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Perth and Surrounds

Situated on the banks of the Swan River, Perth is a modern city nestled in nature and brimming with all kinds of adventures. Discover a thriving metropolis of small bars, creative restaurants, curated cultural experiences and street art, plus unique wildlife encounters, vast scenic parks and wine country.

It’s all here, in the one sunny city, filled with friendly and welcoming people and with 19 stunning beaches within easy reach of the city, relaxing by the ocean is never far away. While you’re there, sip a cool drink or savour delicious local seafood as the sun sinks slowly into the Indian Ocean.

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Western Australia’s capital, Perth is a cosmopolitan city surrounded by the natural beauty of the Swan River and Kings Park. Perth has so much to offer, from incredible venues, luxurious new hotels and a buzzing calendar of activities and events. Kings Park and Botanic Garden is one of the largest inner-city parks in the world and is visited by over 6 million people each year.

Fremantle, or ‘Freo’ to the locals, is just a 30-minute drive or train ride from Perth city. Located where the Swan River meets the Indian Ocean, it’s a port city brimming with vibrancy, colour and culture. It’s not just art galleries, pubs and cafés that are sprinkled throughout this bohemian town — the bustling Fremantle Markets (still going strong after 100 years) and one of Australia’s first micro-breweries are there too. Savour fresh seafood harbourside, fine fare in historic buildings or sip a cool drink on the beach as you watch an Indian Ocean sunset.

For an insider’s perspective of Freo, take a walking tour with a quirky local guide as you pass buskers, performers and street art. And for history buffs, no trip here would be complete without a visit to the WA Maritime Museum and the convict-built, World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison. Whilst just outside the city centre, you’ll find gorgeous beaches plus walking and cycling trails that meander along the river’s edge. Fremantle offers an adventure like nowhere else in Australia: an eclectic collision of character, creativity, culture and cuisine.

Perth also boasts a stunning coastline, with the stretch from Mandurah to Lancelin encompassing around 150 km of glorious beaches to explore. Visitors and locals can also escape to Western Australia’s very own island paradise, Rottnest Island. Just 19 km off the coast of Perth, but an entire world away, lies the sunny holiday island famous for the world’s happiest animal, the quokka.

Explore the stunning scenery, scenic drives and vibrant villages of the Perth Hills. Its character townships including Mundaring, Kalamunda and Armadale, exude a country charm WA’s first inland settlement, the Avon Valley, is a comfortable drive east of Perth, and offers a patchwork of green rolling hills, babbling brooks and historic country towns.

The Perth Hills are home to a number of stunning National Parks to explore. Find walk trails and waterfall views on offer at Australia’s oldest conservation area, John Forrest National Park, take a cooling dip at Lake Leschenaultia, or immerse yourself in rail history at Morgan John Morgan (Railway) Park.

Mundaring Weir is a popular spot for picnics and barbeques, while Roleystone invites visitors and locals to enjoy abundant orchards, local ciders, and the stunning Araluen Botanic Park, an extraordinary garden in a breathtaking bushland setting, famous for the blooms of tulips that cover the grounds in the Spring. 

Fremantle, or ‘Freo’ to the locals, is just a 30-minute drive or train ride from Perth city. Located where the Swan River meets the Indian Ocean, it’s a port city brimming with vibrancy, colour and culture.

It’s not just art galleries, pubs and cafés that are sprinkled throughout this bohemian town — the bustling Fremantle Markets (still going strong after 100 years) and one of Australia’s first micro-breweries are there too. Savour fresh seafood harbourside, fine fare in historic buildings or sip a cool drink on the beach as you watch an Indian Ocean sunset.

For an insider’s perspective of Freo, take a walking tour with a quirky local guide as you pass buskers, performers and street art. And for history buffs, no trip here would be complete without a visit to the WA Maritime Museum and the convict-built, World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison. Whilst just outside the city centre, you’ll find gorgeous beaches plus walking and cycling trails that meander along the river’s edge.

Fremantle offers an adventure like nowhere else in Australia: an eclectic collision of character, creativity, culture and cuisine.

With the hills of the Darling Scarp to the east and the Swan River running directly through the area, Swan Valley is in a very picturesque location. Home to more than 40 wineries and 70 restaurants and cafes, the Swan Valley is rich in history but equally engaged with the now, with much to offer curious eaters and drinkers. Thriving in its Mediterranean-style climate, the Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine region and Australia’s second oldest — the first grapes were planted in 1829. And where’s there is wine, there’s also locally crafted beer, cider and spirits.

A relaxed day trip from Perth, take a short drive or board a river cruise — it’s the only wine region that you can cruise to from an Australian capital city. Taste your way through artisan providores, with olives, cheese, chocolate, nuts, honey, nougat and ice cream amongst the local gourmet delights.

Guildford is one of three towns established in 1829, when Western Australia was settled, and its plan was based on the model of an English country town. Today it is one of only three towns in Perth on the National Trust register, and a heritage-rich, historical haven for visitors. Other features in the Swan area include Bells Rapids, the site of the exciting Avon Descent, and Noble Falls, a great spot for wildflowers, bushwalks, and picnics.

Western Australia’s Peel region is known for its diverse physical features, unique ecosystems, and abundant waterways that provide the basis for its enviable lifestyle. We’re talking about magnificent waterways, stunning beaches, world class national parks, extensive trails, fine food and wine, sports and adventure, arts and culture – there’s always something more to discover in the Peel. By 2050, the Peel is expected to be one of the most populated regions outside of Perth.

Just 75km south of Perth and the gateway to south west, Peel makes the perfect getaway destination for a short or longer break. Enjoy exciting cycle trails in Dwellingup, take a dip in the natural pool at Serpentine Falls, or enjoy the thrills at the annual Boddington Rodeo, recognised as the largest Rodeo in Western Australia.

Mandurah, WA’s largest regional city and less than an hour from Perth, is set against a backdrop of magnificent beaches and an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour. Originally known as Mandjoogoordap, Mandurah means ‘meeting place of the heart’. Once you’ve arrived here, you fall in love with this place. Enjoy waterways for days and much more. Because in Mandurah we’re relaxed by nature.

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