[:en]Lonely Planet said of Perth, “laid-back, liveable Perth has wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and an easy-going character.” The natural beauty of Perth really has to be seen to be believed. But it’s not just the beauty that exists within the confines of the city, Western Australia has some of the most unique vistas and original spaces in the world. From the far north, to the great southern region, we are always excited about everything there is to do in Perth. Here is our pick of the top 10 things to do in Perth.
1. Kings Park
Flanking Perth city, Kings Park is a treasure of bush and wildflowers. At the heart of the park is a 17-hectare botanical garden, with more than 2000 plant species. Take a trip down the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, with juts and twists through a canopy of eucalypts.
2. Cottesloe Beach
As the safest swimming beach in Perth, Cottesloe is an idyllic stretch of beach, littered with cafes, pubs and grassed areas. It’s a quick trip on the train, or on a bus, or there is plenty of parking available at the iconic location. Make sure you are there as the sun goes down for a view never to be forgotten.
3. Karijini National Park
Located in the Hamersley Range, Karijini National Park is one of the most spectacular outback adventures you be taken on in Western Australia. Be sure to visit Hancock Gorge, Weano Gorge and Hamersley Gorge. The most important place to visit in the park is Fern Pool – one of the most perfect waterfalls to exist and an amazing place to have a swim in the outback.
We might be bias on this one, but we happen to think Cervantes is one of the best things to do in Perth. Not only can you grab an amazing lunch at Lobster Shack and visit our lobster processing facility, there are plenty of natural attractions in the area. For example, at the entrance of the town you can drive through to Lake Thetis, which contains the oldest living organisms known to man. Just 15 minutes away from town, you will be able to marvel at the beauty of the Pinnacles.
5. Hillarys Boat Habour
Situated in Perth’s northern suburbs, Hillarys Boat Harbour is a fantastic day out on the water for the whole family. There are plenty of places to grab a bite, jump in the water, or just take a stroll along the boardwalk. There are also plenty of water sports to get involved with in the area! It’s a great family day out.
6. Rottnest Island
Off the coast of Western Australia is Rottnest Island, a protected nature reserve home to the amazing quokka – a small marsupial known for its ability to snap a good selfie. Catch the ferry from Hillarys or Freo, and spend the day cycling around the quaint island.
7. Lesmurdie Falls
Perth is also known for its hills, and nestles in the east hills is Lesmurdie Falls National Park. It’s home to a spectacular waterfall on the Darling Range escarpment. It’s a great place to go for a hike, so chuck on your walking shoes and get out for the day.
Voted one of the most liveable cities in the world, Fremantle is the perfect place to explore, grab a coffee, and soak up some of the that old-school Australian charm. The city is known for its maritime history and Fremantle Prison, which now serves as a museum. It’s best to give yourself time to explore everything little place has to offer.
9. Margaret River
South of Perth is a quiet little retreat for people who love a good winery or chocolate factory. This spot is definitely more for the weekend travellers, who have a couple more days to spend in nature. Be sure to head to Yallingup beach for a great day in the salty sea.
10. Swan Valley
Just 45 minutes east of the CBD is a litter of wineries and breweries, perfect for a day of frivolity and great food and drink.[:]