Perth has been dubbed as one of the ‘world’s most isolated cities,’ as its closest neighbour, Adelaide, is 2000km away. But what this actually means is that the Western Australian capital can’t rely on any neighbouring cities or places to boost its reputation. Perth must have it all, and it does.
Wining and dining
Perth is an urban melting pot overflowing with dining options and experiences to tantalise any and everyone’s taste. Make sure you check out The Standard’s fun and fearless take on Australian modern cuisine in the bustling suburb of Northbridge, or try and find the entrance to Sneaky Tony’s, a mysterious speakeasy that requires a password to enter.
Already popular in Sydney and Melbourne, Long Chim has also taken up residence in the west. Its sophisticated take on Thai street food is offset perfectly by the cool courtyard in which you can enjoy it in.
The beaches (and sunsets)
Home to 19 amazing metropolitan beaches, there’s no shortage of white sand and turquoise water in Perth. From Sorrento Beach in the north to Cottlesloe Beach and Freemantle in the south, the best thing about a day at the beach is the sunset you get to watch at the end.
Rottnest Island continues to be a favourite destination among locals and visitors alike. And it's not hard to see why with its postcard perfect beaches and bays, friendly quokkas, incredible snorkelling and surfing, and relaxed holiday vibes. It’s only 25 minutes by ferry from Freemantle, so it's perfect for a day trip.
The Margaret River region is about 3 hours south of the city and is home to 120 world-class wineries that produce some of Australia's best cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, semillon, sauvignon blanc, merlot and shiraz. The region is also renowned for its award-winning restaurants, making it the perfect weekend escape. It even has the tick of approval from Nigella Lawson, who has attended the renowned Gourmet Escape Festival.