You’ll love Australia’s westernmost capital city, which sits on the Swan River, framed by Indian Ocean beaches and Swan Valley vineyards.
Discover Margaret River, Ningaloo Reef, Broome and even Darwin and Sydney on an action-packed adventure from Australia’s westernmost capital. From Perth you can head south to Margaret River’s wineries, waves, forests and caves.
Dive shipwrecks and spot whales along the way. North from Perth you’ll find Ningaloo Reef, the world’s largest fringing reef, and Broome, where you can ride a camel at sunset along Cable Beach.
Get a quick overview of Perth Australian cities. Find out more about the places to visit in the city and surrounds. From lush Kings Park and the uncrowded beaches to the charming port of Fremantle and nearby Rottnest Island, Perth has it all. Our three-day itinerary offers ideas of what you can fit in to your Perth holiday.
Learn about other Western Australia destinations you can explore from Perth. Drive south to the wineries, waves, caves and tall forests of Margaret River or north to Monkey Mia and Ningaloo Reef. Further afield experience the vast outback landscapes of the Kimberley and historic gold rush towns such as Kalgoorlie. Explore the unforgettable journeys you can take from Perth and across the continent.
Immerse yourself in an eclectic mix of city culture and stunning nature, from Perth’s burgeoning bar scene and open arts festivals, to its world-class beaches and expansive parklands.
Australia’s sunniest capital city, Perth embraces a relaxed outdoor lifestyle. Explore the 400 hectares of Kings Park in the city or the inviting clear waters and spectacular sunsets at Cottesloe Beach.
Head south to the port city of Fremantle where the fascinating maritime history blends with an open, multicultural energy. Take a short ferry ride to Rottnest Island, a city escape for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and relaxing.
Further down the coast, you’ll find Rockingham, home to an abundant array of marine life including pods of wild dolphins that regularly visit. Wide-open waterways, memorable family fun and an enviable lifestyle can all be enjoyed in the vibrant city of Mandurah. The Peel region has become a leisure mecca for lovers of everything from water sports and fishing to wine tasting.Or explore the north coast and experience the thrill of sandboarding on the endless snow-white sand dunes in Lancelin. Further inland, one of the oldest towns in Western Australia, Gingin has retained much of its colonial country charm and makes an ideal family daytrip or mini-break away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Venture inland to the Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region. Scenic vineyards, produce farms, and art galleries speckle the valley, creating a feast for the senses.
The Perth Hills, epitomises the natural beauty of the Darling Range, with bush trails, granite outcrops and waterfalls.
Continue east to the country town of York, centred on the rolling vistas of the Avon Valley. Wander through living history and discover the town’s beautifully preserved streets and buildings.
Perth and Surrounds
Cruise the Swan River past parks and skyscrapers to 40 vineyards in the Swan Valley or the Perth Zoo. Visit Rottnest Island, where you can explore history, bike ride to secret beaches and kayak to secluded bays. Feast on seafood and soak up the carnival atmosphere in historic Fremantle. Discover the lookouts, landscaped gardens and Aboriginal heritage of huge Kings Park. Swim, surf, fish, windsurf and sail on clean and uncrowded beaches such as Cottlesloe or Scarborough. Then skip between the sunny boardwalks, beaches and marinas of the Sunset Coast.
Three Great Days in Perth
Pack in the sights to your Perth holiday, known for its sunshine, natural beauty and relaxed pace. Sail down the shimmering, blue Swan River or look over the city and its waterways from Kings Park. Swim, surf or just watch the sunset from Cottesloe Beach, then hit Northbridge’s cheap eateries and trendy bars.
Perth’s City Precincts
Beyond its tranquil river and spacious beaches, Perth has lively city precincts humming with great shopping, nightlife and dining. Soak up business chic in Perth’s city centre, browse boutiques along Leederville’s stylish Oxford Street and catch live music in Mount Lawley. Discover hip bars and trendy eateries in Northbridge or visit the theatre along the leafy streets of Subiaco.
Cottesloe Beach is one of the most popular of all Western Australia’s city beaches. It is located midway between the Perth central business district and the port of Fremantle in Perth’s western suburbs, only 15 minutes from the city centre. Cottesloe is renowned for its relaxed lifestyle and has been a popular seaside holiday destination for Perth locals for more than 100 years. Its village atmosphere and rich maritime heritage is sure to entice you to explore beyond its golden sands. It’s also the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean while dining on fresh seafood.
Eat Up and Explore the Past in Fremantle
Food is always a festive affair in the historic port of Fremantle. This is a city where you can eat in heritage-listed streets buzzing with buskers or on winding alleys lined with art. Your next meal is as close as the music floating out of a colonial pub or the breeze blowing from the harbour.
The Indian Ocean Drive
Discover white beaches, coral reefs, salty fishing towns and rugged national parks on this spectacular journey along Western Australia’s Coral Coast. Head north to taste fresh crayfish in Geraldton and mouth-watering tropical fruits in Carnarvon. Swim with the huge whale shark on Ningaloo Reef and four wheel drive through the canyons of nearby Cape Range National Park.
Summer in the Swan Valley
Summer in the Swan Valley is all about the good life. Drive to family-run wineries and boutique breweries or visit them on a luxury cruise up the Swan River. Dine alfresco in vineyard restaurants or spread out a gourmet picnic in the parklands. Explore the charming colonial village of Guildford, shop for art and antiques and travel back to the 19th century with a night in heritage-listed accommodation. The area is also home to wildlife sanctuaries, rambling countryside and national parks to walk, horse ride and cycle through.
Rottnest Island, just a short ferry ride from Perth, feels a world away from city life. Rottnest Island was separated from the Western Australian mainland around 7,000 years ago when the sea level rose. The first records of human occupation of Rottnest Island date back more than 6,500 years, when the Nyungah Aboriginal people inhabited the area. Known to local Aboriginal people as Wadjemup, the island is of great spiritual significance to Aboriginal communities.