Five Hidden Gems To Visit In Perth, Australia

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Perth might be Australia’s most remote city, but it’s a treasure trove of unique things to do and see. Bohemian districts, trendy coffee shops, and top eateries that use locally-sourced produce. You won’t want to just stick to the city though! There are a ton of hidden gems dotting the distinct Australia bushland like long views of vineyards and mile upon mile of white powdery beach. Your best bet to see it all is
picking up a car hire Perth airport. Here’s our tips on the top five hidden gems to visit in Perth.

 

  1. Go tasting in the Chittering & Bickley Valleys

If you’ve got even the slightest interest in wine, you’ve probably heard of Swan Valley, Australia’s northernmost wine producing region. It’s without doubt the most famous and the largest in the region. However, if you want to avoid the tasting crowds, make a dash for either Bickley of Chittering Valley. Both are awash with boutique wineries producing some top-quality vino and open their doors to tasters. If you visit in early May, be sure to visit the Bickley Harvest Festival, a riot of colour, music, and food.

 

  1. Ride the rapids in Avon Valley

Another hidden gem is the Avon Valley nestled between Pert and Chittering, just under an hour away from the city. Here you’ll find the Bell Rapids which wind there was through the valley creeks. It’s been popular with locals for years, but it’s just starting to be known on the travellers’ circuit. Here, you can don your helmet and lifejacket to race down through the rapids with experienced guides. Afterwards, take some time to kick back in the beautiful spot and spot kangaroos at dusk before heading back to the city.

 

  1. Catch a flick on top of a Perth rooftop

Rooftop movies are quickly becoming the in thing to do. Thankfully, unlike some parts of the world (we’re looking at you London), Perth is blessed with some fine summer weather. Rooftop Movies opens each summer on top of one of the multi-storey car parks in East Perth and screens a mix of classic, arthouse and blockbuster classics. Visitors can watch from candy-striped beach deckchairs or one of the more comfortable blow-up seats accompanied by craft beers, wines and snacks. The only problem? It’s hard to take steer your eyes away from the gorgeous skyline views of the city.

 

  1. Become a hipster in Fremantle

The uber cool district of Fremantle, affectionately called “Freo” by locals, is Perth’s newest trendy hotspot. It’s easily reached on a 20-minute train ride from the city centre and sits along the coast and harbour. Here, you’ll find achingly hip coffeehouses, shiny new eateries and boutique art galleries. You won’t need any maps here, just amble around the streets and you’ll discover hidden little gems around every street corner. While you’re in Freo, don’t miss a visit to the Little Creatures Brewery which knocks out tasty craft ales or the buzzy weekend market. You can also dive into the district’s history at the mid-19th century Fremantle Prison.

 

  1. Go snorkelling off Rottnest Island

If you’re looking to escape the bustle of the city, try Rottnest, a tiny car-free island 15 miles or so off the coast of Western Australia. Be sure to bring your snorkel and mask because you’re not going to want to miss catching glimpses of more than 130 species of exotic marine life. Back on shore, you’ll likely spot one of the fur seals basking in the midday sun and if you look out to sea between September and November, you may even spot one of the humpback whales crashing around in the ocean.

 

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