Winter wonderland in Wellington

By New Zealand / Wellington /

Winter in Wellington. New Zealand’s north island is an absolute gem at any time of year, but even more so in winter. Not only will you generally find the roads are quieter and there are no lines to get into most places. You have the freedom to move at your own pace and book as you go along.

Many people will flock to the south island for winter on the ski fields. But Wellington has plenty to offer plus more. Pick up a hire car from Wellington airport and make this the place of your next winter getaway.

Choose from these things to do…

Go shopping

Shopping is always a good idea on a rainy day and Wellington has many charming shopping hotspots. Cuba Street is known for its vintage stores, such as Ziggurat, along with boutique stores and New Zealand designers. Lambton Quay is also popular with locals. But if you’re also looking for all sorts of handmade arts and crafts, the Wellington Night Market or the Underground Market will serve you perfectly.

Have a go at ice skating

Wellington turns into a winter wonderland when the colder months hit. There are ski fields nearby, but if you want something very quick and easy then you’re in luck! In recent years the city has started hosting its very own outdoor ice rink when the mercury plummets. It’s a great way to have fun, learn some new skills and exercise all at the same time.

Explore Zealandia Sanctuary

Travel just a few minutes from downtown Wellington and you’ll discover the joys of the Zealandia Sanctuary. Stroll through the area and you’ll be able to spot geckos, parrots and even the endangered little spotted kiwis. It’s worth joining a guided tour of the sanctuary to learn more about these creatures. Tours run during the day, in the evenings and at night. Each offers a different experience.

Tour Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island is a nature reserve and it’s home to some of the country’s most endangered birds. It’s not just the island but also the waters surrounding Kapiti Island that make it a safe haven for endangered species, so they can thrive again. The number of people who can visit the 10km long island each day is limited. Only licensed tour operators are allowed to bring visitors to the island.

Jump on board the Northern Explorer Train

When the time comes for you to leave Wellington and head north to Auckland, you’ll want to make sure you do it the right way. Sure, you can easily catch a flight. But why not buy a ticket for the Northern Explorer Train, so you can spend hours passing beautiful scenery? You’ll pass snow-capped mountains, rolling hills and pristine rivers.



The best day trips from Hobart

By Australia / Hobart / Tasmania /

Hobart has many wonderful things to offer its visitors. Beautiful scenery, food, historic attractions, to name a few. What many visitors don’t make enough time for are the day trips from Hobart. Many of Tasmania’s best attractions are just an hour or two from the capital city. Grab a cheap hire car deal from Hobart and visit these great places for a day trip.

Maria Island (pictured)

Once you step foot on Maria Island you won’t want to leave. The island is beautiful with a rugged coastline and gorgeous sandy beaches. Take a cruise to the island, where your tour guide will show you around. There are some exciting walking tracks on the island which your guide can help you explore. It’s well worth staying for at least the better part of a day. You’ll walk away from Maria Island understanding why it’s considered one of Tasmania’s greatest treasures.


Drive an hour from Hobart and you’ll arrive in a special little place known as Bothwell. It’s a charming town, which was settled by farmers from
Scotland in the 1820s. Bothwell is famously home to the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest golf course. Get a group together and have a hit, playing under some unusual rules. It’s worth stopping by to see the Australian Golf Museum while you’re here. So if you’re into golf then Bothwell is the perfect trip for you! The historic town also boats several stone cottages and it also has a popular whisky distillery.

Mt Field National Park
This area is one of the most beautiful national parks in all of Tasmania. Visitors are treated to an incredible range of vegetation and wildlife as they trek through forests and alpine sections. As you embark on these stunning walks, make sure you put aside time for a visit to Russell Falls. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day next to the refreshing waterfall. The Lake Dobson area is also popular for hiking in the summer and skiing in winter.

Port Arthur
Port Arthur is world-famous, for all the wrong reasons. It was known as the site where some of the most notorious convicts were sent when the British settled in Australia. In 1996, it was the scene of one of Australia’s greatest tragedies where 35 people were shot dead. People still come to the World Heritage listed site at Port Arthur because of its long history. The buildings have been restored and a tour through here will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to the early days of British Australia.



4 great day trips close to Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Melbourne’s many exciting attractions and experiences draw in 2 million international tourists every year. However, too many people tend to confine themselves to the CBD. It’s worth taking a day trip from Melbourne. Why not add on a couple of days to explore some of the treasures of country Victoria with a day trip from Melbourne? Snap up a cheap hire car deal at Melbourne Airport and give one of these day trips below a go.

Werribee Open Range Zoo (pictured)
If you’re going to visit only one zoo during your stay in Melbourne, then this is it! Werribee Open Range Zoo is just 40 minutes west of the CBD. Step inside the zoo and you’ll feel as if you’re on another continent. Zebras, Rhinos and Giraffes roam the fields. You’ll also get to hand feed kangaroos and get close to many other Australian animals. Also make sure you take up a safari tour while you’re here. You won’t be sorry you decided to visit Werribee Open Range Zoo with the family.

Yarra Valley Wineries
A trip to the stunning Yarra Valley makes for the perfect day trip with your partner or friends. The region, which is only about half an hour north east of the CBD, is most famous for its wineries. There are tours that take you to wineries of your choice. Or you can self-drive to a few wineries and take everything at your own pace. It’s a scenic area, which deserves some stopping along the way to admire the rolling green hills. Driving the area yourself also means way you can enjoy wine tastings, lunch and more for as long as you like.

Puffing Billy
The Dandenong Ranges is home to the most famous open air steam train in Victoria. Puffing Billy ventures through lush forest from Belgrave to Emerald. Many visitors choose to dine on board Puffing Billy for lunch or dinner. But if you’re looking for a different kind of experience with the family then you can simply pack your own lunch and have a picnic when you get off at Emerald Lake Park.

Phillip Island
Drive two hours east of Melbourne and you’ll find yourself at the lovely Phillip Island. It’s one of the best day trips from the city and many Melburnians make this trip every year. The surf beaches are among the best in Victoria and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal by the beach. The penguin parade is always a favourite with tourists. Watch fairy penguins catch the waves into shore and waddle up the beach to their nests. It’s also worth spending a few hours admiring the views at The Nobbies.



Things to do in Darwin


Darwin is considered the gateway to Asia and it’s one of the must see cities in Northern Australia. It has everything you could ask for – scenery, outdoor adventures, wildlife interactions and family activities.

Grab a cheap car rental at Darwin Airport and put these highlights on your ‘things to do in Darwin’ list.

Watch a film at Deckchair Cinema

You can catch a movie every night of the week at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema during the dry season. Most people enjoy this experience as it’s usually the first time they’ve ever watched a movie under the stars while in a reclining deckchair. The cinema is run by the non-for-profit Darwin Film Society and offers a wide variety of films to choose from.

Explore the markets

Wander through Darwin’s markets to admire the city’s rich cultural creations. The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are the most popular with tourists. They’re also the biggest and you’ll find them located next to the Darwin Casino along Mindil Beach between April and October. You’ll find the freshest and best fruit and vegetables at the Rapid Creek market on Sunday mornings. While the Malak Evening Markets on Saturdays combine organic food, arts and crafts. 

Visit Crocosaurus Cove

Here you’ll encounter the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles. Crocosaurus Cove is touted a must see attraction when visiting Australia’s Top End. Daring visitors can actually “swim with the crocs”. Crocosaurus Cove is most famous for its Cage of Death. You’ll come face to face with a deadly saltwater croc, separated only by a clear underwater barrier.

Take a Tiwi Islands tour

From Darwin you can join a group tour to see the beautiful Tiwi Islands. The Bathurst and Melville islands are only 80 km north of Darwin. You just need to jump on a ferry to find out why this beautiful place is known as the ‘Island of Smiles’. The locals are known to embrace AFL and showcase their unique artwork.

Also try Campervan hire in the Top End – top tips!



Germany’s Romantic Road with a hire car


The Romantic Road is one of the most charming places you’ll ever visit. It’s a stretch of historic, quaint towns in southern Germany. These colourful towns will inspire you whether you visit during the heat of summer or the middle of winter.

Some people suggest joining a guided tour through Bavaria, others use public transport to hop from one are to another. We at DriveNow suggest you pick up a hire car in Munich and drop it off at the end of the Romantic Road!


This town is set in a beautiful spot in the Main Valley along the Romantic Road. The medieval Fortress Marienberg (pictured) stands tall above Wurzburg. From here you can enjoy spectacular views over the old city. Intense fighting and bombing during World War Two destroyed many of the buildings. However, after years of rebuilding, Wurzburg is full of medieval architecture.


People travel from all over the world just to see this city, which is located between the Neckar River and the edge of the Odenwald Forest. It offers a charming character, picturesque views and plenty of entertainment and events. Heidelberg Castle is the major attraction. Join a guided tour to explore the ruins, which are more than 700 years old.


The old Bavarian city of Rothernburg ob der Tauber is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe. It’s also one of the most popular among tourists. It boasts fine old churches, towers, charming streets and cafes. The Little Square is the most photographed spot in this pretty town – you’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale! You should also walk around the Old Town Walls.


Augsburg is the largest city on the Romantic Road. It’s also one of the oldest, having been founded more than 2000 years ago. Maximilianstraße is one of the prettiest areas in the city, treating you to exampled of Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Visit the legendary Augsburg Marionette Theater and the home of Mozart’s father. You’ll find out so much about the world famous composer by visiting this place.


A beautiful place where you’ll come across the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.4 million people visit the 19th-century place on the rugged hill above Hohenschangau every year. King Ludwig spent decades completing the palace to serve as his own personal refuge. Just after his death in 1886 it was opened to the public. The famous castle has appeared in many famous movies and even served as the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.



What are the best Aussie Easter Holiday Destinations?


Looking to escape the city for a long weekend this Easter? Well get your skates on, as it’s just around the corner! Luckily you’re spoilt for choice with hundreds of great Easter holiday destinations all over Australia. Whether you’re travelling solo or road tripping with the family, hire a car or campervan and greet the bunny in one of these fantastic holiday hotspots.

Gold Coast

Easter Destinations

Enjoy an action packed trip to the Gold Coast this Easter.

The Gold Coast is a perfect holiday destination at any time of the year. There’s the iconic Surfers Paradise, where you could easily spend every day if you like the beach scene. You can also seek some peace and quiet somewhere along the green hinterland. Thrill seekers can flock to the famous theme parks for an adventurous ride. No matter what you want to do, there’s something for everyone.

Byron Bay

Easter Holiday

Soak up the good vibes in Byron Bay this Easter.

Most people head to Byron Bay to soak up the sun along the region’s beautiful beaches. That alone would be enough to convince any ordinary person to travel to the area for a getaway. But every year on the Easter Weekend is Bluesfest. Get ready for five days of non-stop music from nearly 200 acts. If you’re a music lover then you won’t want to miss this event. Some of the world’s best blues musicians come to Byron Bay to feature in the line-up.

Airlie Beach

Travel to the heart of the Whitsundays for Easter. Airlie offers vibrant nightlife along with quiet corners of crystal clear waters and plenty of underwater adventures. Go snorkelling, diving or simply laze on the white, sandy beaches with family and friends. There’s also a lovely restaurant, bar and café scene that caters for every need.

Great Ocean Road

Easter Destinations

The 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road are a stunning addition to an Easter Road trip.

The Great Ocean Road is a magical place to escape the hustle and bustle of Melbourne or Adelaide. You’ll find a range of Easter activities, such as an Easter Egg Hunt, throughout towns scattered along this rugged coastline. You’ll also encounter many tranquil sections of beach and rainforest, which you may get to have all to yourself over the Easter long weekend. Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Fairy are some of the most popular places to stay.

Easter in Bendigo

It’s a vibrant city with trendy cafes, museums and nightlife. Head just on the outskirts of town and you’ll understand why Bendigo is known for its goldmines. Major attractions include the Central Deborah Gold Mine and the Golden Dragon Museum. Bendigo also puts on a show for the holiday. The 4-day Bendigo Easter Festival attracts thousands of people every year. It offers live music, an incredible parade and a family Easter Egg Hunt.


With so many stunning Easter holiday locations to choose from, the tough decision is choosing just one! Grab yourself a great deal on cheap hire car from DriveNow to get your family getaway off to a cracking start.



Hastings Point for summer fun


Hastings Point is considered the jewel of the Tweed Shire. It’s set is an idyllic location surrounded by national park, unspoiled beach and ocean. Campers often return to this beautiful location for summer year after year. There’s no spot in Australia quite like Hastings Point.

That’s why you should read these tips to enjoy Hastings Point this summer.

Where to get some wheels

Whether you want to find yourself a hire car, a campervan or caravan you’ll find it all for cheap through DriveNow. For example, you can pick up some great campervan hire deals from Brisbane for only a few bucks a day. Drive less than two hours south to Hastings Point and you’re at your destination.

Where to stay – Hastings Point Holiday Park

Hastings Point Holiday Park (pictured) is one of the best campervan accommodation options in the area. It’s a secluded holiday park that over looks the beach and offers sites with beachfront or riverside views. It’s a great location for anyone who loves swimming or fishing. It also has a range of amenities, including WiFi.

Head outdoors – Cabarita Beach

Feeling like a surge of adrenaline? Grab a surfboard and hit the waves at Cabarita Beach. Or you could simply have a lazy day at the beach and go swimming. But this isn’t your average beach. If you’re visiting between June and October, when thousands of whales are migrating past the Australian coast, there’s a good chance you’ll get lucky and spot whales. Grab a pair of binoculars and point them out to the ocean.

Go inland – Mount Warning rainforest

This is the perfect place to hike through lush rainforests, which were created more than 20 million years ago by ancient volcanoes. You can also admire cascading waterfalls and have afternoon tea when visiting mountain villages. If you’re feeling up for some exercise, hike to the top of Mt Warning. The 8.8km return walk treats you to incredible 360 degree views from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay. Now that’s a sight you’ll never forget!

Eat somewhere – Tropical Fruit World

It’s a commercial farming operation and a major tourist attraction. You’re given a behind the scenes experience at the farm and a look at 500 exotic fruits from across the world. You have the opportunity to sample delicious avocados, bananas along with less popular produce such as carambola. Learn about the three generations of the Brinsmead family which created the experience and has made it more and more sustainable over time.



Tasmania for a cooler kind of summer

By Australia / Tasmania /

Some of Tasmania’s most beautiful places to stay this summer are within a couple of hours from Hobart. The best part about Tasmania is you won’t have to suffer through the scorching heat unlike your fellow Aussies further north. Summer in Tasmania is a lot cooler and kinder on your body. It frees you up to explore the great Tasmanian wilderness instead of hiding indoors.

Grab your hire car in Hobart and choose from one of these five places to stay.

Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village (right)

Stay in a tranquil rainforest valley on the edge of the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park. Did we mention it’s a World Heritage listed area? If this sounds like you idea of heaven then you’ll want to book in advance to secure your spot at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village. Wake up in the morning to the sounds of whistling birds filling your private cottage. Walk out onto your balcony and you may even come face to face with iconic animals such as wallabies and wombats.

Mulberry Cottage

This unique B&B accommodation is set in the heart of the historic town, Richmond. But it’s located well and truly off the street so you can enjoy peace and quite. Choose from an Old English style suite, a French Boudoir, a garden view room or one that boasts valley views. You may never want to leave the room! When you do finally feel up for exploring the area, you’ll be happy to know Australia’s oldest and most charming bridge is only a 200m walk away.

Freycinet Lodge

Your accommodation overlooks the stunning blue waters of Great Oyster Bay. Rugged mountains also ad to the beautiful backdrop. Many people who have spent time in this part of the state say they never want to leave. That’s how much of an impression this natural wonder leaves on its visitors. The cabins at Freycinet Lodge are airy and spacious. The best part about staying here is that you’re not far from white, sandy beaches and forest hikes.

Gattonside Heritage apartments

This boutique accommodation offers eight luxury heritage suites with all the amenities you’d expect. They are decked out with original timber, antiques, art and captivating views. You have your own formal lounge, porch and whirlpool bath. Wake up in the morning to a freshly cooked homemade breakfast. It really is the whole package at Gattonside! Not to mention you’ll feel like your stepping back in time.

Port Arthur Villas

Find yourself right across the road from the world-famous Port Arthur. There’s a whole lot of fascinating history to explore at the site. You are also very close to many bushwalks and if you’re feeling adventurous you might even want to join a candlelit ghost tour at night! All this is enough to keep you busy for days. Your accommodation is fully self contained. It’s also located among a beautiful garden setting.



What’s hot in Wellington NZ


New Zealand’s incredible capital city, Wellington, is located on the North Island. It boasts many exciting attractions, from the exciting Weta Cave mini museum to the iconic red cable cars that take you to the top of Mount Victoria. The city also has a vibrant food and wine scene.

All you need to do is hire a car from Wellington Airport https://www.drivenow.com.au/new-zealand/car-hire-wellington.jspc# and drive yourself to one of these hot up-and-coming events.

Wellington Sky Show Fireworks (pictured)
6th November, 9pm
Every single year the Wellington Sky Show lights up the sky over the city’s harbour. This spectacular fireworks display marks Guy Fawkes Night and has been running since 1995. It’s perhaps one of the most unique displays you’ll ever witness too, with the fireworks show synchronised with soundtracks on local radio stations. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy the show from Wellington’s waterfront – one of the best vantage points in the city.

Black Moon
31st October
Another great event to add to you to-do list is to head down to Space Place to watch the Black Moon show. With the show running on the night Halloween, Black Moon is bound to alert your senses. It’s terrifying and definitely not for the faint-hearted! The show tells a gruesome tale about evil spirits related to Wellington’s night sky, all while you witness frightening visuals projected onto the planetarium dome above, This sound and visual experience is suitable for adults.

Diwali Festival of Lights
23rd October, 1:30-10pm
It’s one of the most colourful festivals you could ever imagine! Indians all across the world come together to light candles and lamps to signify triumph of light over darkness and Wellington is no exception. It’s one of the most important Hindu festivals and it’s growing on the New Zealand calendar. The event attracted more than 150,000 visitors in 2015. This year a busier and even more exciting line-up of international dance acts and art workshops is expected to see that legacy continue.

Shelly Bay Market
23rd October – 20th November
People of all ages can head to The Lodge for this gorgeous boutique style artisan, arts and crafts market. There are several different stalls where you can snatch up beautiful gifts for a good price. The stall holders are also friendly and more than happy to have a chat with you about their unique creations. This market showcases some of the best local art and creativity, which you’ll never find anywhere else.

Also try Places To Park Your Campervan In Wellington



Campervan adventures in Christchurch

By Christchurch /

Christchurch is the oldest city in New Zealand. It’s also one of the most beautiful and is recovering after the devastating 2011 earthquakes. Whether you want to explore the city’s famous gardens, hit the snow or go on an outdoor adventure in the forest, Christchurch has everything. 

Planning a trip to Christchurch but wondering where to park your wheels? Visit DriveNow’s website to hire a campervan so you can begin your adventure in this beautiful city!

Christchurch Top10 Holiday Park

This holiday park is the largest accommodation provider in the city. It’s located on the outskirts of the CBD, making it an ideal place to base yourself during your stay. After you’ve explored the area for the day, you can enjoy the park’s spacious grounds, park facilities and pool. It’s always a favourite with young families but it also accommodates for all types of travellers, including business and backpackers.

North South Holiday Park

North South Holiday Park is located just five minutes from the airport, so you won’t have to travel far after picking up your campervan from the airport. If that’s not ideal enough, you’re also a short drive to wineries, wildlife parks and shopping malls. Powered and unpowered sites, cabins, BBQ facilities and a swimming pool with a sauna are some of the park’s highlights.

Amber Kiwi Holiday Park

Another centrally located holiday park, which sits between Christchurch Airport and close to the CBD. There’s a range of accommodation options, including camping or staying in your campervan. Park facilities include free wifi, car wash, two communal kitchen, a TV room with more than 50 channels. There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied while you rest and enjoy your holiday. Not to mention this place took out winner of the “Kiwi Holiday Park of the Year” award in 2014 and 2015.

South Brighton Holiday Park

A beautiful holiday park right beside South Brighton Beach. You can explore the highlights of the city but come home at the end of the day to a tranquil beach surrounding. Walk along the sandy shore, hire a boat, go swimming or surfing or completely lounge around with a book. From the shore near the camp there are no commercial developments, making it a wonderful place to holiday.

Also check out Seven Great Eateries In Christchurch



Chicago: 5 great ways to play in the Windy City

By United States /

Chicago, nicknamed the ‘Windy City’, has so much to offer its visitors. There are outdoor activities, historical attractions and food and shopping tours to keep you occupied.

Hire a car from Chicago Airport and discover these five great ways to play.

Bike and Brew Tour
Explore Chicago’s unique breweries with a scenic bike ride along the city’s famous Lakefront Trail. Sample food and some of the best beer as you visit the Chinatown and Pilsen neighbourhoods. Your local guide teaches you about Chicago’s beer scene and its long brewing history. This ride is not only educational, but it’s also a lot of fun.

Navy Pier
Chicago’s famous Navy Pier has a long and fascinating history. It opened to the public in 1916 as a dock for freights and a public event venue. In World War Two, the site transformed into a Navy training centre. Today the ‘People’s Pier’ is a great entertainment venue and vantage point to admire the city’s skyline. Some of the main attractions include the 4000 square feet of tunnel inside the Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. There’s also theme park rides, a children’s museum and a large, lush botanical garden.

Chicago Crime Tours
The Windy City has been home to some of America’s most famous criminals and gangsters. Explore this underworld with a sightseeing tour. An experienced guide takes you to the sites of some of the most horrific crimes from the 19th century through to recent times. Learn about the devastating St Valentine’s Day Massacre, The Untouchables or The Chicago Mob. This tour will keep you on the edge.

1893 World’s Fair Walking Tour
The Chicago World’s Far was originally held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World. Today, the very site where it was held has become one of the city’s key attractions. A walking tour takes you back in time as you learn about entertaining and unusual facts about the event. Delve into the games, food, drink, architecture and entertainment that brought the city to life.

Tall Ship Windy
The Windy City is home to is very own Tall Ship Windy. The majestic 148-foot vessel represents the Golden Age of Sail. Jump onboard for a sailing adventure and prepare to be mesmerised by its character and charm. You can even join in with raising the sail and relaying orders. Prepare to be inspired as you admire the city skyline while learning a thing or two about sailing.



Perth and 4 awesome road trips north and south

By Australia / Perth /

Aussies are increasingly choosing Perth as their next holiday destination. Is it any wonder why? It has everything you want including gorgeous surf beaches, wineries, eateries and national parks right on the city’s doorstep.

Hire a vehicle from Perth airport and choose one of these four awesome road trips.

Perth to Exmouth

This 13-hour drive north of Pert takes you past Western Australia’s most stunning beaches.. If you’re driving up this way during wildflower season you’ll also witness the landscape come alive with wildflowers. It’s a scenic drive and you can stop at several locations along the way. When you finally arrive at your destination, you won’t want to leave. Located on the tip of the North West Cape, Exmouth is the perfect place to explore the colourful coral and fish at Ningaloo Marine Park.

Monkey Mia

About 9 hours north of Perth is Monkey Mia. Bottlenose dolphins have been visiting this beach for more than 40 years. Fishermen returning from the seas used to share their catch with the local dolphins, and ever since then their trust of humans grew. It’s led to one of Australia’s most unique wildlife encounters. If you want to view these beautiful animals up close, make sure you visit the beach between 7.45am and midday, but it’s best to arrive early.

Margaret River

Travel three hours south of Perth and you’ll encounter the famous Margaret River. There are many reasons to fall in love with this region. Not only is it close to pristine surf beaches and home to many outdoor activities, but the region is most famous for its breweries and wineries. This is the place you come to sit back, relax and sample some of the best Australian products on offer. Take a winery tour – you can either drive or walk through scenic vineyards to each winery.


Albany has one of Australia’s most breathtaking coastlines. You can get there by travelling five hours along the Albany Highway from Perth. If you’re feeling adventurous, try walking part of the famous Bibbulmun Track that runs from Perth to Albany. In the city, you can also learn about the area’s convict history. After all, it’s the first place that European settlers set foot in Western Australia. Much of their legacy remains, with dozens of colonial buildings throughout the city. It’s also worth going on a whale watching cruise while you’re here.