On September 18, 2012Hannah Vickers answered the question:Perth has many engaging attractions, from beaches and parks to wineries and island oases. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the five best things to do in Perth:
1. Visit Rottnest Island. A short ferry ride from Perth, Rottnest is famous for its world-class beaches and native wildlife. With 63 different beaches to choose from, finding the perfect uncrowded snorkeling or diving spot is easy. Rotto, as the locals call it, is also a car-free zone, adding to the relaxed feel. Hire a bike, grab a map and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you keep an eye out for quokkas: small kangaroo-like marsupials that are unique to this special island.
2. Explore Kings Park. Situated less than two kilometers from the Central Business District, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is the place to go for the best views of the Perth skyline. Make a day of exploring the different hiking paths, playgrounds and the treetop walk, or go pay your respects at the State War Memorial. Head over to Fraser’s Restaurant for fine dining and exquisite city views.
3. Swim at Cottesloe Beach. Sheltered and situated just a 10-minute walk from a train line, it’s no surprise Cottesloe is Perth’s most popular swimming beach. Grab your towel and sunscreen and head down early to get a spot on the sand, or lounge on the grassy hills bordering the beach. Afterwards, head to the Indiana Tea House or Ocean Beach Hotel to get out of the sun and enjoy some pub grub.
4. Tour Fremantle. A stroll through “Freo” is a must on a trip to Perth. Located at the mouth of the Swan River, this bustling port city has an old-world charm that’s hard to resist. For history buffs, the Fremantle Prison and Western Australia Maritime Museum shouldn’t be missed while foodies will be thrilled with the café strip and microbreweries on offer. Wander the streets filled with heritage-listed buildings and enjoy this cultural gem.
5. Sip in Swan Valley. Whether you grab a bus tour or prefer a cruise up the Swan River, the Swan Valley is an easy day trip from Perth. The oldest wine region in Western Australia boasts charming vineyards and top-notch produce, as well as breweries and distilleries. Stop for lunch at one of the 70 cafes and restaurants in the valley before heading back to the city.