The weather is fantastic, the beaches are clean and uncrowded, and the city, situated on the banks of the Swan River, is in a postcard-perfect setting. Get active and enjoy the sunshine, natural parklands and beach lifestyle of Perth, one of the country's most beautiful cities and the capital of Western Australia.
Marvel at the awesome city and river views. Spend some time shopping and taking in the city’s great attractions, galleries and museums. Make sure you enjoy the fabulous Swan River by taking a cruise or by setting off on one of the walk-ways and cycle-ways that follow the river’s picturesque foreshore. To see all the city sights, hop on the tourist tram or sightseeing bus.
Elizabeth Quay and Kings Park
Head to Elizabeth Quay to enjoy views of the Swan River and stop off at a café for a coffee, or some ice-cream at Gusto Gelato. From Elizabeth Quay, you can catch the ferry across to South Perth where you can discover some more cafés, restaurants, pubs and boutique stores.
Explore the beautiful Kings Park, one of the largest inner city parks in the world. You can enjoy breakfast at Fraser’s Restaurant and Botanical Café whilst you admire views across South Perth, the Perth CBD and Elizabeth Quay. Make your way down into town via a free bus and visit King Street where you’ll find the high-end boutique stores.
Visit the Perth Mint where you can peruse the vast collection of coins, gold nuggets and memorabilia, and even witness a Gold Pour.
Head inland on a short drive to the Swan Valley and enjoy the 32km food and wine trail where there are plenty of places to stop and savour the local produce. There is an endless choice for lunch with many wineries and restaurants offering a delectable array of fresh local produce. Enjoy some wine tasting and visit the local microbreweries for some boutique beers.
Before leaving the Swan Valley, visit Caversham Wildlife Park where you can end get up close and personal with an array of Australian animals and reptiles. From cuddly Koalas to native freshwater Crocodiles, you want to make sure you have your camera ready.
20km south of Perth is the port city of Fremantle, voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 cities to visit in the world. Walk through the eclectic mix of independent boutiques and art galleries, as well as the famed Fremantle Markets, which are filled with gourmet food stalls, fresh local produce and creative local artisan stalls.
Explore a multitude of attractions and historic buildings, including the old Fremantle Prison where you can embark on a variety of entertaining, history-rich tours.
Only 19 kilometres off the coast of Perth lies Rottnest Island – boasting a relaxed atmosphere and some of the world’s best beaches. You can make your way to Rottnest Island by ferry from the Perth CBD, Fremantle or Hillarys Boat Harbour. Once you arrive at the island you can explore by foot, bike or the free bus service that tours the island. You even have the option of an island Segway tour or a jet boat experience.
Free CBD Transportation
You can travel around the Perth and Fremantle CBD areas free when you use the Central Area Transport (CAT) buses or the Free Transit Zone (FTZ) in Perth city. The buses run frequently and routes take in the major attractions of the area. The CAT stops have distinctive stands and are easily recognizable. The city CAT stops have real-time passenger information which tell you when the next bus is due. Wait at the bus stop and the driver will stop to pick you up. St Georges Terrace, Adelaide Terrace and much of the CBD are all part of the FTZ.
For more information on the public transport system in and around Perth, please visit the Transport Information website www.transperth.wa.gov.au.