Known for its almost permanently sunny weather, Perth effortlessly blends a cool city scene with raw natural beauty of its surrounding landscapes. The West suburb is bustling with bars, restaurants, shopping and cultural spaces, as well as one of the world’s largest inner city parks - Kings Park. It’s also a great place from which to explore one of the country’s most prominent wine regions as well as several stunning beaches where you can watch amazing sunsets and even swim with wild dolphins.
West Perth offers some of the best accommodation available anywhere in the country - from backpacker hostels to five-star hotels. Where you choose to stay will of course depend on the nature of your visit, but if you are on a business trip, or planning on spending a little longer in Perth, then serviced apartments could be your best option. These properties not only offer many of the benefits of traditional accommodation, such as room cleaning and reception, but also the added conveniences of secure access, kitchen facilities and the added privacy of your own self-contained space.
West Perth is known for being the social melting pot of the city. A popular area with students as well as being a centre of commercial activity, the area features a broad range of places to eat, bars and fashionable hangouts catering to all tastes and styles. Whether you are looking for a relaxing afternoon in an artisan coffee house, or to dance the night away in a stylish nightclub, you’ll find what you are looking for in this part of the city.
Another major advantage of West Perth is its proximity to the beaches. Just a short journey from the city centre are the stunning golden sands of Australia’s west coast. Many of which are lined with bars and cafes, as well as offering the opportunity to partake in water sports, or perhaps even do a little wildlife spotting off the coast.
Of course, West Perth is also part of western Australia’s biggest metropolitan area, which means it is packed full of world class museums, art galleries, theatres and live music venues. There’s also a fantastic culinary scene, with numerous michelin-starred restaurants. Whatever you are looking for, the city is sure to accommodate.
Perth is big on food, with plenty of world cuisine and contemporary Australian restaurants to choose from. Mayfair Lane Pub & Dining Room is a popular gastro pub on Outram street, offering high class takes on traditional dishes, whilst Black Tom's Restaurant and Bar is a more casual affair, with plenty of outdoor seating. For European cuisine, visitors may want to check out Perugino Restaurant, which is hugely popular with locals and tourists alike.
Naturally, Perth has some great places to shop. City West Centre, Watertown and London Court are the major shopping centres, if you are looking for a one-stop-shop, all of which house a great selection of international brands selling everything from high street fashions to consumer electronics. For those looking to pick up local produce, there’s also Golden Choice Fresh Market - selling everything from foodstuffs to handcrafts.
Those looking to enjoy the sunshine would do well to head to the Kings Park and Botanical Garden, which offers beautiful waterfront scenery and plenty of cafes and food vendors. There’s also the Domain Stadium, which holds sporting events throughout the year, including Rugby and Australian rules football, as well as hosting music events and festivals. Barracks Arch is also a popular photo spot for first-time visitors.
Perth offers excellent public transport services, comprising of bus, rail and trams. The rail service covers both the city centre itself, as well as interstate services for longer journeys. The SmartRider cards allows holders to access fare reductions as well as free rail services where applicable. The city is also vehicle friendly compared with ay large urban areas, so renting a car is also a viable option.
Perth is one of Australia’s major economic powers and so plays host to numerous organisations and businesses. Manufacturing is big business, with Arc infrastructure and Fortescue Metals Group are two of the biggest firms, whilst the government owned Western Power Corp is another major employer to be headquartered in the city itself.