by Bookastay staff
Capital of the huge expanse of Western Australia, Perth was officially settled in 1829. It’s set on the Swan River, and includes the funky port town of Fremantle just south of the city.
Perth is known for its eclectic and vibrant arts scene, its fabulous beaches, sailing and marine adventures. It has lush vineyards to the south and wild desert with some crazy geological features inland.
Fremantle is a city in its own right, just 30 minutes south of the Perth CBD. It boasts world-famous heritage buildings, and has a large Italian population. Cruise ‘Cappucino Strip’ on a Saturday morning, or hit the farmer’s markets. Eat fresh seafood down at Fishing Boat Harbour or stock up on historical facts at one of the many museums.
Perth’s remote location has encouraged a thriving independent music scene–some call it the new Seattle. Perth theatre has brought us some of Australia’s best performers, including Heath Ledger, Tim Minchin, Judy Davis, Sam Worthington and of course, Rolf Harris.
Don’t miss the shopping in Hay St Mall or Subiaco, or trawl designer boutiques at William Street, Northbridge. Also at Northbridge is the dynamic Cultural Centre, home to the Institute of Contemporary Art, WA Museum and State Theatre Centre, to name a few.
If it’s a bit of natural timeout you’re after, go no further than Kings Park in the city. Its 400 hectares hosts an annual wildflower festival in September. Head out of the city for a mere 40 minutes for some wine appreciation in glorious Swan Valley. Spend the day idling or getting active on Cottesloe Beach, or jump on a ferry to Rottnest Island for the day.
Where to stay
What to do
- Spend the day at Fremantle
- Soak up some art at the Cultural Centre
- Go to Rottnest Island for a day’s snorkeling
- Head out of town to Caversham Wildlife Park
- Shop at Williams Street designer boutiques
- Eat fish and chips at sunset on Scarborough beach
- Take the kids to Adventure World
- Take a walking tour of Kings Park
- www.experienceperth.com - for more info on Perth
- www.perthculturalcentre.com.au - for what’s happening at the Cultural Centre
- www.adventureworld.net.au - for Adventure World
- www.bgpa.wa.gov.au - for more on Kings Park
Rottnest Island. Photo credit: Katatoniq
Fremantle busker. Photo credit: Mark Leo
Kings Park picnics. Photo creditL Pascal Subtil