The capital of Western Australia is packed with attractions, including great arts venues, white sandy beaches and fabulous restaurants, making it a top holiday destination.
If you are a fan of the great outdoors, here are some of our favourite outdoor experiences for you to enjoy on your holidays in Perth.
Pack a picnic and head to Kings Park
Kings Park is one of the largest and arguably the loveliest inner city park in the world. Located in West Perth, a short distance away from Perth Central Business District, the park affords panoramic views over the city from its vantage point high above Swan River.
Free guided walks are available and the Kings Park guides to enable you to get more out of your visit to the grounds.
Nearly two-thirds of the site, which covers more than 1,000 acres, is untamed bushland and home to over 300 species of native plants and around 80 species of birds.
But the site also has large expanses of grassy lawns as well as the Western Australian Botanic Garden. This displays more than 3,000 species of native flora, most of which are found nowhere else on earth. One highlight is the 750-year-old Boab tree.
There are lots of things to see and do, including walking or cycling along trails that criss-cross the gardens and bush land. And from December until March you can enjoy a film under the stars on your holidays in Perth at the outdoor cinema in the Synergy Parkland area. See the latest blockbusters or one of the classics. And if you’re visiting in September, you can catch the Kings Park Festival, a month-long programme of music, exhibitions and more.
Learn to sail
Perth loves its sailing and its beautiful river and coastline are ideal places in which to enjoy the sport. What’s more, the boating conditions in Matilda Bay are among the best in the world.
If you don’t sail, why not learn at Royal Perth Yacht Club’s Discover Sailing Centre on the Swan River? The centre offers a choice of courses for either dinghies or keelboats. Keelboat courses are run over five weeks on Saturday mornings and are therefore better suited to people planning to book a relatively long-stay city break in Perth. You’ll be out on the water with the bare minimum of classroom time.
The boating conditions in Matilda Bay are among the best in the world.
Spend a day exploring the Swan Valley wine growing region
Less than half-an-hour’s drive from the city centre is Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest and most visited wine growing region, which is home to more than 40 wineries.
Why not cycle through the area, stopping off as you go? There’s a well-signposted 32km food and wine trail that takes you past all the wineries as well as breweries, restaurants, cafés and roadside stalls.
There are over 70 cafés and restaurants in the valley. The historic village of Guildford with buildings dating back to the 1830s and antique shops is nearby and well-worth a visit.
You could also opt to join a wine-tasting tour which will see you ferried from winery to winery. Alternatively, you could hop on a wine cruise along the River Swan with daily departures from Perth.
Pack the suntan oil and a towel and head to the beach
Perth gives easy access to 19 beaches but perhaps the pick of them is Cottesloe, one of the most popular Western Australia city beaches. With its 1.5km of golden sand and crystal-clear waters, it’s just 15 minutes from the city by car, train or bus and midway between Perth’s central business district and the historic port of Fremantle.
Cottesloe is great for swimming, snorkelling and surfing and home to the first surf life saving club in Australia, founded in 1909. In addition to the beach, you can enjoy a host of restaurants, cafés and bars along Marine Boulevard.
There is also a nine-hole golf course nearby and it’s a great place to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean at the end of the day.
Other attractions include a free sculpture exhibition in the summer, an outdoor music concert.
Plan your holidays in Perth to coincide with a festival
Perth hosts a wide range of festivals, as you’d expect from the capital of Western Australia. One of the biggest is Perth International Arts Festival, the longest-running festival in the country. It’s held every year from mid-February until early March. Events include theatre, film, dance, visual arts, as well as contemporary, classical and opera music.