Perth is the largest Australian city and is the capital of the largest state; Western Australia. It covers a whopping 6,417 square kilometres and is home to 2,059,484 people as of 2018. Perth is also known to be the fastest-growing capital city in Australia. The city of Perth sits on the northern banks of the Swan River, named after the native black swans that have inhabited the area since its discovery by settlers in 1697.
Greater Perth stretches across 12,500km of coastline creating 19 pristine beaches along the Indian Ocean, perfect locations to relax and enjoy the eight hours of the sun which Perth receives on a daily basis, more hours than any other Australian city! If you aren’t a fan of the sand you can soak up the sun in the world’s largest inner-city park: King’s Park whilst enjoying breath-taking views across the city.
Perth is the second most isolated city in the world with its closest neighbouring city a staggering 2,200km away. It is actually closer to the capital of Indonesia (Jakarta) than the capital of its own country! Perth has also made an appearance in the Guinness World Records for having the world’s largest straight section of railway track at an impressive 468km!
There are a number of National Parks within a two-hour drive of Perth, immerse yourself in the colourful wildflowers and rolling hills of Avon Valley or hunt down the waterfalls within John Forrest, Western Australia’s oldest National Park full of fantastic walking trails including the Railway Heritage trail that is rich in local history. Walk the 240m long koala boardwalk at Yanchep National Park, home to over 400 caves including the famous Crystal Cave which is full of spectacular crystal formations. If it’s challenging hikes and refreshing plunge pools that you are looking for then Walyunga National Park is the place for you!
Venture into the Indian Ocean for a once-in-a-lifetime experience of swimming with the world’s largest fish: the whale shark in the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef. Less than 50km south of Perth the beautiful seaside town of Rockingham offers great opportunities to spot dolphins from the beach or join their excellent selection of nature cruises.
Take a two-hour drive north of Perth and be transported to another planet as you walk amongst alien-looking limestone formations reaching up to 3.5m tall at The Pinnacles. A short twenty-minute drive inland of Perth you will find the oldest wine region in Western Australia with world-class institutions like Lancaster and Sandalford Wines originating here.
Perth travel itinerary and things to do:
- Visit Kalgorie mine, the world’s largest producer of gold
- Get the perfect Quokka selfie on Rottnest Island
- Enjoy excellent food and drink options in the coastal town of Fremantle
- Sample the delights of Perth’s very own brewery Little Creatures
- Stroll along Busselton Jetty, the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere
- Wander amongst ancient fauna at Boranup Forest
- Admire the fascinating formations of Gnamma Holes & Mulka’s Cave
- Sand board down the huge sand dunes at Lancelin
Perth Tours Can Be Tailored According to Your Needs
Do you want a 1 Day Pinnacles Sunset Experience option? Or maybe a 1 Day Rottnest Island Ferry & Bike Package with a Swan River Cruise included? With so many beautiful places to choose from, we know that exploring Perth can be confusing for some, which is why we offer various tour options for travelling convenience. For example, one of our most popular tours is the 1 Day Margaret River, Wine, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the Margaret River region is famed for its fine wine, surf beaches and an impressive network of underground caves. This tour includes complimentary beer, cider, and wine tastings, and a guided tour through the incredible Mammoth Cave where you can still see the fossilised remains of a long-extinct giant marsupial species!
Frequently asked questions about Perth Tours
Is Perth expensive to visit?
Perth is known to be one of the most expensive cities in Australia, we recommend using the free bus service (the CAT bus) whenever possible and purchasing a Smartrider card to save money on public transportation.
How long do you need to see Perth?
We recommend spending a couple of days enjoying the delights of the city centre and Fremantle and at least one day dedicated to visiting the unmissable Rottnest Island.
What is the weather like in Perth?
Perth has lovely warm and dry summers whilst the winters are mild they can bring thunderstorms and downpours.
When is the best time to visit?
In the height of summer (Dec-Feb) temperatures can be scorching in the city and beaches overcrowded. It is popular opinion that the best time to visit are the couple of months either side of this period.
Looking for other travel ideas in West Coast? Check out our Rottnest Island Tours.