Top Travel trends2019: Perth in Western Australia
Famously known as the most isolated city in the world, Perth is on the west coast of Australia, situated between the Indian Ocean and the outback! Known for its beautiful beaches, huge parks and thriving wine region, this is an utterly unique city, blessed with a Mediterranean climate and a laid-back vibe. Where else can you walk past the tall Norfolk pines and curated street art, with Australian wildlife hopping by, while you contemplate whether you should check out the surf school first, or call over the waiter and order more tapas?
One of our favourite ways to explore the west coast is as part of an all-inclusive luxury package. Youll get tours, local experiences, and the chance to take part in many different leisure activities, not to mention accommodation of extremely high level of quality. Food, drink, flights and transfers will also be included. Plus, with the introduction of non-stop flights from London to Perth, you could be in this sunshine-filled paradise, on the other side of the planet, before the days over! Lets have a look at what makes Perth so great.
Perths Urban Centre
With the citys distinctive skyline on one side of you, andPerth Water on the other, Elizabeth Quay is a waterfront development with manyuses. People come here to take in the twin views, hang out and take a lift upthe phenomenally tall Swan Bell Tower.
The citys architecture is a mixture of modern and EnglishTudor; examples of the latter youll find in the London Quarter. Theres plentyto keep both you and the little ones amused in the city. Fremantle Prison is aniconic sight and was still in use until the early 1990s. However, after that itbecame a tourist attraction and is now used for weddings and its a library aswell.
Perths gold mining heritage is explained in the local goldmuseum and the archeological finds of the city, including the dinosaur bonesthat have been dug up here, can be seen in the Perth Museum. Creative typeswill love exploring The Art Gallery of Western Australia, which is part of thePerth Cultural Centre. Youll find static and temporary exhibits here,reflecting local and international art.
The kids will also love the aquarium and zoo. Given thatAustralia is home to native species that are not found anywhere else in theworld, the zoo is well worth a visit. Where else are you going to see koalas,kangaroos, wombats and a duck-billed platypus?
Perth nature and SwanValley
Kings Park is huge! Its larger than New Yorks Central Parkand its located in the inner-city area. With two-thirds of the spaceconsidered native bushland and therefore conserved, youll have the chance tostroll through many different species of native plants.
As well as bird spotting, youll also experience somefantastic views of the heights of the Darling Range, the wilds of the SwanRiver, and a reservoir. There are botanical gardens here, housing an excitingvariety of flora, tennis courts, and an important war memorial, detailing allthe Western Australian servicemen and women who died in the two world wars.
One of the best days out in Perth is a trip over to RottnestIsland, to visit a nature reserve, which is home to quokkas; cute marsupials ,which hop like kangaroos. The secluded coves along the shoreline harbourbeaches that are covered in white sand and are far from the crowds. The waveshere are perfect for surfing. You can reach the island by ferry.
Another beautiful nature reserve is located on the mainland,surrounding Lake Monger. You can follow the trails around the lake on foot, orby bike, and take in the sight of exotic birdlife along the way. Youll findplenty of fine views in the area, and comfortable spaces where you can stop andhave a picnic.
Swan Valley is the local Mecca for foodies. Its in theupper reaches of the Swan River and is fringed by the Darling Scarp. Heresyoull find breweries and distilleries, as well as vineyards, orchards andfarms growing local produce. Roadside stalls have been set up to sell freshorganic fruits and vegetables, cheese, honey, coffee and olives but alsonearby, youll find charming boutique restaurants that will turn that freshfood into a delicious meal for you. Pair your meal with a wine from the regionand you wont just be having a meal, youll be enjoying a delicious diningexperience.
Without doubt, one of the greatest attractions of the westcoast of Australia is its beaches. Here are a few of our favourites:
Cott as its known, is one of Perths most popular beachesand it has something for everyone. You can jump from a pylon into the water,swim in the warm water, or snorkel in search of leafy sea dragons. Surfing is amust-try activity in Australia, but regardless of your expertise in it, therewill be tutors on hand to give you some tips.
If floating in the water, or lying on the shore, starts togive you an appetite, you can rock up to one of the coastline pubs for a beeror a glass of wine with your lunch and if youre in Cottesloe during March,youll get to see the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.
With its bustling vibe, Scarborough Beach is lined with busyhotels, cafes, restaurants, apartment blocks and surf shops. This is a beachthat prides itself on its perfect surfing conditions, so expect to bump intoplenty of surf dudes and hipsters. Brighton Beach is just around the corner andslightly less busy.
Theres a special place in local surfers hearts for TriggBeach, which is regarded as having some of the best breaks. However, due to itsstrong currents and rips, its not recommended for swimmers. Bear in mind, thatif you are going to surf here, you might face plenty of competition for eachwave.
Clothes are optional at Swanbourne Beach. Its not on publicview. Youll have to walk 300m from the car park to get there and then youllsee from the sign where its considered good to disrobe. Nudists are in thenorthern part of the beach, while the southern part is for regular beach goers.
With the shade from the coastal trees, large expanses oflawn, and wooden gazebos, youll find plenty of shelter at South Beach when thesun gets too much. Youre close to Fremantle here and the infamous CappuccinoStrip is just a short walk away.
Booking Your PerthHoliday
Here at Aspen Travel, we partner with many prestigious travel companies in order to be in a position to provide a wide range of tours and packages. One of our favourite Perth specialists is Kuoni, who will put you up in incredible resorts and take care of your every need during your stay.
If youd like to find out more about our Perth packages and which one is most likely to best serve your travel preferences and budget, please get in touch with our dedicated travel team. We can help you find the best deal for you.