The capital of Western Australia, the country-s largest state, Perth is the major metropolitan oasis in an area of vast wildernesses - and it¿s yours to explore on a holiday with The Co-operative Travel.
Known as 'The City of Lights', Perth was built on rich mineral and gold deposits which have ensured its prosperity, while its Mediterranean climate and excellent sandy beaches close by have ensured its popularity as a year-round holiday destination.
Situated on the banks of the Swan River, Perth is very easy to get around, thanks to a free bus service in the central area, and trains operating to all outlying districts.
For such a prominent state capital, beaches in Perth are unexpectedly numerous and easy to find. The white-sand City Beach is the closest to hand, while the waters off Cottesloe Beach are especially recommended for swimming and snorkelling.
Trigg Beach, meanwhile, houses the Marmion Marine Park, where you can meet sea lions, bottlenosed dolphins and humpback whales. Many of the beaches have their own barbecue facilities and good parking nearby.
But for the pick of Perth's beaches, take a cruise across to Rottnest Island, a car-free haven with no fewer than 63 sandy stretches to choose from. Here, you¿ll probably also encounter the quokkas, cute little marsupials believed to be unique to the island.
Perth, and Western Australia in general, are great places to visit in the spring, as the rich variety of wild flowers burst into bloom. Kings Park offers fabulous views over the city from the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, or 15 metres up at the top of the DNA Tower. A local Aboriginal guide will also give you a crash course in bush survival skills, and give you the chance to taste authentic bush tucker.
Accommodation in the city is plentiful, but booking in advance is always a good idea in this popular city. That way you can be sure of securing the perfect base for your package holiday or all-inclusive holiday in Perth.
If you want to get away at short notice, always check with The Co-operative Travel for the availability of last-minute holidays to Perth, and late deals or offers which might crop up at short notice.
Whether you're booking well ahead, or seeking a last-minute bargain getaway, a Perth holiday from The Co-operative Travel will satisfy the itchiest of feet, and give you a holiday to remember.