It’s getting to that point in the year when you want to take a holiday, but don’t want to waste your Christmas holidays or spend 35 hours on a plane to get somewhere. Turns out, we live in an amazing country and have access to beautiful places, close-by. One such place, is Perth. Here’s a look at where to stay and a few things to do while visiting.
Where to stay in Perth
There are two hotels in Perth at the Crown casino complex, the Crown Metropol and Crown Promenade. Both are stunning and provide a perfect setting to your stay in Perth, Crown Metropol was awarded ‘Best Hotel Renovation’ in the 2013 Asia Pacific Hotel Awards.
Both hotels are located on the Swan River, overlooking the city skyline, the views are incredible! It’s a 15 minute drive from the airport to the Crown Complex and, importantly, it only takes 5 minutes to get to the CBD, which makes it the perfect place to base yourself.
The rooms are big and spacious and completely decked out with all the modern touches and gorgeous décor, from comfortable beds to luxurious pools. There are restaurants and bars within a short walking distance too.
Things to do in Perth
Take a cruise along the Swan River to the beautiful vineyards of Swan Valley. Captain Cook Cruises runs a one day Wine Cruise to Sandalford Estate, which includes a wine tasting, gourmet 2 course lunch and a dessert buffet and live entertainment. For something shorter, try a Twilight or Scenic Cruise instead.
Visit the stunning Kings Park for incredible views of the city skyline and river. Walk around the State Botanic Gardens and walking trails or pack a picnic and have a delicious lunch with a fantastic view.
Visit one of the many markets Perth has to offer, selling everything from fresh produce and hand-made goods to arts and crafts. You can check out a City Market or head to Fremantle or beyond. Markets are a great way to try lots of different food made from local produce and give you a real sense of what the city is about.
If you’re visiting in the warmer months, head to Mettam’s Pool along the coastline for some of the best snorkelling in the area. If you forgot to pack your gear, no worries, there’s a little shop nearby that will sort you out.
Located 45 minutes south of Perth, Penguin Island is home to Western Australia’s largest colony of little penguins. You can take a glass bottom boat cruise or take a kayak tour and maybe even spot some dolphins and sea-lions.
Watch a sunrise
Head to one of the locations in this lovely guide and watch the sunrise, it’s an incredible opportunity for photography nerds too. The view from Hillarys Lighthouse and Pinkies Beach is stunning.
Street art tour
Take a walk down quiet alleys and laneways, to find Perth’s street art scene. Try the Grand Lane Mural, just off Murray Street Mall, laneways near Howard Street and Hay Street Mall.
If you’re into something different or love photography, visit the abandoned South Fremantle Power Station. It closed in 1985 and stands as an imposing and haunting reminder of Perth’s history.