Perth – Australia’s most isolated capital – is also the country’s sunniest city, making it easy to spend most of your visit outdoors. It is home to verdant Kings Park & Botanic Garden, a splendid inner-city expanse boasting some 2,000 species of native flora, as well as the historic port of Fremantle. This breezy seaside suburb boasts bustling 19th century markets as well as an evocative prison that was once the most notorious penitentiary in the British Empire. Ferries depart daily from Fremantle’s vibrant boat quay to the popular island retreat of Rottnest, where you’ll find quokkas, adorable cat-sized marsupials.
Another holiday haunt with year-round appeal to Perth locals, interstate and international visitors alike is Margaret River in the south. Here, you could be strolling the beach and exploring limestone caves in the morning, then quaffing outstanding cabernet sauvignon in the afternoon. Savour a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset while sampling a mouth-watering meal at one of the many great restaurants. With its mild climate, abundant vineyards, bountiful oceans and towering old-growth forests, Margaret River invites leisurely exploration.
Perth and Margaret River can be easily incorporated into a customised Australian holiday.
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Learn to sail on the sparkling Swan River and savour vivid sunsets over the Indian Ocean while relaxing on the powdery white sands of Cottesloe Beach. Shop at the vibrant Fremantle Markets and picnic at Kings Park. Inspect fossils in Mammoth Cave or explore the impressive Ngilgi Cave before lunching at a brewery. Stand-up paddle board, kayak or swim in the many calm bays and waterways, then embark on a wine-tasting tour of Margaret River’s award-winning vineyards.
- Perth, Australia’s most isolated capital city
- Kings Park, a thousand acres of inner-city botanical splendour
- Fremantle, Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel 2016
- Remarkable Rottnest Island
- Unusual native wildlife including quokkas, bilbies and numbats
- Gateway to the tranquil Margaret River wine region
- The wonderfully scenic Cape-to-Cape walking track
- First class wines and gourmet produce
- Incredible Indian Ocean sunsets
- Impressive Ngilgi Caves
Accommodation – Perth and Margaret River
Suggested Tours Featuring Perth and Margaret River
Daily flights connect Perth with every major city in Australia as well as international destinations such as Singapore, London and Dubai. Margaret River is an uncomplicated drive 3 hours south of Perth, along freeway. En route, be sure to stop at Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden pier in the southern hemisphere stretching almost 2km out to sea.
Ningaloo Reef, near Exmouth about halfway up Western Australia’s coast. This pristine reef is metres from the mainland at its closest point and renowned for whale sharks, which congregate in huge numbers during coral spawning season. Further North why not explore the vast Kimberley region, with its rugged gorges, carved by thunderous waterfalls and confined by luminous ocean.