Fall for the charms of this scenic Sunset Coast city, with its vibrant arts scene and abundant green spaces
Perth is known for being an urban oasis, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the rugged Australian outback on the other. Even in the city centre, you’re never far away from nature. Hike through bush trails in nearby King’s Park, spend time snorkelling and scuba diving around Rottnest Island, or just sit back and watch the sunset as you listen to the calls of colourful rainbow lorikeets.
As the capital city of Western Australia, Perth is the regional hub for art, theatre, music and film, and the streets in the north are alive with an exciting creative buzz. Explore the living gallery of street art surrounding the 140 building on the corner of William and Murray Street, and enjoy music, art and theatre events at the annual Perth International Arts Festival, which takes place in February and March. If you prefer quirky boutiques to big name stores, pay a visit to Tú – an offbeat shop and exhibition space on William Street, where you can browse for clothes, accessories and homewares, before taking a break at the in-store tea parlour.
When night falls, there are plenty of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues around North Perth to keep you busy. The futuristic Perth Arena hosts the biggest names in entertainment, and the surrounding laneways and rooftops are home to numerous hip hangouts. Drink bottles of beer from brown paper bags at hip nightspot Ezra Pound, sit out on the deck at Mechanics Institute Bar, or check out the resident DJs at Ambar Nightclub.