Perth Perfection

PUBLISHED: 09:57 15 August 2014 | UPDATED: 09:57 15 August 2014

Red Kangaroo. Image provided with kind permission of Tourism Western Australia.

Red Kangaroo. Image provided with kind permission of Tourism Western Australia.


Exploring far-flung destinations to delight, Rebecca Underwood offers an insight into why Perth is a perfect stop off as part of any Australian expedition

Scarborough Beach. Image provided with kind permission of Tourism Western Australia.Scarborough Beach. Image provided with kind permission of Tourism Western Australia.

The beautiful city of Perth offers visitors an array of attractions, long hot summer days with balmy nights and mild winters. Western Australia’s vibrant capital, located on the Swan coastal plain, is known for outstanding hospitality, captivating scenery, miles of soft white sandy beaches and enchanting wild life.

To see some of Australia’s animals visit Perth Zoo on Labouchere Road and wander around the beautiful landscaped gardens and the Rainforest Retreat, which features more than 5,000 plants. The Australian Bushwalk area is home to a number of kangaroos, echidnas, emus, dingoes, wombats, wallabies, koalas and quokkas.

For a close encounter with wild dolphins, make your way to Mandurah and embark on a cruise with the multi award-winning Mandurah Cruises. The dolphin and scenic canal cruise is wonderful and it’s highly likely that you will see bottlenose dolphins leaping out of the beautiful blue inland waterways.

For another wonderful cruise opportunity, head for the Barrack Street jetty on the Swan River and embark on Captain Cook Cruise’s voyage to Fremantle and you’ll dock in Fremantle port in 80 minutes. You can then hop on and off the all-day Fremantle City Tour’s Tram, which makes it easy to get around.

For a rather disturbing yet fascinating experience, hop off at Fremantle Prison, Western Australia’s only World Heritage listed building; built by convicts in the 1850s, decommissioned as a maximum security gaol in 1991 and now open to the public. Tours include the opportunity to view the main cell block, solitary cells, a whipping post and the gallows.

Keen sailors may wish to consider embarking on the three-hour ocean adventure voyage onboard the magnificent STS Leeuwin II; a three-mast 1850s-style schooner barque with more than 810sq m of billowing sails and a length of 55 metres. The vessel sails from Fremantle and passengers are welcome to learn to sail a tall ship as it was in the 19th century but with the advantages of today’s modern facilities, or you can just relax and enjoy the exhilarating experience.

If you’re wondering where to stay, the affluent central business district of Perth is ideal. Consider the privacy of a luxurious apartment, located on Adelaide Terrace, in the heart of the city, and only a short stroll away from the beautiful Swan River. Features include two plush double bedrooms and bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area, surrounded by a spacious balcony with spectacular sweeping views across the Swan River; the perfect spot to unwind with a cocktail and watch the sunset.

After a long day of exploration you can take a leisurely dip in the lap pool on the 29th floor or if you’d like a work out there’s a fully-equipped gymnasium. If you want to hire a car, a secure enclosed parking space is included in the rental or you may prefer to take advantage of the bus stop outside the building or Perth’s train station, which is within walking distance.

For those on a tight budget, Mountway Apartments on Mount Street offers a warm welcome and back packer style accommodation with everything the traveller needs. The building is just a short stroll away from Perth’s main shopping areas on Hill Street, Hay Street and Murray Street.

Explore Perth, Western Australia’s cosmopolitan capital, and experience an unforgettable adventure. n

For more information on the Adelaide Terrace apartment, please contact

Book your Perth airport transfers in advance and avoid the queues. Holiday Taxis provides punctual, reliable and friendly drivers. Visit


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Essex Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Essex Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Essex Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Tue, 16:32

We’ve put together 15 questions that will push your knowledge of Essex to the limit - let us know how you’ve done on social media!

Read more
Tue, 14:17

From James Bond to Batman, Essex has been known to bask in a little Hollywood glitz. Here are 19 that have used our county’s incredible locations on the big screen

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

Spend Halloween hunting down ghouls and ghosts in the county’s most haunted places and spaces. We pick 10 absolutely terrifying locations to visit this October.

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Chelmsford is on the rise, blossoming from its city status. One iconic landmark which has been part of the landscape for 300 years, and is also enjoying a renaissance, is Hylands House. Petra Hornsby reveals more

Read more
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Laurie Page of the Public Rights of Way Team at Essex County Council shares with us this beautiful six-mile walk around Bradwell’s stunning coastal delights

Read more
Friday, October 5, 2018

With one of the warmest and driest summers on record, this year has been a difficult one for gardeners. Susie Bulman from The Beth Chatto Gardens at Elmstead Market shares some top tips for plant survival, even in these conditions

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Our county’s remaining windmills stand the test of time as a tribute to a bygone era. Mica Bale highlights some of the best examples in Essex

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Whether you’re looking for a memorable day trip or an impromptu weekend getaway, Essex is a perfect patchwork of all the little things we love about Britain. Proudly showcasing the charm of the county, we pick 13 towns you must visit when planning a trip to Essex

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

This walk from the town of Bures on the Essex and Suffolk border leads you through the Essex countryside to the little villages of Alphamstone and Lamarsh | Words and photos: Laurie Page Public Rights of Way Team at Essex County Council

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A popular Southend escape game venue has launched a new room inspired by the town’s seafaring past

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search