G’day mate! Though Western Australia is far away from the metropolitan cities of Sydney and Melbourne, Perth is bursting with natural beauty, places to eat and many unique experiences.
Fun in the city
Get in line for the legendary crumpets at Gusto, but get there early–they’ve been known to attract a crowd. Whether you’re looking for a caffeine jolt, some pastries, or a delicious breakfast, they have you covered!
Not far from Gusto is Kings Park and Botanic Gardens. In addition to sweeping views of the city, you can walk across Federation Walkway, a 222-meter long glass-and-steel-sky bridge that crosses a canopy of trees. You don’t have to go far to see some of the best Perth has to offer.
It’s not hard to feel at home in Perth. Head to a neighbourhood favourite, Swallow Bar, known for its vintage decor, classic cocktails, and French menu. If you’re in the mood for comfort food and a cozy atmosphere, Bread in Common has something for everyone, each dish designed with bread in mind. And while you’re in town, take advantage of the stellar Australian wines and local food at Billie H. They have an extensive list and great menu that shows off the best Perth has to offer.
Beach days are a must and easy to come by
Enjoy an Instagram-worthy day in the crystal clear waters of Cottesloe Beach. Called the safest beach in Perth, Cottesloe is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and surfing. If you’re not ready to dive in, head over the John’s Street Cafe for all-day breakfast (their bennies menu is where it’s at). As the day winds down, be sure not to leave before catching a gorgeous sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Just a short ferry from Perth is the island locals call “Rotto.” Rottnest Island is home to Quokkas, 300 permanent residents, and relaxation. Don’t worry about a car–they’re not allowed. Just grab a bike and some snorkel gear and head to one (or many) of the island’s more than sixty beaches. When you’re feeling hungry, check out Gordie’s Cafe and Art Gallery for a quick snack or lunch. For something more substantial, Hotel Rottnest has a full menu of sustainable and locally sourced foods perfect for a night out.
Beyond city limits
If you have a free day (and night) in your schedule, consider a stargazing tour in Pinnacles Desert. While this may sound like an evening activity, it’s a full-day event. Many tour companies stop along the way to view local wildlife and have a drink at wineries in Margaret River. End the day away from light pollution in Pinnacles Desert where you can gaze upon the Milky Way.
Though Margaret River is three hours south of Perth, it’s well worth the time. The region is well-known for its wine, beer, and locally sourced foods. And even though you’re going for the wine, keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos along the way.
Perth is an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. Our local photographers are passionate about helping you commemorate your trip and make sure you experience the best Perth has to offer.