5/5 - Excellent
Verified travelerNov 20, 2019
I took the train to Fremantle and the ferry to Rottnest Island. Fabulous!
Unwind in Australia’s most remote state capital, set in a lush valley along a picturesque river and surrounded by great beaches, historic harbors and vast deserts.
Enjoy the warm weather, beaches, wineries and breweries, and historic sites and museums of the capital of Western Australian (WA). Perth sits on the banks of the Swan River and its western suburbs stretch out to the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Each afternoon the “Freo Doctor,” a refreshing wind, blows in from the south. Perth’s 1.8 million locals are known to be down-to-earth and fun-loving.
Have a barbecue or see the Botanic Garden in elevated Kings Park. The Swan Bells Bell Tower below the park also offers great Swan River views. Take the kids to the Perth Zoo or Scitech, or show them the world’s most valuable coin at the Perth Mint. Discover where they found the gold to make the coin at the Western Australian Museum, which focuses on WA’s mining history, among other topics.
After exploring the city center on foot, take the train or bus to leafy suburbs such as Subiaco and Cottlesloe. Swim and surf at Cottesloe Beach and follow the coast to Hillarys Boat Harbour for family entertainment. While there, see marine creatures swim right past you at the Aquarium of Western Australia.
Just north from the city's central train station is the Perth Cultural Centre, where you can admire the nature-inspired Aboriginal paintings at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, followed by a night out in Northbridge.
Renting a car is a great idea if you plan to explore the wineries and fruit farms, old mining towns and wildlife parks surrounding Perth. Make the scenic ferry trip to Fremantle to enjoy historic attractions, Australian beer, Italian coffee and crafts markets. Visit some of WA’s most famous jails: the Round House and Fremantle Prison. After exploring the Western Australian Maritime Museum, catch the ferry to idyllic Rottnest Island to see quokkas and seals.
Sunny Perth is a relaxing city with easygoing locals, great beaches and a broad range of cultural attractions. It is certainly worth the long journey westward from Australia’s east coast!
Perth Central Business District is known for its popular shops, and with sights like Elizabeth Quay and Hay Street Mall, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Perth.
If you're spending some time in Downtown, Lakeside Joondalup and Yellagonga Regional Park are top sights worth seeing.
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Wander through native scrubland, learn about plant species, have a barbecue or find a spot on the grass to enjoy the view of the Perth skyline.
Ride the waves, swim in the clear water or have a picnic on the terraced lawns overlooking the ocean at one of Perth’s best family beaches.
Enjoy the tranquility of a gorgeous natural beach close to the city centre of Perth. Dive in for a swim or surf, laze on the warm sand or go beachcombing.
Explore the campus of University of Western Australia, a well-known college in Crawley. Discover the lively bars and entertainment choices in this walkable area.
See the biggest gold coin in the world, watch the pouring of pure gold and tour the interesting exhibits at this historic coin-producing facility in the city center.
Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Penguin Island, a popular green space in Shoalwater. Stroll along this relaxing area's beaches, or simply enjoy its bars.
Enjoy after-hours visits to 3 of Swan Valley's highest-regarded vineyards to taste some of their finest wines. With samples of a fantastic range of different types of wine and dinner in an award-winning restaurant, this sophisticated evening in an esteemed region is sure to impress.
Discover the wonders of our historical townships, drive through the spectacular Darling mountain Ranges & huge Aussie farmlands and marvel at the famous Wave Rock – a geological sensation believed to be over 2.63 billion years old.
Embark on a cruise through calm Mandurah waterways to witness playful dolphins as they skip across the surface. You also visit the world-class Ocean Marina as well the Canals where you can see luxurious canal homes that were built with no expense spared.
Zip over the waves in the high-speed Eco Express, circling the whole of rugged and remote Rottnest Island. Cruise over the cerulean waters as you pass quiet bays and watch for native wildlife. Dolphins, quokkas, and birds from rock parrots to turquoise sacred kingfishers all thrive here.
Venture inland for a day spent visiting the historic townships and natural wonders of Western Australia. This tour takes you on a drive past wide-open farmlands and the spectacular Darling mountain ranges, showing you the famous Wave Rock and the charming streets of York.
Your hop-on hop-off tram tour of Fremantle takes you from Fremantle Town Hall to the port, passing all the historic sites along the way. See Fremantle's famous market and prison, docks, heritage buildings and quaint streets, and hear the history of this lovely port town while you listen to the on-board commentary.
JuneJun 20, 2019
The free city bus system is awesome!