Explore 10 of Perths iconic regions and travel hotspots

Last Updated: 20 Apr 2020
Localista Team

Perth is a sprawling city blessed with a rich diversity of landscapes and urban scapes varying from pristine beaches to stunning national parks and quirky maritime towns. It’s a place you can truly stretch out, relax and appreciate the good things in life.

Take this chance to explore Perth’s most iconic regions and travel destinations through this gallery of stunning shots and fall back in love with Perth again.

Kings Park

Rising up to the side of the Perth CBD, Kings Park is 400 hectares of stunning botanical gardens, pristine bushland, community leisure areas and perfect lawn. It’s an iconic vantage point from which you can enjoy sweeping views across the Swan River.

Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe is Perth’s coolest beach-side destination with an up-market California vibe, picture-perfect sandy beach, clear blue-green water and grass hills on which to relax and take in the views. Apparently, after Bondi, it is the second most famous beach in Australia.

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Avon Valley

An hour out of Perth, the Avon Valley offers an authentic country lifestyle experience, with wide-open farmlands, welcoming locals and an iconic history that will leave a lasting impression. Perfect in autumn, winter and spring.

Visit our guide to Avon Valley here.

Rottnest Island

Everybody’s favourite place to escape and enjoy the world’s prettiest beaches and mostly car-free island and trails. No wonder Rottnest has been winning the hearts and minds of visitors for more than a century. Stay for a week or, with significantly reduced ferry prices, take a short boat trip across the turquoise waters, pick up your hire bike and take the day to explore the island at your own pace.

See our guide to Rottnest here.

Perth Hills

Just 30 minutes from the CBD, the Perth Hills provide everything you want from a country escape: scenic, winding drives, friendly owner-operator service, hearty local produce, hundreds of walking trails, intimate B&Bs and pristine national parks.

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Swan Valley

Whilst best known for its wine and more than 50 picturesque vineyards, you can also enjoy fresh produce, gourmet goods and unique regional art amongst the fresh valley air and pretty vistas, all less than 30 minutes from the CBD.

Visit our guide to the Swan Valley here.

Yanchep Lagoon

Yanchep Lagoon is one of the best kept secrets on the West Coast. Enclosed by a reef which is home to many starfish, the beach is protected and remains calm most days, making it a stunning getaway any time of year.


A trip to Fremantle always feels like a trip to a different city. Known for its maritime history, it’s one of the few parts of Perth where so many historical building have been so beautifully preserved and the pace and people feel quite different. Take a chance to walk the city and take in Fremantle Prison, which housed convicts from the 1850s to 1991, the Round House built in 1831 and the various museums. If you’re after some local crafts, a trip to the Fremantle Markets is always great value.

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Mandurah & Peel

An hour’s drive south of Perth, the darling scarp melts into the Indian Ocean. Inland Peel is a hotbed of mountain biking, bush-walking, kayaking, abseiling, white-water rafting, horse-riding and camping activities all year round. There are a few hidden beaches only available by 4WD, but we have been sworn to silence. The perfect day trip!

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Just south of Perth, Rockingham is a gateway to Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, Penguin Island, Garden Island and Seal Island. There, you can swim with dolphins, take a kayaking tour, go snorkelling and skydive onto the beach. The foreshore is stunning with plenty of places to eat and a lovely mix of locals and day trippers.

Image credits: Tourism WA,Lancaster Wines,Rockingham Wild Encounters, Marc Russo, Elise Matheson.

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