rottnest.
Check Out ‘Freo’
Freemantle, or ‘Freo’, as it’s known locally, is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Perth. Located just a thirty-minute drive from the center of the city, this town is a big hit with locals and visitors alike.
There are some brilliant markets here that have been in operation since 1897 selling a range of local arts and crafts, street food from all over the world, and a wide range of fresh produce. There are also often concerts throughout the city and there’s always brilliant energy guaranteed whenever you visit.
‘Margs’, as the locals call it, is one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations for Perth locals. With some jaw-dropping beaches, epic surf spots, and perfectly turquoise waters, it’s no wonder that people have been drawn here for decades. There are also some fantastic hiking trails all across the region.
And what’s the best thing to do after a long day of hiking? Getting a good feed, of course! Some of the best restaurants and cafes in WA call Margaret River home, serving up fresh local produce, seafood, and other regional delicacies that always taste incredible and showcase the bounties that this fantastic locale and its surroundings have to offer.
Nambung National Park
Three hours north of Perth is Nambung National Park, which is home to the spectacular Pinnacles Desert. Red spires stand tall from the golden sands here, creating a magnificent contrast with the impossibly blue skies that this part of Australia is renowned for.
Keep your eyes peeled for emus and kangaroos when you visit and don’t forget to check out the perfect white sand beaches that surround the park.
Enjoy All That Perth And The Surrounding Areas Have To Offer
For many Australians and international tourists alike, Perth is an escape like no other. The fact that the city is so isolated provides you with a unique opportunity to explore some parts of the country that you otherwise simply might never have been able to reach.
Alongside this, you can get seriously up close and personal with some of Australia’s most unique and breathtaking flora and fauna, including the cheery quokkas of Rottnest, and the stunning silhouettes of eucalypts against great Australian sunsets.
Regardless of what kind of fun or adventure you are looking for, you can be sure that Perth and its surroundings will certainly not disappoint.
With luxury accommodation options such as the Ritz Carlton in Perth, you can experience all that the city and the surrounding areas have to offer with ease.
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