The Ultimate Destination Guide to Perth
Perth might only be Australia’s fourth largest big-city but it has the beaches, it’s got the weather and if you’re looking for classically laid-back Australia, it’s the perfect spot to visit.
Here’s our must-read quick-guide for making the most of Perth…
You must go to…the beach. With nearly 40kms of beaches fringing the city, Perth-life is beach-life. While you’re there, slip into your cossie, hire a board and try your skills at riding a wave. The best beach? Usually the one with the least people, and with so many to choose from there’s a very real chance you can find almost empty sand all for yourself. But a firm favourite, is Cottesloe Beach (Cott to locals). It’s a great spot with smaller waves, safer swimming and easy snorkelling and less than 20-minutes from city centre. Scarborough is another beach popular among locals, especially surfers and body-boarders with its great waves.
You have to eat…at Wildflower restaurant in Perth which serves up Indigenous-rooted and inspired cooking in an impressive rooftop setting. It’s high-end fine-dining with flavours and heritage you won’t experience anywhere outside of Australia. The award-winning Co-Op Dining is all about showcasing the best seasonal produce with an atmosphere that’s fine dining without the fuss. Located across the iconic Cottesloe beach is Il Lido serving up Aperol Spritzes and delicious Italian food and if you’re near North Beach, book a table at Clarke’s where dishes are all about refined flavours, delicious plating and great service.
You have to explore…Kings Park and Botanic Gardens. This city park stretches towards the water and covers nearly 1000 acres of grassy parkland and natural bushland including a 44 acre Botanic Garden with 2000 species of Western Australian flora. The park has plenty of spaces for picnics and a dramatic steel and glass walkway that winds through eucalyptus trees which is fun for the kids. If you’re here in September you’re in for a treat with the blooming wildflowers a flower spectacle not to be missed.
You have to spend a day…on Rottnest Island. Rottnest is only 20km from the mainland and has the best of island vibes – turquoise warm Indian Ocean waters, secluded beaches and pretty-as-a-picture sailboats bobbing around. There’s more than 20 bays and beaches, coral reefs and island exploring for everyone. Say hello and get a selfie with a quokka (the cute little marsupial resident), snorkel in the crystal clear waters or ride a bike around the island. You can take a ferry to the island from Perth with six crossings a day from Perth during high season.
You have to drink…at one of Perth’s famous craft or micro-breweries. Perth and Freemantle are considered as the home of craft beer in Australia. Some of the best breweries are Little Creatures, The Monk, The Camfield, Riverside Brewhouse at The Old Brewery and Whitford Brewing Co, just to name a few.
You have to ride…the FTZ, the Free Transit Zone buses. If you start and finish a journey on one of these city buses within the free zone, it’s totally free. You don’t have to pay a cent. Even if you go outside of the free zone, which is generous in its city central scope, the city buses are affordable and efficient especially when you buy a pre-pay SmartRider Card. If you need to get across the river, ride the ferry from Mends St Jetty to Elizabeth Quay for a different city perspective.
You have to wear…shorts, sunglasses and thongs. A definite selling point for Perth visitors is the weather. To put it bluntly, it’s great. The temperature rarely dips below 20 degrees any time of the year and summer days promise endless blue skies and 30+ degrees. March is great if you can’t handle the heat but still enjoy beach-weather days, while February means the kids are back at school so empty beaches are easier to find!
You have to sleep at…Crown Towers Perth. Located along the Swan River with spectacular views of the Perth city-skyline, Crown Towers offers unsurpassed luxury accommodation. With sweeping lagoon-style pools, an indulgent day spa, renowned restaurants and butler service for Villa guests, you’re able to soak up the Perth sunshine in style.