Perth is the largest city on the Indian Ocean coast and is the capital of Western Australia. It is known as the sunniest capital city in Australia with an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and offers a pleasant mix of urban life and natural spaces. Although it has an international airport, flying from Europe or the States usually entails making a stop in Singapore, Dubai or Hong Kong. I can highly recommend stopping via Singapore as it is only a further 5 hours to Perth, and the city offers plenty of attractions to keep travellers busy for a few days if they choose to make a stopover. When I visited Perth back in April 2010, the Redbull Air Show was in town and I spent a sunny afternoon on the bank of the Swan River, watching pilots compete in amazing feats of flying.
What to do in Perth
Shopping probably isn’t the first activity on your list, but when I visited winter was coming to Australia and so all the summer clothes were on sale, just in time for European warm weather. Inside the city is Kings Park, one of the world’s largest inner-city natural spaces. If you like Hyde Park in London, it is a must visit. Once you climb to the top of the park, there are beautiful views of the city and the sea. The city has a rich cultural offering with the Western Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. It also attracts a great deal of students with the University of Western Australia.
In addition to Perth itself, there are many smaller towns close-by worth a visit, such as Freemantle Harbour, Perth’s port. It’s a must visit for WWII enthusiasts as the town served as a base for submarines in the war.