Things to do
The 400-hectare bush-filled expanse of Kings Park is Perth's pride and joy. At the park's heart is the Botanic Garden, containing over 2000 plant species indigenous to Western Australia. Winding past is Swan River. Meander through ‘Millionaire Row’ and look out at luxury yachts, stopping at the lookouts to take in the sensational scenery. Or rest your legs and hop on board a boat tour.
Located within an 1852 commissariat store, the Shipwreck Galleries are considered the finest display of maritime archaeology in the southern hemisphere. To discover the darker side of Perth’s history, Fremantle Prison runs underground tunnel tours. Afterwards, adjust your eyes and explore the vibrant interior of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. It’s home to a celebrated collection of post-war pieces, plus work from indigenous artists.
The sublime stretch of coastline running alongside Perth means you can mix up a city break with days at the beach. If you’re dreaming of white sands and spectacular snorkelling, Cottesloe Beach offers a touch of the tropics. Just a short ferry ride from town, Rottnest Island is much more beautiful that its name suggests.