The city sprawls 100km along Western Australia's coastline from Yanchep in the north to Mandurah in the south. Crowds are rarely encountered, except at famous surf beaches Scarborough, Cottesloe, and Trigg on a sunny public holiday.
The Swan River, with its iconic black swans, is Perth's epicenter. Ride a Segway along the waterfront to see wildflowers at Kings Park; take a day trip to sun-kissed island Rottnest, home to furry marsupial, the quokka; catch a ferry to Fremantle to explore Perth's colonial heritage and munch on fish and chips; or even cruise to the Swan Valley for a food, wine, or brewery tour.
Cafes and bars are best found along the water's edge, either by the river or at one of Perth's world-class sandy beaches. Thumping nightlife options may seem scarce at first glance, but venture down Northbridge's narrow laneways to discover swanky bars and jazz lounges.
WA's vast expanse begs for road trips from Perth. The southwest region is a must-see with its mighty Jarrah forests, coastal surf towns, and renowned wineries. For a closer alternative, take a day-trip to see unique rock formations, the Pinnacles, a 2-hour drive from Perth city.
Closer to Indonesia's Bali than Sydney or Melbourne, Perth benefits from almost-constant sunshine. A balmy reward for avid travelers prepared to conquer Perth's remote location.
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