We visited Perth for two reasons. One, to visit family, and two, to escape the cold of the Winter in Melbourne. I will keep this blog brief, like the amount of time we spent in Perth (4 nights), as most of its activities are out of the CBD.
The first thing we noticed about the city, was that everyone is fit and loves to get outdoors. There are some gorgeous tracks for cycling and running almost everywhere.
Kings Park Domain is a must visit - with great panoramic views over the city at the War Memorial, there is plenty for the whole family and very easy to get lost in its many walks and tracks in between the native bush.
Perth City itself seemed quiet, we did the WACA (Western Australia Cricket Association) tour, which took about 3 hours. It was a very interesting look at the history of the ground, but also shed light on the upcoming plans for a new stadium on the north side of the river.
The buses are all free in the CBD and inner suburbs. there are three different colour lines to jump on, and they arrive every 10-15mins so you can't complain with the service. Elizabeth Quay is a neat up and coming area, but as it has not matured yet, was again a bit quiet.
Freemantle was great. About 20 minutes drive south, we went there on the weekend and it was a hive of activity. There were buskers on every corner, tourists grabbing selfies and of course, the Little Creatures Brewery which served up a great tasting pizza, not to mention the local brew!
North of the city hides a wee gem in the Swan Valley. Lots of Winerys, Breweries, chocolaterian places, coffee growers and more. The town is on the doorstep (Guildford) and has an information centre which is very handy to plan your day. You can hire bikes and do the self guided tour around the well set out cycle lanes, or you can drive the distance which takes about 40 minutes if you do not stop.
All in all, a good place to visit (if you have family and friends). It felt like a great place to live for young families, and I would have no doubt it would give you a fairly relaxed lifestyle. It lacked the hustle and bustle that the East Coast cities have, but if you have a surf board and a can of brew, then I guess that doesn't matter.