24 hours in Perth

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The first things most people notice when they arrive in Perth are the dazzling light, open spaces, vibrant colours, and fresh air


Welcome to a dynamic, modern city in one of the world’s most pristine places. Perth started out as a tiny British colony on the banks of the Swan River (named after its famous black swans) just over 180 years ago, but has grown into one of Australia’s most vibrant and lovely cities. /p>

Western Australia, the country’s largest state, prospers due to vast natural resources, and this has given its people – only 2.4 million in all – among the world’s highest standards of living. Most of the population lives in the Perth metro area, and their bountiful, yet isolated, location has helped form a friendly and welcoming spirit. Life’s good in Perth, and while the city is not as large as Sydney or Melbourne in the east, Perthites make up for its size and far-flung setting with positive energy and a refreshing joie de vivre.

Perth was dubbed the ‘City of Lights’ by astronaut John Glenn – the name has stuck.

Kick off your day watching the sun rise over the city from Kings Park (the largest inner city park in the world), then take a morning stroll or drive through this unique native forest reserve for breakfast at the Zamia Café.

Time to check out the city. Perth has become a vibrant shopping hub. Amble along fashionable King Street with its impressive range of boutiques. The precinct has many souvenir stores with indigenous arts and crafts on offer.

Take a tour with a difference by visiting the historic Perth Mint. The grand heritage building, heavily secured vault, and melting house provide the cues for many extraordinary stories about the state’s golden history.

A short drive from the city is Fremantle. This old Indian Ocean port houses some of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the world. Try to visit the WA Maritime Museum, or take a tour of the Old Fremantle Prison.

If by now you’re feeling a bit peckish, sample amazingly fresh seafood at one of the quality restaurants at Fishing Boat HarbourLittle Creatures Brewery orCicerellos are excellent, serving up superb fish ‘n’ chips!

Perth has 19 stunning white-sand beaches, and among the most popular is Cottesloe. Enjoy a lazy afternoon coffee overlooking the ocean at Barchetta, or Il Lido, or enjoy the views from the iconic Indiana Tea House.

Back in the city, check out the Art Gallery of Western Australia at the Perth Cultural Centre. The gallery houses one of the world’s finest collections of indigenous art, and a pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art.

Sample some of Western Australia’s outstanding wines and enjoy a gourmet meal at the popular Must Wine Bar in Highgate. The cuisine of Chef Russell Blaikie is seasonally based with provincial French influences.

Take in a show at the historic His Majesty’s Theatre. Alternatively, head over to the Perth Concert Hall and catch a performance by the renowned Western Australian Symphony Orchestra at its home venue.

If you are feeling like winding down after a long day out and about, then slide into a booth at the funky Ellington’s Jazz Bar, home to some of Australia’s finest cool jazz performances. The perfect way to finish the day.


Perth, Australia
Distance: 9,312 km
Flight Time: 10 hours, 50 minutes
Frequency: Daily

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