Perth is the capital of Western Australia and the fourth biggest city in Australia. While most visitors who come to Australia visit the East Coast, we definitely think that you can't leave Australia without a visit to Western Australia. In our opinion, this is the most beautiful state of Australia with diverse nature and it represents the country the best. Even Perth itself has quite some impressive nature and the best beaches in the whole country. It is a somewhat less-visited city than for example Sydney or Melbourne, but that means that there are plenty of places that aren't crowded! Plus it has some of the best weather in Australia, so what's not to love?! While there are a few highlights that all the tourists know about, there are also plenty of spots that are only known by the locals, which you absolutely cannot miss. That's why we created a list of the 15 best hidden treasures in and around Perth!
1. Quiet beaches of Perth
Let's start with the thing that Perth is most famous for: their gorgeous white beaches! While it's no wonder that the Perth beaches aren't really a big secret anymore, there are still some cute, small beaches that you can have all to yourself! For this, we can definitely recommend Watermans Bay and Mettam's Pool. And then we don't mean the 'bigger' beach of Mettam's Pool, but the very small, rocky bay next to it.
2. Queens Gardens
A perfect little oasis in the middle of the city. If it wasn't for the high buildings and the stadium in the distance, you would think this park would be somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Come here for a short stroll around the lakes with black swans and enjoy the peace and silence.
3. Lane Poole Reserve in Dwellingup
With rivers flowing through the park and a thick jarrah forest, Lane Poole Reserve is an exceptionally popular place with locals. It’s very popular for camping with nine different campgrounds and the opportunity to go canoeing, bushwalking, and mountain bike riding. This place is truly enchanting and is the perfect weekend getaway!
4. Bells Rapids in the Swan Valley
A park with the Swan River crossing through it that has white water rapids. It makes for an impressive and unique sight to see! There are two circuit walk trails which you can take for the best views over the rapids, one of them is 2.5 km and the other one 3 km. Especially during the wildflower season this is a stunning sight to see and there are even kangaroos walking around!
5. Rocky Pool Walk in Kalamunda National Park
Kalamandu is a lovely national park that has something for everyone. From creeks to wildflowers, to amazing wildlife, you can get wonderfully lost and it’s only 20 minutes away from the city! Rocky Pool is located inside the park and is an amazing natural, freshwater pool. It’s located between the rocks inside a creek and the place is just magical! To get there, you’ll have to walk 5 km over the walking trail.
6. Camelot Outdoor Cinema in Mosman Park
Enjoying a movie under the stars, is there anything better than that?! The Camelot Outdoor Cinema is located in a park in the suburb of Mosman Park and offers bean bags, relaxing chairs, and delicious food from where you can watch the season’s best films on the big screen. Perfect for a night out!
7. Thrombolites in Yalgorup National Park
Located in Lake Clifton, are these incredibly unique thrombolites. Thrombolites are rock-like structures that are formed by micro-organisms and that resemble the earliest forms of life on Earth. Even scientists know little about it! The most beautiful thing about the thrombolites is their limestone color and rounded shape. They are very fragile, so an observation walkway has been built around Lake Clifton for you to enjoy these very cool formations.
8. Lake Navarino Forest Park
Close to the thrombolites, you'll also find this lake with a dam, which is definitely one of WAs best-kept secrets. Nestled in the jarrah forest between Waroona and Dwellingup, this lake offers plenty of watersport activities, from fishing to water skiing. Also in the forest surrounding it, you can take bush walks or go for a mountain bike ride. There’s even a campground so this place is perfect to spend a weekend!
9. Local night markets in Perth
There are a lot of night markets in Perth, and then I literally mean a LOT! Every weekend (or even during the week) there are multiple markets everywhere around the city. These night markets consist mainly of delicious food, ranging from pizza to fruits, but you can also find arts and crafts and unique gifts. The atmosphere at these markets is incredible with all different cultures mingling together. Some of the most famous night markets are Twilight Hawkers Market in the middle of the city on Fridays, Inglewood Night Market on Mondays, and Kalamunda Night Market on Fridays monthly.
10. Hovea Falls in John Forrest National Park
John Forrest National Park in the eastern suburbs of Perth has two main waterfall attractions, one of them being the incredible Hovea Falls. It’s a sliding-type waterfall traversing over slippery smooth rocks in the Jane Brook Valley. Besides visiting the waterfall there are also lots of walking trails for you the enjoy the nature of the national park.
11. See the koalas in Yanchep National Park
Yanchep is one of the oldest national parks of Australia, laying a bit north of Perth. What makes this park unique is its abundance of wallabies and kangaroos and its 240m long koala boardwalk! On this boardwalk, you can view one of Australia’s favorite native animals in a natural environment. And let us tell you, they are super cute and you can actually come pretty close! Furthermore, the park is also famous because of its incredible caves.
12. Walk through the tulips in Araluen Botanic Park
In an extraordinary garden, located in Roleystone, part of the Darling Ranges, you can find a gorgeous display of tulips every year! The botanic park is always beautiful to visit but during spring this place really comes alive. Tulips have been planted here every year around August / September since 1930 when the bulbs were imported from the Netherlands. After the war, they were sourced from New Zealand but now they come for Tesselaar Bulbs in Victoria. It’s definitely a unique sight to see in Australia!
13. Bald Hill Lookout in the Avon Valley
The Avon Valley park is located in the Perth Hills and offers stunning jarrah, marri, and powderbark forest. It’s a perfect place to enjoy nature by going on bush walks and to see the wide variety of wildflowers in spring. One of the most beautiful places in the park is Bald Hill Lookout, a lookout perched atop Bald Hill providing incredible views over the whole Avon Valley. There’s even a little campground next to it!
14. Hyde Park
From the gorgeous lake to the huge trees: this is a park you cannot miss! It’s located in the middle of the city but inside the park you feel the peace and quietness come over you. The park is perfect for an afternoon stroll in the sun or to take photos with the impressive trees.
15. Secret spots on Rottnest Island
While Rottnest Island itself is no secret, there are a lot of little spots that are still rarely visited on the island! The Wadjemup Lighthouse, for example, is still a hidden gem, which is located on the center of the island. From here you have an incredible view over the island. Other quiet and ‘secret’ spots include Fays Bay, Little Armstrong Bay, Ricey Beach, Little Salmon Bay, and Porpoise Bay.
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