Perth may be the most geographically isolated large city in the world, but it hardly matters; when you’re there, you won’t feel like being anywhere else. With gorgeous weather, beaches, a laid-back lifestyle and thriving arts and food scene, this Western city is a must-visit.
What To Do
From gorgeous sandy beaches, to upmarket restaurants, to acclaimed art galleries – Perth offers something for everyone. Make sure you spend a few days to soak up the best that the city has to offer.
Perth City Tour
One of the best ways to experience the city is via a guided tour. There are lots of options – from hop-on-hop-off buses to tours via Segway – that cover the key highlights and hidden gems of the city. Check out the Town Hall, State Library, Cathedral Square, Cultural Centre and Elizabeth Quay in a single jam-packed morning.
Even if you haven’t heard of this island off the coast of Perth before, you have probably seen photos of its most famous residents. Quokkas – famous for their smiling faces – are native to Rottnest Island and cannot be found anywhere else on earth. Take a selfie and then enjoy the secluded beaches and car-free pace of island life.
Fremantle Sightseeing Tour
Fremantle, the port city right next door to Perth, was originally known for its maritime history. Today, this up-and-coming part of town is a cultural powerhouse. Check out the Fremantle markets, the plethora of food and drink options, and the growing live music scene.
Swan River Cruise
The Swan River runs through the city of Perth and offers the perfect, leisurely way of viewing the city. Cruise along past some of Perth’s top sights, including the Bell Tower, Kings Park, and the Fremantle harbour.
How to Get Here
Perth airport is located only twenty minutes from the centre of the city and is serviced by multiple international and domestic airlines. Due to the remote location of Perth, flying is the most popular option when visiting this Western city.
However, for those happy to take their time, the legendary Indian Pacific railway line offers an incredible experience. Across three days, tourists travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide and journey through the Nullabor Plain heading west.
For those planning to do the drive themselves, be aware that it is a long trip. Roads are well maintained and easy to navigate.
When To Go
Perth is a much hotter city than others in the southern half of Australia. December to February is extremely hot and best avoided by those not used to the high summer temperatures. The best time to visit Perth is Spring (September to November) or Autumn (March to May) when days are warm and there are plenty of events on. Autumn is cheaper for flights and accommodation.
Things To Know
Purchase a Smartrider card from a newsagent or train station and travel on Perth’s range of buses, trains and some ferries. The ferry to Rottnest Island incurs an additional charge.
Restaurants and cafes are more expensive in Perth than other Australian capital cities. Expect to pay at least $5 for a regular sized coffee.
The most common issue experienced by tourists in Perth is not being prepared for the weather! Wear sunscreen and protective clothing and carry water at all times.