Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is a must do for anyone wanting to visit the west coast of Australia. With reasonable flights from within Australia and from international destinations, Perth is the gateway to Western Australia.
For a small capital, vibrant little Perth has a lot to offer. With a temperate climate, and compact city centre, Perth is a great little city to wander around. With this guide, you will be able to see the majority of Perth’s attractions, in just 24 hours.
Start your morning by walking from your centrally located accommodation to Kings Park and Botanic Garden. It isn’t that far of a walk, but there are a few uphill segments. If walking first thing in the morning isn’t your style, you can also catch a variety of city busses to the park.
King’s Park is 400 hectares of bush and gardens, with a myriad of walking paths and lookouts. When entering the park, you will pass through a road bordered by old trees, and you will soon come to a lookout over the city.
You can spend hours wandering through the park, admiring the many indigenous wildflowers that it is famous for, but first you will need some breakfast. There is a great little cafe in the park, serving good coffee’s and moderately priced breakfasts (between 10 – 20 dollars).
After enjoying King’s Park, walk back towards the city to the Cultural Centre in Northbridge. Northbridge is the arty and vibrant district just north of the river. The area is great in the evening for bars and restaurants, and also contains the Cultural Centre. Within the Perth Cultural Centre Garden you can find the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and the Western Australian Museum. Everything listed here is free, and offers a great way to get more acquainted with the history and culture of the region.
Pick a museum or two to spend some time in the afternoon, and when you are ready for lunch, just head into Northbridge to find a great little cafe, or take away restaurant.
After a day full of walking and culture, you will probably be keen for a bit of relaxation. One of the best beaches in the area, recommended to us on facebook by Lis of Lis’s Travel Tips , s Cottesloe. Just on the other side of the river from Northbridge, you will find the central train station. Hop on a train bound for Cottesloe, and in about 15 – 20 minutes you will be at your destination. The beach is a great place to relax, enjoy a picnic, and watch the sun set.
Got more than 24 hours?
For those with more time to explore the Perth region, why not consider checking out the Swan Valley food and wine region? Or head into the outer suburbs and spend a day in Fremantle (guide coming soon).
A great option for accommodation in Perth is the Old Swan Barracks in Northbridge. Old Swan Barracks is located just opposite from the Perth Cultural Centre, and provides easy access to all the attractions listed in this post, as well as to some great bars and restaurants in the area. Old Swan Barracks is affiliated with Base Backpackers, and you can use your base jumping cards at this location.
This post was made possible by Base Backpackers who provided our base jumping cards, however, all opinions remain our own.