There are many things that come to mind when thinking about Australia � the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge of Sydney, the tropical Great Barrier Reef in Northern Queensland, or the dusty red plains of the Outback. But flying under the radar is Perth, the capital and metropolis of Western Australia, which boasts some of Australia's most beautiful beaches, warmest weather and is the gateway to an endless list of natural wonders and attractions. Cheap flights from all other Australian cities make Perth an appealing and affordable holiday option. Need more convincing? Here are a few things you'll love about Perth holidays:
Fewer people: Anyone who's been on a crowded Sydney beach or battled their way through a busy Melbourne intersection will appreciate the relative space and laid back atmosphere of Perth. Perth allows holiday makers to get away from the hustle and bustle of Australia's biggest metropolis' while still being able to enjoy a buzzing atmosphere and an array of attractions both within and outside the city. The best thing is you won't have to beat off the crowds.
Beautiful beaches: Western Australia's coastline is simply stunning with azure waters and white sandy beaches that stretch on for miles and boast some of the country's best surfing breaks. Even better, unlike popular Bondi or Manly beaches, you'll easily be able to find a spot on the sand and enjoy the rolling waves to cool off from Perth's warm weather. Around Perth, Cottesloe and Scarborough Beaches are favourites with locals.
Perth attractions: Keeping busy in Perth is not a hard task. Just 20 minutes from the city centre is Freemantle, a vibrant port town with world-famous heritage buildings and a fascinating maritime and convict history. Amble through the markets or stop for a meal or drink at one Freemantle's lively cafes, bars or restaurants. Then, hop on a ferry to explore Perth's Rottnest Island, which offer 63 sheltered beaches, is car free and home to the famous �quokka' - a small kangaroo like marsupial unique to Rottnest Island. Hire a bike and take your time exploring this beautiful spot.
Easy access to the Margaret River: One of Western Australia's leading attractions � the Margaret River � is only a short 3.5 hour drive from Perth. The region has evolved into a haven of good food and good wine, with stunning scenery to boot. The Margaret River boasts world-class wineries and produces some of Australia's finest drops. Enjoy premier wines and beers from wineries and boutique breweries with breathtaking views over the vineyards and out to the ocean. Margaret River, with its beautiful beaches and big waves, also attracts sun seekers and surfers.
Easy access to the Coral Coast: Perth is the perfect starting point for exploring the Coral Coast, which stretches from Cervantes to Exmouth and is dotted with unique natural attractions and activities. The Coral Coast is one of the only places in the world where you can swim with Whale Sharks, and it is also home to the Ningaloo Reef, the closest reef in the world to the mainland. You can also get up close and personal with the dolphins at Monkey Mia, who come into the shallows daily for petting. For a land based activity, stop in at the famous rock formations known as the Pinnacles near Cervantes, where limestone spiers rise out of the sand.
If you're on the lookout for cheap holidays, Perth and its surrounding areas are a good option. With the laidback lifestyle, beautiful weather and an array of natural sights, a lot of attractions are outdoors and � best of all � free! Holiday in nature's playground and experience all that Perth has to offer.