The best of unmissable Perth
Perth is possibly the most underestimated city in Australia. It is too often thought of as a backwater where nothing much happens and in which the cultural and social scene is non- existent. The good thing is that those misconceptions make it a great secret for travellers in the know as it is far less touristy than Sydney or Melbourne.
If you’re off to the sunny city of Perth, we’ve compiled the most unmissable things to do and see whilst you’re there. Have fun, but don’t tell too many people our little secret!
Go bush walking in Kings Park – In what other city could you trek across bushland with views over the CBD? Covering a massive 400 hectares, King’s Park encompasses botanic gardens, open recreational areas, and cultivated gardens and lakes. Nearly two thirds of it is natural bushland containing 319 species of native plants and approximately 80 species
of bird. With spectacular views over the city skyline, the Swan River and out to the Darling Ranges, it’s a great place to escape the bustle of the city and hike, picnic, or play games.
Surf off one of the city’s beaches – Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a total beginner, Perth is a great place to surf. With dozens of beaches within half an hour of the city, there’s a wave with your name on it. Surfing schools abound and some of the best waves for all levels can be found at Cottesloe and Trigg beaches.
Eat at a top restaurant – With people from across the globe settling in Perth, the foodie scene is incredibly varied. From French bistros, to Japanese kitchens, to modern Australian fare, there isn’t a cuisine which isn’t offered in this multi-cultural city.
Whale watching – If you’re lucky enough to be in Perth between September and December, be sure to book a whale watching trip as that is the period in which Humpback and Southern Right whales can be seen frolicking in the warm waters off the Sunset Coast. There is nothing like seeing one of these gentle giants breaching right in front of you.
Catch a game of Aussie Rules – Western Australians are fanatical about sport, and especially Australian Rules. Watching the local teams West Coast Eagles or Fremantle Dockers play in the Subiaco Oval, surrounded by screaming fans and perhaps with a meat pie and a schooner in hand, is one of the most typically Aussie evenings you can have.
Gaze at Australian art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia – Showcasing an incredible collection of both indigenous and non-indigenous Australian art over three heritage buildings, the Art Gallery of Western Australia is the top gallery in the state to see stunning Aboriginal prints and work by artists such as Sydney Nolan and Arthur Boyd. Do not miss the Centenary Galleries, housed in a Gold Rush-era building which was previously occupied by the Perth Police Courts.
Toast the sunset – Being on the west coast of the country, Perth enjoys magnificent sunsets and there’s nowhere better to enjoy them than at a beach bar with a cold drink and a plate of seafood.