Perth – your gateway to a Western Australia adventure. See the new Perth around the city centre, take a #QuokkaSelfie at Rottnest Island, get Insta-crazy at Wolf Lane and go on a stargazing adventure at the Pinnacles.
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UnDiscover Perth and surrounds
Western Australia is Australia’s biggest state, covering nearly one third of the continent. Its capital city, Perth, is home to a vibrant bar culture and breathtaking beaches. Just offshore from Perth is Rottnest Island, home of the cute quokka, a small, furry marsupial that appears to smile in selfies. Western Australia is also where you’ll find the acclaimed Margaret River wine region, the ancient Kimberley region, the romantic outback beach town of Broome, and World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, arguably the best place on Earth to swim with whale sharks.
Explore Perth city on a long weekend
With fantastic beaches and vibrant nightlife, Perth is an ideal destination to spend a long weekend. From breweries and cideries to eclectic festivals, the city’s must-do list is endless. Just a 20-minute drive from Perth you’ll find Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine region, which regularly serves up more than its top drops. Savour award-winning wines, snack on local gourmet delights and meet native Australian wildlife. If you’d rather sip on cider, Core Cider offers tastings as well as tractor tours of the apple orchards and the opportunity to pick fruit straight from the tree during harvest season. Beyond food and wine, Perth is home to world-famous festivals such as Fringe World, the third largest in the world, and Perth Festival, the oldest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere.
Explore the Outback. Step into another world in The Pinnacles Desert
The stunning limestone formations known as the Pinnacles are near Cervantes on the Turquoise Coast, 250 kilometres (155 miles) north of Perth. Cervantes is the gateway to Nambung National Park, which contains the Pinnacles Loop – a four kilometre (2.5 mile) road that can be driven or walked in about an hour. The Pinnacles Desert contains thousands of striking limestone pillars set against shifting golden sands. Visit at dawn or dusk to see the shadows cast by the unusual formations. You might also see wild emus stalking among the spires. The park, with its otherworldly landscape, can be visited all year round, but there’s a bonus in spring, when the wildflowers and wattles are in bloom.
Take selfies with the locals
Quokkas – some of Australia’s cutest marsupials – are world-famous for being the happiest animals on Earth, best known for their smiling appearance and willingness to always be camera-ready for a #quokkaselfie. Quokkas are native to Rottnest Island and can be seen all year-round. They are most active in the evening and night but will always be spotted during the day. Rottnest Island is car-free, so after you’ve snapped your selfie, explore the island’s secluded beaches, bays and grassy hills by bus, bike or segway. To get to this iconic island, take a short ferry ride from Perth, Fremantle or Hillarys.
Make your own tracks in the Margaret River region
Western Australia’s Margaret River region is all about the good life – quality wine, long lunches and plenty of adventure. In just a few short days, visitors to Margaret River can explore markets, taste world class wines, and indulge in a range of activities suitable for all ages and interests. First, get out onto the water as you canoe down the still waters of Margaret River, or take your aquatic adventure up a notch by learning to surf or stand up paddle board at one of the nearby beaches. If you’d rather stay on dry land, get your heart racing with a guided quad bike tour through towering Karri trees in the Boranup Forest. When you’ve had enough adventure, indulge in a lazy long lunch amongst the vines in some of Australia’s most renown wineries. From May to August, don’t forget to watch out for humpback whales as they migrate along the coast towards the breeding grounds surrounding Broome.
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Leave the sand and sea behind. Explore Australia’s colourful carpet of wildflowers
If the image of Australia you have in your mind is white sand and rolling waves, prepare to be surprised. From June through November, Western Australia is an explosion of spectacular colour and fragrance as 12,000 wildflower species bloom across 2.5 million square kilometres (965,000 square miles) of terrain. It’s the largest collection of wildflower species in the world and nearly 60 per cent of them are found nowhere else on Earth. Take a guided stroll through Kings Park in Perth, or head out of the city on an adventure to see to see this colourful side of the country.
Gateway to the City of Perth
Burswood Park is a 56-hectare sprawling parkland located on the banks of the Swan River on the popular Burswood Peninsula. Situated in the inner south-eastern suburb of Burswood within the Town of Victoria Park, the park boasts city views and is walking distance to some of Perth’s premier destinations – including the Matagarup Bridge, Optus Stadium and Crown Perth. Less than five kilometres from the city and 15 minutes from the airport, Burswood Park is a popular venue for locals and tourists alike, with its sweeping landscaped parklands, local fauna, manicured gardens and pathways. The park is fully accessible, with ample parking and public transport options and an array of attractions for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.