Bordered on one side by the scenic waters of the Swan River and then an abundance of green Aussie forest and bushland on the other, Perth is a city of contrasts that has quite a different character when compared with its eastern brothers.
Within the city limits, there is plenty to explore in terms of scenic outlooks and cultural attractions, while outside the city there are numerous opportunities for exploring the unique WA landscape just a short day trip away.
Perth’s city centre is modern and clean and has plenty of open air areas in which to relax, stroll through or take in the lay of the land. The Swan River is its lifeblood, and provides yet more opportunities for aquatic activities such as cruises, kayaking and – famously – sailing, as it’s often bustling with vessels of all sizes.
The city is home to a number of easy to access and must do attractions such as the lush gardens of Kings Park with spectacular city and river views, visit the Perth Museum and Art Gallery for a dose of culture, one of Australia’s best animal attractions at Perth Zoo and more.
Look further afield and numerous intriguing day trip destinations beckon; beautiful Rottnest Island can be reached via a short ferry ride off the coast, the Swan Valley is a verdant showcase of gourmet goodness, and the eerily beautiful Pinnacles Desert is doable with an extended journey.
To get the most out of your trip to Perth, read our detailed travel guides below.