Perth Vacations

Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is an incredibly laid-back city of 1.5 million people which has no need to interact much with the rest of the continent. And why would it? Surfing, barbecues, and swimming are all popular after work activities, as the "Fremantle Doctor" wind cools down the hot mid day air. Of course, the fact that Perth is ... Read more
almost 4000 km from Sydney contributes to its slightly isolated feeling. The 1980s brought rapid growth to Perth, which has a Central Business District with pedestrian only shopping and galleries along with restaurants and clubs in Northbridge. The Fremantle market is another popular stop in this city of 1.5 million.

Perth places to stay and top hotels

Perth things to do and experiences

  • Kings Park & Botanic Garden
    Outdoors, Garden, Park, Playground
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  • Rottnest Island
    Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports, Beach
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  • Fremantle Prison
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Landmark
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  • Perth Zoo
    Sights and Museums, Outdoors, Zoo or Aquarium
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Perth reviews & trip reports

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Buffalo, New York State, USA

Perth is a beautiful city. The park along the river is great for running and I loved the pelicans and other birds that were around! There were dolphins in the river too! From Perth, take a trip to Rottnest island before jumping off to the rest of WA. There were some good rooftop bars as well and local coders to try! Be warned that it’s a tough place to find tourist activities if it’s raining for most of your trip.

Recommended for:BackpackersSolo Female Travelers
Bangkok, Thailand

Hospitality culture shattered from mining boom of 10yrs which drives the culture. Lack of people 1.5 mil in a huge country means space and wait a while for resources. Great for families and resting in a quiet theme and very Clear everything (too much as are the rules lol)

Recommended for:History Buffs
Local from Perth

I grew up in Perth and returned here after living abroad, and in recent years it has really grown up as a city and is far from the boring, isolated town it used to be! It's still isolated, but has so much to do, lots of festivals happening all the time, amazing weather and lots of outdoor activities, and increasingly even good food (though a bit pricey - one downside!). But I love it!

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersStudents
Local from Perth

Perth girl born and bred I love this place and have visited all the states in Australia and nothing beats it

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Pittsford (town), New York

This is a nice size city - easy to walk around the CBD (central business district). They also have free bus lines which are fun to take to see the area. We came in by train from Fremantle where the port is located, took about 30 minutes and was very inexpensive.

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Singapore, Singapore

What a beautiful and relaxing location! Do a slow drive to Margaret River if you're heading off from Perth City and enjoy its abundance of wineries.. Augusta is at the very tip of Margs and the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (famous tourist site) is a must-go. Don't miss this place!

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersGreen Travelers
Sydney, Australia

WA was almost voted its own country back in the early years of the 20th century, and though it remained a part Australia in the end, it's always been a bit of a world of its own. Its capital, Perth, is thousands of dusty desert outback kilometres from its nearest sister capitals, and in many ways looks north to Asia more than west to distant Sydney and Melbourne. It's the city of the lovely Swan River, whose slow meander reflects its laid-back vibe, and the city of the gorgeous western beaches of Fremantle and beyond. Like many Australian cities, it feels more like a big country town at times than a proper metropolis, which is all part of its somewhat slow-paced, affable charm. That said, the mining boom in WA has made it one of the world's most expensive cities, so if you're heading out to the bars instead of the beaches, steel yourself for $17 glasses of Chardonnay.

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Florianópolis, Brasil

Awesome town in Western Australia. Had a great time here. My favorite place was Kings Park where you can see the whole city of Melbourne in front of you.


I think a single day visit in Perth is a must if you are planning a trip to Australia. Places like Rottnest island, Fremantle Market, Western Australia Aquarium with botanic gardens are fabulous places in their own which can not be compared with any other.

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Oakland, California, USA

Perth is often overlooked on the Australia trip planning radar, but it is worth the trek across the country. Well, flight. Perth is one of the most isolated big cities in the world - it is one of the most isolated big cities in the world, but the people and the scenery make up for any loneliness one might feel there. Beaches, gardens, beer, and adventures North and South - Perth and Western Australia are a don't miss Down Under.