On your first visit to Perth, admire the beauty of Australia's most remote state capital city from high on a hill in Kings Park. Or embrace the outdoor lifestyle in the neighbouring bohemian Fremantle area. Hit the surf at trendy Cottesloe Beach or Scarborough on return visits, and taste the sparkling wines at Swan Valley vineyards.
Follow the wide Swan River's bays and inlets from its mouth at Fremantle to Perth's glittering city-centre skyscrapers on St George's Terrace. Plan your day's sightseeing from the elevated heights of Kings Park, offering stunning views of the city and a colourful Botanic Garden of Australian flora. When night falls, party and dine in the inner-city suburbs of Northbridge and Subiaco, both popular with night owls.
Start your day with a look at the dramatic Aboriginal artworks in the Art Gallery of Western Australia in the city centre. Learn about Perth's colonial history at the nearby Western Australian Museum, then get the spin on its brewing history at the Old Brewery. Pack a picnic and follow the steep Jacob's Ladder steps leading up to Kings Park to relax in virgin bushland in the middle of the city.
Meander along the grassy walkways lining the Swan River foreshore, then catch a ferry heading down the river to Fremantle. Visit its maritime-themed museums, photograph its fine collection of colonial-era architecture, then kick back at a cafe on the Cappuccino Strip. Travel up the coast to the Aquarium of Western Australia to watch seals frolicking and sharks swimming above you as you walk through underwater tunnels. Or get out of town and tour the Swan Valley vineyards. Pack your snorkel and take a ferry over to Rottnest Island, half an hour offshore and home to quokkas, cute pint-sized wallabies.