7 Reasons to Add Perth to Your Australia Itinerary
There are almost nine million tourists travelling to the Down Under each year. No wonder! Even most Australians prefer travelling within their own country rather than anywhere else in the world. Why fly all the way to Europe if so many once-in-a-lifetime experiences are at your doorstep?
Actually, almost at your doorstep. Australia is taking up a large territory, which is equal to all of Western European countries combined. This fact, along with the Australia’s isolation, create a diversity in nature, culture and food that you cannot find anywhere else.
Perth, Western Australia
While Australia as a travel destination is on top of everyone’s bucket list, Perth, the sunniest capital city of Australia, is often overlooked. Of course, you have to visit Sydney Opera and the Great Barrier Reef for a first introduction, but there is so much more to Australia than just these places.
Known to be one of the friendliest and most liveable cities in the world, Perth is the capital of the state of Western Australia. In the past few decades, it became a vibrant cosmopolitan city with incredible nature less than a 30-minute drive away.
From stunning beaches, premium-class wineries, to sandboarding in a desert and searching for whales out on the open ocean, Perth has so much to offer. Here is the list of top 7 reasons to add Perth to your Australia itinerary.
#1 Kings Park
One of the largest inner city parks, Kinks Park has a territory of more than 4 sq. km. and is located next to the central business district in Perth. It is perfect for various activities, such as having a picnic, jogging in the morning, or spending a day with your family.
Each September, Kings Park hosts a Wildflower festival, displaying flower species from all over the state and providing fun activities. And don’t forget the view! One of the best viewpoints in Perth is here at the park, a scenic panorama of the Perth Skyline and Swan River.
Taking a trip to the charming port town of Fremantle is a must-activity when visiting Perth. Fremantle is easily accessible by public transport, and if you have a car, less than a 30-minute drive will take you there. However, the best way to start your journey from Perth to Fremantle would be taking a relaxing and picturesque Swan River cruise.
Start your day with a sightseeing tour, head to the Little Creatures Brewery for a special lunch experience, walk along the famous Cappuccino Strip and finish your day at the Fremantle harbour.
#3 Perth Beaches
Perth beaches stretched out within an 80-km. coastal strip. It might be hard to choose which one you should head to, but one thing you should know for sure – you have to visit at least one of them! Many people’s favourite is Cottesloe Beach with its gorgeous sunsets and seasonal exhibition called Sculptures by the Sea.
If you are a family travelling with kids, consider going to the calmer beaches like Hillarys Boat Harbour or Port beach. There is a little bit for everyone, even surfers can find their luck with the waves at the Trigg beach.
#4 Rottnest Island
Loved by both tourists and locals, “Rotto” is only a 90-minute journey from Perth and is one of the most popular attractions in Perth. The island is full of fun activities, such as swimming, snorkelling, diving, fishing, boating, and much more. For the best views, take a walk along the Salmon Bay and climb the Lighthouse afterwards.
This is one of a few places in the world, where you can meet the cutest marsupials in the world named quakkas. If you are looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of a big city, this is the place to go.
#5 Swan Valley
For a gastronomic escape, there is no better place than the Swan Valley, the oldest wine region in Western Australia. Less than a 30-minute drive will take you to a foodie’s paradise, where you can join one of the wine, chocolate, or cheese tastings.
Take a stroll along the vineyards, meet Australia native animals at the Caversham Wildlife Park, or have a delicious meal at one of the onsite restaurants while listening to live music.
#6 Pinnacles Desert
The state of Western Australia boasts the landscape diversity. Head to the Pinnacles for some desert adventures. This lunar-like nature’s creation will impress you with its alien rock formations; you just won’t resist taking a photo with that background!
If you still have some energy, try out sandboarding in Lancelin. Look out for delicate wildflowers on your way if you happen to be there in spring.
#7 Perth Hills
Looking for a place to rekindle with the nature? East of Perth, you will find the Perth Hills with its walking, cycling and hiking trails for all levels of fitness.
An easy hike will take you to the highlight of Perth Hills, the Lesmurdie Falls. There is a picnic area at the base of the falls, throw a blanket on a sunny spot, and enjoy the nature’s spectacularity.
Do you want to experience something extraordinary and off-the-beaten path in Australia? Head to sunny Perth. The list of reasons to visit Perth goes on and on, but make sure you start from the once we mentioned above. And once you get a taste of Western Australia, you will long to return!
This post was sponsored by Perth Tourist Centre.