How To Spend A Perfect Weekend In Perth
An exhilarating jet boat river ride against one of Australia’s most photogenic cityscapes. A lazy lunch, soaking up the sunshine on an iconic Australian white sand beach. A relaxing stroll through a natural bush-land setting. Twilight sailing, kite surfing, ocean sunsets and world-class local wines; these are the ingredients for a perfect weekend in Perth.
Laid-back and livable with brilliant blue skies, beautiful beaches and an ‘eclectic mix of city culture and stunning nature’, planning a perfect weekend is easy in Perth.
A vibrant and energetic city with relaxed and informal surrounds, overflowing with world class restaurants, bars and cultural activities, Perth also boasts pristine beaches and expansive parklands. It offers both fast paced excitement and the opportunity to relax in the great outdoors.
So book your flights, organize your Perth airport transfers, and check-in; the following itinerary will make for an amazing weekend!
Photo by Adam Selwood.
For a perfect weekend in Perth, begin with a scenic walk, drive or bike ride along Fraser Avenue down to Kings Park. One of the biggest inner-city parks in the world, larger than New York City’s Central Park, a 180 degree panorama of the river and cityscape against the backdrop of the mighty Darling Range awaits.
Enjoy the natural bush-land by taking the treetop walk, joining an Indigenous cultural tour, or picnicking amongst the gum trees. Take the time to stroll through the Botanic gardens and down to Federation Walkway.
Continue past the beautiful Barrack Street jetty for even more stunning views of the city skyline once at the foreshore of the Swan River.
Kings Park Panorama. Photo by Daniel Lee.
Lined with trendy cafes, immaculate gardens and water sport activities galore, South Perth is famous for its ability to provide an adventurous afternoon. Try your hand at parasailing at Mill Point Road, or stick to the foreshore and catch a jet boat down the river. You can also attempt to sail a catamaran.
Explore Perth’s CBD with what’s left of the day. There are excellent “hop on, hop off” services which operate throughout the city offering insight into Perth’s culture and history.
The streets surrounding Murray and Hay Market Street Malls are saturated with street entertainment, designer galleries, boutique shops, and enough retailers to fulfill a shopaholic’s finest fantasy.
Enjoy dinner on the water’s edge – with a smorgasbord of cafes, restaurants and bars to choose from, Perth overflows with delectable flavors. And, the waters-edge is spectacular at night with the glittering lights from the city skyline reflected onto the glistening water.
Spend your second day taking in Perth Hills and the city’s sweeping beaches. Perth’s Hills allow for a scenic drive through the scenic Bickley-Carmel Valley, a peaceful walk along Mundaring Dam and Weir.
Bush trails leading to secluded waterfalls, world-class wine tastings, gourmet lunch, and the fascinating remains of a historic railway line with phenomenal views of the Perth CBD and Western Australian coastline. If you’ve rented a car, drive just 10 minutes North of the city to reach Scarborough Beach.
The most famous beach in Perth, Scarborough is the most popular spot for swimming and surfing. Take a dip in the clear blue ocean, stroll along the stunning coastline, and try your hand at wind or kite surfing while soaking up the brilliant West Australian sun.
Feast on local fish and chips for dinner and enjoy world class Western Australian wine while watching the glowing sun set over the infinite blue waters of the Indian Ocean. It truly is breathtaking.
Accommodation in Perth is plentiful, and options range from luxury hotels, serviced apartments, five star resorts and backpacker hostels and motels.