I am from Perth but have lived overseas and also in Melbourne for a long time... in comparison to other cities, Perth doesn't have a lot to do in winter, it's best asset is the amazing beaches. Agree with Travel Girl that you must go to Little Creatures, specifically on a Sunday. Fremantle is the most lively area. Perth is kind of like a big country town really.
If you are coming to Perth it is worth heading a few hours South to the margaret river region, where you'll find great wineries (do a tour), scenery and beaches again. This area is beautiful, towns include Dunsborough, Yallingup and Margaret River. about 10 years ago
Perth is a great city to visit any time of the year although it's best visited when the sun is shining which thankfully happens even in winter.
Take a ride around the beautiful Swan River or if you're looking for something more leisurely why not cruise the River on a boat with a few glasses of wine.
If you can afford a few days then yes you should visit the wineries in Margaret River but if you can't, don't worry - Perth has magnificent wineries in the Swan Valley a mere 45 minutes drive from the heart of the city.
There are so many things to do in Perth, as yes it may not be the place to go to rage 24 hours a day but it's a fantastic place to visit for a holiday about 10 years ago
In Perth visit the Old Swan Brewery, spend some time around Fremantle and go to the Little Creatures Brewery. If it's possible take the express to Rottnest Island (summer time):
Amazing! about 10 years ago
Greg - loads to do especially if you like wine !
Take a trip out to the Swan Valley (40 mins out of Perth CBD) where you will find scores of wineries, most of them excellent quality, and a growing number providing New Oz cuisine. It's also a great spot to just unwind with good scenery. You should also sample down south in Margaret River, same thing only bigger, better and with the famous surf beaches - it's really world class. Perth itself has Kings Park which warrants a whole day of walking, if you're into all that, through the numerous tracks plus there are great views of the City, Swan river and surrounds. Try a trip down Stirling Hwy to Cottesloe and the beach for some fish and chips to watch the sun setting over the Indian Ocean - Perthites particularly like this one because it's so good (before of after a beer at one of the local pubs) ! about 10 years ago
It depends on what you're into, but there is heaps of things to see and do around Perth. Visit the casino or walk through Kings Park. The beaches are fantastic even on a cold, windy winters day its worth heading to the coast and taking a walk or drive then having lunch in a beachside pub or cafe, Cottesloe is always a good place to start then drive north up to Hillarys. Visit the Perth Mint and see a gold pour. Take a ferry down the river to Fremantle and explore the maritime museum, the Fremantle markets, the Round house, fishing boat harbour (a great spot for fish & chips for lunch), have a drink and meal at 'Little Creatures', and then do the Fremantle Prison night tour. Visit Point Walter for some amazing views of Perth and the Swan river - take a walk through the Blackwell Reach path to take in the local wildlife with views of the river and cliffs (brave local kids leap off the cliffs for a dare). The Raffles hotel in Applecross is a good place to have a drink and a light meal whilst watching the boats and yachts. If you want something more up market then visit The Blue Water Grill which has spectactular views across the river to the city - a must for a still summer evening. A day trip to Rottnest is worth the cost but not recommended if the weather is too wet or windy. Enjoy! about 10 years ago