There's one place in Perth that everybody wants to go. Doesn't matter if you're a family, a honeymooning couple or a salt-bitten surfer, Rottnest Island is loved by all. Just a short ferry ride from the port city of Fremantle, a 30-minute drive from Perth, this island paradise has epic snorkelling, great beaches and excellent hiking trails. But the real drawcard is a chance to meet the quokka, possibly Australia's cutest marsupial.
Unleash your inner foodie in Perth. Start with breakfast at one of Fremantle's many cafes, along the road known as Cappuccino Strip. After you've walked that off, move onto lunch at a seaside seafood restaurant. Fremantle's food scene includes more than 100 eating places and most of them offer alfresco tables, thanks to Perth's consistently gorgeous weather.
Thanks to its sun‐drenched climate, Perth is home to many award winning wineries. But if wine isn't your drink of choice, never fear. Head to Fremantle's Little Creatures Brewery to sample craft beer in the Great Hall, right in the middle of the brewery. If you're after a more refined tipple before a night out, the States Building Precinct is where you need to go. Sip on a martini to get your night off to the right start.
Pack your beach umbrella, sunnies and togs, then head to the beach. Perth’s famous Cottlesloe Beach or 'Cott', as it's known to locals, has crystal clear waters and white sand that will make you feel like you're swimming in a postcard. If you're there for the day, finish up with a picnic dinner - the beach is perfectly positioned for the Indian Ocean sunset.
Just 45 minutes south of Perth, in the spectacular playground of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, is Rockingham Wild Encounters. Be sure to try their Swim with Wild Dolphins tour - the owners have built up over 23 years of friendship and trust with the local bottlenose dolphins. You're sure to meet some cheeky cetaceans and the crew will make sure you have a fun day out.
Go beyond the city limits to see some authentic Western Australian countryside scenery. In Swan Valley, about 25 minutes from the city, you'll discover wildlife experiences and historic places. It's a great place to hire a bike - there are four cycling routes that lead to fresh produce stalls, pretty picnic spots, galleries, wineries and restaurants.