One of Australia’s most livable cities, Perth is the vibrant capital of Western Australia. It’s positioned on the banks of the Swan River, with the Darling Range towering to the east and the Indian Ocean sprawling to its west. Soak up the city views from Kings Park and Botanic Garden that features an impressive collection of native West Australian plants and wildflowers or get an elevated vantage from King's Park War Memorial that sits atop Mount Eliza.

Perth boasts an excellent selection of beaches, including the pine-fringed sands of Cottesloe and the family-friendly City Beach. Relax in one of the sheltered coves of the Swan River or tackle the waves at the surf beaches of Trigg Point and Scarborough.

Spend a day at Hillary’s Boat Harbour, an attractive marina that is packed with restaurants, shops and family-friendly attractions. Be sure to visit the Aquarium of Western Australia to experiences its underwater tunnel where stingrays, mantas and sharks can be seen, or just enjoy one of many cycling and walking paths. It’s from here that ferries depart for iconic Rottnest Island, renowned for its white sandy beaches and resident quokkas.

Learn about the social and natural history of Perth at the West Australian Museum, which is situated within the Perth Cultural Centre. The Art Gallery of Western Australia is also found here, with an outstanding collection of artworks from Australia and the Indian Ocean Rim. Don’t miss a visit to the Perth Mint where the world's largest collection of gold bars and natural nuggets can be witnessed within a late-19th-century vault.