Perth is unique, being the most isolated capital city in the world. It’s sun-soaked almost the entire year, so it is easy to explore the riches that it boldly flaunts. Perth is a gorgeous city set across the winding Swan River. You will find a string of sparkling beaches nearby, offering the perfect playground for people interested in sailing, swimming, boating, and other water activities. Plus, parks are brimming with panoramic views.
You can never go wrong if you plan to discover the beauty of this city. There are many places that you must visit but first, let us start with these five hotspots:
1. Swan River
According to local Aboriginals, the Swan River was created by the rainbow serpent called Waugal. For most people, it is a place that’s just right for outdoor fun. You can spend your time going on a picnic with your loved ones in the riverside parks. You can also go biking or hiking in the area where there are numerous trails. For water adventurers, the Swan River is an excellent spot for casting a fishing line and going sailing, swimming, and kayaking.
The riverfront suburbs present a line of posh houses, which you can view when you hop onto a river cruise between Perth and the Port of Fremantle. A cruise upriver will take you to the fertile shores of the astounding Swan Valley. It’s popularly known as the oldest grape-growing region in the entire state. If you are a foodie and a wine or beer lover, you’ll surely want to sample local produce, scrumptious artisan food, and tasty wine.
2. West Coast Beaches
There is no shortage of beaches in and around Perth. After all, it is hailed as the sun lovers’ paradise. In less than 15 minutes, you can reach Cottesloe, which is one of the renowned beaches in Perth (pictured below). The area is pine-fringed, and the short drive is tranquil, just like the clear, serene waters. Additionally, there is a thriving café culture in the area. It is indeed a great place to de-stress, take a sip of your favourite coffee, and enjoy the views.
Other beaches to head to are Port Beach and City Beach, which is an excellent spot for those travelling with children. It has a kids’ playground and picnic nooks as well. Families will love other sheltered inlets, including Como, Point Walter, and Crawley. Take a ride in your family car to explore further, such as around Rockingham Beach and Trigg Point. They are lovely options for everyone, whether you want to relax or go surfing. Scarborough is also a top choice for those aiming to ride the waves.
3. Margaret River Wine Region
The coastal town of Margaret River sure has a lot to offer. It is about 280km south of the city, and there are so many exciting things to do here. Your exploration will give you more than 130 wineries to visit, as well as thousands of hectares of vineyards. It’s no wonder why the place is known as the Wine Region of Western Australia. Several cellar doors provide wine tastings for free. You can try the local wines, which are among Perth’s gifts.
Caves that were naturally formed are also in abundance. You can find hundreds of caves in the area, particularly in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Many of them are available to the public with the most popular being the Mammoth Cave. Other options include Giants Cave, Calgardup Cave, and Lake Cave.
If you are here on the weekend, Margaret River is where you will see many freshly stocked markets. The produce comes straight from farms. They also sell handicrafts.
4. Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is the ultimate getaway you’ve been dreaming of. Hop onto the ferry or plane to see the beauty of this island. Natural attractions await, as well as spots where you can go fishing and even experience a close encounter with wildlife. A 90-minute cruise will let you see interesting animals (including the world-famous Quokka), including birds, dolphins, and fur seals. Some of the activities that you can indulge in while on the island include swimming, diving, fishing, and surfing.
The things you can do are not limited to water activities because you can also go golfing with your mates, go skydiving, and go riding on trains. If you still have some free time, you can explore the island on foot, on a bike, or wheels. Rent a car for a stress-free holiday. There are also lighthouse tours that will allow you to see how striking the surroundings are. Educational and seaplane adventures are also accessible for locals and tourists alike.
Busselton is the Margaret River wine region’s neighbour. But it has a lot to offer on its own. Throughout the years, even as the tastes and preferences of tourists have changed, Busselton remains one of the top attractions in WA. Exploring the city is incredibly easy. Just 25km from Dunsborough and 35km from Yallingup, it takes less than an hour to reach the place.
The Mediterranean climate is one of the reasons why a lot of people stay here. Summer months are pleasant while winter offers some rainfall. There are plenty of things to do, as well. You can eat out at the restaurants or visit galleries to enjoy the thriving arts community. Here, you will see the artwork of talented artists. Other attractions include caves, beaches, wineries, historic lighthouses, and national parks.
Perth is frequently included in the world’s most liveable cities. Although you will find expensive properties and skyscrapers due to the mining boom, this place still exudes a relaxed vibe. Driving around is the best way to experience the beauty that Perth offers.