I’m fortunate enough to have visited the beautiful Perth, Western Australia twice and it’s safe to say it’s a place that has a piece of my heart. For me, it is far too under travelled as a general rule and I can’t wait to see more of what Western Australia has to offer (but that’s to be continued). As I’m due to leave the surrounds of Perth in the next few days, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some of my favourite experiences here so far from my two trips!
So in no particular order (because it’s too hard to choose my favourite!)…
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Kings Park, one of the largest inner city parks in the world is an absolute must for any visitor to Perth. It’s completely free to enter and is only a short walk from the CBD – granted its up a rather steep hill but the views are more than worth it! For those who don’t fancy the walk, it has great transport links including the free cat busses that run within the city limits. More than the spectacular views over the Swan and Canning rivers and the city skyline, the park is well known as a conservation and cultural centre. The beautiful botanic gardens house plants from all over Australia as well as native plants and bushland over the 400 hectare park. They offer free walking tours, or head out to wander freely, the state war memorial and treetop walkway are not to be missed!
Freo to the locals, is a port city around 20km outside of Perth city centre and has a lot to offer. From the markets, to the prison, and fishing harbour, it really could have it’s own top 10! It’s a great place to head for a chilled day with a visit to the famous cappuccino strip – so named because of the abundance of baristas and cafe’s – and a wander around the markets for some great local food and a chance of catching some talented buskers. A personal favourite is the Little Creatures Brewery; set on the waterfront, they brew a variety of beers on site, enjoy the beer garden and tuck in to some great food. Fremantle really does have something for everyone and keeps tempting me back for more.
Only a short ferry ride from Fremantle is Rottnest Island, a true paradise that’s popular with tourists and locals alike. The crystal blue waters and white sands make for some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Hire a bike to explore the island or take one of the many tours that’s on offer. The island is a conservation reserve and protected by law, for good reason… Perhaps the islands most famous inhabitants are the small marsupials called Quokkas, found all over the island, they are classed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Be sure to snap a photo or two but don’t disturb them, the population on Rottnest Island is the most viable in the world! Whether walking, cycling, snorkelling of swimming there are many ways of discovering this amazing island and I’m sure it will be an experience to remember for a lifetime!
The city centre itself has a lot to offer with views over the Swan river, an abundance of shops, and the newly developed Elizabeth Quay. While a city, Perth has all the charm of a much smaller place and the location by the water gives you the feeling of being somewhere far less metropolitan. Well worth the while is a trip on the river on one of the cruises, look out for millionaires row and the many yacht clubs dotted along the banks! With shops, restauants, and bars aplenty as you would expect in a city it’s worth a day to find your feet. Take a trip down to Elizabeth Quay to see the Bell Tower and watch the boats to escape some of the hustle and bustle but let’s be honest, it’s some of the charm.
Perth and the surrounding areas are blessed with some beautiful beaches and stunningly clear waters. I was extremely fortunate during my stays to be only a 2km walk away from Coogee beach, a real favourite! There’s nothing better than a chilled day at the beach and with kilometres of uninterrupted coastline you won’t be disappointed here. Much of the coast is scattered with cafe’s and cycle/ walking paths which make it ideal to make a day of it. Be warned of the wildlife around and be wary of sharks, jellyfish and snakes (this is Australia after all). With views over the Indian ocean and nineteen beaches to chose from I’m sure everyone will find something to please them.
So there’s my top five Perth experiences… As you can see it truly is a place with a whole lot to offer and more besides. Would you have included anything else on the list? Let me know in the comments section, maybe there’s something I’m missing out on! Until next time