Tourists heading to Australia tend to flock towards it’s eastern coast. Famous cities such as Sydney and Brisbane are interspersed with world renowned beaches and beautiful coastline, natural attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef and Fraser Island drawing in the masses. Australia’s east coast is an incredible destination, matched only, I believe, by it’s lesser known western coast.
Western Australia is very, very remote. In fact, its capital city, Perth is the most isolated city in the world. To many people, this might be off-putting, but in my opinion, this is what makes this city so unique.
Despite it’s geographical solitude, Perth is a buzzing city. A locus for oil companies, the city is thriving; top class restaurants and new businesses popping up everyday. It is modern, efficient and clean, well contained within a small part of the city’s landscape. The commercial centre, however, isn’t what makes Perth the city it is. The true sense of the city is found in the miles of suburbs that stretch to the north and south and east and west of the CBD.
Perth’s western suburbs are well known for their spectacular beaches. Cosmopolitan areas such as Cottesloe and Swanbourne back onto miles unspoilt beach, a multitude of cafes lining the path to the sand. Early morning is prime time to visit these areas, joining the crowd of lycra clad health-nuts on their morning constitutional before a ritual visit to the local breakfast hotspot. If early morning exercising isn’t your thing, head straight to the beach and relax in the sun as you watch the surfers hang 10.
For a different kind of vibe, head down to Fremantle and go for lunch at Little Creatures. This brewery come restaurant serves delicious food in a light and spacious environment. It’s very popular with Perth residents, so if it’s good enough for the locals, you know its worth a visit. It’s also worth visiting Fremantle to look at the architecture, as many of the colonial buildings have been preserved and well looked after.
From Fremantle port, catch a high speed ferry to Rottnest Island, known locally as ‘Rotto’. This holiday resort is popular due to it’s plethora of beaches. No cars are allowed, so hire a bike and get to exploring the nooks and crannies of the island. Go for a day or stay for longer but make sure you check out Pinkies beach before heading to the Hotel Rottnest for a drink at the end of the day.
Perth is a city known for its beaches, but another popular natural attraction is King’s Park, a green expanse tucked into the inner city. On a sunny day (a common occurrence considering Perth’s mediterranean climate) go for a walk in the park and bring a picnic, doing as the Perth locals do.
As a city, Perth has everything that the other popular Australian cities have – beautiful beaches, great food, buzzing nightlife and a cafe scene to rival any European country. It is Australia to a T, and a wonderful place to visit.