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Australia's sunniest state capital is a beach lover's paradise with a passion for fabulous food, wine and beer.
About our flights to Perth
Air New Zealand offers flights on the 787-9 Dreamliner non-stop from Auckland to Perth. On all flights you have a choice of seat, seat+bag, theworks, premiumeconomy and businesspremier™. The flight time to Perth from Auckland is around 7 hours.
Where to go and what to see in Perth
Perth has it all. Sapphire blue ocean, porcelain white sand beaches, a picturesque wine region, cute quokkas (cat-size hopping marsupials) and a well-developed restaurant scene. It also has an average of 8.5 sunshine hours a day, which is music to the ears of any holidaymaker.
With a host of new attractions, dining and accommodation options, Perth's continued renaissance is a delight for new and returning visitors to explore. Set aside a few days to indulge in and explore Perth's exciting cultural, entertainment and sporting precincts. The nearby hubs of Northbridge, Mount Lawley, Burswood, Leederville, City Beach, Cottesloe and Fremantle are also worth your time.
Things to do in Perth
At 400 hectares, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is one of the largest inner-city parks in the world. A stroll around Kings Park is a perfect introduction to the city's natural beauty. From its elevated vantage point, you'll enjoy spectacular views of the central city, colourful gardens full of native wildflowers and the sparkling Swan River.
Once you understand how Perth's CBD is put together head for the State Buildings, a wining, dining and retail area housed in 140-year old heritage buildings. Here you can freshen your palate with an Aperol Spritz - prosecco with an Italian aperitif, a splash of soda and an orange slice. The highly acclaimed Art Gallery of Western Australia is also in this area - admission's free.
A short walk from the CBD towards the Swan River will bring you to a billion-dollar waterfront development, Elizabeth Quay. If you're travelling with kids, they'll love splashing and playing in the nautical playground on 'The Island'. A stand out feature of Elizabeth Quay is a 29-metre tall Spanda sculpture, which links the river, land and sky to welcome visitors to the quay.
At Cottesloe Beach you can chill out at a waterfront pub and wait for the sublime Indian Ocean sunset.
For a taste of WA nightlife, head to Northbridge. There you'll find a buzzing bar and club scene offering live music, comedy, DJ sessions and delicious cocktails to get your night off to a great start. For other places to go in Perth, check out the visitor centre when you arrive.
For a taste of bohemia check out Perth's colourful port city, Fremantle, just 30 minutes from Perth. The historic Italian migrant flavour is unmissable on 'Cappuccino strip', Freo's main street. Closer to the harbour, you'll find boutique breweries and excellent seafood restaurants with soothing harbour views. Many of the best restaurants in Perth can be found in Fremantle. You'll also find a lively night life here, with popular bars, pubs, nightclubs and an arts centre that doubles as a live music venue.
Fremantle has some impressive gold rush architecture, built when budgets were big. One beautiful example is the heritage-listed Moores Building in the thriving west end of Fremantle. The building is home to the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, a great place to expand your experience of modern art.
The quokkas of Rottnest
Offshore from Fremantle is Rottnest Island, Perth's very own island paradise. While Rottnest is known for its gorgeous beaches and fantastic snorkelling, quokkas are now the number one attraction. These cute, cat-size marsupials hop along the ground and can also climb trees. Quokkas are easiest to find in the Rottnest settlement area, where there is plenty of water and food. Snapping a selfie with a quokka is top of the Perth attractions list - these little guys are hugely photogenic. Just remember to follow the guidelines to protect the quokkas' safety.
Beaches near and far
When you're ready for a quenching beverage or ice cream with a spectacular ocean view, a trip to Cottesloe Beach is a must. Later in the day you can chill out at one of the waterfront pubs and wait for a sublime Indian Ocean sunset.
Scarborough is the city's laid-back surfer haven. You'll be treated to a quintessentially postcard-perfect WA white sand beach, dotted with sunbathers, kite surfers and wave riders. Slightly further up the coast is Hillary's Boat Harbour, where you'll find the Aquarium of Western Australia.
For scenic blue hues head to City Beach which is home to lush lawns, white sand and an expanding range of waterfront dining options, Odyssea, Hamptons and Clancy's Fish Bar. Trigg Beach has also seen its dining expand with the opening of Island Market (by the Kailis team), while Cottesloe has welcomed Canteen Pizza. The delightful coastal offerings don't end there – visitors will find a selection of mouth-watering venues at Trigg Beach, including Island Market and Canteen.
The Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, just a 45-minute drive south of Perth, is where you can catch a ferry to Penguin Island. It has gorgeous white sandy beaches, secluded bays and clear turquoise water that's perfect for snorkelling. The island is named for Western Australia's largest colony of little penguins, the smallest penguin species in the world. For a closer look, you can watch a penguin feeding session - there are three a day.
Venture east from Perth and you'll find yourself in the Golden Outback, a region that will have you grappling for new adjectives. It's remote, vast, awe-inspiring and supremely Australian.
Swan Valley and Margaret River
Less than 30 minutes from Perth is the Swan Valley, where local energy goes into growing and creating wonderful food and wine. You can visit wineries, coffee roasters, honey producers, ice cream cafes, olive oil producers, cider makers and breweries. High tea with all the trimmings is a Swan Valley specialty.
Three hours south of Perth is the Margaret River wine region, where cellar doors invite you to sample some of the award-winning local cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and sauvignon blanc semillon wines. This area is the perfect introduction to the rest of the southern coastline's sheltered coves and white sand beaches.
Travel Australia's Coral Coast and the Ningaloo Reef
Think whale sharks, turquoise waters, wildflower carpets, pristine islands and arid outback landscapes.
Stretching along 1,100km of breathtaking coastline from Cervantes, two hours north of Perth, Western Australia, to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, Australia's Coral Coast is home to stunning bays, fascinating wildlife and rugged landscapes. Discover uninterrupted stretches of white sandy beaches, magnificent ancient gorges, stunning carpets of colourful wildflowers and untouched coral reefs teeming with marine life.
You'll find some of the best known and most loved attractions in Australia - from the Pinnacles, Kalbarri National Park and Shark Bay World Heritage Area, to Monkey Mia and the mesmerising Ningaloo Reef.
Keep exploring Perth
Best time to go
Planning a trip to Perth is easy, because there's no wrong time to visit. As Australia's sunniest state capital, Perth gets 3,200 hours of sunshine a year. You can confidently fly to Perth anytime.
How much will it cost?
This will depend on your tastes and what you want to do. As a rough guide, not including air travel and hotels, you should allow about AUD $150 to $200 a day per person for food and entertainment.
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