This city is closer to Asia than it is to any other major Australian city but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth a visit. Perth is starting to make a name for itself and is definitely somewhere that should peak the interest of travellers. You can also use the city as a base for exploring the rugged outback of Western Australia, one of Australia’s least travelled regions by tourists.
Perth (PER) has a large international airport that connects to most major destinations around the world as well as smaller regional ones across Australia. There are a large number of bus and train options available for the Perth metropolitan area as well as some bus routes that connect with the rest of Western Australia. You can also travel directly to Sydney from here via train, known as The Ghan.
WHEN TO GO
Perth has a warm climate all the year round with the winter months of June-August being the coldest and wettest, when the temperature falls to around 19 degrees celsius. The summers can get very hot but a cooling sea breeze stops the city regularly reaching the extreme temperatures that can be felt elsewhere.
WHERE TO STAY
The city has a fantastic range of accommodation options which means that there is something to satisfy all budget types. From backpacker hostels, motels, apartment rentals and five star luxury hotels - the range on offer is quite extensive. Here are a few of our favourites:
The Witch's Hat ($)
Ibis Perth ($$)
Parmelia Hilton ($$)
Duxton Hotel ($$)
Pan Pacific Perth ($$$)
Westin Perth ($$$)
Crown Metropol ($$$)
QT Perth ($$$)
WHAT TO EAT
Sentinel Bar & Grill ($$), Nobu Perth ($$$$), Ivy & Jack ($$), SIMPLE italian ($$), Bib and Tucker ($$), Bread in Common ($), Canteen Pizza ($), Wildflower ($$$)
THINGS TO DO
[Perth Mint] One of the finest examples of colonial architecture in Perth, this is an interesting side tour for people interested in history. Here you can learn all about the gold making process and the history of what made Perth such an historically important city.
[Kings Park] This expansive public parkland is a magnificent place to visit. Spend an afternoon exploring the perfectly manicured green spaces, sit back and relax and watch the world go by.
[Fremantle] Head across to the town of Fremantle just outside the city limits for a look back into a time gone by. Explore cobbled streets with original storefronts, some surviving from the 1800s. One of the main highlights here is the old prison which is a fascinating building.
[Penguin Island] Just off the coast line this island famous is for, you guessed it: penguins! You can head down to the harbour to buy tickets for a day trip here to see the cute and fluffy penguins.
Other Things to Do: Crown Casino, Fremantle Markets, Museum of Western Australia, Elizabeth Quay, Rottnest Island
The entry point to Western Australia for the vast majority of visitors is the cosmopolitan city of Perth, but you’d be foolish to let your exploration end there. There is plenty to see in the state and one of the best examples of this is The Pinnacles, this scenic desert area just a few hours from Perth is home to a mass of limestone formations that stand out from the baron landscape.
If you want to visit the wilderness then the place for you is the Karijini National Park, hidden among the wilderness are some delightful desert pools and a number of indigenous desert animals such as ring-tailed dragons and desert tree frogs. Standing at 15m tall and having an age that is in the billions Wave Rock, in the wilderness of the central areas is an imposing and unique sight that has to be seen to be believed.
Closer to the border of South Australia is the scenic Lucky Bay that has delightful blue oceans and accompanying white sand beaches.