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Things to do in Perth

Bushwalk the Bibbulmun Track

The hills around Perth are a bushwalker's delight and active types keen for a challenge should tackle the Bibbulmun Track (tel: +61 8 9481 0551; www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au). With 964km (599 miles) of sign posted trails that weave south from Kalamunda to Walpole and along the coast to Albany, it truly is one of the world's great walking adventures.

Get close to some majestic mammals

Journey beyond the beaches and you'll find humans aren't the only mammals swimming in Perth's pristine seas. September to December sees the whale migration when Rottnest Express (tel: +61 8 9325 1191; www.oceaniccruises.com.au) guarantee you'll see humpbacks or your next tour is free. Rockingham Wild Encounters (tel: +61 8 9591 1333; www.dolphins.com.au) need no such marketing: dolphins can be seen year round.

Get driven to the drink with a wine tour

Within driving distance from Perth - don't worry, they pick you up - are some of Australia's best vineyards. Renowned for its glorious whites, Margaret River wineries export their offerings across the globe, whilst Swan Valley is the state's oldest wine region. Out and About Wine Tours (tel: +61 8 9377 3376; www.outandabouttours.com.au) offer award-winning trips to both.

Hit the beach

Perth's stunning, and often dramatic, Indian Ocean coastline has some of Australia's best beaches. Sun seekers should take a towel to Port and Scarborough beaches; both are ideal for sunbathing but best for stronger swimmers only. If you want to splash around, Crawley and Peppermint Grove are beautiful and calm bayside beaches.

Spend a day with the Doctor

The south-westerly winds that whip up off the Indian Ocean (known locally as 'the Fremantle Doctor') make the pristine beaches off Perth ideal for windsurfing and kite-boarding. Scarborough and Leighton beaches are excellent for both. To catch some air with the kite board first grab a lesson at WA Surf (tel: +61 9592 1657; www.wasurf.com.au).

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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.