Make special memories with your loved ones in the capital of Western Australia
Family vacations usually make up some of the happiest and most memorable moments — daily squabbles aside, it is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your loved ones and enjoy each other's companionship. Not the biggest fan of the current summery heat in the Northern Hemisphere? Keep cool down south in Perth (a mere four and a half hour flight away from Singapore) where winters are mild and extremely pleasant. If it's your first time travelling to the scenic city, fret not; our friends over at Tourism Western Australia have kindly done the legwork for you with a curated list of must-visits while you're there.
Perth's idyllic island playground, Rottnest Island, is just a short ferry ride from Perth City but a 180 degree shift from the hustle and bustle. This is where no private cars are allowed on the road, so cycling is the best way to get around. With 63 stunning beaches, 20 beautiful bays and coral reefs aplenty, you'll enjoy some of Australia's finest swimming spots, snorkel trails and surf breaks on this island paradise. If you're lucky, you'll have the chance to snag a selfie with their famous quokka, termed as the world's cutest mini marsupial. We know the kids will definitely be thrilled.
Indulge in wines in the Swan Valley
Inspire your culinary senses with a trip down to Swan Valley and the Darling Range. The vineyards of Western Australia's oldest wine region invite you to sample their fruits, feast on award-winning local produce, discover the local heritage, and relax in the natural bushland of the Darling Range. Just a 25-minute drive east of Perth, the Swan Valley is a gorgeous display of nature's finest. Reach it by road, or take the scenic route aboard a Swan River cruise from Perth's Barrack Street Jetty. For the adventurous brood, winery-hop in the back of a horse-drawn wagon or chauffeured limousine. That's not all — there's also a chocolate factory, lavender farm, wildlife parks, mazes, Supa Golf plus a whole range of activities and fresh food to sample.
Breakfast with koalas and lunch with the kangaroos
For a morning that is truly extraordinary, head for the Outback Splash Family Fun Park down in Bullsbrook, which is just a 20-minute drive north on the Great Northern Highway, and have breakfast with a colony of koalas. Make a stop at Caversham Wildlife Park, one of Western Australia's largest collection of native animals, and have lunch with kangaroos, koalas, wombats, possums and many more furry creatures.
Visit a postcard-worthy beach
Cottesloe Beach is Perth's most iconic beach, known for its white sand, majestic Norfolk Pines and buzzing boulevard of cafes and bars. It is the ideal spot for a day filled with swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and sunset-drinking by the sea. 'Cott', as it's affectionately known by locals, can be reached by car, bus or train from Perth. Take a 15-minute drive from the city, hop on the regular Transperth buses, or jump on the Fremantle train line and enjoy a pleasant 600-metre walk to the beach from Cottesloe station.
Elizabeth Quay has transformed the foreshore into a free playground for all ages to enjoy the best of what the city has to offer. Think endless sunshine, spectacular views, alfresco dining, outdoor markets, and hip festival scenes. Hop aboard the ferry running between the quay entrance and South Perth, join a river cruise from Barrack Street Jetty, or take your own boat or canoe and pitch it up at the free public moorings. Take your time cycling or walking the riverside trail and exploring Elizabeth Quay's one and a half hectares of island via the striking arched suspension bridge and promenade circuit. Be sure to check Perth's calendar before your visit for special events at the Elizabeth Quay inlet — catching a show against the stunning backdrop of Perth's cityscape and Swan River is one to remember.