Explore Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Australia's sunnies city, Perth is also home to one of the largest city parks in the world. A short walk or free bus ride from the city centre, visitors can check out the views of the Swan River and city skyline, pack a picnic, see a movie or live performance outdoors in summer and the wildflowers in spring, or learn more about the park on a indigenous walking tour.
Experience the dining boom! Perth city and its surrounding precincts of Mount Lawley, Leederville, Northbridge and Subiaco are brimming with new dining options. Sample WA fresh produce and wines at one of the many new small bars, cafes, and restauranrs such as The Butterworth, Print hall or the Trustee.
Shop local and luxury. Designer brands meet local labels along King, Queen, Hay and Murray Street in the city. Other rick pickings include designer jewellery crafted from Western Australian gold, Argyle diamonds and Broome's famous South Sea pearls. If vintage, hip and quirky is more your style, make a beeline for the boutiques of William Street in Northbridge.
Watch the sunset over one of Perth's amazing beaches. Home to 19 pristine metropolitan beaches, it's easy to find your own slice of white sand to relax and enjoy WA's famous sunsets. Surfers head to Scarborough and Trigg, while swimmers cool off at Cottesloe or Mettam's Pool between Sorrento Beach and Trigg.
Indulge in a cultural feast. Start at Perth's Cultural Centre in Northbridge - home ti the Art Gallery of WA, the WA Museum, State Library, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and the State theatre, including the Heath Ledger Theatre. Dotted through Perth you'll find art installations that make up te Perth city art walk. From November to April enjoy Perth's bevy of outdoor cinemas, live performances and festivals.
Explore the vibrant port city of Fremantle. The best preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape in the world, Fremantle is best explored on foot. Learn about the city's maritime and convict history on a tour, browse the shops, galleries and weekend markets, or dine at one of the many cafes, bars, restaurants or microbreweries.
Relax on Rottnest Island. Home to 63 beaches and bays, Rottnest Island is a short ferry ride from Perth, Fremantle or Hillarys. There are no cars on the island so pedal power is king. Enjoy lunch at one of the cafes and restaurants, most offering spectacular ocean views, swim, snorkel or dive, or take an eco-cruise and discover the local wildlife.
Take a day trip. There are plenty of destinations within 60 minutes of Perth city centre - perfect for day-tripping. Tantalise your tastebuds in the Swan Valley, get closer to nature in the Perth Hills wine regions; enjoy the historic sights of York, or explore th seaside city of Mandurah.
Experience Perth's unique attractions. Hop on a free CAT bus and tour Perth's city sights - ring one of the world' largest musical instruments - the Swan Bells; watch a live gold pour and see the world's largest collection of gold bars at the Perth Mint; catch a ferry across the Swan River to Perth Zoo - home to over 1,500 animals; head out to Caversham Wildlife Park where you can meet koalas, wombats, kangaroos and many other native widlife.
Swim with the Dolphins at Rockingham - based on the shores of the spectacular Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, Rockingham Wild Encounters runs small group swimming with dolphins tours, sea kayak tours of Penguin Island, and boat cruises to get up close and personal with the local Dolphins, Sea Lions and Penguins.