Destinations >> Perth Overview

Western Australia’s capital is at the intersection of both bustling metropolis tranquil white sandy beaches. Perth lies where the Swan River meets the southwest coast, which makes for endless opportunities to enjoy life outdoors soaking up the year-round Mediterranean climate. In addition to outdoor pursuits, the city offers a thriving cultural scene complete with world-class restaurants, shopping, and activities for everyone.

Cheat Sheet

Check into the Alex Hotel to soak up local culture — it’s just steps from the Perth Cultural Centre, home to the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Western Australia Museum, and the Urban Orchard — Spend the day soaking up the sun on the pristine sands of Cottesloe Beach — Get your fill of nature (not to mention epic views of the city) at Kings Park — Savor steaks from celebrity chef Neil Perry at Rockpool Bar & Grill

What to bring to Perth

With Perth’s climate, you’ll want to pack for the sun, that includes sunscreen, sun glasses, and a hat. If hitting the beach is on your to-do list, pack a swimsuit or two and a good book for enjoying relaxing afternoons on the sand. The city is casual for the most part, but you’ll want to dress to impress if you’re planning on hitting one of the city’s hot new restaurants and bars.

What to do in Perth

The first thing you’ll want to do in Perth, no matter what time of year you visit, is hit the beach. Cottesloe Beach is one of the city’s best boasting turquoise waters lapping the white sand shores. When you’ve had enough sand, head over to Kings Park — one of the largest city parks in the world. It offers sweeping views of the Swan and Canning rivers in addition to Perth’s urban cityscapes. The capital also offers myriad cultural opportunities like the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Perth Cultural Center.

What to bring home from Perth

Perth is a mecca of local makers. Shop for art prints, jewelry, textiles, books, food and drink products and ceramics at Found at Fremantle Arts Centre, Clean Slate, Hippocampus Distillery, and The Artisan Store.

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