Wonderful weather, pristine beaches and an easy-going character
You won’t want to leave the city without checking out some of Australia’s best beaches. Cottesloe Beach is one of Perth's most popular beaches. Some 15 km from the city centre the beach is patrolled in the summer by the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club. There are plenty of parking places and public transport stops at the beach, there are also numerous outdoor cafes, restaurants and pubs to sit in and watch the world go by.
If you have the time a visit to Rottnest Island it may well turn out to be one of the highlights of your trip to Perth. The island is reputed to have taken its name from the small indigenous marsupials known as quokkas. Early Dutch settlers thought the animals to be a species of rat and named the island ‘Rats Nest’. Early settlers also left behind some of the now best-preserved colonial streetscapes and architecture in Australia.
The island which lies about 20 kms by ferry from Fremantle has some spectacular beaches and some of the world’s southernmost coral reefs. There is little or no motorised transport on the island; walking and cycling are the main ways of getting around. Most of the island is sandy and semi arid but offers great opportunities for snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing and swimming in some of the islands stunningly beautiful, crystal clear coves and bays. Rottnest has one or two small hotels and campgrounds and is a great place to spend a couple of days away from the heat of the city.