Perth

Cottesloe Beach in Perth
Cottesloe Beach

Visit Perth and Fremantle

A relaxed place, state capital Perth is where you’ll find Western Australia’s liveliest bars and restaurants, with a smattering of parks, museums and galleries thrown in too. Meanwhile nearby Fremantle, just 14 miles away, is your seaside getaway. Chill out in a deck chair with an ice cream, tuck into fish and chips or sample the coffee along the famous Cappuccino Strip. Spend around 2-3 days here, or longer if you want to add a trip to peaceful Rottnest Island, home to the selfie-loving quokka.

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Seaside capital of the Golden State

Peaceful, laid-back, easy-going; there are plenty of relaxing words to describe Perth. Lacking the crowds of its eastern counterparts, this is one state capital that has more of a small-town feel. Having said that, there’s no shortage of vibrancy here either, with Western Australia’s most happening bars and restaurants clustered along Perth’s streets, as well as the very best of the state’s parks, museums and galleries. Just outside town, the sandy-beached coastline adds a whole new dimension to the city, with the suburb of Fremantle offering the best of the seaside fun, while to the east you’ll find the high-class vineyards of the Swan Valley. Further still, a short boat ride from town, is the picturesque island of Rottnest, where beaches and woodland intermingle with bays and nature reserves. 

Did you know?

Bright sunshine

Don’t forget your sunglasses! Perth is Australia’s sunniest state capital, with an average of eight hours of sunshine every day.

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Perth is the most isolated city in the world, being over 1,300 miles from its nearest neighbour Adelaide. It’s quicker to fly from Perth to Jakarta than to Sydney.

Pretty Perth view from the Swan River

In 1829, Captain James Stirling, the first governor of Western Australia, named Perth after his Scottish birthplace.

Perth city by night

In 1962, as the Friendship 7 spacecraft passed over Perth, astronaut John Glenn was able to clearly make out the city lit up below, and the nickname the ‘City of Light’ was born.

How to get around

Ferry on Perth's Swan River

Get out on the water

Perth has a reliable system of public transport, including buses, suburban trains and ferry services along the Swan River and to the offshore islands. Having said that, Perth’s numerous pedestrian walkways make it an easy enough city to explore on foot, while locals like to travel by bike. If you’re heading on to explore Western Australia then it’s best to rent a car, but for short city hops there are plenty of taxis available. If you haven’t hired a car, Fremantle is easily reached by bus or train from central Perth. Alternatively, make a day of it with a scenic cruise

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