Perth, Western Australia
Relaxed, recreational and renowned for its sunny climate, Perth is the scenic capital of Western Australia. Cool down with Swan River water sports, enjoy a glass of local wine or explore the bushland in central Kings Park.
Perth was settled on the banks of the Swan River in the 1800s and to this day remains an uncomplicated and clean city that leaves a lasting impression on all of its visitors.
Of the almost two million people that live in Western Australia, the vast majority reside in the state's capital of Perth.
Perth is spoilt with some of the nation's most glorious beaches, numerous waterways, green parks and a compact city centre. Tour the city by motorized tram and be sure to take in the beauty of Kings Park - 400 hectares of sprawling natural bush.
Places to See
Perth is also the home of the world's oldest operating mint, numerous museums and art galleries, a five-star resort and casino and a smorgasbord of quality shopping - all within minutes of the CBD.
Sunbake or swim on countless white, sandy beaches that stretch for 80 kilometres along the coast. A popular beach for families on holiday is Cottesloe, a pretty crescent of sand with safe swimming and a small surf break. Another beach popular with locals and visitors alike is Scarborough.
Only a short drive from Perth you swim with wild dolphins in their natural environment, holiday on an island bouncing with native marsupials, and explore the colourful port city of Fremantle.
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Perth's Art Gallery of Western Australia has a wonderful collection of exquisite art. Just as worthy for a visit are the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Craftwest Centre for Contemporary Craft.
Scenic Swan Valley
Western Australia's oldest wine growing region, the Swan Valley is now a bustling tourist route. Many of these award-winning wineries are family-owned and offer alfresco and restaurant meals and cellar door tastings.
Rottnest, or 'Rotto' as it is affectionately known by Western Australians, is a small island situated just off the coast of Perth, famous for its snorkeling, diving, surfing and swimming. The semi-arid Mediterranean style climate and indigenous flora and fauna of this island provide the backdrop to a special holiday experience.
The diversity of fish, and the numerous shipwrecks found around the island make Rottnest Island a favourite site for divers and snorkellers. There are thirteen historic shipwrecks found here and many species of tropical fish make their home in and around the numerous reefs.
Rottnest Island boasts some of the best surfing conditions in the state. Strickland Bay, Salmon Bay and Stark Bay in particular are popular for surfers and bodyboarders. The swimming at Rottnest is superb with many sheltered bays and beaches perfect for a day in the water. Rottnest Island is also popular tourist site for recreational fishing.
Rottnest wouldn't be Rottnest without the quokkas, the small marsupials which inhabit the island and were the inspiration for the island's name. The guided 'quokka walk' is a popular way of viewing these cuddly creatures.
Getting to Rottnest is easy. Ferry services leave daily from Perth, Fremantle and Hillarys Boat Harbour in Sorrento, while charter plane services are also available.
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Perth has a wide variety of accommodation available, including hotels, bed and breakfasts and motels, as well as self-catering styles for families and hostels for backpackers. Find Perth hotels to suit your needs at Webjet.