Why visit Perth: Best tips
Perth isn’t usually the first destination on travelers’ wish list, when they are planning a trip to Australia, even though it’s the capital city of Western Australia. No wonder, as it’s known as one of the world’s most isolated city. What’s less known is that this coastal city has nice sub-tropical climate (warm sunny days all year round, winter temperatures around +20 C°), laid back people, the food scene that is one of the most vibrant in Australia, endless and amazing white sand beaches and great places to explore.
As I promised, I’m now going to tell you why also you should visit Perth, that lovely place by waters of the Indian Ocean.
Perth downtown is quite compact and made for walking, as it’s flat and has wide footpaths. There’s easy accessibility to major tourism attractions, a lot of cafes to take a break from touristing, a wide range of newly opened restaurants for all the culinarists and good shopping possibilities. And if walking doesn’t sound tempting, you can always navigate around the city cycling or by public transport. A free public transport is available and you can find buses with several different routes in the city.
The Swan River running directly through Perth City is also something you want to see. Maybe you should hop on a river cruise, that is one of the best and easiest ways to capture beautiful Perth skyline and visit the port city of Fremantle at the same time.
I really liked Perth city center and could easily have spent more time there.
When in Perth downtown, you should definitely head to Kings Park, which offers amazing views of the Perth city skyline. From our last Perth visit I remembered that this park was big, but I really didn’t realize that it’s even larger than New York’s Central Park and is actually the largest inner-city park in the southern hemisphere. Walk around, have fun at the children’s play areas, beat your fear of heights by walking at the tree tops on the elevated bridge, admire the beauty of botanical gardens, spot the birds (this park is home to 70 bird species) and have a traditional or BBQ picnic like a real Perth resident.
If you prefer eating a meal prepared by someone else, there’s also a kiosk, restaurant and cafes by the playgrounds. And yes, it’s free access to the park, so go there even just to enjoy the scenery.
Elizabeth Quay is a wonderful new asset for Perth city situated by the Swan River. It’s a pleasant spot to spend a bit of time whilst in town and it has something for everyone. Brilliant playground by the bridge, a carousel and a splash zone with the fountains for the kids, restaurants and cafes for the adults.
The train and bus stations are right around the corner, so it is easily accessible. Walk around and take couple of selfies at the pedestrian bridge, which is quite cool and sculptural. A great place to watch the sunset by the way! Or catch a river cruise or ferry to south Perth Fremantle or Rottnest Island.
If you want to see the Perth city skyline from a slightly different angle, you should head to Burswood and to be more precise, to The Camfield, that is Perth’s newest and probably most exciting meeting place. It’s located on the picturesque banks of the Swan River on Burswood Peninsula. This delicious food and drinks offering place is right next to Optus Stadium and has also stunning views from their terrace over Swan River and Matagarup pedestrian Bridge to Perth downtown. Go for drinks with friends, relax in their beer garden with big screen, have a dinner and let kids run around, there’s a lot of space and nice playground!
Days spent at Scarborough were the highlights of our vacation, as it’s one of Australia’s best beachfront destinations! Only 20-minutes’ drive from Perth downtown and you have endless white sand beaches, numerous cafes and restaurants overlooking the ocean, new playground for little ones and surf schools for all the adventurous. As I promised, I will tell you more about Scarborough next week, so stay tuned!
Fremantle is only 30 minutes’ drive from the city center, but you may prefer to take a scenic river cruise along the Swan River instead. This place is an interesting blend of fishing boat harbor, old west- kind of architecture, luxury accommodations by the river, handcrafted beers, vegan friendly and superfood offering restaurants and cafes (also a lot of burger places!) and laid-back people. I found this place really interesting and for some reason fascinating as it was a mixture of so many things.
If hanging at the cafes and restaurants or bathing in a sun isn’t your thing, you can always explore the markets, learn history and visit Fremantle Prison or The Western Australian Maritime Museum or get inspired at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
You can’t miss Rottnest Island if you ever visit Perth, especially if you love beaches, crystal clear water or snorkeling! It’s like a little paradise with its 63 beaches and 20 stunning bays. It’s also a home to some of the most unique species that you won’t find anywhere else, like the famous marsupial Quokka (looks a lot like a mini kangaroo!).
This time we didn’t go there but on our last visit we did and rented bikes and just drove around and enjoyed those stunning beaches. They also organize free guided walks, skydiving, different kind of entertainment like live music nights and comedy festivals and whale watching tours. You need to experience this place yourself to understand what I’m talking about!
Amazing white sand beaches
Perth is known as a home to the best beaches that side of the Equator, and actually, there are so many beaches that some of them don’t even have names. Some beaches are more suitable for surfers with big waves and some for families with their kid friendly shoreline, cafes and lots of parking space. In any case, there’s a beach for everyone!
Our absolute favorite was, surprise-surprise, Scarborough beach. Lovely and such a beautiful beach with a nice play area, also a lot of restaurants, cafes and bars to keep everyone satisfied. Clean waters, fine sand, wide and long beach line, so what’s not to like!
Also, Coogee beach was really nice. Not so crowded, suitable for kids with cafeteria (Coogee Beach Cafe) serving snacks and lunch. Worth of mentioning is also Cottesloe (or just Cott as the locals call it!) as it’s said to be perhaps the most popular beach in Perth. With more than a kilometer of pure white sand and good services (ice cream kiosks, restaurants, some pubs) by the beach, it’s a worth of visit.
So, isn’t it quite obvious why Perth is one of the coolest travel destinations in the world?
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