Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is one of the sunniest cities in the country and the best way to enjoy its outdoors lifestyle – especially the stunning beaches – is to get out early before the afternoon sea breeze, a.k.a the “Fremantle Doctor”, blows in.
From the cosmopolitan CBD and inner suburbs to the rugged beauty of Rottnest Island, to bohemian Fremantle and the bucolic Swan Valley, Perth and its near surrounds offer a range of fascinating experiences. And whatever you do, make sure you watch an Indian Ocean sunset over a glass of something fabulous and fruity from the state’s world-famous Margaret River wine region.
- Country: Australia
- Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
- Offical Language: English
- Visas: International visitors need a visa to enter Australia and different types apply depending on country of origin, your travel agent can advise
- Tipping: Voluntary, tips of around 10 per cent are optional for good service
- Electricity: Australian outlets run on an average 230 volts and use Type I plugs
Temperature (max C)
J 29, F 29, M 27, A 24, M 21, J 18, J 17, A 18, S 19, O 21, N 24, D 27
Rainfall (max mm)
J 8, F 10, M 20, A 43, M 130, J 180, J 170, A 145, S 86, O 56, N 20, D 13
The world’s most remote capital is enjoyed for its plentiful beaches, refreshing waters and great outdoor activities.
Perth’s fine and casual dining has come of age in recent years and the city is blessed with a thriving restaurant scene. The CBD and Crown at Burswood, just over the river, offer the pick of the fine-dining venues but there are top-quality experiences in the ’burbs too – check out Bread In Common in Fremantle, Co-op Dining in East Perth and The Meatball Bar in Leederville. Highly regarded restaurants can also be found in close-by suburbs Mount Lawley, Subiaco, Cottesloe and Claremont.
Accommodation options in Perth range from 5-star hotels to classy boutique hotels, and from friendly B&Bs to comfortable backpackers. The top-end CBD hotels are often heavily booked, so plan ahead. The central city is the best base from which to explore in all directions but you can find less expensive lodgings in the inner and beachside suburbs and in the nearby port city of Fremantle to the south.
From leading fashion houses to chic boutiques and outlet bargains, Perth has your retail therapy requirements covered. The city and inner-urban villages of Subiaco and Claremont are the places for top-end fashion, homewares and jewellery, while William Street in Northbridge, Oxford Street in Leederville, Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley or South Terrace and High Street in Fremantle are favoured for those looking for on-trend, vintage and quirky boutiques. All these precincts have excellent cafes and restaurants too.
Perth Like a Local
A smaller, less crowded and very pretty beach in the northern suburbs, Mullaloo is perfect for families. Sorrento Quay at Hillarys Boat Harbour is just up the road and is home to AQWA – the WA aquarium – and cafes and restaurants. You can catch a ferry to Rottnest Island from here too.
1. Two feet and a heartbeat: An educational and fun way to experience the nitty gritty of Perth, Northbridge and the convict heritage of Fremantle, these guided walking tours are filled with fascinating anecdotes and are perfect for those who want to discover lesser-known parts and tales of the city.
2. Swim with dolphins: At Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, just an hour south of Perth, you can join a small group with Rockingham Wild Encounters and swim with wild dolphins or take a boat cruise to them along with sea lions and little penguins. More dolphin experiences are available a little further south in Mandurah and Bunbury.
Did you know...? Rottnest Island, a holiday resort 20 kilometres off the coast, was named “Rat’s Nest” for the native quokkas that Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh mistook for giant rats. They are actually cute marsupials who like posing for selfies. A day trip to “Rotto” is a must on any trip to Perth.