- Capital: Perth
- Population: 2,589,000
- Area: 2,646,000 sq mi
PerthAustralia's only capital city on the Indian Ocean oozes confidence. Explore Perth's hip wine bars and sunny beaches, spectacular green parks and glittering skyscrapers, funky neighbourhoods and beautiful colonial architecture. Be enthralled by a city on the move that has passion for the past and energy for the future.
- Wander through Kings Park, one of the biggest city parks in the world
- Browse the eclectic cafes, bars and boutiques of Wolf Lane
- Visit the colonial remnants of Fremantle
- Hit Perth's small bars,
Monkey MiaA day's drive from Perth, Western Australia's premier dolphin watching destination, Monkey Mia is home to a pod of dolphins who frequently visit the shore to be hand fed.
Local rangers hand pick a select few visitors each day to be involved in the feeding, but the dolphins are still often seen throughout the day by all.
Other local activities include 4WD excursions, Aboriginal culture tours, fishing excursions and more.
Rottnest IslandJust a short ferry ride from Perth you will find the car-free paradise of Rottnest Island.
Home to over 60 beaches, coral reefs and wrecks, plus the quokka (found only in Western Australia), Rottnest Island can be explored by bicycle - available for hire from the ferry landing, or the local bus.
Take a tour and explore the marine animals such as seals and whales, or discover the colonial, convict and wartime history of the island with a land tour.
PinnaclesThe lunar-like Pinnacles form one of Australia's most unique and fascinating natural landscapes. Formed over millions of years, thousands of tall limestone spires rise eerily out of the yellow desert sands of Nambung National Park, just outside the coastal town of Cervantes.
In just over two hours from Perth, following the Indian Ocean Drive, you can transport yourself to another world, venturing into the Pinnacles along the scenic drive or walk trail. Or, you can let someone else take the wheel and join a coach or four wheel drive tour from Perth or Cervantes.