Perth, Western Australia – well worth the effort to get there!

Published On October 2, 2014 | By Matt | Further Afield

The capital of Western Australia is one of the most remote cities in the world and often visitors to
Australia aren’t able to fit it into their itineraries. However it is well worth making the effort to get
across to the West and explore all that Perth and its surrounding region offers. In this article we
give you a few hints and tips and a bit of guidance on how to get the most out of a visit to Perth.

The beaches

Perth is one of those cities in the world that is blessed by having some amazing beaches on its
doorstep. The public transport isn’t brilliant in Perth so you’ll find that most locals will jump in their
car afterwork and head to the beach for a surf to cool down. Cottesloe Beach and Scarborough
Beach are two of the most popular. You do need to be a little bit cautious when swimming in the
waters around Perth as you are sharing the ocean with Great White Sharks and occasionally there
are encounters in which the shark always wins. The Western Australian government has embarked
on a controversial baiting and hooking scheme to try and protect swimmers and surfers from some
of the larger sharks but the jury is still out on how effective this will be.

The wineries

This part of the world produces some amazing wines. There are two main wine regions within easy
reach of Perth. The Swan Valley can be covered in a day trip or if you have a bit more time to
spare then Margaret River is a few hours south from Perth. The wineries will not only offer
opportunities to taste the wines but will generally have a restaurant on site as well so it’s a great
way to enjoy some modern Australian Cuisine.

The wildlife
Take the ferry across to Rottnest Island for the day. Not only does this small island have amazing
beaches, it’s a car-free zone so you can hire a bike and cycle happily around the island while you
are working on your tan. Making its home on Rottnest Island is the very cute marsupial called a
Quokka. These small, miniature kangaroos are not tame, but they’re fairly relaxed so you can see
them just happily sitting in the shade under a tree watching the world go by.

The markets

Fremantle Markets are an incredibly vibrant place to visit on the weekend. Lots of food, gifts, arts
and crafts – you can spend hours exploring the markets and cafes that make this one of the most
interesting parts of Perth to visit.

The weather

Perth is blessed with an incredibly warm, dry climate. While everywhere is air-conditioned, the city
really celebrates its outdoor lifestyle with everyone playing sport or having barbecues in their back
yards. Each evening there is a cooling breeze which locals refer to as the “Fremantle Doctor”.

Whether you like fine wine, great weather, magnificent beaches or just outdoor living, then you will
definitely an enjoy a visit to the laid-back city of Perth. Just be careful of the sharks.

Photo Credit: Michael Wifall under Creative Commons license.

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