Why Perth Should be on Everyone’s Bucket List
Adding to my spike in travel posts lately (can you tell I’m getting the bug?) comes a little post about Perth, and why you should add it to your bucket list for next year. I can’t help but dream of my future holiday escapes and all the places I want to see, which is why I’m cramming in some travel posts before the Christmas madness begins.
Australia is seen as one of those once in a lifetime sorts of places to visit, and I’ve had it on my bucket list since I was little. A lot of people tend to consider some of the more common destinations, such as Sydney or Melbourne, as THE places to visit in Australia. And, while those cities are surely worth a visit (and are definitely on my bucket list too), Western Australia, specifically Perth, could also be a great option.
Perth is known for being a laid back city, and it is as close to Bali as it is to some of Australia’s Eastern cities. However, with its combination of beaches, big city attractions and laid back living there is something for everyone in Perth. Here’s why you should add Perth to your bucket list immediately…
THE BIG ATTRACTIONS
Perth is Australia’s only city where you can experience a vibrant beach life and a relaxed bushland experience. The only place where you can sample fine wines while watching an ocean sunset, and somewhere totally unique compared to the surrounding regions.
Perth is situated along the Swan River, and apparently seeing the city at night with its glittering lights reflecting in the river itself is a sight worth seeing. With Kings Park and the Botanic Garden, which is one of the biggest inner city parks in the world, on your doorstep, there is so much to explore.
Showcasing wonderful art and architecture, Perth’s museums look like a treat as well.
GETTING THERE ISN’T TOO BAD
When people talk about Australia, they mention the long flights and the jetlag. And, while it does take a while to get there, you can find some amazing deals from all major airports in the UK.
Many people don’t like the idea of having to stop somewhere for an hour or two, or separating their flights more than once. I know I don’t, the thought of catching a connecting flight scares me, because I always think I’ll miss it! Now, with the announcement of the Australian airline Qantas enabling direct flights to Australia, it now makes this city and country more accessible than ever before.
TRAVELLING IS A BREEZE
Whether you land at the airport or head into Perth from another mode of transport, there are plenty of ways to get around. There are some great links of public transport to consider, however, car hire in Perth is easy to get sorted. Driving around gives you that flexibility of seeing some of the other destinations in and around Perth, such as smaller towns like Freemantle. Plus, they drive on the same side of the road as us here in the UK!
THE WEATHER IS PERFECT
Perth is the sunniest state capital in Australia with an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. It has a real Mediterranean style climate meaning that it is warm for most of the year. However, February is the hottest month of the year. You do still get a little rainfall, but that would be mostly during the winter months of May to September. My birthday is on the 22nd of February, so I’d love to visit around then and bake in the sun!
THE EATING AND NIGHTLIFE
For all those foodies out there, Perth really does have an amazing selection of top dining options to suit all tastes and budgets. There are, of course, some of the most famous dining experiences such as Brika which offers greek cuisine, and Long Chim that offers Thai. Of course, being in the location it is in, Perth has a real mix of cultures and influences when it comes to food, so you are guaranteed not to be disappointed with what is on offer.
If you like to be entertained in the evening, then there are an array of bars and clubs offering live music, dancing or even just allowing you to sit back and watch the world go by on an outside terrace.
While it is looking rather miserable outside of the window right now, our winter time is when the sun is beaming over in Australia, especially Perth. So, if you fancy treating yourself to some winter sun next year (or this year if you’re rich AF), why not take a look at visiting Perth…