The gateway to Australia
Attention, sun-seekers: Perth’s skies remain aqua-blue pretty much all-year round. The gateway to Australia has more than its fair share of natural charms, including photoshoot-worthy beaches, the sparkling Swan River, indigenous botanics in Kings Park and Rottnest, Perth’s quokka-graced island idyll. Unsurprisingly, beachy Perth is home to an insatiable surf culture, but there’s plenty for culture-seeking landlubbers, too: galleries, theatres and bars are scattered throughout the capital, the food scene is superlative and the city is a launch pad to further-afield adventures.
Get a taste of Perth
Perth’s vibrant food scene delivers a comprehensive masterclass in modern Australian cuisine, with big-name chefs such as Neil Perry and Matt Smith gracing the city with their talents. For multiple star-turn restaurants under one roof, pay a trip to the Crown Towers hotel, home to Nobu, The Merrywell and other lures. Whatever you decide to eat, expect it to be served with a generous side of sunshine: Perth sensibly optimises its mood-boosting climate via an abundance of rooftop bars, al fresco restaurants and beachside eateries. Even the city’s parks are kitted out with communal barbecues, so visitors can rustle up their own quintessential Aussie-style feasts amid the great outdoors.
Pick from a wealth of accessible day trips from Perth. Make time for wildlife-spotting on Rottnest Island (‘Rotto’, to the locals), which is just 19 kilometres off the coast of Perth City, accessed by a 23-minute ferry ride from Fremantle. Then there’s Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine region, where more than 40 wineries await. Just a 25-minute drive away, the Swan Valley rewards explorers with wildlife and nature, delicious food, impressive art and reach-for-your-camera scenery. Adventurous types could hop on a seaplane to Margaret River: this town south of Perth, lures visitors – and migratory whales – to its scenic landscapes and awesome surf breaks.