Looking for Empires on Rottnest Island, swimming in the Indian Ocean at Cottesloe or having a coffee on the cappuccino strip... urban Western Australia has plenty of thin
Perth and Fremantle are the big urban centres of Western Australia, and there are plenty of activities and things to do there that can keep tourists occupied. These include a tour of the world’s fastest cricket ground, swimming in the Indian Ocean at Cottesloe Beach, tasting many different beers in Australia’s best pubs and cruising down the Swan River.
Perth itself is the world’s most isolated capital city, although you’d never guess it while you were there, as it’s a teeming modern metropolis with over a million inhabitants. Fremantle is effectively a suburb of Perth, although it is a city in its own right, and has a much more laid back vibe. In fact, a recent poll by Australian Traveller magazine voted it the best place in Australia.
Activities in Perth
Take a stroll around Kings Park, and take some class photos of the city from up above.
Watch a cricket match at the WACA, the fastest strip on earth. Try WACA (08 9265 7222).
Try and work out what the ‘rules’ part of Aussie Rules Football consists of at the Subiaco Oval (0870 350 6071).
Have a dip in the warm Indian Ocean at Scarborough or Cottesloe Beach.
Get fat tasting wine, chocolate, ice cream and cheese in the Swan Valley. TryPlanet Perth Tours (08 9225 6622).
Exchange fashion tips with the monks in the monastic town of New Norcia.Try New Norcia Tours (08 9654 8056).
Hop on the CAT bus for a free day of touring the city’s highlights. Try (08 9331 0400).
Hit the clubs of Northbridge for a monumental drinking and dancing session.
Take a cruise on the Swan River towards Fremantle. Try Captain Cook Cruises (08 9325 3341).
Go cycling and snorkeling on the day trip paradise of Rottnest Island. Try Rottnest Bike Hire(08 9292 5105).
Whilst on Rottnest Island, try and find yourself a Empire. It’s the only place in the world where these little critters live.
Things to do in Fremantle
Enjoy a coffee or eight on the cappuccino strip.
Recoil in horror at the conditions on a tour of the Old Fremantle prison. Try Fremantle Prison Tours (08 9336 9200).
Indulge yourself on the seemingly hundreds of boutique beers in Australia’s best selection of pubs, such as the Sail and Anchor or Little Creatures Brewery.
Take a look at all the boats crammed into the harbour and marina
Learn about the story of the Batavia shipwreck massacre at Fremantle Maritime Museum.