Destination – Perth
Perth is Western Australia’s capital city. With exquisite coastal scenery and a relaxed atmosphere, Perth is a vibrant and contemporary city, rich in culture and commerce. Surrounded by pristine natural environments including the Swan River, Kings Park and the Indian Ocean, Perth is breathtakingly beautiful with plenty to see and do. Boasting magnificent weather and an average of eight hours of sunshine every day (that’s more than any other Australian capital city), a thriving local food and wine scene and modern facilities, Perth ticks all the boxes.
With a reputation as one of the world’s friendliest cities, Perth is welcoming and safe. It has a thriving restaurant and bar scene that takes advantage of abundant fresh produce. Entertainment hubs can be found in inner city locales such as Leederville, Northbridge, Subiaco and Mount Lawley, as well as along the beaches in Scarborough, Cottesloe and Fremantle. The shopping alternatives are wide and varied, with international designer labels, Australian brands, high street stores and local artisan markets, as well as bespoke contemporary and Aboriginal art.
For more information on Perth and the surrounding areas, please visit: https://www.westernaustralia.com/au/places-to-visit/perth-and-surrounds
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Famous for its laid back atmosphere and beautiful beaches, Rottnest Island lies just 19 kilometres offshore from Perth surrounded by the sparkling Indian Ocean. This is where the locals go to swim, surf, snorkel, fish and relax. Surrounded by coral reefs and shipwrecks, the diving and snorkelling is out-of-this-world. Rotto is a car-free zone and hiring a bicycle is the best way to get around. There’s also the local Bayseeker bus that regularly runs around the island and can drop you at some of the more secluded beaches and surf breaks. There are 20 bays to choose from, meaning you can often find a stretch of sand all to yourself. The island’s fascinating history is brought to life in guided tours that detail its past as a former Aboriginal prison and also its role in Australia’s World War II military defence system. Underground tunnels, the lighthouse and colonial buildings are worth exploring. Watch out for the quokkas, the cute marsupials which were the inspiration for the island’s name. Accommodation-wise there is something to suit everyone’s budget, from beachfront villas to tent sites. Get to Rottnest Island on a 30-40 minute boat ride from Fremantle, Perth or Hillarys Boat Harbour.
Caversham Wildlife Park
Showcasing the largest private collection of native fauna in Western Australia, Caversham Wildlife Park invites you to experience magical close encounters with Australia’s cutest inhabitants. Here’s your chance to hand-feed kangaroos and have your photo taken with a koala. Watch the penguins being fed, enjoy wandering through the Reptile House, and play with the farm animals at Molly’s Farm. A hugely popular interactive experience is ‘Meet the Wombat & Friends’ – with around 20 Australian species to meet and learn about, it is fun and educational. And of course the highlight is having a photo with a wombat! Another attraction not to miss is the Farm Show, where the country comes to town! Watch mustering sheepdogs, sheep shearing, swinging the billy, milking the cow and bottle feeding the lambs. Situated at the heart of Whiteman Park in the Swan Valley, it’s a 30-minute drive north east of Perth to reach the wildlife park. Once you’ve snapped plenty of great family memories, head into the surrounding Whiteman Park to enjoy some of the many other attractions within the park.
Nyumbi means celebration dance in Nyoongar language. Experience a celebration of Nyoongar culture through song, dance and language, as local performers share their rich culture and history. Every Saturday at 11am, visitors are invited to experience this 45 minute, free event, including a smoking ceremony and celebration dance from a different Nyoongar performance group each week. Continue your journey into the Museum exhibition Ngalang Koort, Boodja Wirn – Our Heart, Country, Spirit in Wesfarmers Arts gallery, or join a guided tour through the Museum to experience Boola Bardip – ‘many stories’ from Aboriginal communities from around Western Australia. WA Museum Boola Bardip is on Whajduk Nyoongar boodjar. Nyoongar peoples are the Traditional Owners of the south-west boodjar (country) that covers the land from Jurien Bay, to Moora, and to the south coast between Bremer Bay and Esperance. There are 14 clans in Nyoongar nation. The WA Museum acknowledges the diversity that exists in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and that the spelling of words may also vary. Proudly supported by Tourism WA, City of Perth and produced by Karla Hart Enterprises.