We forget how close Australia really is to Asia. Flights to Perth are only around five hours from Singapore, and there’s seven direct flights a day to the Western Australian capital.

It’s a convenient and easy way to take a big bite of the land downunder, and you’ll absolutely fall in love with Australia’s west coast.

So what does Perth offer that’s different to its more well known counterparts on the east coast? We check out the top ten must sees.

Kings Park

This is no ordinary park. Kings Park is one of the largest city parks of its kind in the world. Its stunning views incorporate the Swan and Canning Rivers, the majestic Darling Ranges and a beautiful city skyline.  Wander through stopping to refresh yourself at one of the many cafes along the way.

Swan River, by Anson Smart

Swan River, by Anson Smart

Cool bar zone

It’s become almost a movement in its own right. Perth’s bar community has grown to feature some of the most trendy, hip and unique bars in any city you might come across. Check out Ezra Pound Bar and The Bird Wine Bar in trendy Northbridge, or enjoy the vintage vibes of the Hula Bar. You’ll find the cool crowd at The Aviary, and also Helvetica and 399 Bar in the city.

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Pinky Beach, Rottnest Island by Hugh Stewart

Quokka spotting on Rottnest Island

You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a Quokka up close. Rottnest Island is a destination in itself, only around 20 kms from Perth. Reach it by ferry, helicopter or private boat and explore the untouched beauty of over 60 pristine beaches lining spectacular coral reefs. Dive in and discover historic shipwrecks, and meet one of the cutest little marsupials in Australia; the quokka. These guys can only be found in Western Australia.

Sailing away

Sitting beside the glorious Indian Ocean and the meandering Swan River, it’s not surprising that Perth residents are avid sailors. It’s home to the Australia’s America’s Cup challenge and the Royal Perth Yacht Club. Take a cruise with some of the best yachtsmen and women in the world by either lazing down the river at sunset, or taking to the ocean for some serious salty air.

Fremantle, by Anson Smart

Fremantle, by Anson Smart

Beautiful Fremantle

A completely unique and charming port city, Fremantle is only a thirty minute drive from Perth’s city centre. Colonial history is preserved beautifully and adds to the seaside charm. Visit Fremantle Prison, the Arts Centre and Old Courthouse. After exploring the Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Galleries, head to the 1843 landmark bar, Sail & Anchor, where you can select from a choice of 43 tap beers.

Swan Valley wineries by Rich Keam

Swan Valley wineries by Rich Keam

A day at the wineries

Swan Valley’s wine industry is serious business. This picturesque valley is home to 40 individual vineyards and loads of cellar doors, and a perfect day trip, just 25 minutes drive from Perth. Sample wines from Western Australia’s oldest wine region as you indulge in fine dining sourced from the region’s freshest produce. The best way to feel completely at one with these gorgeous surroundings is to take a cycling tour.

Hidden city gems

Where do the locals go? Check out Hay Street and find Wolf Lane which is bursting with eclectic cafes, boutiques and friendly bars. In Subiaco you’ll find city workers enjoying a brew at days end, and discover some fab vintage and antique stores on Leederville’s Oxford Street.

Pump the adrenalin

If you want to turn up the adrenalin jump on a high-speed aerobatic flight. You’ll spin 350 degrees through the sky above the deep blue Indian ocean at a mind blowing speed. Back on earth jump in the passenger seat of a professional rally-driver’s car and go for a spin. Or get behind the wheel yourself in a V8 super car at Barbagallo Raceway.

Cottosloe Beach, by Anson Smart

Cottesloe Beach, by Anson Smart

Sand between your toes

It wouldn’t be Australia without a superb day at the beach. This is one of the most incredible coastlines int the country, if not the world. Check out Scarborough for superb coffee and then laze on the sand at Trigg and North Beaches. Watch the sunset close to town across the waters at Cottesloe Beach, great for the kids under the shade of the giant Norfolk Pine trees.

Culture, history and wildlife

The Western Australian Museum will enlighten you as it tells the story of the country’s west coast, it’s past and present, as well as its interesting and unique scientific and cultural collection. With a proud local heritage, the Art Gallery of Western Australia has some of the best Indigenous art in the country. To meet more of Australia’s unique wildlife, head to Perth Zoo. The kids will love it.

Grab yourself a quick flight to Perth and see why it’s one of Australia’s most beautiful cities.

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About The Author

A travel junkie and explorer, Anita has spent over a decade in Asia, the majority in and around Macau and Hong Kong. As an Australian living abroad Asia fascinated her, and combined with her love of writing, resulted in a very busy freelance journalism and copywriting career which saw her work published in loads of travel, lifestyle and business magazines and newspapers, all over the world. Anita also provided the narrative for a 220 page hardcover book chronicling the rise of Macau over the last ten years, through photography. She moved to Bali in Indonesia in 2009 and sits on her ‘coconut island’, sharing travel inspiration through words as Wego's Director of PR, and editor in chief. She’s known as the ‘word queen’ in the office and likes to laugh, a lot.

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