The Great Outdoors: Top Perth Picks

December 9, 2011 by

Best Of Lists, Local Recommendations, Things To Do

Trigg Point, Perth

Trigg Point, Perth

Sunny Perth is the capital of Western Australia. It’s a small and relaxed city that lays claim to some of Australia’s best beaches. And with almost year round glorious sunshine, there’s plenty of outdoor fun to be had. Here are our pick of the best places to spend your time outdoors.

Cottesloe Beach
Perth’s most popular beach is a gorgeous stretch of clear coastline on the Indian Ocean backed by terraced lawns and large Norfolk pines. Party with the locals on Sunday when the beachfront pubs fill with an afternoon crowd eager to make the most of the weekend.

Kings Park
For the best city and river views, head to Kings Park. Enjoy walks through a natural bushland setting, parklands and a Botanic Garden. There is also a children’s playground, cafes and an outdoor cinema during the summer (December to March).

Just south of Perth and at the mouth of the Swan River, ‘Freo’ is an artsy, laid-back port town with a 19th century streetscape. Visit the Fremantle Markets, discover its colonial architecture and enjoy fresh fish and chips at the harbour.

Rottnest Island
This gorgeous island is just 90 minutes from Perth by ferry (or 25 minutes from Fremantle) and is one of Perth’s biggest attractions. At just 11 km long and 4.5 km wide, the island is easily navigable on foot or by bike. But you wouldn’t want to rush your visit here. Linger a while on one of its many stunning beaches and enjoy the islands unique flora and fauna, including the cute quokka, which looks like a mini kangaroo!

Swan Valley

Tour the wineries of the Swan Valley, just 20 minutes east of Perth. Enjoy the heritage buildings at Guildford and some great walking trails in the surrounding countryside before visiting the cellar doors for wine tasting and an alfresco lunch.

- Emma  McMahon

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