Photo: Bell Tower, Barrack Square
When venturing out from Perth, the many beautiful places to go in the hills, mountains, desert and coastline reflect the relative isolation of Western Australia from the rest of the world.
Not far from Perth you will find Fremantle, the Perth Hills, Rockingham, Rottnest Island, Scarborough Beach, Subiaco and Swan Valley all have their own charms and attraction.
Northbridge is the place to go for Perth culture and arts, entertainment and nightlife. A short walk north of City Center.
Located there are the Art Gallery of Western Australia (excellent collection of Aboriginal art), the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and The Western Australian Museum, all within short walking distance of each other.
There are pubs, nightclubs, bars, cafes, shops, galleries and some great restaurants for you to try, in fact, quite a few. For more tourist information Phone (08) 9483 1111.
Visit Cottesloe Beach for great sunsets over the ocean, its a good place to go for swimming, picnics and lazing in the sun. Theres a nice selection of restaurants and cafes on the main street, with views of the Indian Ocean.
If you like snorkellling, head down the to the southern part of the beach where you will find a protected reef with all kinds of marine life. Tourist Information: Phone (08) 9285 5000
Due west from Perth, you can catch a ferry to Rottnest Island for wildlife and truly beautiful beaches, rocky coves and bays left in pristine condition. The island is some 11km long and 5km wide and riding a bicycle is the main way of getting around. You can hire bicycles at Thompson Bay.
Rottnest Island is favoured by scuba divers for the fantastic reefs and multicoloured marine life. There are a number of choice surfing spots along the coast, some with world fame.
You’ll find swimming at Rottnest superb, with the many sheltered bays and beaches perfect for a day in the water. Popular spots include the Basin, Longreach Bay, Little Parakeet Bay, and Geordie BayTourist Info Phone (08) 9372 9752.
Fremantle is located 19 kilometers south west of Perth, where the Swan River meets the ocean. The main port of Fremantle is a delightful fishing town full of culture, history, and great shopping.
It has an excellent range of Italian and Greek Restaurants as well as Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Turkish. You can also find more traditional Australian fare, as well as noveau. Lots of al fresco cafes for coffee culture and an excellent collection of antique shops.
Stop at the Roundhouse, built in 1831 and the oldest surviving public building, originally a gaol. Nearby is the Fremantle Museum and Arts Center, also worth a look.
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Oldest wine growing region in WA, enjoying a renaissance as a centre of Perth’s good life. Bedding down in the Swan Valley is a good idea if you’ve enjoyed a long lunch among the vines.
The new generation of winemakers, food producers, artists and boutique hoteliers that have made Swan Valley their home and place to practise their skills. A must go see and visit place for the gourmet and wine lover, as is Margaret River.
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Margaret River is a world renowned surfing spot as well as known for its food and wines. Just 50kms south of Perth, it is another good place to enjoy long lunches sampling gourmet food made with the fresh local produce. The beauty of the area alone is worth the visit.
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Albany, facing the southern ocean on the southern coast of Australia, was the first place the early European settlers tried to live. Albany was actually a richer cousin to Perth till the 1900s, when the Gold Boom changed everything. The largest wind farm in Australia is located there, supplying over 75% of Albany’s needs. King George Sound is one of the largest natural harbours in the world.
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Photo: Sail and Anchor Hotel, Fremantle WA