Perth

Travel guide - Perth

Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is one of the world’s most unusual cities. An isolated metropolis on this country-continent, Perth stands alone, off the beaten path and far from the popular cities of the east coast of Australia. The city takes pride in its contrasts and works to preserve and show off its environment, resulting in a place that feels like a far-off paradise. With beaches as far as the eye can see, a pleasant climate and a substantial wine culture, Perth is a city whose downtown skyscrapers keep company with the majesty of nature.

Kings Park, Perth’s lush green epicentre

Travellers bound for Perth are likely to feel one of two things: a sense of vertigo, or excitement about wide open spaces. Once you arrive, the metropolis and its two million inhabitants will quickly make you forget the city’s unique geographic location, such is the vitality of the city. On the banks of the Swan River, Australia’s sunniest city is graced with a blue sky year round. To begin your discovery of the city centre, head to Kings Park, one of the world’s largest urban parks—it’s even larger than Central Park! The green lung of Perth plays a central role in the life of the city’s residents. In addition to a lovely botanical garden, Kings Park also offers an unobstructed view overlooking the city’s many skyscrapers.

The gentle, peaceful ambiance in the neighbourhoods of Perth

In Perth, living is an art, and relaxation is a motto for the everyday. While the restaurants and hip boutiques of the city centre already hint at this peaceful atmosphere, the lifestyle is best felt in the different urban islands that make up the metropolis. Plan an evening in Northbridge, an area not too far from the city centre. This multicultural quarter north of downtown offers a wide range of restaurants and small bars, where Perth’s younger generation gathers nearly every night of the week. Leederville and Subiaco also attest to the laid-back Australian attitude during the day before coming to life at night.

Fremantle, a port city with a fascinating past

To learn more about Australian history, make sure to stop by Fremantle. Known for its markets and bookshops, this port city has preserved its past well. In addition to its narrow 19th century streets sprinkled with quotes from prisoners and heroic sailors, Fremantle is also marked by a darker time in its history. In the 1850s, a community of convicts was forced to build their own penitentiary here, now listed as a UNESCO world heritage site to honour their memory.

Rottnest Island, Cottesloe Beach and Swan Valley: jewels of Western Australia

Make way for the region’s idyllic beaches and turquoise blue lagoons! The west coast is just as stunning as Byron Bay, the pearl of Australia’s east coat. Between Perth and Fremantle, Cottesloe Beach has crystal clear waters as far as the eye can see. Very popular with families and surfers alike, this beach is a perfect embodiment of the Australian lifestyle—a must-see during your stay! 20 kilometres away from Perth, you can find Rottnest Island. Known as the place where thousands of Aboriginal people were once held prisoner, it is today a lovely pedestrian-only island with no fewer than 63 beaches. When you arrive, you will be welcomed by the island’s mascot, the quokka. This native Australian animal is far from shy, and will happily pose with you for a goofy selfie.
Perth and the area around it are a feast for the senses! Wine and gourmet food lovers will be delighted to discover Swan Valley. Considered as the oldest wine growing region in western Australia, it is home to forty-some wine estates. The wine route extends for thirty or so kilometres. Enjoy a bicycle ride through the vines, secure in the knowledge that there are plenty of lovely places to stop and enjoy a bite to eat.

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