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Perth Areas and Surrounds
The Parts of Perth Worth Exploring
Get out and explore Perth, Australia - our beautiful sunny city!
Here on this page is an overview, or mini site map of places to go and areas worth exploring in Perth, and just outside the city.
The city of Perth, Australia sprawls across a coastal plain cut into two halves, north and south, by the Swan River.
Along the western edge of the city are a string of beautiful white sand beaches and the cool blue Indian Ocean.
To the east, a low ridge of forested hills rises abruptly from the flat city.
Below is an overview of all the places and areas worth visiting between the hills and the sea:
Perth Inner City
The Perth CBD
What you'll find in the city's central business district:
- Pedestrian malls lined with shops
- Shops, shops and more shops
- Long, wind-tunnel like streets towered over by glassy skyscrapers
- Huge, spacious parks along the Swan River
- Historic buildings and several tourist attractions, including the Perth Mint, Parliament House and the Bell Tower
- Barrack Street Warf - catch a rivercruise or ferry to South Perth or Rottnest
- Pubs and bars popular with after-workers - especially in the west end of the CBD along Hay and Murray Streets.
In the centre of the city, right next to the CBD, you'll find the largest city park in the world - Kings Park. Here's my guide to exploring Kings park.
The main area for nightlife in Perth is just to the north of the CBD, on the other side of the railway line. Northbridge is a great place to go out for dinner, especially for cheap but delicious Asian food. Home to the state library, museum and art gallery. Heaps of pubs, bars, nightclubs and backpacker hostels.
More Inner City Suburbs:
The suburbs surrounding the city centre of Perth are older and well established, with good shopping, cafes, restaurants and nightlife. If you're looking for something to do in Perth, you can't go wrong with jumping on the train to one of these suburbs:
- West Perth
- East Perth
- Mount Lawley
Beautiful old buildings, bustling weekend markets, the harbour, museums, pubs and bars, restaurants, an ecclectic mix of people - all these thing make Fremantle one of the liveliest, most interesting places in Perth. It has a different feel to the rest of Perth.
Perth's Western Suburbs
Perth's western suburbs are nestled between the Swan River and the coast. They're home to some of the city's favourite beaches, riverside parks and the University of Western Australia campus. You'll also find some of the nicest shopping strips, and suburban cafes and restaurants in the city's west.
- Cottesloe and Peppermint Grove
- Mosman Park and North Fremantle
Guildford was one of the three towns established along the Swan River in 1829 (the other two being Perth and Fremantle). If you like grand colonial buildings, antique shops, oldfashioned tea rooms and small pioneer museums, then you'll enjoy a day trip out to Guildford! And when you tire of all that history and heritage, the wineries and restaurants of the Swan Valley are a short drive away.
South Perth and Victoria Park
South Perth is a short drive, train ride or ferry ride across the river from the CBD. It is home to the Perth Zoo, plus lots of cafes and restaurants and a huge grassy park along the river foreshore with great views of the Perth skyline.
Victoria Park close by to South Perth is another older suburb bustling with restaurants, cafes and bars.
North, South, East and West of the city
South of Fremantle and past the Kwinana industrial area is Rockingham, a quiet coastal suburb that was not so long ago a town quite separate from the city.
Around Rockingham, you'll find beautiful calm beaches, sheltered by offshore reefs and islands. Cape Peron has some great little limestone coves where you can go snorkelling, and just offshore from Safety Bay is Penguin Island.
Mandurah is further south still, about an hour's drive from the centre of Perth. Only 20 years ago Mandurah was a quiet country town. These days it's a rapidly expanding small city.
It has a beautiful peaceful setting on the shores of the Peel-Harvey Estuary (great for boating, fishing and crabbing!), and the Indian ocean coastline.
The Perth Hills
If you're looking for a great picnic spot or bushwalk close to Perth, head for the hills! The Darling Range runs north-south along the eastern edge of the city. In amongst the hills are dams, creeks, rivers, granite outcrops, jarrah forest and small rural towns and suburbs.
The Swan Valley is all about wine tasting, fresh local produce and dining. It's a rural area on the northeastern edge of the city home to mostly small farms - vineyards, orchards and market gardens. Every second farm it seems houses a brewery, winery, restaurant or a combination of the three. Street stalls set up on the side of the road sell cheap, locally grown fruit and vegies, plus other goodies like honey and bunches of flowers.
The Avon Valley
The Avon River flows down through the central wheat belt and the northern Perth Hills, then through the Swan Valley where it meets up with the Swan River. The valley is home to natural bushland protected by national parks, scenic rolling hills and quaint old country towns.
Rottnest Island 18km off Perth's coast is one of the very best things about Perth!
Pinjarra and Dwellingup
East of Mandurah beyond the southern edge of Perth is an area very popular for day trips and camping getaways on the weekend.
Pinjarra is a small country town with some historical significance, surrounded by forest and parks perfect for picnics.
The Murray River flows through the Lane Poole Reserve near Dwellingup. Camping on the riverbanks, swimming, canoeing and bush walking are popular activities there.
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