Far away from the East Coast crowds, Perth is well-loved for its laid-back vibes. It has one of the world’s biggest inner city parklands, Kings Park, where you get lovely views of the city skyline. There’s white-sand Cottesloe Beach around 20 minutes away and Rottnest Island an hour and a half by ferry. The island is one of Perth’s biggest draws for its 63 beaches and underwater world that includes 13 shipwrecks. A protected A-Class Reserve, Rottnest is a practically car-free island getaway for both tourists and locals who come to cycle, walk and snorkel, and of course visit the adorably chubby-cheeked marsupials that live there – quokkas.
Perth is a great place for travellers who like to get a feel of the city they’re in. It’s bursting with cool bars and quirky eateries alongside the big celebrity-named restaurants found in larger resorts like Crown Metropol Perth. Then there are up-and-coming suburbs like Northbridge, where you can stay at hotels with a home-grown, hipster feel like Alex Hotel.
Fremantle, fondly known as Freo, is just 20 minutes from its sister city Perth. It’s vibrant in its own right and has a working port, picturesque historic buildings and a craft beer scene that beckons younger crowds. Head here for fresh seafood right off the boat and al fresco dining on the ‘Cappuccino Strip’.