Laid-back, liveable Perth has wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and an easy-going character. About as close to Southeast Asia as to Australia’s eastern state capitals, Perth’s combination of big-city attractions with relaxed and informal surrounds offers an appealing lifestyle for locals and a variety of things to do for visitors. It’s a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city with myriad bars, restaurants and cultural activities all vying for attention. But the best bit is that when you want to chill out, it’s easy to do so. Perth’s pristine parkland, nearby bush, river and glorious coastline allow its inhabitants to spread out and enjoy what’s on offer.Most of all, Perth's heart is down the beach, tossing around under clear ocean surf and stretching out on the sand. The city’s famous royal-blue and chalk-white beaches trace this outermost point of Australia for some 40km, so you can always be assured of a spot to spread your towel.
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Rattling along the Gibb River Road
25 June 2010
The Gibb River Road sits in the same travel trophy cabinet as the Canning Stock Route, the Birdsville Track and the other great Aussie outback tracks. In recent times, the Road has...
The Derby Cup
25 June 2010
For most of the year, Derby, in the Kimberley area of Western Australia, sits in mud flats, about as vivid as a brown cardigan; but it turns on the colour for the biggest day of its social calendar...
Western Australia's wildflower season
9 June 2010
Western Australia is vast, and lots of it is rough, dry country in heavy reds, oranges and browns. So when the...
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Our top picks for Perth
Kings Park & Botanic Garden:
With over 2000 local plant species, a fabulous tree-top walk and sweeping river views, Perth's hill-top jewel is a must-see
Indigenous Heritage Tours:
Explore Rottnest Island's fascinating Indigenous history on this one-hour cultural tour
King Street Café:
Get your caffeine fix at this stylish stalwart of Perth's café scene, or choose from its impressive wine list
Kitsch and touristy maybe, but you can't go to Fremantle without experiencing its famous markets
Aquarium of Western Australia:
Dive into the life aquatic at this incredible underwater wonder-world
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