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Perth is a great jumping off point for exploring Western Australia. But even if you’re on a short stopover, there’s plenty to do in the city by the sea. Here former resident Elke Hogan picks her five favourite ways to spend time in Perth.
  • Kings Park
    Kings Park

    Botanic garden and panoramic picnic opportunities. Set on Mount Eliza, the park offers breathtaking views over the city and Swan River.

    Official website
  • Cottesloe Beach
    Cottesloe Beach

    Escape the city centre for some Indian Ocean calm.

    Cottesloe Beach guide
  • Fremantle

    Markets, micro-breweries, prison, waterfront wandering and more. ‘Freo’ is a creative, interesting little port city with an independent character of its own.

    Visit Fremantle
  • Rottnest Island
    Rottnest Island

    Take a trip to see the quokkas — the island supports the largest known population of these cute, cat-sized wallabies.

    Official website
  • Margaret River
    Margaret River

    Tour the boutique wineries. There are over 150 of them, and the reputation of their cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay is on the rise.

    Guide to Margaret River

There is plenty to occupy visitors in Perth, including touring the city by tram or bus, enjoying water sports on the Swan River, or just sipping a glass of the famous local wine in a riverside or beachside restaurant. Perth is said to have more restaurants per capita than any other Australian city.

Australia’s laid-back, remote western city is surrounded by some stunning scenery, including lovely, sandy beaches.

The state of Western Australia is big, bold and beautiful. It has miles of coastline washed by the Indian Ocean and a range of climates from tropical through to temperate.

For an in-depth guide to Perth and Western Australia, check out the city and country guides section on