Perth’s mild weather ensures it’s the ideal destination to visit any time of the year. Although it would be a shame to travel all this way just for 3 days, here are a few suggestions to make the most of your time.
Perth’s grid layout running between Wellington Street, Milligan Street, St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street naturally lends itself to a series of arcades and lanes ideal to explore on foot. Don’t miss the open top Tudor style London Court and beautifully restored Trinity Arcade. Both arcades run between St Georges Terrace and the Hay St Mall, which is teeming with high street shops, and while having a browse head over to the Murray St mall and Forrest Chase. Then head west towards King Street for some of Perth’s swankier boutiques.
Jump on any bus along St Georges Terrace to the Perth Mint to witness a gold pour. While you’re in this part of town why not check out the Como The Treasury, a luxurious oasis in the heart of the city in the magnificent state buildings dating from the mid-19th century featuring opulent accommodation, outstanding restaurants and a day-spa.
Follow the historic Horseshoe Bridge snaking its way along William Street and into Northbridge for a gander through the Perth Cultural Centre, independent boutiques, cafes and Chinatown. Hang around after the sun sets as Northbridge really comes alive with its small bars, theatre and live music venues.
You could sort out yesterday’s indulgences with a walk along the Swan River foreshore or instead, why not glide along on a Segway to Elizabeth Quay which opened in January 2016 and features year round festivals, eateries, art installations and markets. It’s also home to the Barrack Street Jetty and the iconic Bell Tower.
Jump on free bus service #37 or walk up to Kings Park hovering over the city, blooming with over 400 hectares of natural bushland, sweeping city and river views, walking trails, restaurants, botanic gardens, picnic spots and playgrounds galore.
While away the afternoon at one of Perth’s infamous beaches and although there’s many to choose from, Cottesloe Beach is a favourite largely due to its grassed areas shaded by Norfolk pines, nearby eateries and the unforgettable vision of the sun dipping into the Indian Ocean.
Floreat, City, Scarborough and South Beaches are all family favourites too and have great swimming, surfing, playgrounds, amenities and nearby eateries. Mettams Pool has a sheltered bay ideal for snorkelling. Trigg Beach is best left for the hardcore surfers. You’ll need extra sunscreen for a nudey run into the waves at Swanbourne Beach; Perth’s only clothing optional beach.
Find out why the port town is aka Little Italy and join the Italian tradition of passeggiata (meaning to stroll) along South Terrace’s Cappuccino Strip and to the markets selling handmade treasures and fresh produce from Fridays to Saturdays.
Go to jail and the gruesome gallows at the Fremantle Prison and trek on foot and by boat through the labyrinth of tunnels 20 metres below.
End the day with the West Australian tradition of fish ‘n chips at sunset in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour while harbouring fantasies of jumping aboard one of the luxury boats and stowing away into the big blue.