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Perth Travel Guide

About Perth

Having grown up in isolation from Melbourne and Sydney, Perth has neither the pretensions, nor the pace of eastern Australian cities. Instead, this cosmopolitan, Western Australian capital has forged its own identity.

Sure, it’s got the long days of summer sunshine, plentiful parklands and relaxed nature of its brethren across The Outback, but its tag as a boring backwater has long fallen off.

Instead, here is a city of high class living; a world of fine wines and farm to fork food. It serves up a sophisticated slice shopping serenity where pedestrianised streets and glimmering malls sit side by side with covered markets and indigenous art centres.

The long, wide city streets make exploring easy, so whether you’re wandering the banks of the Swan River, meandering through the Supreme Court gardens or listening to the ringing Bell Tower, getting lost is harder than finding your way.

Vivacious and culturally diverse, Perth has it all. The wonderful Kings Park offers stunning city views, sculptured gardens and an amazing display of wildflowers during spring, then come summer it’s alive with open air cinema and picnics.

The bicycle network meanders down from Kings Park’s botanic beauty to the spectacular Indian Ocean further west. Aqua blues glisten against unspoiled beaches as surfers, sunbathers and sand-side chefs make the most of the long, sunny days.

Gourmands should savour the bounties of the Swan Valley breadbasket. Cruise upstream to sample its impressive array of cheeses and chocolates or escape south to the famous Margaret River wine region for a drop of the finest plonks on earth.

So whether you're dune buggying in Lancelin, mixing with the quokkas of Rottnest Island, partying at Carnival Latino in multicultural Northbridge or revisiting the bygone beauty of Fremantle, the last thing the most isolated city on earth will leave you is lost for something to do.

Key facts

Population:
1958912 (2016)
Latitude:
-31.955400
Longitude:
115.858590

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The Great Southern Hotel

This hotel is located in Northbridge, the main cultural and entertainment neighbourhood in Perth, and a short walk from the city centre. The mid-size, affordable hotel features 94 rooms, a no frills restaurant and late-night bar.

Royal Hotel

Located right in central Perth this quirky hotel offers comfortable accommodation with a reasonable price tag. Perhaps the best part of Royal Hotel Perth is its location steps from transportation stops and close to major shopping malls boutiques art galleries theatres cinemas and other local attractions.

West Beach Lagoon

Leisure travellers will get bang for their buck in the self-contained one-or two-bedroom apartment at West Beach Lagoon, located off Scarborough Beach on Perth's Sunset Coast. The resort offers a spa, waterslide, and beautiful scenery, with Perth's city centre only a car ride away.

Hotel Northbridge

Hotel Northbridge is a comfortable boutique Perth hotel in a renovated old Australian pub with wide verandas. The studio-style rooms have a large double corner spa in every room. Stylish and with great service and an award-winning restaurant, the hotel is a very convenient place to stay as it is located just minutes from Perth's city centre and the Northbridge cultural district.

Miss Maud Swedish Hotel

Miss Maud Swedish Hotel is a slice of Sweden in the middle of Perth. A boutique family hotel, it has a charm and character all of its own, and guests are made to feel welcome and appreciated. The rooms are cosy and comfortable, and the ground floor restaurant serves a hearty Swedish smorgasbord, including free breakfast for hotel guests.

Rendezvous Observation City Hotel

Situated right on Scarborough Beach, Rendezvous Observation City Hotel offers panoramic ocean views of the Indian Ocean. There are 333 guest rooms (including six suites), two restaurants and four bars, a heated tropical lagoon pool and spa, a health club, steam room and tennis courts. Perth city centre is only 15 minutes away but you'll feel a million miles away.