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From family-focused fun at Elizabeth Quay and the stunning Kings Park to the theatres, small bars, cool restaurants and myriad public spaces of the city, the seamlessly integrated Perth CBD / Northbridge precinct is internationally renowned as a fun place to go. Jump on the ferry, hire a bike, check out the galleries and museums, chill out in the cultural centre, shop at King St or best of all, stay over in one of the many new 5-star hotels.
Subiaco is one of Perth’s premium inner-city suburbs with 100+ bars, restaurants and cafes, gourmet food retailers, icecreameries and plenty of shopping. The train station is in the heart of the city, an easy 10 minute walk from Kings Park and 20 minute walk from the CBD. The Saturday markets are some of Perth’s best. You can peruse the galleries or catch a show at the Subiaco Arts Centre or the Regal Theatre. There’s always plenty on.
Leederville is one of Perth’s trendiest inner-city suburbs, a place where students and a younger crew hang out and enjoy cheap and alternative cafes, bars and restaurants. It’s a great destination for breakfast and there’s an eclectic shopping scene and a couple of very cool bookstores. The Luna is a super-cool arthouse cinema, home to many of the Perth’s film festivals and a beanbag outdoor cinema open in summer.
Mt Lawley is a lively hub known for its nightlife and dining spots. Gourmet burger joints and courtyard beer gardens sit alongside boutiques filled with locally made clothes and accessories. Take a short walk out of the main city centre and you'll find Hyde Park, filled with lush green trees and resident black swans.
The Burswood Peninsula is fast becoming the major event venue centre of Perth, including Optus Stadium, the State Tennis Centre, Crown Casino & Entertainment Complex and the Telethon Community Outdoor Cinema. The train station gives easy access and there’s plenty of riverside parkland for picnics and bike riding and family-friendly restaurants and bars making it a lovely place to spend time with family.
Markets, restaurants, breweries, bars, history - you'll find it all in Fremantle. Known for its maritime history, the port city is also home to the Fremantle Prison, which housed convicts from the 1850s to 1991, and the Round House, an 1831 building which also briefly served as a jail. If you're chasing a good feed, the cappuccino strip is home to numerous Italian restaurants, Mexican joints, and pubs, while the port hosts a brewery and fish & chip shops. If you're after some local crafts, a trip to the Fremantle Markets is always great value.
Everybody’s favourite place to escape, the sandy, car-free isle of rotto, has been winning the hearts of visitors for more than a century. Take a short boat trip across the turquoise waters and pick up your hire bike to explore the island at your own pace.
Think gourmet goods, local wine and unique regional art amongst the fresh valley air and pretty vistas, all a short drive away. The charming Swan valley has something to keep everyone in the family happy, grab a handful of chocolate drops from the Chocolate Factory, a tasting paddle from an award winning cider house or sit amongst the vineyards with a picnic.
The Perth Hills provide everything you want from a country escape: scenic, winding drives, friendly owner-operator service, hearty local produce, hundreds of walking trails, intimate B&Bs and pristine national parks.
Just an hour’s drive south of Perth, the darling scarp melts into the Indian Ocean. So begins the love affair between western Australia’s land and water, where rivers flow through the dense forest and outback vistas, and pristine beaches curl up beside charming seaside towns.
The Avon Valley offers an authentic country lifestyle experience, with wide-open farmlands, welcoming locals and an iconic history that will leave a lasting impression. Situated an hours drive from Perth city, it’s the perfect day trip for lovers of gourmet foods, local wildlife and outdoor adventure.
Just 20 minutes north of the CBD on the Sunset Coast, the City of Wanneroo boasts 32km of unspoilt beaches, two picturesque marinas, endless water-based activities, intriguing historical sites and many of the state’s pristine and accessible nature reserves, including Yanchep National Park. You can explore dunes, limestone cliffs and bushland, beautiful walking trails and native animals, helicopter flights, race tracks and locally grown foods.
Visitors are spoilt for choice by the food, wine and stunning views that typify the region. With its wide-open spaces, vineyard vistas and plenty of fresh country air, the Swan Valley is the perfect place for a walk or cycle to take in the superb history of the region.
Foodies will love Perth’s Valley of Taste, with its picturesque fertile plains and Mediterranean climate bringing forth an abundance of epicurean delights.
Situated a mere 30 minute drive out of Perth, Swan Valley is the ideal location for a day trip away. Take advantage of the close proximity to experience the fantastic array of annual events the Swan Valley has to offer, from food and drink festivals to rock concerts among the vines.
Hiking, camping, cycling and rock climbing, Perth Hills is a nature lovers dream.
Take advantage of the Perth Hills' many picturesque wineries through a series of wine trails and routes.
Experience a country charm across the character townships of the vibrant Perth Hills.
A short train ride or an hour’s drive down the freeway and you’ll reach the stretching white sand coastline and rugged terrain of the Darling Scarp. The region offers a wide variety of activities for adventure lovers with its vast waterways and stunning Jarrah Forests. Or if you prefer a relaxing outing with time to unwind and regroup, there’s plenty of wineries, cafes and leisurely walking trails to explore.
Whether family fun activities, pumpkin festivals, intriguing rodeo shows or arts events – this region has it all! You'll never be short of things to do in Mandurah & surrounds all year round.
The perfect destination for a last minute break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Explore country towns, potter through local shops or museums, picnic on the banks of the Avon River or hot air balloon at dawn to take in the beautiful scenery.