Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and also our hometown, known as ‘the laid back city’. We are on our way South and have stopped for two weeks here to visit family and friends. We decided to park up for a short while as we won’t be back in Perth for another 11 months.
Check out below some of the places we think are worth while the visit.
If you are a garden lover then head to King’s Park! All the gardens are perfectly manicured everyday and the views of the city and river are just picturesque. So don’t forget your camera! Perth has some fab weather most year round so bring a picnic and sit on the lush green grass. With plenty of the day to spare you can enjoy the tree top walk through and even head to the Rio Tinto Nature Scape for the kids. Lots to do and you are surrounded by beautiful views.
Fremantle is located about 20 minutes south of Perth and is a port city. The town vibes are filled with street buskers and art and craft stalls along the side walks. When you are feeling hungry there are plenty of trendy café and pubs to grab a bite in. Little Creatures is famous for their boutique beers and grub food. If you are there on the weekend, the Fremantle markets are always open and have heaps to look at. Our favourite thing to do in Fremantle (Freo for the locals) is to head to the waters edge and grab some of the famous Fish and Chips from Cicerello’s- be careful of those pesky seagulls. After you can head to the grass area and let the kids have a play at the playground or lay on the grass in the sun with a book.
Perth has some scorching hot days in the Summer months and beyond so the beach is going to look rather tempting if you are in Perth between November- April. Cottlesloe Beach is the most well-known tourist attraction beach. With yummy Fish and Chips, a jetty to walk along and don’t forget your boogie board as you can ride some cool waves. Make sure you stay for the sunset, as the sun will drop right in front of you at about 6.30pm- 7.00pm depending on which month you are there.
Just outside of Perth- well 40 minutes inland is the Swan Valley. A place of relaxation, green land, wineries, chocolate, cheese platters and boutique beers. Some would call it heaven……..and they are probably right. You can take a chartered bus out there or drive yourself. A popular winery is Olive Farm Winery which is just 30 minutes from the Perth CBD. Which is right next door to The Cheese Barrel both together is a match made in heaven. For all the beer lovers out there, the Feral Brewing Company is the place to go and also where you can grab a more substantial meal. To finish the day is at The Swan Valley Chocolate Factory. You can sample the chocolate and can purchase large or small quantities of endless flavoured chocolate delicacies.
Rottnest Island makes the must see list when passing through Perth. We went for a day trip arriving at 8.30am and leaving at 5.00pm, although you do have the option to stay overnight with plenty of accomodation options. Rottnest Island provides a variety of different accommodation, from camping sites to luxurious chalets. Pre- booking is a must, even for the attractions and hires. It is always busy season and especially busy during the Western Australian school Holidays. Hiring bikes is a popular adventure when over there and we definitely recommend it. That way you can see as much as the island as possible. Oh and don’t forget the famous quokka selfie.
Blessed with white sandy beaches and surrounded by crystal clear waters, Penguin Island is just 45 minutes south of Perth and lies a 10 minute ferry ride away. Landing on the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. There is so much wildlife to see including dolphins, sea lions, birds and the worlds smallest penguins. Take your snorkel gear so you can explore the reef and swim in the turquoise waters. There is lots of grassy areas to sit down and enjoy a picnic while nest or bird spotting. Ferries run all day and every 10 minutes, so you can catch the ferry back at your own leisure.
If you have any must see places to visit be sure to drop them in the comments box below.
Cheers Kylie and Dan
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