Think only Melbourne’s known for its graffiti? Think again. Perth’s street art scene is burgeoning, with amazing pieces of graffiti artwork popping up all over the city. You can get to know the best spots (and learn some bonus Perth history) on an Urban Adventures Perth tour. This local-run company takes you across the arcades and laneways of Perth’s city centre in a comprehensive two-and-a-half-hour tour. This tour company also takes visitors around Fremantle with a tour that focuses on the history of this historic city, ending the tour at the UNESCO-listed Fremantle Prison.
No trip to Perth is complete without a trip to Rottnest Island. This A-class nature reserve boasts 63 white-as-snow beaches perfect for snorkelling, diving, surfing and snapping selfies with quokkas. It’s just an hour’s ferry ride from the mainland to Rotto, where you can spend a day lapping up the sun and meeting those native marsupials. Be warned: those investigative critters love to mingle with new visitors, especially those who have visited Rottnest Bakery – be warned, your sourdough will not be safe. Remember to always approach with caution when leaning in for a selfie, but if they’re at the Hotel Rottnest beer garden, they’re usually as friendly as Hugh Jackman.
Remember when we said Perth is the only capital city in Australia to see the sun set over the ocean? Cottesloe Beach is the place to see it. It’s known as Perth’s most beautiful, white-sand beach and there’s something magical about watching the sun slip into its pyjamas and dip behind the Indian Ocean at nightfall. There’s also space for diving, surfing and snorkelling, too. But for the best vista, head to Cottesloe Beach in the well-heeled western suburbs. Afterwards, grab some fish and chips from Amberjacks and enjoy it on the sand.
Love nature? Head to Hyde Park, which functions as a getaway for both local birdlife and the people of Perth. Within it are two lakes with islands, which are home to breeding birds. Spot cormorants, egrets and ibises flying in and out, and long-necked green turtles bobbing around the lake. You’ll also find many mature, shady trees including Moreton Bay and Port Jackson figs and creeping purple jacarandas.