Are you scheduling a spring getaway? Possibly to a rich and diverse setting that will inspire an adventure of the year? Well, look no further, Perth is the place for you. The capital of Western Australia represents a true symbiosis of the old and the beautiful, as well as the new and the captivating.
There is no shortage of excitement here in the gem of WA, so here are the absolute must-sees and dos that are bound to steal your heart away and make you fall in love with our magnificent city.
1. Visit Kings Park
While every city in the Land of Oz has its own major park and botanic gardens, few can compare with the verdant landscape and the beautiful organisation of Kings Park in downtown Perth. Overlooking the Swan River, the park is a modern urban oasis filled with the tales of the old, boasting honour avenues, historic memorials, and Perth’s very own Botanic Gardens.
So be sure to devote a few hours to the exploration of this beautiful green setting, where you can tailor the day to be as leisurely or energetic as you wish. The spring season is the perfect time to visit the wonders of the Botanic Gardens as they come to life, as well.
2. Head over to Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island, among all of the natural wonders of Australia, is one of the most vibrant, idyllic places you can visit. Its hidden golden coves, as well as its unique lookout points, offer a must-see experience among its pristine sands and wildlife.
The eleven-kilometre-long island is a true oasis, outlined by golden sandy beaches, riddled with exploration routes, inner lakes and naturally, many diving and snorkelling opportunities for all those adventure aficionados among you.
3. St Mary’s Cathedral
Heading back downtown, you shouldn’t miss taking a tour of St Mary’s Cathedral located at Victoria Square, with the famous Perth Mint just a brisk walk down Goderich St.
St Mary’s Cathedral is a stoic representation of the beauty of historic architecture, and it provides some much-needed rest and relaxation from the hectic nature of the urban lifestyle. Whether you are a believer or not, you shouldn’t miss this one-of-a-kind sightseeing opportunity.
4. Visit Swan Valley
What’s a holiday without a visit to one of Australia’s, nay, the world’s most famous wine regions? The Swan Valley, located on the outskirts of Perth is a symbol of culinary artisanship and winemaking. The Swan River that allows for the rich growth of local produce, and is therefore popularly called the ‘Valley of Taste’ by the local food and wine aficionados, feeds the valley itself, creating a wonderful symbiosis of beauty and taste. Be sure not to skip it.
5. Taste the local life
Speaking of locals and cuisine, when in Perth, you’ll want to treat yourself to the local way of life. Not only do you want to skip the popular hotels and stay with a local but you should also go out and peruse the local bars, cafes and of course, the famous Fremantle Markets hosted in a unique, bohemian setting where you will find everything from local artisans to fresh produce.
6. Quaint horseback riding trails
Among the lush greenery and magnificent natural scenery surrounding Perth, you will have the opportunity to go horseback riding through historic trails first traversed by the founders during the first half of the 19th century.
This makes for a perfect family excursion as trained professionals will take you down trails and routes on horseback regardless of age or experience.
7. Head over to the Pinnacles Desert
A trip to Perth wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Pinnacle Desert, located north of the city. Observation decks revealing breathtaking desert scenery riddled with limestone pillars up to four-metres high have found their way on postcards depicting the diversity of the Australian landscape for decades. And this is your chance to witness it firsthand.
Though not in Perth per se, the beautiful Pinnacle Desert is situated just two and a half hours north of the city, via the Indian Ocean Highway. An absolute must-see on your tour of the region.
Perth has a lot more to offer, and you can find numerous other sightseeing and exploration opportunities on the city’s official website. While there are numerous hotels and accommodation centres where you can book your stay, I would suggest you share accommodation expenses with friends or a local in order to make your vacation here as authentic and dynamic as possible.
Guest post by Zara Lewis
Zara Lewis is a regular contributor at Highstylife.com, a traveller and a full-time animal lover. Passionate about creating a better world for the generations to come, she is a mum of two, raising them inseparably from their furry family members