Perth, Australia

Experience Perth, all the essential ingredients for a great holiday. Some of the country's best beaches, plenty of nightlife, bustling markets, inner city parks, outdoor dining and amazing marine adventures. Perth sits beside the widest stretch of the meandering Swan River. Locals here enjoy a relaxed outdoors lifestyle, as does the neighbouring port city of Fremantle, at the mouth of the Swan. Perth is Western Australia's capital city and the major gateway into the state. Fronting the widest stretch of the meandering Swan River, city and river make a stunning contrast, especially when the skies and river are a perfect Perth blue. The Swan hosts a range of water sports, including sailing, water skiing, sail boarding, jet boating, fishing, parasailing, cruising. And there are more than fifty kilometres of riverside pathways for walking and cycling. Perth's lifestyle is easygoing with a number of inner city parks adding to the relaxed, nature-based feel. And getting around is simple , there's a free public transport service within the city centre.

Get active and enjoy the sunshine, natural parklands and beach lifestyle of Perth, one of the country's most beautiful cities and the capital of Western Australia. The weather is fantastic, the beaches are clean and uncrowded, and the city, situated on the banks of the Swan River, is in a postcard-perfect setting. If you're after some serious retail therapy - make a beeline for up-market King Street. Packed with boutiques, art galleries, eateries and beautiful people, it's the place to be seen. For quality department and fashion chain stores, the Murray Street and Hay Street malls hit the spot. Fancy a lazy lunch? Take your pick from a stack of riverside and beachfront cafes and restaurants. Over 80 kilometres of white sandy beaches make Perth's coast ideal for swimming and surfing. Stroll through Kings Park botanical gardens - or try the treetop walk for a unique view of the city. If sport is more your thing, catch a game of cricket, Aussie Rules or rugby at one of the sporting stadiums. Jump on a ferry to South Perth to take that world-famous snap of Perth's skyline. At night, it's especially spectacular when the city's glittering skyline is reflected in the Swan River.

Scenic Highlights:

Kings Park and Endless Beaches: Kings Park is magnificent; there are so many areas to explore with picnic and barbecue facilities and their own different scenery and moods. You can walk around these areas or drive a car around the 400ha of virgin bush land, manicured gardens and brilliant displays of wildflowers during spring. Within minutes of the city centre are Perth’s beaches. There are nineteen to choose from – some, such as Scarborough Beach are great for surfing, and others, like Cottesloe with its beachside cafes, are ideal for families.

The Pinnacles: Thousands of eerie limestone pillars, up to 4m tall form the Pinnacles Desert. The moonscape scenery is made by the pillars rising out of the stark desert landscape of yellow quartz sand. It is a favourite subject for photographers. The Pinnacles are two-hundred and forty-five kilometres north of Perth on the way to Geraldton. Closest main town is Cervantes. The Pinnacles are seventeen kilometres south east of the town. The Pinnacles are limestone formations. The raw material for the limestone of the Pinnacles came from seashells in an earlier epoch rich in marine life. These shells were broken down into lime rich sands which were carried inland to form high mobile dunes. The Pinnacles were formed from lime leaching from the sand and by rain cementing the lower levels of the dune into a soft limestone.

Freemantle: Discover the character and charm of the lively port city of Fremantle, where history and culture combine, to create a rich display of unique architecture and a spirited personality. See some of the world’s oldest and most famous motor vehicles visit a working brewery for a taste of some local favourites and sample some of Western Australia’s freshest seafood as you relax in the sunshine at the ocean’s edge.

Activities:

- Enjoy a sunset tour of the Pinnacles
- Take a day trip to discover Freemantle
- Visit some of Perth’s great wineries and restaurants
- Enjoy a tour of Perth’s art galleries
- Experience a long distance walk on the Bibbulmun Track
- Visit one of Perth’s many beautiful beaches
- View Perth’s wildlife at the Perth Zoo or the aquarium
- Take a tour of the old Freemantle Prison that was built in 1842
- See Perth from the sky on a scenic flight
- For the more adventurous, try parasailing or sky diving
- Spend the day on the ocean, charter a sail boat and skipper for the day
- Take a boat tour to Rottnest Island
- Go on Perth’s most popular river cruise, the Captain Cook’s Cruise
- Watch the sun rise in a hot air balloon high above the city
- Hire a bike and see the city at your own pace
- Explore Perth on the sea by kayak or canoe
- Go swimming with dolphins, or just watch them play from the boat
- Enjoy the many activities in and around the Swan River