Home to picturesque beaches, wineries, breweries and an abundance of historical and modern attractions, Western Australia’s capital Perth is one of the nation's most visited cities. Lying on the banks of the Swan River, Perth is home to 1.8 million friendly and fun loving inhabitants. Bathe in the dazzling waters of the Indian Ocean before exploring the delights of this fascinating and unique city.
Its remoteness (being surrounded by the Indian Ocean to the east and the desert to the west) only adds to its charms and its self-sufficient nature means that it can offer travellers everything they could ever need.
Take in the culture of the city by visiting Perth Cultural Centre located just north of the train station. From here you can further your learning with a visit to the nearby Art Gallery of Western Australia which display some of the most stunning Aboriginal works in the country.
On a nice summers day you can head over to the Botanic Gardens for a barbecue and experience the great view and captivating surroundings of Kings Park, or for the best view of the city head on over to the Swan Bells Bell Tower. If you’re visiting with kids then don’t miss the Perth Zoo or make some discoveries at Scitech.
Offering an abundance of options for all kind of travellers, the city’s vibe and free feeling help to make it one of the most desirable destinations in Australia. Perth’s popularity has grown intensely over the last 20 years as travellers seek to experience more of Western Australia. This has led to the tourist industry booming, and the number of high-rise hotels increasing. Modern travelers though are now looking to get a more integrated and intimate view of world cities and are looking for alternative accommodation.
Find authentic accommodation in Perth- Rental apartments or beachside villas
When visiting a large metropolis such as Perth, it is important to get yourself set up in accommodation that will suit the trip you are taking. Those partaking on a business trip should look for rentals in Perth’s city district, where all major business and commerce takes place. If you are here to see the beach take a look at the holiday rentals along the coast district. There, villas and apartments offer you more privacy and great views over the Indian Ocean. For the ultimate romantic experience take a holiday home in The Hills, known for its peaceful surroundings and wine production.
If you are after a cultural experience look no further than Northbridge. Wimdu’s apartments here offer the best access to Perth’s thriving art scene and alternative culture. While rentals are getting more pricey here, there are still certain streets where you can find a real bargain. However you choose to spend your holiday, Wimdu offers the best range of accommodation in Perth to suit all budgets and tastes, so when playing your trip make sure you check out the great range of apartments, villas and holiday rentals above.
Did you know ?
- Perth is the most isolated city of over 1 million inhabitants in the world. The closest city, Adelaide, is 2,200 km away.
- The booming mining industry in Perth has blessed it with the highest per capita number of self-made millionaires in any city in the world.
- Five thousand years ago one could travel from Perth to Rottnest Island on foot.
- The largest city park in the world is King's Park in Perth
- Perth is closer to Indonesian captial Jakarta than Canberra.
Relax at the Beaches - West Australia boasts some amazing beaches and Perth is no exception. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, glorious sunsets and rises, surfing, kite surfing or just relaxing on the lush sands alongside the Perth locals at beaches such as Scarborough, Cottesloe, Fremantle, City and Floreat beach. Beach life is the very soul of the city and can be experienced during anytime of the year.
Perth Aquarium- AQWA- Located in the idyllic surrounding of Hillary Harbor, the main marine aquarium in Perth is another must see. Boasting one of the largest tanks in the world, this zoological experience brings you up close and personal with some of the Indian Ocean’s most fearsome predators and beautiful species. There is even the opportunity to go diving in the tanks and to really meet some of Australia’s biggest sharks.
Rottnest Island- Just a short ferry ride away from Perth, Rottnest Island is one of the most popular getaways in Western Australia. The small island offers great beach activates and superb coastal views. Explore lighthouses and check out the remains of wartime remnants such as the cannons and the barracks on the islands largest hill. Following this go and check out the pink salt lakes located in the center of the island. There are also some great small pubs and restaurants on the island.
Footy - Perth has a great tradition within Australian rules football, and host some of best AFL games in the country. West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers are the major teams in Perth and their season runs between March and August. If you prefer soccer, check out Perth Glory who play their homes games Perth Oval (NIB stadium) and rugby fans should go and watch Western Force who ply their trade in the Super 15 competition.
Penguin Island - A smaller island, found just five minutes ferry ride from the mainland, Penguin Island . The island is home to colonies of Penguins and Sea lions and is arguably Perth’s largest eco-tourist attraction.
Top Tip – Use ‘Cheap Tuesday’ - Perth is notoriously expensive, but for the past few years most businesses in the city have clubbed together to offer ‘cheap Tuesdays'. Restaurants, bars, cinemas and other leisure attractions usually offer a great discount on all normal Tuesdays. Make sure you take advantage of this and join the locals in indulging on Tuesdays whilst saving money.