The capital city of Western Australia, Perth has plenty of activities for visitors. Guests can enjoy some of the best beaches Australia has to offer, including Cottsloe Beach or Scarborough Beach. Dine on the waterfront in Fremantle or cycle along the Swan River. Day trips to Rottnest Island can lead to whale watching, quokka sightings, snorkeling and leisurely bike rides. With numerous wineries and vineyards, nearby Swan Valley is also popular for oenophiles.
Visitors will arrive in Perth through Perth Airport (PER), which handles international and domestic flights. Most of the accommodations in Perth are found in the city center as well as in the suburbs of East Perth and Fremantle. Perth has a public transportation system and a suburban rail network that are operated by Transperth. A free bus takes visitors around the city center.
Perth has a temperate climate, which features hot, dry summers and wet, mild winters. Perth was established as a free settler colony in 1829. The original settlers named the colony after Perth, Scotland. Dining options in Perth are centered around the Northbridge area, which also boasts most of the city's nightlife. Restaurants can also be found in the suburbs of Mount Lawley and Highgate. Every year, the King's Park Wildflower Festival draws crowds to the area.