If you want to experience extraordinary whilst you’re in Australia, then head to Western Australia and visit Perth.
Top 12 Reasons to Visit Perth
1. Kings Park
Kings Park covers more than 400 hectares and is the largest inner city park in the southern hemisphere. It has a stunning location overlooking the Swan River and the nearby Perth city skyline.
Walk amongst the tree tops on the elevated bridge and wander the pathways and open grassy areas. Do the Indigenous walking tour to learn about the aboriginal people and how Kings Park is revered as a sacred place and to learn more about Australia’s fascinating history.
2. Cottesloe Beach
Cottesloe is a beach-side suburb about a 15 minute drive from the Perth CBD and is one of the best places to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean. Its crystal clear waters make it a popular place for swimming, snorkeling, and surfing.
The town of Cottesloe is also famous for its cafes, relaxed lifestyle, and it’s Sunday sessions when locals throng to the beachfront pubs to watch the sun go down whilst enjoying a few drinks.
3. Eat at the Greenhouse Restaurant
If you’re looking for restaurants in Perth, The Greenhouse is one of Perth’s hot destinations. It’s a very interesting building and the concept is about operating better places for people and the whole place is geared toward sustainability. The exterior is clad in corrugated iron covered by a vertical garden with about 4000 terracotta pots filled with ivy and strawberry plants.
It has 420 straw bales in its walls and ceiling, a rooftop garden that provides produce for the kitchen and bar, and recycled furniture throughout. The quality of the food is amazing and varied, especially loved the wood fired pizza…
4. Take a Walking Tour
The city of Perth is a city made for walking. It’s flat, has wide streets and footpaths, and one of the best ways to start a visit to a new destination is with a walking tour. It’s a great way to soak up the local culture, get a feel for the atmosphere of a place, and get great insider tips from a knowledgable local.
I walked Perth with two feet and a heartbeat as we strolled through the city streets and lane ways of the CBD learning about the history, culture, heritage, and colourful past of the city and experienced attractions on and off the tourist trail.
5. The Sunsets
Perth’s sunsets are legendary. There are few places in Australia where the sun sets over the ocean and Perth provides this unique opportunity. As the day draws to a close, sit on a beach, in a beachside cafe, or one of Cottesloe’s pubs and enjoy an uninterupted view of the sun going down.
6. Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is located 18 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia near Fremantle and Perth. Rottnest, or “Rotto” as the locals say, is a premier island getaway with over 60 picturesque beaches and bays.
Best explored by bicycle, Rottnest is a car-free-zone making it a relaxing and enjoyable experience for people of all ages. Other activities on the island include tennis, golf, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and diving.
You can stay overnight in a range of accommodations, or simply catch the Rottnest Ferry over and back for a memorable day trip.
Fremantle, or “Freo” as the locals call it, is located just 30 minutes from Perth’s CBD. It’s a character filled town dotted with cafes, bars, seafood restaurants, vibrant markets, and is known as the ‘world’s best preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape’ with world famous heritage buildings and a fascinating convict and maratime history.
Fremantle is also called the city for sailing and played host to the America’s Cup in 1987.
8. Swan River Cruise
Make the trip from Perth down to Fremantle via a relaxing cruise on nthe Swan River. You’ll enjoy specatcular views of the city skyline, the many sailing boats, and marvel at some of the most expensive real estate in the country.
9. The Weather
Perth is the sunny city and enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other city in Australia: 3000 hours a year and 8.8 hours a day. Average summer temperatures hover around the 30 degrees celcius mark.
10. The Lifestyle
Perth offers a relaxing and easy going lifestyle surrounded by the Swan River, Kings Park, and endless stretches of gorgeous beaches on the Indian Ocean. Compared to Australia’s other major cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Perth has a lot less people and a slower pace of life.
11. The Revitalisation
Perth is experiencing economic and social growth with many new developments and cultural precincts emerging. In particular, small bars and new restaurants are opening such as Helvetica and the previously mention Greenhouse.
Another exciting development is the Perth Waterfront Development, with construction sheduled to commence early 2012 and will result in the exciting new foreshore area with several hotels, an indigenous cultural centre, and many waterfront recreation activities.
Exciting times are ahead for Perth.
12. Margaret River
Do you like food, beer, wine, chocolate, and coffee? Then you can’t visit Perth without experiencing a getaway to The Margaret River Region. It’s easily one of my favorite regions in all of Austalia and there is something there for everyone. And when you experience all the gourmet food and wine on offer, a visit here is pure indulgence.
However, Margaret River is not only famous for it’s food and wine, but also for it’s relaxed approach to life, breathtaking scenery and stunning beaches. And throw in the fact that The Margaret River region also has amazing diversity of people with wine makers, surfers, farmers, and artists, giving it a great vibe.
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