A guide to Perth & Surrounds
Western Australia covers the western third of Australia, so when planning your trip to the west coast it can be a little daunting. This post will focus on the southwest corner, which is home to the capital of WA, Perth as well as the incredible Margaret River region.
There is plenty to offer on the southwest corner of Australia… from pristine beaches that look they should be on the Mediterranean, botanic gardens, wineries and wildlife – there is absolutely something to suit everyone.
A guide to exploring Perth & surrounds
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Kings Park is a 4.06-square-kilometre park and also happens to be one of the world’s largest inner-city parks. It is actually larger than Central Park in New York which is only 3.41 square-kilometres.
Getting to Kings Park is easy – either via public transport or you can drive and park in one of the large Visitors can embrace the incredible views of the Swan and Canning Rivers as well as the city.
If you’re into walking, there are walking trails that suit most people. Visitors can also enjoy free daily guided walks.
There are plenty of spots to relax or have a picnic as well and chairs are scattered around for people to use.
Kings Park War Memorial
While you are in the gardens, you will no doubt see the State War Memorial remembering those who died in World War I and World War II.
If you’re looking for stunning views over the Swan River, you should definitely check out the Crystal Club Lounge at Crown Towers and enjoy a drink, overlooking the Swan River for sunset. It is the best spot in Perth to enjoy the views. Click here for a review of Crown Towers.
The Bell Tower
You can’t miss the Bell Tower! It is located down on Riverside drive and the most unique building in Perth. The Bell Tower has 12 bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields which are believed to be around since before the 14th century and recast in the 16th century by Queen Elizabeth I.
This is such a cool spot in Perth CBD. There is so much happening here. When we visited there was a beef and beer festival, so it was pretty busy! You can sit and enjoy the water views, get some gelato and vitamin D.
Margaret River is located around a 3.5-hour drive south of Perth. All I can say is that Margaret River really surprised me. It is not just a wine region but has some of the most beautiful coastlines I’ve seen. Click here to read our full review on Margaret River including what to see and do and click here on our tip for where to stay.
An absolutely awesome day trip from Perth and is something that you must do during your trip. For our reasons why and tips on getting to and from the island, click here.
After your trip to Rottnest Island, you’ve probably worked up a hunger! So, why not check out the Little Creatures Brewery. The Brewery opened in 2000 and is now a very popular brewery across the country. The venue is great and funky and you can choose to sit indoors or outdoors by the water. The food menu was pretty good as well and it came out quickly which is good if you’re in a hurry. Although, you could easily spend a couple of hours here.
Where to stay in Perth
If you’re looking for accommodation in Perth, we highly recommend Crown Towers. We spent one night in Perth and wish we had longer so we could spend more time at the hotel!
“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman