The capital of Western Australia, Perth is known as a haven of relaxation, a place to sit back and enjoy the exquisite scenery, whether you're walking along a sandy beach or taking in some of the city's top-flight restaurants and bars. Kings Park & Botanic Garden is an oasis of greenery containing a treasure of Australian flora and fauna, while the Western Australian Museum boasts everything from dinosaurs and shipwrecks to Perth's original jail.
Perth in Lights: Australia Day Skyworks
If you're visiting at the end of January you'll have the chance to see Perth's heralded Australia Day celebrations, held for one day each year. A massive fireworks display caps off these unique festivities for the whole family, which include everything from music and dance performances to art, food, amusement park rides and more. Beyond the ordinary pyrotechnics, expect to see the city's name spelled out in the nighttime sky. This is festive Perth at its finest and a great way for you to appreciate the local culture.
Wine Down Under: Swan Valley
An easy half-hour jaunt from Perth brings you to some of Australia's oldest and most acclaimed vineyards. The Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail is a 32-kilometer culinary delight that offers pleasures even beyond its food and drink, with an abundance of attractions including arts and crafts galleries, cycle trails, a wildlife park and a water park. Come for the incredible local wines and delicacies and stay for the gorgeous landscapes and lively entertainment for the whole family. You might want to organize a shipment of your favourite vintage back home.
Sea the World: Penguin Island
Another short trip outside the city will lead you to Western Australia's largest population of cute little penguins, along with a host of other marine creatures such as sea lions, stingrays, wild dolphins, pelicans and ospreys. At Penguin Island you can enjoy Australia's exotic flora and fauna while relaxing on its secluded white sand beaches and snorkeling among colorful limestone reefs. This is a great change of pace from the city, and one of the most unique ways to get in touch with Australia’s famous wildlife. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit!