Perth is a relaxing and sunny city, home to some of the nicest parks in the world, a vibrant restaurant scene (especially great for fans of seafood) and majestic architecture and fascinating history.
Perth highlights include:
1. The Pink Lakes
Nobody quite knows why some of the local lakes are coloured pink in Perth, but everyone agrees that they’re as breathtaking as they are surprising. We especially recommend Esperance, which is host to bird sanctuaries, horse riding, walking and cycling, fishing, scuba diving, whale-watching (May to October), windsurfing, abseiling, kayaking and 4WD drive tours. Its local museum has exploration and shipwreck pieces, as well as segments of the US Sky Lab, which fell to ground in the town in the 1980s.
2. Indian Ocean Drive
On the Indian Ocean Drive, there are many quaint, charming seaside towns with the best seafood you’ll ever eat. There are incredible views of the Indian Ocean and countless white sandy beaches to await you on your journey. Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, meet the dolphins at Monkey Mia, and see the rays, sharks and turtles (and more) at the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. The Indian Ocean Drive also has some of the world’s most beautiful national parks.
This laid-back port town is the perfect place to unwind with a seafood dinner while you watch the sun set over the sea, or maybe with a pint of local Australian lager in one of its famous colonial pubs. Freemantle is a historically rich town, and you’ll love walking down its old streets and checking out its protected heritage buildings. It’s also a cultural centre, with more than its share of buskers, theatres, galleries and museums.
4. Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island has been popular with tourists since the early 1900s, thanks to its stunning beaches, scenic bays and lovely local wildlife. The island (a short ferry ride from Perth) is a national park in itself, and you’ll find local quokkas (like little kangaroos), abundant marine wildlife, and stunning countryside. Take a boat tour and you might see one of its many local seals, ospreys, turtles, dolphins and whales. History buffs will love the shipwrecks and historical scuba sites.
For more information about things to do in Perth, read our blog.