Perth is the world’s most remote capital city - closer to Bali than Australia’s eastern cities and boasts an eclectic mix of city culture and stunning nature, from a burgeoning bar scene and open arts festivals, to its world-class beaches and expansive parklands. It’s where the dessert meets the sea and Australia’s sunniest capital city which consequently embraces a relaxed outdoor lifestyle and liveable vibe.
The city of Perth lies along a wide sweep of the Swan River. Public transport is better than most Australian cities and train tracks divide the city centre from the Northbridge entertainment enclave, immediately to the north. Here's where you'll find Perth's cultural institutions, most of its hostels and a lively little Asian restaurant strip. There’s the 400 hectares of Kings Park to explore in the city or the inviting clear waters and spectacular sunsets at Cottesloe Beach.
If you want to get out of town head south to the port city of Fremantle and check out Fremantle Prison for tales of adventure and hardship. It’s foreboding 5-meter high walls and 6-hectare site still dominate the beachside town and intertwine with fascinating maritime history. Alternatively take a short ferry ride to Rottnest Island, a city escape for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and relaxing. Vans to get you on the road out of Perth available here.
If your’e after a bit more culture, further inland, one of the oldest towns in Western Australia, Gingin has retained much of its colonial country charm and makes an ideal family daytrip or mini-break away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You’ll also find the Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region with scenic vineyards, produce farms, and art galleries strewn throughout the valley.
There’s a lot to do in and around Perth and a vibrant and open energy that will make you want to stay. But it’s the gateway to Western Australia so don’t forget to get on the road and desicove what else WA has to offer.