Sydney and Melbourne tend to get all the attention, but we reckon the beauty and diversity of Perth can give them both a run for their money. Don’t believe us? Head on over and give these five must-dos a try.
1. Take a dip at Cottesloe Beach
With its pure white sand and crystal-clear water, Cottesloe Beach is the ultimate relaxation destination for locals and tourists alike. If you can manage to pull yourself out of the divine water, be sure to spend some time exploring the delightful cafes this seaside suburb is known for. If you’d prefer to enjoy the gorgeous scenery than sit in a restaurant, we recommend picking up some takeaway fish and chips and enjoying an al fresco lunch on the beach.
2. Wander around Fremantle Markets
Every city has markets, but only Perth has Fremantle Markets. This stunning Federation building dates back to 1897 and to this day remains one of the city’s most popular attractions, with fresh food, fashion, art, and jewellery on offer, and plenty of buskers to keep you entertained. Make like a local and head down to the markets on Friday night, grab some groceries, a delicious feed, and take in the buzzing, eclectic atmosphere.
3. Visit Rottnest Island
A trip to the west coast simply isn’t complete without a visit to the stunning Rottnest Island. With its pristine water, chalky sand, and friendly inhabitants (yes, we are talking about quokkas!), it’s not hard to see why Rotto tops most people’s Perth bucket list. Located just a 25-minute ferry ride from Fremantle, you can choose to take a day trip to this idyllic island or enjoy a longer stay at the campground or one of its luxury apartments. Book us in!
There are few experiences more awe-inspiring than seeing a whale glide majestically through the ocean, and there are few places better to do it than in Perth. Between late August and December every year, humpback and southern white whales make their way north for breeding season then back south again – and that means we lucky Aussies get to witness them in all their splendour! Check out our discounted whale watching cruise (complete with morning or afternoon tea!) here.
5. Bike through the Swan Valley
Fancy yourself an amateur sommelier? Then you can’t visit Perth without heading to the Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine region. Just a 25-minute drive from the CBD, the area is home to over 40 wineries and six breweries, cideries, and distilleries. And if you ask us, the best way to experience Swan Valley is on two wheels. So go on, get on ya bike (you can hire them or bring your own) and soak up the beautiful scenery, world-class food, and great wine. Bottoms up!