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About Perth

Here, in Australia’s sunniest capital city, Perth’s spectacular natural surroundings are rivalled only by its vibrant city life. Dine on fresh local produce at a newly opened restaurant or bar, picnic in one of Australia’s oldest conservation areas, explore a world-class wine region, or watch the sun set over the ocean - all within 30 minutes from the city.

Nestled between the sparkling Swan River and one of the world’s largest inner city parks - Kings Park and Botanic Garden – Perth is flourishing.

New bars, restaurants, shopping and cultural spaces are popping up in all corners of the city and its neighbouring precincts of Northbridge, Leederville, Mount Lawley and Subiaco.

If you love the ocean, there are 19 beaches in the Perth metro area, including the perfect white sands of Cottesloe Beach.

Head to the historic port city of Fremantle and soak up its ‘boho’ charm and café culture.

In WA’s oldest wine region, the Swan Valley, you’ll find award winning wines and fresh local produce. A little further afield, you can swim with the wild dolphins of Rockingham or explore the aquatic playground of Rottnest Island.

Complementing Perth’s city and natural attractions is an impressive calendar of events.

Future Perth

New infrastructure projects are paving the way for Perth’s future:

• The Terrace Hotel and Fraser Suite Apartments open their Perth doors this November. A further four new hotels are in development
• The $2.6 billion dollar redevelopment of the Perth waterfront has begun. Elizabeth Quay will join the city with the river
• The cultural, social and working hubs of Perth city and Northbridge will be reunited as part of the Perth City Link project
• New entertainment venue – the Perth Arena –will open this year
• Perth Airport is being transformed as part of a $750 million upgrade
• Just outside of the city, a six-star, 500- room Crown Towers Perth is set to open in 2016
• A new 60,000 seat Perth Stadium will form a permanent centrepiece for the redevelopment of the Burswood Peninsula on the Swan River. It’s anticipated to be completed in 2018

Top Perth Travel Tip

Visit Perth from Friday to Sunday and enjoy great hotel deals. Look for accommodation in the suburbs fringing Perth city, including East Perth, Burswood, West Perth and Subiaco. Or venture slightly further to Fremantle, Scarborough, Cottesloe or just 30 minutes north to Sorrento.

Download the Experience WA app for your handy guide to Perth and wider Western Australia today.

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Out and About in Perth

Whale Watching - See majestic Humpback whales as they make their journey along the Humpback Highway – one of the largest migrations in the world. Tours depart daily from Barrack Street Jetty in Perth, Fremantle and Hillarys Boat Harbour.  For more information: Oceanic Cruises or Mills Charters.

Hit the beach - There’s no wonder why Western Australia’s coastline has gained a reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful, and you need not look further than one of Perth’s 19 metropolitan beaches. The pristine conditions are perfect for relaxing whilst taking in breath-taking views, or for an exhilarating day of water sports for the more adventurous. At Cottesloe, Scarborough or Trigg beach take a surfing lesson, try your hand at kite surfing or simply laze on the beach with a good book.

Swan Valley - Only a 25 minute drive from the city is a perfect day trip for food and wine lovers - the Swan Valley. You can join a day tour (bus, private chauffeur or ferry) or self drive. If you’re driving, download the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail. Visit some of the big international wineries as well as family run wineries. Partial to a pint? The Swan Valley has four microbreweries. Indulge in divine produce – olives, cheese, jams, preserves, chocolate and nougat. Have lunch at one of the beautiful picnic spots or stop for at bite at one of the 70 restaurants and cafes.

Out and About in Perth

Perth Zoo - Just minutes from the city in South Perth, the award-winning Perth Zoo is home to around 1,300 native and exotic animals. The zoo also houses a world famous breeding program for critically endangered species. You can see some of the planet's most amazing animals at Perth Zoo in exhibits that replicate their natural environments. A botanical paradise, the zoo’s shaded walkways and grassy picnic areas provide a relaxing way to enjoy the animals and daily activities.

Penguin Island - To get up close to Little Penguins and other incredible wildlife, visit Penguin Island just off the coast of Perth. This small island is home to one of the largest colonies of Little Penguins in the State. It’s also a popular place for swimming, snorkelling, diving or having a picnic.

Golf - There aren't too many places in the world where you can swing a golf club while taking in a coastal vista, or while sharing the green with a friendly kangaroo. Why not play a round at the Araluen Golf Course, boarded by State forest, or at The Cut Golf Course offering spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. For those seeking something fun but a bit different, Supa Golf provides an answer. A novelty game invented and manufactured in Western Australia, it is golf played with bigger clubs and a bigger ball. The Oasis Resort in the Swan Valley has an 18 hole course complete with bunkers and water traps. For more information: The Cut, Westernaustralia.com, Araluen Resort.

Perth Mint - Watch a live gold pour at the Perth Mint, the world’s oldest gold mint still operating from its original premises. It’s home to the world’s greatest collection of investment gold bars.

Out and About in Perth

Kings Park & Botanic Garden Kings Park & Botanic Garden - The southern hemisphere’s largest inner city park, is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon outdoors in Perth. There are plenty of grassy spots with breathtaking views of the city or if it’s peace and quiet you’re after there are plenty of secluded sports. In spring, the park comes alive with colourful wildflowers, and the view of the river from the Federation Walkway is unforgettable. Free guided walking tours of the park depart from the Visitor Centre daily at 10 am and 2pm.

Fremantle - Located 20 minutes drive from Perth city, Fremantle boasts the best preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape in the world. Spend the day exploring the heritage buildings and fascinating maritime and convict history. The bustling markets are an essential stop to browse through crafts, clothing, jewellery and food as well as stopping to enjoy some of the entertainment provided by the local street performers.

Rottnest Island - Just offshore from Perth, Rottnest Island is where the locals go to swim at white-sand beaches, snorkel in turquoise water over shipwrecks, or kick back and go fishing. With 63 sheltered beaches, Rotto, as it’s known by the locals, is refreshingly uncrowded and is the perfect day trip destination from Perth, Fremantle or Hillarys. Rotto is a car-free zone, so hiring a bike is the best way to get around. Watch out for the quokkas, the cute marsupials which are unique to the island.

How to get to Perth

Within Australia, there are regular flights to Perth from all major Australian cities, and from many regional locations within WA. From Australia’s east coast capitals, Perth is approximately four hours by air. Domestic airlines operating services to WA are Qantas; Virgin Australia; Jetstar; Tiger Airways; Airnorth; SkyWest Airlines and Skippers (WA only).

Fraser Suites, Perth

Opening in East Perth in October 2012, Fraser Suites offers even more than you’d expect from Perth’s newest hotel in 15 years. The breathtaking views are matched by luxury fittings, Gold Standard amenities and comprehensive facilities that include a 24-hour gym. 

An enviable location is well placed for work and play, with easy access to businesses and Perth’s exceptional dining, shopping and recreational resources.  Award-winning Fraser Difference service provides the finishing touch.

Faraway Bay, The Bush Camp, Kimberley

One of the most remote wilderness retreats in the world, Faraway Bay combines pure comfort and relaxation, with bush camp simplicity. So far away from anywhere, it overlooks the Timor Sea on the northern tip of Western Australia’s stunning Kimberley region.

A highlight included in every stay at Faraway Bay is the chance to be immersed in the Kimberley’s stunning natural wonder, the iconic twin King George Falls – a location not accessed by any other land-based accommodation.  Every guest at Faraway Bay experiences the King George River by boat, cruising on board the camp’s own luxury 62-foot charter boat, The Caribou.

 

Retail Therapy, Perth

Perth has become a mecca for luxury brands, with labels such as Gucci, Bally, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Tiffany & Co appearing on stylish King Street in the city. Local designers such as Ruth Tarvydas, Melanie Greensmith (Wheels & Dollbaby) and Zekka Design for Men have also set up shop, making King Street the ultimate destination for the fashion savvy.

Wesley Quarter, enex100 and the new One40william shopping precincts further extend Perth’s retail, art, culture, dining, entertainment and heritage offerings, connecting high end boutique shopping to the Murray Street and Hay Street malls, making this area a treat for all senses.

Wining and Dining, Perth

In Perth’s CBD, charming character laneways are becoming home to popular small licensed venues such as Helvetica and Andaluz on Howard Lane and The Cheeky Sparrow and Wolfe Lane on Wolf Lane. Then there are venues such as XO Lounge, the Greenhouse, Sentinel Bar & Grill, The Conservatory and Venn – all providing new, varying and innovative options for wining and dining in the city.

Small bars and new restaurants are also emerging in Perth’s inner-city and suburban precincts. Beaufort Street in Highgate/Mount Lawley has Five Bar, Clarences and the Malt Supper Club, while the western suburbs of Claremont and Shenton Park have Beluga, The Duchess, The Suite and the Grey Door. Leederville’s Kitsch opened to rave reviews and The Garden is the spot for a famous Perth ‘Sunday Session’.

Eco Beaching Fishing, Broome

Eco Beach Resort in Broome offers keen fishermen (and fisherwomen) one of Australia's most spectacular, remote fishing experiences.  Eco Beach's fishing guide, Kurt Williamson has lived and fished in and around The Kimberley region all his life. He's been a fishing addict since landing his first 'barra' at the age of seven. His knowledge of the Broome and Kimberley region is extensive and includes knowledge passed down from previous generations. Kurt has been professionally guiding clients for nine years throughout the Kimberley.  Fishing is his life passion and he has won fishing competitions and champion angler tournaments all over Australia.  He will share his insight and experience with you on your Eco Beach fishing charter.