Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mount Eliza offer sweeping views of the city.
Perth feels like a young city as it continues to evolve to include more cafes, restaurants, local bars and the very distinct monster waterfall development in the city centre that is identified by many as a mini version of the darling harbour in Sydney. The attractive setting of the Swan River running through the metropolitan city and the close proximity to several stunning beaches that are a lot less crowded than its east coast counterparts also add tremendous appeal to the city.
See the skyline from Kings Park
Kings Park has a stunning location overlooking the Swan River and offers breathtaking views of the Perth city skyline.
The park covers more than 400 hectares and is the largest inner city park in the southern hemisphere. It is even larger than New York’s most famous Central Park.
A walk amongst the treetops on the elevated bridge, the botanical gardens, the open grassy areas and an ideal location to picnic amongst the gum trees made my experience in Perth memorable. There are many kiosk’s spread around the park to buy food and drinks. The botanical cafe and Fraser’s restaurant are more formal settings to enjoy a meal inside the Kings Park. Interestingly, there are free playgrounds attached to the cafe’s enabling parents to enjoy their beverages whilst watching their young ones play.
Catch a sunset at Cottesloe Beach
Perth’s sunsets are astounding and thus is a must-see if you visit Western Australia. If you haven’t seen the sun set over the ocean, western Australia is where you should experience it.
Cottesloe is a beach-side suburb about a 15-minute drive from the Perth CBD and is one of the best places to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.
Cottesloe crystal clear waters make it a popular place for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and a great spot for families to have picnics under shady Norfolk Pines.
It’s definitely one of the top things to do in Perth with kids.
Take a Walking Tour of Perth
Perth is a city made for walking as it has wide streets and footpaths.
One of the best ways to explore a new destination is to join a walking tour or just walk around to your heart’s content. I walked Perth with two feet and a heartbeat as we strolled through the city streets and laneways of the CBD learning much about the history, culture, heritage, and colourful past of the city and experienced attractions on and off the tourist trail.
There are small bar tours every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. I recommend joining one to experience the city night life and make new friends if you’re above the age of 21.
Take a Swan River Cruise
Make the trip from Perth down to Fremantle via a relaxing cruise on the Swan River. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the city skyline, the many sailing boats, and marvel at some of the most expensive real estate in the country – the mining boom has treated Perth well.
Consider taking a cruise at night when the glittering city lights are reflected on the river.
Day trip to Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island, Perth, Western Australia
Rottnest Island is incredible. Located 18 kilometres off the coast it’s a premier island getaway with over 60 picturesque beaches and bays.
Rotto, as the locals call it, is best explored by bicycle, there are no cars on the island making it a relaxing and enjoyable experience for people of all ages. Other activities on the island include tennis, golf, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and diving.
Take the short ferry trip over. Our favorite beaches are the Basin and Pinky Beach. Get up close to the cute little marsupial the quokka, found only in Western Australia.
Hit the beaches – in the MORNING!
Perth has some excellent city beaches such as Scarborough, Cottesloe, City Beach, Trigg, Sorento, and Leighton, but Perth does get a little windy in the afternoons.
By 2pm, the famous Fremantle Doctor breeze has rolled in off the Indian Ocean making your beach day somewhat less pleasant.
So if you’re heading to one of Perth’s beautiful beaches, make it a morning event, unless you’re planing to go late in the afternoon to experience one of the breathtaking sunsets.
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