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Perth & Surrounds

It’s sunset – a favourite time in the Western Australia capital of Perth when you can watch the sun go down over the ocean from one of the city’s 19 beaches; see the shiny glass towers of the city glisten as you take in the view from Kings Park overlooking the city centre; or maybe seeing the city skyline from aboard a sunset cruise on the broad expanse of the Swan River.

Perth has grown from its colonial origins as the ‘Swan River Colony’ into a dynamic modern city of around 1.75 million and the capital for Australia’s largest State. While the business of mining occupies the weekday agenda of locals, come the evenings and weekends the cafes and bars in precincts around the city brim with life and activity. For visitors there is much to do – just point the compass and start discovering.

In the city, the Perth Mint is a must-see as are the Art Gallery of WA, The Western Australia Museum and PICA – the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. For lunch head up to Kings Park, arguably Australia’s finest city park, perched on a plateau that overlooks the panorama of Perth. Down on the banks of the river is the iconic Bell Tower and the spectacular footbridge that spans Elizabeth Quay. Join the locals in their passion for being on the water. Cruises depart from here including out to fabulous Rottnest Island for a day of exploring, cycling and discovering.

From the city head west and you’ll discover beaches such as Cottesloe and Scarborough where you can enjoy Perth’s sunny Mediterranean climate. If you feel like a day in the country then just west of the city is the wine district of the Swan Valley with its cellar doors for sampling local wines and restaurants to savour WA’s fabulous food. And if you’re looking for fun, food, entertainment, and heritage all wrapped into one very charismatic coastal community then Fremantle is just 45 minutes drive from the centre of Perth. The Victorian port of ‘Freo’ offers heritage streetscapes, beaches, markets, cafes, and a lively bar scene as well as being home to WA’s pride and joy – the 1983 America’s Cup winning legend, Australia II.

Perth – it’s where your WA experiences begin.

Further afield, Mandurah and the Peel region, as well as Rockingham, offer wonderful relaxed coastal breaks to the south of Perth, while the sunset coast to the North is the perfect place to soak in the Sun and the Sea

Video by: Tourism Western Australia

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Discover Food and Wine trails in Perth and Surrounds and enjoy some of Western Australia's best culinary delights - provided by tourism WA

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