The Wonders of the West – Things to do in Perth Australia
The West coast of Australia is often forgotten, a kind of distant oasis far from civilisation, but the truth tells a different tale. Perth, Australia is the capital of Western Australia and home to 1.83 million Australians. As Australia’s fourth largest city there are plenty of things to do in Perth and around.
Home to Western Australia’s largest colony of penguins, the aptly named Penguin Island is a wonderland of cute little creatures and sea-bound mammals. There are a multitude of tours and activities to choose from, including swimming with the dolphins, feeding the penguins, glass bottom boat tours, surfing, swimming and hiking. If you want more information about the wildlife whilst you are there, head to the discovery centre on the island and get a briefed by the local rangers.
Open from September to early June (closed for the winter nesting season) from 8:30 am to 5pm except Christmas Day.
For your travel planning: Penguin Island is located approximately 45 minutes’ drive south of Perth centre, in Shoalwater a 15 minute walk from Rockingham train station. There are regular buses and trains from Perth centre and traffic is fairly minimal on the roads. Once at Shoal water it is a five minute ferry ride to the island in the bay costing a mere 14 AUD for unlimited travel for one adult on the day.
Glimmering white sand adorns the beach as the deep blue Indian Ocean pulse its waves to the shore, Scarborough beach is an excellent place to swim, surf, sunbath or just chill and relax. There are loads of little cafés and restaurants a stone’s throw from the beach and the idyllic scenery provides an epic backdrop for the evening beer or two.
Best early in the morning before the crowds hit or late in the afternoon if you want to catch the sunset, Scarborough Beach will be a regular stop for those staying a while in Perth, Australia.
For your travel planning: Just twenty minutes’ drive from the centre and half an hour on the bus / train combination, Scarborough Beach provides a convenient destination to wet your toes whilst in Perth.
Adventure World is Perth’s only amusement park and is a fantastic cocktail of rollercoasters, water slides and free fall rides. Test your nerve on the Freefall or Abyss, or wet you hair on the Rocky Mountain Rapids ride, whatever your age Adventure World is a world of entertainment. Best enjoyed in the summer when the weather in Perth is warmer, but open all year round.
Tickets are 52.40 AUD for a single adult or 130.50 AUD for a family.
For your travel planning: Only 15km south of Perth centre on Progress Drive, opposite the beautiful Bibra Lake, Adventure World is a heart-stopping fun day out in Perth, Australia. A 20 minute drive will have you at the parking lot or a half an hour train ride to Cockburn Station will have you a short stroll from the gates.
Known to the locals as “The Valley of Taste”, Swan Valley is a cultural wonderland of amazing food, wineries, distilleries, restaurants and cafés. For those wishing to truly experience travelling to Swan Valley, then take advantage of the weather in Perth and grab a ticket on board a boat cruise from the centre. For those looking to stay the night because they can’t get enough of the place, there is ample accommodation available.
Take the 32 km Food and Wine trail tasting fine wines, sampling local produce and sipping on handcrafted beers. There are fantastic cycling trails set amongst the vineyards, a nice array of galleries and art studios to view, four heritage walking trails and an abundance of shopping in the historic Guildford shopping district. Swan Valley is an absolute must-do whilst visiting Perth.
For your travel planning: Located 32 kilometres east of the Perth centre, only 25 minutes’ drive or approximately 40 minutes by bus from the Perth centre, Swan Valley is a convenient day out.
Paint the Town Red in Northbridge
Whilst Perth is an adventure wonderland by day, it is a glamorous spectacle by night. The night life in Perth is fantastic with a multitude of boutique bars, restaurants, night clubs and mini-breweries open for you entertainment pleasure. William, James, Aberdeen and Parker Streets are the prime spots where you can have dinner at The Hong Kong BBQ house, sip a classy cocktail at The Rocket Room, get a handcrafted beer from the Brass Monkey and Dance the night away at Connections nightclub or the Universal bar.
For your travel planning: Just a short stroll (1km) from central Perth, Northbridge is a world class destination to shop, dine, partake in a beverage or dance the night away.
How to get to Perth
By plane: There a multiple flights from every capital city in Australia to Perth daily and international flights from most regions. Perth airport is approximately 12 kilometres from the city centre.
By train: If you are feeling adventurous and want to embark on an epic journey, you can catch The Indian Pacific Rail from the Sydney, the ride takes three days and covers over 4000 kilometres.
By car: Driving to Perth Australia is a big biscuit to swallow, over 2700 km from the nearest capital city Adelaide so it is not for the faint hearted.
When is the best travel time?
The weather in Perth is relatively mild all year round, but the best time to visit is spring to autumn (September to May). Pack plenty of sunscreen and carry your swim wear because the beaches are sensational.
Like this kind of travel? Adelaide offers a similar range of things to do!
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