Embrace the best of both worlds in Perth, where soft-sand beaches and scenic parks meet a thriving metropolis of small bars, creative restaurants and a great collection of street art.
Australia’s sunniest capital city, Perth effortlessly blends urban cool with raw natural beauty. Its heart is bustling with new bars, restaurants, shopping and cultural spaces, and is also home to Kings Park – one of the world’s largest inner city parks. Just a short drive away are the beautiful wineries of the Swan Valley and a string of stunning beaches where you can watch amazing sunsets and even swim with wild dolphins. Little wonder The New York Times declared Perth a ‘hipster haven'. For a list of all the great Perth beaches, you can go here.
Weather – When to Visit Perth
Western Australia’s capital city of Perth is bathed in sunshine for an average of nine hours a day, with a total of 131 perfect blue-sky days every year. That officially makes it the sunniest capital city in Australia, with one of the most enviable outdoor lifestyles in the world. The average maximum summer (December through February) temperature is 84°F , and February is generally the hottest month. Temperatures hover around 54°F in winter (June to August).
The best time to visit Perth is in September, October or November when the city is aglow with the colors and sunny days are uninterrupted by rain. The season that stretches from March to May is probably the second-best time to visit – its warm days are perfect for the beach and other outdoor activities. June through August is low season here with chilly weather and lots of rain.
What Should You Pack?
When figuring out what to pack for the beach, there are two tips to keep in mind. First, forgetting an item isn’t the end of the world. Unless you’re heading for a remote, deserted island, chances are you can find a store where you can pick up the extras. Second, don’t stress out over making a packing list when there’s a stress-free beach travel essentials list for you below:
- Sunglasses and hats offer much-needed sunscreen and flip flops are perfect for navigating hot, sandy beaches. Go pack them now so you’re not kicking yourself later.
- What about those little items that make beach visits so much more enjoyable? For a little extra comfort on your trip, make sure you pack: Lip balm, sunscreen, bug spray.
- Beach toys and goggles are a must for kids. Building sandcastles and viewing the underwater wonders are perennial favorites.
- Take a first-aid kit with you. Hopefully you’ll only have to worry about a few minor scrapes from seashells, but having your own kit handy is a good precaution.
- Beach Bag – Your beach bag will likely contain a few of the items mentioned above. For a well-rounded bag, consider tossing in sunscreen, lip balm, bug spray, first-aid kit and water-proof baggies.
- Beach Gear – No matter who’s supplying the gear, look to have the following items on hand: beach bag, beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrella or tent, beach cart and a cooler.
- Remember: Don’t wait until you’re parched to drink. When you’re out in the heat and sun, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking regularly. So take along a water bottle as well.
Perth AttractionsHow to Spend Three Days in Perth
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Kings Park is one of the biggest city parks in the world – bigger than Central Park in New York City – yet it's right in the heart of Perth. It grants epic views of the Swan and Canning rivers and the skyscrapers perched on their banks. The park's various sections feature more than 3,000 varieties of trees and plants, from red-flowering gum trees in the Fraser Avenue Precinct to bushland-specific flora, fauna and fungi, but there are also playgrounds, playing fields, cafes and picnic areas.
Located less than 10 miles southwest of central Perth, Cottesloe Beach – with its lifeguards, clean sands and clear waters – is one of the area's most popular shorelines, especially among families. But kids aren't the only ones who enjoy Cottesloe. Breathtaking sunsets and a collection of neighboring pubs make it a prime spot for adult travelers too.
Rottnest Island is Western Australia's very own Island getaway, featuring a casual atmosphere, picturesque scenery and some of the world's finest beaches and bays, is located just 10 miles off the coast of Fremantle. The easiest way to reach Rottnest Island is via a Rottnest Express ferry from Fremantle or Perth. Along with beaches and natural attractions, visitors will find lodging and restaurant options too.
Kings Park State War Memorial
The nearly 60-foot granite cenotaph honors all fallen Western Australians with bronze plaques etched with the names of nearly 4,000 Australians who died during World War II, as well as those who lost their lives in conflicts that followed.
Featuring both footpaths and cycle ways, as well as numerous river cruises from companies like Captain Cook Cruises, Swan River is a picturesque way to view the city and reach its numerous things to do. Visitors can also rent paddleboards from Funcats, kayaks from Rivergods and bikes from About Bike Hire for use in and around Swan River.
Perth Tours & Activites
Rottnest Island Tour
See Rottnest Island from the water on this day trip that includes a high-speed adventure wildlife boat ride. Travel to the island, a favorite local getaway due to its secluded beaches and relaxing environment, by high-speed ferry from Perth or Fremantle. Then embark on a adventure thrill ride to look for seals, dolphins, sea birds and other marine life. Afterward, you have free time on the island to explore independently; perhaps rent a bike or go swimming off one of the white-sand beaches.Read more about Rottnest Island Tour
Pinnacles Desert Koalas and Sandboarding
Discover the wondrous wildlife and mystical natural attractions of Western Australia on this full-day tour from Perth. Discover kangaroos and koalas at Caversham Wildlife Park, and learn about the local lobster industry with a tour of a lobster plant and fresh seafood lunch in Cervantes. Take a guided walk through the eerie, lunar -like landscape of Pinnacles Desert, and get your heart racing as you speed through the massive dunes of Lancelin on a sandboarding and 4WD adventure.Read More About Pinnacles Desert, Koalas & Sandboarding
Swan Valley Wine Cruise
Cruise through the Swan River Valley from Perth for a relaxing day on the water that includes a stop at a local winery. Take in views of Perth and the riverfront scenery of the upper Swan River while snacking on morning and afternoon tea, and enjoy wine tastings on board the boat before visiting Sandalford Winery for a behind-the-scenes tour and 2-course lunch with more wine tastings. On the return cruise, listen to live entertainment.Read More About Swan Valley Wine Cruise
Swan River Scenic Cruise
See some of Perth’s top sights from the water on a leisurely Swan River cruise. As you depart the city center, admire Perth riverfront attractions like the Bell Tower and King’s Park, and glide past pretty suburbs to reach Fremantle, located where the river meets the Indian Ocean. Coffee and tea are provided on board, as well as wine tastings on select departures.Read More About Swan River Scenic Cruise
Swim With The Dolphins
Get up close and personal with wild dolphins off the coast of Australia on this exciting tour from Perth. You’ll cruise around small islands and into sheltered bays from Rockingham, a 40-minute drive from Perth, to interact with dolphins in their natural habitat. Snorkeling equipment is provided, and you’ll enjoy the experience with a knowledgeable crew that has befriended more than 200 local dolphins over many years. Their familiarity provides you with a very memorable day on the Indian Ocean.Read More About Swim with the Dolphins
Best Perth Restaurants
Wildflower $ High End
Visit across the year and you'll be rewarded with a multitude of tasty treats whilst also being able to enjoy some of the best views of Perth’s skyline, too. And that's not to mention the superb wine list – with an extensive range, you can create your own perfect pairing. Telephone: 61 8 6168 7855 Web: Wildflower
Long Chim $ Mid Range
Flavor slaps you in the face from the moment you step in the door – brightly colored décor, intense dishes and exciting cocktails that work perfectly alongside the heat of the menu. No time to spare? Feast on street food from the recently launched ‘tuck shop’ menu open for lunch on weekdays. Telephone: 61 8 6168 7775 Web: Long Chim
The Apple Daily $ Mid Range
Fresh, fun and zippy dishes sit alongside a hefty drinks menu. Try one of their quirky cocktails or savour unique Asian whiskies, sakes and house-made liquors. Telephone: 61 8 6282 0088 Web: The Apple Daily
Propeller $ Mid Range
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner; it’s hard to go wrong with Propeller’s inventive and flavorsome options. Enlist the help of a few fellow foodies and sample a selection of their spice-laden dishes. A top spot for vegetarians. Telephone: 61 8 9335 9366 Web: Propeller
Petit Mort $ High End
Brace yourself for a stylish meal full of surprises, pizazz and complexity from head chef Todd Stuart. His intricate modern French cuisine is offered either by full degustation or three-course prix fixe. Telephone: 61 8 9388 0331 Web: Petit MortRead About the Top Perth Food, Wine & Nightlife
Best Perth Beach Bars
Clancy's Fish Pub
Flip flops and sandy feet are welcome here at Clancy’s Fish Pub on City Beach. Clancy’s gets a leg up on competitors with its impressive beer selection, which focuses on WA and Australian micro brews (Two Birds, Eagle Bay, Stone and Wood) but it does make some concessions to foreign brewers (Bear Republic, Brewdog, and Green Flash). Telephone 61 8 9385 7555 Web: Clancy's Fish Pub
Salt on the Beach
Check in at the bar to sample one of the tap beers brewed onsite by Blacksalt Brewery, one of Perth’s most awarded microbreweries. You may also find Hahn Super Dry and James Squire Pale Ale on draft, alongside a superb cocktail menu featuring creations like the Middle Earth , the Good Morning Charles and the Marmalade Mule. Telephone 61 8 9430 6866 Web: Salt on the Beach
The Sandbar comes courtesy of impassioned owner Ben Randall and his team of 45 employees. Keep an eye out for weekly menu specials and be sure to look through their list of original cocktail creations. Standout drinks include Winter’s Coming and the Adam’s Apple. Telephone: 61 8 9245 2001 Web: The Sandbar
Rustico Tapas Bar
For fantastic Spanish meals and the best sangrias in Western Australia, look no further than Rockingham’s Rustico Tapas Bar across the road from the beach. Whether you’re soaking up sunshine in their al fresco area, or escaping the depths of winter in their cozy interior, you’re sure to enjoy the numerous tapas dishes available all year long. Telephone 61 9 9528 4114 Web: Rustico Tapas Bar
A pretty little beachside bar at Scarborough Beach, Ocean One may initially come across as a stock standard pub with traditional gastro fare. However, look beyond the facade and you’ll find a great hub for local music, niche events and plain old fun. Telephone: 61 8 9245 5353 Web: Ocean OneRead About the Top Perth Food, Wine & Nightlife
Best Perth Hotels
COMO The Treasury
COMO The Treasury is a 48 room contemporary luxury hotel in Perth’s newly revitalized historic heart. Occupying state buildings dating from the mid 19th century, COMO The Treasury opens up the city with new experiences by way of two restaurants, a bar and world renowned COMO Shambhala wellness therapies. Designed by Kerry Hill, COMO The Treasury also provides an elegant, restful base from which to explore the wilder lures of Western Australia.
Pensione Hotel Perth
Make yourself at home in one of the 98 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Peppers Kings Square
Peppers Kings Square Hotel offers a selection of beautifully appointed rooms, including king and twin configurations. Some rooms offer views across the city, and interconnecting rooms are available. All room features premium furnishings and finishes with all of the modern conveniences you require.
Fraser Suites Perth
At Fraser Suites Perth you can enjoy their world-class facilities including spa, sauna, indoor heated swimming pool and 24-hour well-equipped fitness center. Cycle and explore the wonders of this picturesque city and take in the breathtaking city skyline with bike hire available at the hotel, or enjoy the free local bus service to Perth’s CBD area.
Discovery Rottnest Island
Nestled behind the dunes of the iconic Pinky Beach, one of the most relaxed and breathtaking coastal locations in Australia, Discovery Rottnest Island is an eco-resort with a difference. Sleep (almost) under the stars in a luxury eco-tent, explore boardwalks through the sand dunes to Pinky’s Beach Club and laze by the resort pool.