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Sunny Perth: A City That Won’t Rain on Your Parade

When you’re visiting the sunniest city in one of the world’s sunniest countries, almost everything happens outside. Perth benefits from over 3000 hours of sunshine each year, allowing visitors to soak up the rays as they learn about Perth’s history and heritage, run with the locals in green spaces larger than Central Park and hit their choice of 19 beaches a short distance from the CBD. As the capital of Western Australia, Perth houses holiday rentals of all sorts, from sleek condos with views of the city skyline to comfortable family houses in residential neighbourhoods.

A Tale of Nineteen Beaches

Cottesloe Beach is the most visited beach in the Perth, boasting white sand and turquoise water and lined by tall pines and grassy parklands. You’re likely to see this beach featured on many a Perth postcard, with Indiana Tea House standing proud at the water’s edge. Cottesloe isn’t just for tourists, however: a walking and jogging track runs close to the sand, favoured by locals.

If you’re looking for a bit more privacy, head to the next beach over, North Cottesloe Beach, less visited by tourists, with open ocean views and fewer buildings lining the shore. For surfing, spend the day at Scarborough, known for its good breaks and party culture, or head to the more challenging Trigg Beach, with rougher waves for serious surfers.

Out in the Open

Perth is known for its numerous parks. Perhaps the most famous is Kings Park and Botanic Garden, an inner city space almost 60 hectares larger than Central Park in New York. The park offers a number of activities, including a treetop walkway and guided tours focusing on local Aboriginal heritage. If you’re just looking to unwind, have a picnic on one of the manicured lawns or amidst the wildflowers.

Perth residents can often be found on the shores of Swan River, the body of water that encircles the city. Walk, run or cycle along the dedicated riverside path and take in some of the best views of the city skyline.

If you would like to soak up some history while getting your Vitamin D fix, stroll through Stirling Gardens, the oldest public gardens in the state. Some trees planted in 1845 are still alive today! A more recent addition to the park includes a series of bouncing kangaroos sculptures. In the park is Perth’s oldest building, the Old Court House Law Museum and the Supreme Court.

Digging Deeper into Perth’s History

Anyone interested in Perth’s past can visit the Museum of Western Australia, set within heritage-listed buildings. Here, you can learn all about the WA of yesteryear and even see some dinosaur fossils in the natural history section, as well as gain insight into the culture of the Katta Djinoong, WA’s first inhabitants.

British history is also prevalent in Perth and comes in the shape of some of the biggest church bells in the world. Swan Bell Tower holds the original Saint Martin in the Field Church bells, dating back to the 14th century and brought over from Trafalgar Square in London. Visitors can watch professional bell-ringers at work or head up to the structure’s 6th floor observation deck for 360 degree views of the city.

Meanwhile, the Perth Mint, the world’s oldest gold mint still in operation, features plenty of interactive displays for the public. You can watch gold being poured, make your own gold medallion and more.

Family-Friendly Perth

Perth offers plenty to do for children of all ages. Start off by visiting the award-winning Perth Zoo, home to 1300+ species, including many endangered animals. For more animal encounters, head to Caversham Wildlife Park, where you can pet and feed wallabies, kangaroos, koalas and other iconic Australian species. Don’t forget to stop by the Scitech Discover Centre, which includes one of Australia’s best planetariums, a number of hands-on activities and frequent performances and shows.

Getting to Perth

Geographically, Perth may be somewhat isolated from the rest of Australia, but the city remains a major travel and business destination, with direct flights from most Australian and many international cities. In fact, the closest big city to Perth is in Indonesia. If you prefer land-based travel, a train connects Sydney and Adelaide to the WA capital, but the journey takes over three days from the East Coast.

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