Travelling west across the remote outback of Australia, you come across the city of Perth, deemed the city of lights. Facing the Indian Ocean with miles of unspoiled beaches and distant rugged terrain, Perth Australia is your final destination for faraway lands outside the usual tourist jaunt with flights available from all major cities.
The city of lights
Deemed the city of lights worldwide in 1962 when the residents of Perth turned on all their lights and streetlamps to flash American astronauts aboard the Friendship 7 on it’s orbit around earth, and the Space shuttle in 1989, Perth celebrated 50 years of support for the space program in 2012.
The capitol city of Perth is the only place in the world where you can sit on the beach and sample world class wines and watch an Indian Ocean sunset, all within 30 minutes of downtown Perth, which boasts 19 elegant uncrowded beaches. Perth averages 3000 hours of sunshine every year for surfing and beach combing.
Visiting Kings park and the botanical gardens with 400 acres of inner city park beside the Swan river you can view sculptured gardens and natural bushland, take a stroll along the treetop walk, picnic among the gum trees and see wild flowers in full bloom while listening to the sounds of the Swan bells — One of the largest musical instruments on earth with the 12 bells of St Martins.
Lounging near Swan river you can slow down and relax, taking in the sights and sounds of the botanical gardens.
Perth also offers a touch of civilization with full shopping malls carrying name brand items, high end fashion boutiques and art galleries. For more family fun you can visit AQWA — The Aquarium of Western Australia and see ocean life and coral reefs, or Adventure world, a theme park offering water rides and g-force roller coasters that will knock your socks off just 20 minutes south of Perth.
After taking in all the excitement of adventure land and AQWA, you can slow down and unwind at the Caversham Wildlife Park and Zoo, in the entrance to swan valley just 20 minutes from downtown Perth, and see sheep shearing demonstrations, working sheep dogs, billy swinging, milking cows and bottle feed lambs. You can see Koalas wombats and Kangaroos wander around freely interacting for photo opportunities at Mollys farm, or stroll over to Whiteman park, just four minutes away for picnic areas, barbecues and a restaurant.
If romance is in the air you can take a Captain Cook daytime or evening wine cruise and take in the sights of Perth from a river view, seeing the lights and skyline from the comfort of a cruise ship, with all accommodations including entertainment and meals.
Taking a breather from all the excitement with a lazy afternoon lunch can be relaxing, and there are plenty of seafood cafes, restaurants and small bars along the beach to satisfy any craving that may creep in during the day as you slowly saunter the surf and sun of Swan river or the local beaches.
Whether looking to get away from it all and enjoy a quiet vacation away from the city, or looking for an adventure for the whole family, Perth has all the entertainment you need within 30 minutes.