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What to Expect When Visiting Perth

Perth is hailed as one of the most isolated cities on earth, located on the very tip of southwestern Australia.  Despite being a bit “out of the way” the city of Perth is still a booming metropolis attracting millions of tourists every year.  The city has huge skyscrapers nestled alongside of miles of sandy beaches and there is always lots going on in Australia’s third largest city.

Visiting Perth

You can travel through Perth in style staying in the glittering five star hotels filled with luxury that compares to cities like Paris or London.  You can book a private luxury suite complete with butler service is that is what you wish for.  There are ballrooms and world class conference centers for the high end traveler.  You can also book personal trainers at the onsite fitness centers and then unwind in a spa.

For the Budget Minded Traveler

Some travelers just want the experience of Perth and not the trappings of wealth there are some mid-range hotels that do offer some luxuries without spending hundreds or even thousands a night.  There is also a flourishing backpacker culture in Perth and there are a number of cheap hotels and hostels for students and young travelers.  While this isn’t ideal for every tourist there are lots of students willing to trade off accommodations to make their travel budgets go a little further.  Even the cheaper hostels offer free Wi-Fi and they are great for meeting other travelers.


There is no shortage of things to do in Perth aside from hitting the beaches.  There is the Burswood Entertainment Complex is the epicenter of the Perth social scene.  Here you can find the casino along with a five star hotel, but if gambling is not really your thing that’s okay.  There are some impressive entertainment venues where you can catch live acts, Perth has one of the hottest music scenes in the country.  With Perth being so isolated there is a big focus on local acts, bigger acts don’t hit Perth as often as they do Sydney or Melbourne. Everybody should take in a football game at one of the football stadiums that are located around the city.

Perth is a little hard to get to but it is well worth the trip, whether you want to travel in style or you want to backpack around the world experiencing as much as you can, Perth has something for everyone.

Where to Catch Some Waves in Perth

Perth, the capital of Australia, is the largest city in the country and hosts some of the best beaches for surfing–if you know where to find them. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned surfer, there’s a range of spots to choose from. Perth’s shorelines stretch from the North to the South and extending to Rottnest Island, giving optimal variation in surf conditions to suit every surfer. Here are the top 5 coolest surf spots in Perth.

  1. Scarborough Beach

Scarb’s stretch of golden shores gives way to a beautiful sandy bottom blue ocean. Located 2o minutes north of Perth, the proximity is perfect for Perth residents–and also because it’s convenient, it’s often crowded. To avoid crowds and get the friendly beginner waves, it’s best to go in early mornings or late afternoons.

  1. Leighton

This is a quieter and less crowded alternative. Just 25 minutes south of Perth, waves reach 1m heights here, friendly enough for beginners and a slow ride for those looking for a chill surf. Free parking is available and plenty of grassy area for some sunbathing after riding the waves.

  1. Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe beach is located 9 km from Perth. It’s well known for its variety in sports activities and plenty of extra space for hanging out after a surf. The beach is well protected by break walls from the South West winds. The best breaks can be found on the south of the Arch monument.

  1. Trigg Beach

Trigg is just 14 km from Perth and it’s a surf location that offers consistent surf breaks. It’s got a number of surf schools in the area and more daring waves off the break for more advanced surfers. With waves breaking both left and right, surfers can enjoy the tide at all stages. Wintertime is the best time to surf at Trigg with winds coming from the east and the optimum swell angle coming from the west to the southwest. Because it’s a great spot, it’s often crowded! But hey, go make friends.

  1. Leighton Beach

Leighton carries a calm and relaxed feel, perfect for a weekend away from the bustle of the city. When swells are headed North West, the bank makes excellent right waves. Waves here hit an average of 1m and occasionally higher ones can be found up north past Mosman beach. During the winter months, surfers can take advantage of challenging winds or switch over to kitesurfing.

The friendly year �round weather is perfect for a surf. Always remember to check the forecast and safety updates before you head out.