The capital city of Western Australia is famously easy-going, something simple to understand when you clock its green-fringed skyline, its yawning beaches and its rarely absent blue skies. While not built on the same scale as some of the country’s east coast capitals, Perth is a fast-growing city with big ambition – a drive fed by the state’s mining boom – and it offers plenty to keep travellers lingering.
A varied city
Defining Perth isn’t always easy. Its CBD glints with high-rise corporate towers, its cultural scene is burgeoning (there’s a theory that the city’s isolation has become a creative benefit rather than a hindrance), and its parks are as impressive as any in Australia. It means a good itinerary is a varied one – stroll through Kings Park for views of the city and Swan River, then call in at the Cultural Centre (Northbridge) for art and live performances.
A gateway to the West
As the country’s largest state, Western Australia has some superb attractions. A holiday to Perth from Glasgow Airport gives you a springboard for venturing into the wider region – whether you’re staying local with a visit to heritage-rich Fremantle, heading up to Ningaloo Reef for the chance to swim with whale sharks or voyaging even further north to Broome and the world-famous Cable Beach. If you do make it up to Broome, don’t miss the century-old outdoor movie theatre, Sun Pictures (Canarvon Street).
Grapes and seafood
Fresh produce and top-drawer wine are the cornerstones of Perth’s food scene. The Margaret River is one of Australia’s most highly reputed wine regions and sits only three hours or so away, so the city’s wine lists are nothing if not drinkable. The Cabernet Sauvignon is particularly good. Local seafood, meanwhile, is the stuff of legend – you’ll find everything from prawns and trout to barramundi and rock lobster.