Perth is a small city in Western Australia, and is the second most isolated city in the world. Having said that it is where I grew up and well worth a visit. It is known for it’s beaches and laid back lifestyle, which is best experienced between September and February, although it can be a little too hot in January and February. If you are worried about getting to the best beach, don’t worry, they are all good with white sand and lots of room for sunbathing. I love going to swim at Leighton beach as it is less crowded than many of the others and it is generally quite calm. Make sure you get here in the morning though, as the wind starts in the early-mid afternoon, whipping up the sand and surf.
The Naked Fig is a great stop for food at Scarborough Beach. The Cottesloe hotel is also great for an afternoon beer, although almost every beach has a pub with good food and drinks. The ‘city’ of Perth is a nice place which is easy to wander around in an afternoon. King’s Park is the most notable thing to do in the city, and it is worth walking around much of the park to see many of the region’s native fauna.
Western Australia has much more to offer than the city of Perth, however it is very spread out. Margaret River is 2 hours south and is very nice to visit for wineries, food, surf and relaxing. One of my favourite places in WA is Denmark, around 4.5 hours from Perth, it has the most amazing beach, Greens Pool, which is protected from the surf and sharks. This is a nice place for a snorkel and walk along the rocks to see Elephant rocks. Further South East is Fitzgerald River National Park, which is very rarely visited and therefore in very good condition. It has beaches, caves and some of the most diverse fauna and flora in Australia.