With fantastic weather, a laid-back atmosphere and some great beaches, it is easy to see why the capital of Western Australia is such a popular destination. While Perth is notably smaller than other Australian capitals, it is highly navigable and there are plenty of fun things to do.
Perth Airport (PER) is the fourth largest of Australia’s airports and frequently wins national awards for its world-class facilities and customer service. The airport is conveniently situated just 12 km away from the city centre.
There are a number of international carriers who serve flights to Perth including British Airways, Emirates, South African and Singapore Airlines. If you select a flight which only makes one stop along the way, you can expect your flight to Perth to take at least 19 hours. On the other hand, flights which make multiple stops along the way can take 23 hours or longer. Common stopping points include Dubai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
As mentioned in the introduction, Perth has a great selection beaches which border the Indian Ocean some of the most popular beaches in the area include Cottesloe, Perth City Beach and Scarborough. During the summer Perth is especially hot experience highs of up to 40 °C, so be sure to bring plenty of sun protection and time your trips to beach before or after the midday heat.
The sea is clear and sheltered making it great for those who want to go snorkelling or diving.
Whale watching has become a popular attraction for tourists and locals in Perth. Between September and November, a number of operators run whale watching tours which give you the opportunity to see a variety of whales such as humpback whales.
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Above the Swan River and covering more than 400 acres, the Kings Park & Botanic Garden is not to be missed. The parks have a collection of botanic gardens which showcase collections of exotic plants. The park has a number of paths and bike trails which offer a peaceful escape from the city.
Perth has a number of interesting landmarks to visit while on holiday here, one of the most famous is the Freemantle Prison. This prison dates back to the convict-era. Access the gallery and gatehouse is free, however, if you want to explore the prison properly you should take a tour. There are a number of tours available including day time tours, night-time tours and tours of the tunnels 20m beneath the ground.