Our Favourite Things to do in Perth, Australia
You’ve probably heard Aussies are a laid-back lot, complete with a Hakuna Matata attitude and beautiful beaches to boot. While we’re not confirming the rumour completely – you need to find out for yourself – the Western city of Perth is the ideal place for any traveller searching for an easy-going feel with city delights and natural attractions. It’s a bit of a tall order, but like a lot of Australian cities, this state capital delivers exactly what you’re looking for with relaxed appeal – great food, spectacular sights, call-everyone-now experiences and fond feelings long after you’ve left.
So, what should you do in this cosmopolitan corner of Western Australia? Begin your Perth holiday plan around these four options.
1. Visit Cottesloe Beach
Sharpen your sand sculpting skills and pack a thick towel, you’re about to step onto a resplendent coastal stretch. Despite Cottesloe’s popularity, this 6.6 mile length of pure white sand continues to retain its quiet splendour, as locals and tourists snorkel, swim and surf the day away. After enjoying a day on the sand, why not finish up with a delicious meal and a cold, Australian beer or lovely wine, smiling as the sun sinks into the Indian Ocean? Bliss.
2. Cycle the Swan Valley
Jump on those pedals and get moving, as the refreshing air of the WA countryside sinks into your lungs. The open spaces, cellar doors, walk-in restaurants and adorable cafes of Swan Valley await, ripe for leg-powered exploration. Take it at a leisurely pace, beginning on the banks of the Swan River and onto one of the four sign-posted routes, steeped in history and local characters. Keen to keep it simple with a picnic? There’s plenty of pretty spots along the way, near some of Australia’s most celebrated wineries – it’s a win/win, really!
3. Day Trip to Rottnest Island
Rottnest, or Rottie to the locals, is a must-do Western Australia day-trip, lying just 19km off the glimmering Perth coastline. Board the ferry in the morning, taking care to apply a lot of sunscreen and a hat, and watch an ever-summer paradise some into view. Your tour guide will then direct you to a bus, where you’ll be treated to a comprehensive tour of Rottnest Island, exploring the little inlets and vantage points only a few people get to see. Hungry? Before spending the afternoon snorkelling or diving, why not enjoy a full buffet lunch at Rottnest Lodge? Your stomach will thank you.
4. Explore Historic Fremantle
If a town could have an occupation, Fremantle would be a historian, as this slice of Australia’s heritage bridges the gap between past and present, giving today’s visitors a chance to go back in time to a period when convicts, heroes, mutineers and pioneers littered the landscape with stories and architectural history.
You don’t need to be a museum buff to appreciate the Fremantle streetscape (although there are plenty in town covering a range of different subjects, including maritime history) – all you need is a sense of adventure. Fremantle has countless claims to fame, including the title of world’s best preserved 19th century township (heritage listed buildings are everywhere) and its international acclaim for boat building – nobody can replicate an old school tall ship quite like the Fremantle craftsmen.
Stop waiting for the right time to take a holiday. Discover everything Australia has to offer in 16 days, and go home satisfied, energised and ready to take on what comes next. Book an East to West Coast Discovery today and let ANZCRO take you away.