Hire a car in Western Australia’s relaxed city of Perth, the sunniest capital with 3000 hrs of sunshine a year. Perth is situated on the River Swan and known for the many parklands and unspoilt coastline. For shopping, drive to Kings Street, where you can find boutiques, restaurants and galleries; or enjoy a long lunch at a riverside or beach front cafe. Take a cruise on the River Swan, to see beautiful parks, many vineyards, sky scrapers and Bays of Rottnest Island; with its many luxury properties the Swan River is a spectacular setting.
Drive to Kings Park, one of the largest inner city parks in the world offering shade from the heat of the city, take a picnic in one of the areas available, walk around the sculptured gardens, and follow the Bush land Nature Trail. Kings Park has many Aboriginal Guides who teach bush survival; sample their traditional ‘bush tucker’ and hear their stories of the area. With 400 hectares of lush gardens and botanical plants and flowers, Kings Park is a great place to go walking, hire a bike or take part in the many summer events held there. For the best view of the city and Swan River visit the Lottery West Federation Walkway.
Drive to Fremantle, the heritage listed streets lined with coffee shops, musicians and street performers, stroll around the markets and brose the Aboriginal crafts on sale. Located on the Indian Ocean, there is no shortage of wonderful seafood restaurants on the Fishing Boat Harbour. Fremantle has great history and is home to the states first Prison and the infamous Dutch Shipwrecksituated at the Shipwreck museum on Cliff Street.
Make the most of your stay in Perth, hire a car and drive up the Indian Ocean Drive to discover the beaches small fishing villages and national parks along this coastline. North of Perth is Geraltonfamous for their crayfish, next stop is Carnarvon, known for their delicious tropical fruits. Then toNigaloo Reef, a place where the beach meets the North West Cape, 260km of untouched reef in shallow clear tropical waters. It is one of the few places that it is possible to walk from the beach to the coral reef. There are 500 species of tropical fish, manta rays, sea snakes, whales, turtles and 220 species of coral. Snorkelling here is a unique experience for all ages. However for those who prefer not to swim there a semi-submersible cruise is available with experts onboard it is a great opportunity to learn about the marine life and their natural environment.