It’s well known that Perth is the world’s most isolated city.
With a yarning gap of 2,700 kilometers between it and its nearest big city, Adelaide; traveling to the West Australian capital is no mean feat.
Here’s what you can expect to find when you get there.
Situated on the banks of the Swan River, Perth also embraces many European sensibilities.
The city has quite a few independent movie theaters and small clusters of local shops, as well as a preponderance of coffee bars with a relaxed atmosphere.
Start in the heart of the city centre. A great place to people watch, some inner suburbs, such as Northbridge; house some of Perth’s most exclusive restaurants and vibrant nightlife.
If you are seeking for some education, why not take a trip to the award-winning Perth Mint, where you can witness liquid gold overflowing into special casts and view Australia’s largest collection of natural gold nuggets.
By that this time, you’re probably in the mood for a great coffee.
Travel 30 minutes south of Perth to Fremantle and its famous ‘Cappuccino Strip’. Here, it is only a hop and a skip to the Fremantle Prison, the WA Maritime Museum and the Fremantle Arts Centre.
Exploring Outer Perth
Beach bums united! Perth has some beautiful beaches that touch the cool turquoise waters of Indian Ocean.
Scarborough Beach is well-known for having some of the whitest sand in the world. While Rottnest Island is home to some spectacular sunsets and off-shore fishing spots.
For a bit of history, take a tour of the WW2 tunnels – these were used for storage and now are mostly empty.
On the modern front, the Aquarium of Western Australia is a great way to learn more about the ocean – there’s even an underwater observatory tunnel.
The Margaret River is a bit further down the road (3 hrs one way) but is Western Australia’s wine country, and worth a couple of days if you have the time.
Closer to town, Swan Valley (in the Hills) is home to locally owned-and-loved Houghton Wines.
Hiring a campervan in Perth is a popular mode of travel for travellers – particularly one-way drives, and then flying home.
Why? Because it gives you the opportunity to visit sites en route that are especially remote, such as Uluru and Alice Springs, as well as some of the many remote national parks in Western Australia.
One of the best known is the Nullarbor Plain, which offers a stark view of the country’s diverse geography. There’s also Wave Rock, located near Hyden.
Most of the caravan parks are located out on the edge of town, but nearly all of them are located on major bus routes, so you can park and get settled.
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