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Perth is a city offering a wine region, conservation areas and no less than 19 superb beaches all near enough to be enjoyed in a single day.
Of course, the city is worth a visit in its own right, but it really comes into its own if your Australian trip features an exploration of wider Western Australia. Book your car rental for Perth and you’re unlocking an even bigger adventure.
An outdoor lover’s city
Australia’s fourth largest city is very much accented on the outdoor life; bounded to the west by the Indian Ocean and situated on the banks of the River Swan, Perth offers superb swimming, surfing and sailing on its many lovely beaches and interesting and attractive city walks and hikes.
What makes Perth appealing:
The year-round climate is conducive to enjoying the outdoors with even winter temperatures around 20 °C. Summer temperatures can go over 30 °C, but with plenty of beaches to cool off at and many buildings being prepared for the climate with air conditioning it’s still a comfortable place to be.
Perhaps it’s because of the beaches so close at hand, the amount of parkland and botanical gardens right in the city itself and the warm weather, but Perth definitely offers a relaxed ‘vibe’.
Perth is a reasonably compact city with efficient transport and plenty of pathways suitable for pedestrians and cyclists.
Nature and the outdoors
The beautiful and relaxing Kings Park and Botanic Garden – one of the largest inner city parks in the world – is right in the centre, and other ‘natural’ areas are close to the city such as Heirisson Island with a nature reserve where you can encounter wild kangaroos, take a walk or relax by the Swan River.
Marine life can be sampled at Penguin Island; along with penguins, there are also dolphins, pelicans and stingrays in their natural environment.
A port city just 30 minutes from Perth in your hire car, it features Freemantle Prison that had many interesting people incarcerated over its 136 years, the Western Australian Maritime Museum, and a lively food and drink scene along with theatre and other creative arts.
If you fancy some beach time, Leighton, South and Port Beaches offer great views of Rottnest Island.
Just 18 kilometres from Freemantle so ideal for a day trip, Rottnest Island offers many beaches including a particular favourite, The Basin, and great hiking and snorkelling – and you may see New Zealand fur seals and bottlenose dolphins and perhaps humpback whales between September and December.
The Swan River is the main waterway running through Perth, and a cruise is a great way of relaxing and experiencing the mix of a modern city skyline and urban parklands.
Some 25 minutes from the city centre in your hire car is an area of particular interest to food and – especially – wine lovers. Along with wine trails and tours,s the area features wonderful art galleries and wildlife.
Amongst Perth’s many beaches perhaps the favourite of all is Cottesloe Beach. It’s about 14 kilometres away from Perth but well worth a trip out in the hire car for its beautifully transparent turquoise waters lined by Norfolk pines.
In March it offers the added bonus of being a free outdoor art gallery when the Sculpture by the Sea festival runs, and some wonderful photos can be captured later in the day when the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.
The magic of Perth
Whether for a city break in its own right or part of a Western Australia tour itinerary, Perth is well worth devoting some time to. Various timetables of sightseeing and activity can easily be put together depending on how long you have to spend in the city.