When you are researching your trip to or around Australia, there will be some destinations that always pop up – Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast and Ulura. They are definitely worthy attractions, however you could wonderful and unique experience anywhere you go in Australia. And while the previously mentioned list is definitely formidable, sometimes you find travel gems when you start looking at places further down the ‘must do’ list. One of those is Perth, Western Australia. It’s not on the top of everyone’s list, but it is an absolutely gorgeous part of the country. Below are 5 reasons why you should visit it.
1. The Sun.
There is a preconceived notion that Australia has clear, blue skies. Yes, we do have perfect weather, but that is only in some parts of the country. If you come from a climate that is cold and wet, the last place you probably want to visit in Australia is Melbourne, where it is overcast or raining on an average of 323 days per year. But if you come to Perth, you can pretty much guarantee (unless you come in winter) that you’re going to experience our lovely weather. Perth gets sun more than any other major capital in Australia – with an average of 131 sunny days per year. If you want to hide behind an umbrella for your trip, go to Melbourne. But if you want soak in a bit of vitamin D, head to Perth – just remember to bring your sun glasses and sun cream (or as Aussies call it, sunnies and sun-block). If you’re on a budget, yet want to be close to the action, Budget Apartments is a suitable option for families.
2. King’s Park.
There are some very famous parks in the world. Everyone has no doubt heard of Central Park in New York and Hyde Park in London – but have you heard of King’s Park in Perth? Probably not. Nonetheless, it is just as breath-taking. King’s Park is a 400 hectare park that overlooks the city and is only 1.5km away from the CBD. You can have walk through the bush in the very heart of the city.
Not only does it give an amazing view of the city (particularly at night), but it boasts over 3000 types of floral species native to Western Australia. If you’re lucky enough, you might stumble across one of our native animals too. Picnic or relax at one its parks or play areas. It is also home Frazer’s Restaurant – one of Perth’s best eateries, which is open for lunch and dinner.
A short drive or train ride from Perth will land you in the famous port city of Fremantle, or ‘Freo’, as it is affectionally referred to by locals. Walk along the beautiful harbour or among the colonial buildings in the city. Fremantle is a cultural hub of boutique shops, markets, second hand bookstores, cafes and restaurants. After a long day exploring the many things to do, you may develop a thirst and will want to take the edge off at one of their two microbreweries, Little Creature and Sail and Anchor.
4. Margaret River.
Three hours south of Perth is the Margaret River, the town that has a score of wineries and plays host to a number of international brands, including Stella Bella, Madfish and Ashbrook, among many others. But if wine isn’t your thing, they also have berry farms, microbreweries, cheese sellers and chocolate factories. It’s a hedonistic delight and you’re sure to put on a kilo or two. But don’t worry, you can always work it off with one of their many trail walks, cave adventures or beaches.
A 25 minutes boat ride out of Perth and you’re on the beautiful island of Rottnest. It was named Rotte Nest by the Dutch, which means ‘rat’s nest’. Don’t let the name alarm you though. What they had mistaken for rats where actually adorable marsupials called quokkas! Choose between swimming, snorkelling, scenic bike riding or kicking back at one of their bars. Rottnest is perfect for a day trip or an over-night getaway.