Perth – the sunshine capital of Australia. A smaller more manageable city than the east coast giants but with so much to do within the city and very close by. It’s your launching point to the treasures of the south western corner of Australia, but don’t just use the city for its airport there is much to be enjoyed, give it at least 3 days.
Don’t forget to pay your respects to the traditional custodians of the Perth area the Whadjuk Nyoongar people.
Swan River – One of the best places to access the beauty of the Swan is from Elizabeth Quay. It’s not hard to find if you follow the bells, one of the largest musical instrument in the world. The Bell Tower houses the bells of London’s Saint Martin in the Fields church. Maybe not something you would expect to finds in such a young city.
You will probably return to Elizabeth Quay multiple times on your stay in Perth as its where you will pick up:
- The Ferry to other parts of the Swan River.
- Perth Explorer, open-air double-decker hop on and off tour bus.
- River Cruises by Captain Cook cruises and other local operators.
- Segway Tours.
- Rottnest Express.
Museums and Galleries –
The New Boda Bardip WA Museum opened in November 2020, it has eight permanent galleries and 1000 sqm of space for visiting exhibitions. In the language of the Whadjuk Nyoongar people, Boda Bardip means ‘many stories’, Just what every good museum should tell!
Art Gallery of Western Australia – houses one of Australia’s finest collections of Indigenous art.
Perth Zoo – Take the ferry from Elizabeth Quay to the Mends St. Jetty, just 500m walk to the Zoo from there. With a fine array of Australian native animals especially international guests, it’s an accessible zoo for all age groups.
Rottnest ‘Rotto’ Island – One word – Quokkas!
Everyone wants to see the little guys, the cutest, friendliest and most Instagram worthy little mammal in the world. The island itself is also pretty great. There are no cars on the island so you need to hire a bike or a segway or just walk around. 63 beaches to choose from, you will need at least a whole day just to scratch the surface. A park entry fee of $19.50 for adults and $7.00 for children applies.
If you want to stay the night check out the accommodation available and book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Access via Ferry, from Perth – 1hr 45m or Fremantle -1hr.
‘Freo’ is just 30 minutes from Perth, via road, rail, bus or ferry.
Historically, Freo holds a special place in Australian’s colonial, convict and maritime heart. As well as hosting the more recent sporting event of the America’s Cup Challenge in 1987.
You need a long weekend to do the basics of Perth but go for 10 days and pair your stay with a trip to the Margaret River, Albany area.
Photo Credits: Tourism WA and Sealink