The thing that surprises most about Australia’s sunniest capital city is the incredible variety of experiences you can enjoy under its clear blue skies. Here, where the cityscape and natural landscapes live side-by-side, it’s possible to swim with wild dolphins, taste the fruits of WA’s oldest vineyards and spend the evening hopping between the lively small bars of Perth’s laneways, all in a single day.

Just a short ferry ride from the city brings you to Rottnest, Perth’s car-free Class A island reserve, where you can snap the best selfie with Australia’s cutest and friendliest mini marsupial, the quokka. You may also spot the rare Australian sea lion, New Zealand fur seals, migrating whales, nesting ospreys and some of the 350+ species of fish that thrive here.

Take a 45-minute drive south from Perth city to the protected bays of Rockingham and Shoalwater Island Marine Park, zip on a wet suit and take a swim with some of the 260+ wild dolphins that have made these waters their home.
Your dining table can also serve up some of the finest views of Perth’s cityscape, vineyards and ocean sunsets, with world-class degustation, local delicacies and exciting fusion flavours. Plus, there’s a full calendar of live performances, sporting events, gourmet markets, arts festivals and one of the longest outdoor film seasons in Australia.

Here are some of our life and loves from Perth to add to your ‘must see and do’ list.