A local’s guide on where to eat, drink and play whilst in Perth
If you’ve got a thirst for adventure, a bold taste or have a craving for eccentric experiences, Western Australia could be the destination for that perfect trip. With countless of attractions to offer, there is something to suit everyone. Whether you’re a foodie, a nature lover, a gallery enthusiast or just someone who enjoys spending time with your loved ones, Western Australia has something for you. Don’t just scratch the surface. An incredible journey filled with possibilities await you. As the locals love to say, it’s just another day in WA.
Australia’s sunniest capital city, Perth, effortlessly blends urban cool with raw natural beauty. Its heart is always bustling with new bars, hotels, restaurants, shopping, cultural spaces and a range of natural attractions located within 30 minutes of the city centre. Plus, this vibrant city is only a 5.5-hour flight away from Kuala Lumpur and it even shares the same time zone with us!
Here’s a local’s guide on the six places not to be missed in Perth.
1. Yagan Square, Perth
The city’s newest public precinct, Yagan Square is a place unlike anywhere else in the city. Located in the heart of Perth’s Central Business District – it is one of the city’s most popular spots, filled with a hub of activity.
During the day, numerous cafes and restaurants are sprawled across the public art areas, providing plenty of things to see and do. At night, enjoy your meal while gazing at the spectacular light installations which commemorates the Aboriginal warrior, Yagan, and celebrates Western Australian indigenous culture. Plus, you’ll be spoiled with choices within the market hall, which offers more than 20 different eateries to satisfy your taste buds!
2. Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth
Situated beside Swan River, Perth is a picturesque location, but the best scenic location of all is Kings Park and Botanic Garden – one of the biggest inner-city parks in the world. Larger than New York’s Central Park, it is located within Perth’s Central Business District (CBD). There are tons of ways to enjoy its 400-plus hectares of sculpted gardens and natural bushland. Stroll through the treetop walk, take an Indigenous cultural tour, picnic among the gum trees and if you visit in Spring, you can even see the wildflowers in full bloom. Many Insta-worthy moments await you at Kings Park and Botanic Garden!
3. Fremantle, Perth
No visit to Perth is complete without spending time in the eclectic port city of Fremantle. A short 30-minute drive, train ride or river cruise from the CBD, ‘Freo’ as it’s known to locals, is the perfect blend of old and new with museums, pubs, cool cafes and markets. Wander through Fremantle’s maze of streets, filled with Georgian and Victorian-era architecture, where Fremantle’s independent fashion designers flaunt their unique styles. Also, if you’re in Fremantle during a weekend, step into the iconic Fremantle Market, which is not only filled with rich history, but contain exotic aromas, fresh produce, live music, crafts and even Aboriginal art.
4. Swan Valley, Perth
Perth is the only Australian capital with a wine-growing region right on its doorstep. Just 25 minutes east of Perth, Swan Valley is a place to go to get away from city life. Come and discover local heritage, enjoy some quality family time, and feast on a rich fusion of award-winning wines, speciality liqueurs and gourmet delights whilst admiring the beautiful natural bushland. You can even winery-hop in the back of a horse-drawn wagon, or drive yourself around in a fancy classic car. Families with young children can knock themselves out with a trip to the Caversham Wildlife Park, The Maze – Home of the Outback Splash Family Fun Park or even cycle through the Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail.
5. Perth’s Coastline, Perth
Make your way to one of the 19 pristine metropolitan beaches lining Perth’s coastline and find your own slice of white sand to relax and enjoy WA’s iconic Indian Ocean sunsets. There’s 80 kilometres of sun, sea and sand to be enjoyed on Perth’s coastline, with all of them located within a 30-minute drive of each other! Those seeking to surf the epic blue waves can head over to Scarborough and Trigg, while swimmers and stand-up paddle boarders can cool off at Cottesloe, or Mettam’s Pool. From a morning swim to a romantic Indian Ocean sunset, it’s your day to do as you please.
6. Rottnest Island, Perth
Rottnest Island, or Rotto among the locals, is famous for its laid-back atmosphere and beautiful beaches. Surrounded by the sparkling Indian Ocean, there are 63 stunning beaches, 20 beautiful bays and many coral reefs and wrecks that are simply breathtaking. This is where the locals go to swim, surf, snorkel, fish and relax. It’s also here you’ll find the world’s happiest animal and the cutest of marsupials, the Quokka. Rotto is also a car-free zone and renting a bicycle is the best way to get around. Just 19 kilometres off the coast, you can opt to arrive in style by helicopter or air taxi, or even cruise across in your own boat.
Come and explore the local secrets of Perth and beyond! The city and its surrounding will surely take you by surprise and leave you with a lasting impression. For more information about Western Australia, kindly visit www.westernaustralia.com or its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ExtraordinaryWesternAustralia.