7 Reasons to Stay Another Day in Perth
All the essential ingredients for an amazing holiday can be found in Perth. Think endless beaches and ocean sunsets, new dining, shopping and cultural precincts, an array of new hotels, a lively emerging cultural scene, one of world’s largest inner city parks, unforgettable marine adventures and its very own wine region.
Here’s seven reasons why you should stay another day in Australia’s sunniest capital city:
1. Explore Perth’s Bars, Restaurants and Laneways
There’s a selection for all tastes as new watering holes and dining options continue to open around the city, each with a unique offering. With more than 90 small bars and 800 restaurants in the Perth metro area, visitors are spoilt for choice. Formerly disused heritage buildings and laneways are now home to bustling bars and street art. More than 80 walls across Perth and surrounding suburbs have become a canvas for local, interstate and international artists.
2. Snap a Selfie with The World’s Happiest Animal
The quokkas inhabiting Rottnest Island, located a 30-minute ferry ride from Perth’s coastline, have to be seen to be believed. These furry natives appear to smile, and provided you’re mindful of their personal space, they’re rather partial to starring in a quokka selfie. Once you’ve captured your #quokkaselfie, spend the day cycling around the island’s 63 pristine beaches and 20 bays.
3. Discover Perth’s Pristine Beaches
A trip to Perth wouldn’t be complete without paying a visit to one of the city’s 19 metropolitan beaches. If it’s not warm enough to swim, there are plenty of options for a scenic walk or cycle, as well as lots of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner or coffee by the coast. Top off the day with one of Perth’s famous Indian Ocean sunsets.
4. A Lazy Afternoon at Kings Park
Finding an immense native park studded with trees that live for 2000 years, a suspended bridge and dense wildflower carpets in the heart of a capital city is as unexpected as it is engaging. Welcome to Kings Park – one of the world’s largest inner city parks and a local favourite for relaxing afternoon walks and picnics.
5. Taste Australia’s Best Handmade Vodka and Gin
Meet the craft brewers redefining WA’s drinking scene on the new Cider and Ale Trail in the Swan Valley, 30 minutes’ drive from central Perth. There are nine excellent breweries along the loop route, cleverly leveraging WA produce. While in the region, stop at WA’s youngest gin and vodka distillery, Old Youngs. Its Pure No 1 vodka was named best in Australia two years running; try it, and the cold-drip coffee blend.
6. Drive Through The Pinnacles by Sunset
The yellow spires of the Pinnacles Desert resemble a bizarre alien landscape. An easy two-hour drive north of Perth, thousands of these eroded limestone formations poke like fingers through the earth, surrounded by sand dunes and ocean glimpses. A looping sandy track (fine for 2WD) snakes between them, giving a safari-style experience of these natural curiosities that reach up to 3.5m tall.
7. Soak Up Culture and Charm in Fremantle
The port city of Fremantle blends the old with the new, creating an enriching cultural experience. Maritime, convict and colonial history can be explored in one of the best preserved examples of a 19th century port streetscape on earth, while buzzing markets, lively bars and casual street cafes give you a taste of 21st century life with the locals.
For more information on holidaying in Perth, visit www.westernaustralia.com
Mastercard Hopman Cup 2019
Tennis lovers, this a treat for you. If you are travelling between 30th of December and 5th of January then be sure to be there courtside at Perth Arena to witness the biggest and most prestigious mixed-gender tennis tournament! You’ll see your favourite men’s & women’s tennis stars team up and battle it out for national pride. Did I mention that arguably the world’s greatest ever player, Roger Federer, will be returning in 2019 with his co-star Belinda Bencic?!
For more information visit: Mastercard Hopman Cup 2019