Top 10 things to do in Perth

If you think you know Australia, think again. There's something about Perth that makes it intoxicatingly fresh, fun and different.

In the city of Perth, along the coast and in the nearby outback, Western Australia promises you an Aussie holiday with a difference. There's nothing quite like it in the world.

At just over seven hours, the flight to Perth goes quickly - after two movies and a meal, you're there.

Seaside dining at City Beach, Perth

Then you can throw yourself into exploring a city that's just emerged from a decade of exciting transformation.

Perth has freshly-reinvented urban precincts rich with new hotels, restaurants, bars and riverside public spaces; exquisite Indian Ocean beaches with gin-clear water and fine white sand; and fascinating natural attractions, like the Pinnacles, Wave Rock and the stunning Margaret River region that will inspire you to hit the highway for a road trip. Topping it all off is a warm climate that delivers more sunny days than any other city in Australia.

Check out our Top 10, to see what a Perth holiday has in store for you.

1. Explore Elizabeth Quay, Perth's waterfront playground

The possibilities for eating, drinking and accommodation are ever-expanding at Elizabeth Quay, the exciting city precinct between the CBD and the Swan River. You'll discover the best of Perth's urban riverside life, including fantastic outdoor art installations, a range of exciting dining options and stunning new hotels.

2. Snap a selfie with a quokka

Definitely in the short list for 'cutest animal on the planet', quokkas are hopping marsupials that are native to Rottnest Island, just offshore from Fremantle. They're friendly and hugely photogenic. Just remember to follow the guidelines to protect the quokkas' safety. The ferry ride to Rottnest takes 30 minutes from Fremantle and 90 minutes from Perth city.

3. Roam around the King of all parks

Kings Park is one of the largest inner-city green spaces in the world. It's where you can discover carpets of spring wildflowers, a 750-year-old boab tree, more than 70 bird species, and enough walking and biking routes to last for days.

4. Hang out in Fremantle

Arty, crafty (in the beer sense) and a bit boho, Fremantle is Perth's picturesque port town. In the ornate Georgian and Victorian buildings you'll find interesting boutiques, restaurants, bars and galleries. Bag a bargain at the popular Fremantle markets and sip a local beer at Little Creatures Brewery.

5. Sip a sundowner at Cottesloe Beach

Sunset drinks at beautiful Cottesloe Beach, known as 'Cott' to the locals, come with magnificent Indian Ocean views. Time your arrival for mid-afternoon, so that you can have a swim in the gloriously clear water before you find a beachside bar for a sundowner drink.

6. Taste wines in the Swan Valley

Just half an hour from the centre of Perth is Swan Valley, a swathe of welcoming wine country that's ready to tempt you with cellar doors, winery restaurants, craft breweries and boutique distilleries (fancy a smoked gin?). Great for a day trip or stay a couple of nights.

7. Appreciate the street art

Western Australia's street art scene has its own special brand of creativity. Check out the always-changing wall murals near Wolf Lane in the city centre or around the historic streets of Fremantle.

8. Sample gourmet food and wine in Margaret River

Just three hours south of Perth, the Margaret River region includes premium wineries, relaxed micro-breweries, world-class restaurants, spectacular beaches, towering forests, inspirational artisans and a laid-back persona all of its own. Global Travel authority Lonely Planet has named Margaret River and Southern WA as the number-one Asian Pacific destination to visit in the year ahead.

9. Discover an alien landscape at the Pinnacles

Two hours north of Perth is a landscape that might as well be somewhere else in the galaxy. The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park is truly awe-inspiring. Huge shards of limestone rise vertically from a sea of ochre sand to deliver Instagram heaven.

10. Catch a wave made entirely from rock

More than 100 metres long and 15 metres high, Wave Rock looks exactly like a surfer's dream come true - except that it's made from solid granite. It took nature 2,700 million years to create this epic landform, but it will only take you about three and a half hours to drive there from Perth. There's accommodation nearby, if you want to do an overnighter.

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