Perth is the sunniest Australian city with the largest city parkland of the world. Thanks to its perfect climate throughout the year it offers a laid-back lifestyle that is hard to beat.
I have been three times to Perth and every time I seem to like it more and more. Amongmany things to do in Perth, here are my top five things to add to your bucket list to make the most of your trip to the Western Australia capital city.
5 things to do in Perth for first time travellers
If you are planning a trip to Perth plan 3-5 days at least. Here my picks on what to do in Perth for a short stay.
- The jewel of Perth – Kings Park
Kings Park, the largest city park in the world, is the the green soul of Perth. Its lovely botanical garden features unique Western Australian wildflowers, plants, trees and offers spectacular views over the city. Free walking tours offered by park rangers are available daily to learn about traditions and the aboriginal significance of this place. If you want to do longer walks or go cycling across this huge natural bushland, take your own food and plan a whole day out there.
- Do what the locals do – Spend a day on Rottnest Island
No visit to Perth is complete without a trip to Rotto, as the locals call Rottnest Island. Rottnest is a car-free small island, off the coast of Perth, a great place for a day out or a holiday. There is a free shuttle bus that takes you areound to over 60 beaches. You can also join a two-hour-bus-tour with excellent commentary about the natural features, the unique cultural heritage and funny stories of this island. However the best way to explore the island is to hire a bike and visit at your own pace. Check the wind and sea conditions before booking your ferry from Fremantle to Rottnest. By strong wind it will be hard to cycle around the island, so possibly pick a wind-free day for a trip to Rotto!
- Get an insight of the historic settlement – spend a day in Fremantle
Fremantle is located only 20 minutes train ride south from the city and is a fascinating little coastal town with a cultural and historic heritage. From theFremantle markets, (on weekends) bustling with arts and crafts stalls, fresh local produce, to the Fremantle Prison with its fascinating story from the convict settlement time, the prison riots and its mysterious tales, to a walk along the Fremantle Marina, peppered with magnificient old buildings, hotels (pubs) Fremantle is truly a picturesque place with a distinctive flair.
- Enjoy Perth beaches – Go to Cottesloe
Sun, beach and surf. This is what Perth is known for. One top thing to do in Perth is to go to Cottesloe Beach, the most popular beach among locals. While it is very busy on weekends you don’t need a car to get there, it’s only 10 minutes bus or train ride from the city. For bike lovers is a paradise as good cycling paths from the city take you to Cottesloe. From Cottesloe you can keep cycling along the coast to Fremantle (southbound) or head north to Sorrento.
- Dive into the Western Australian Tastes – Enjoy its Food Markets
Another thing you can do in Perth is to taste its great food and local produce. Starting from November on Fridays Night you can visit Twilight Hawkers Marketthe biggest Street Food Market offering the tastiest street food from around the globe. If you are a food lover, Eat Drink Perth, a festival (held in April) dedicated to food tastings, is a must do thing for you.
- Go to Swan Valley for a food & Wine Tour
If you love food and wine one more thing to add to you list is a food & wine tour to Swan Valley, to discover its finest local produce. To get to Swan Valley, is only a 30 minutes drive. From honey, chocolates, ice cream to local vegetables and fruits to local white and red wines, you can spend a whole day touring Swan Valley and have lunch at one of its finest restaurants.
Perth is growing to a bigger city
Perth it is currently undergoing a few major projects. The Elizabeth Quay has the goal of re-establishing the historic connection between the city and the Swan River and expand the city centre with new inlets of parklands, promenades, shopping and entertainment areas. The other significant ongoing project is the Perth City Link that will reconnect the CBD with Northbridge, while sinking the rail line and undergrounding the bus stations. This way they will create a new precinct that will revitalise the city.
Where to stay in Perth
It’s not easy to find good budget accommodation as hotels in Perth are expensive. I recommend considering alternative ways to Perth hotels check out Perth hostels, or stay in private accommodation with Airbnb.
What if you have 10 days to spend in Perth
I would suggest you visit the South East Coast and spend 3-5 days in Margaret River region with Cape Leeuwin , Dunsborough and Cape Naturaliste which are part of the Geographe Bay.