Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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The myriad delights of Perth

The urban kingpin of Western Australia packs in myriad wonders along the bends of the Swan River. From verdant botanical gardens to the feral exhibits of the acclaimed Perth Zoo, the historic Perth Mint to the ivory-white beaches of Cottesloe and the WA coast, bohemian live music dives to straight-laced art museums packed with Australian masterworks, it's got all the ingredients of a culture-heavy, naturally beautiful metropolis. The locals are proud of that, too, and Perth vacation rentals offer a stepping stone to the whole shebang this year.

The pulse of new Australia in Perth

Perth's hurtling headlong into the future with a real enthusiasm for new WA culture and art. Indie festivals and EDM blowouts take the city by storm during the summer months, imbuing everywhere from the beaches to boho Leederville with a youthful energy. There are farmer's markets in Fremantle, oodles of wine tasting opportunities up in the Swan Valley, and plenty of art-house cinemas for that hit of Aussie independent film. Sport is massive too _ this is Australia, remember? Grab tickets for an AFL showdown or a cricket test if you really want to feel like a local.

Perth comes packed with sights

Sightseeing jaunts to Perth can last days. Victorian relics pepper the whole downtown. There's the Gothic rises of St Mary's Cathedral to check off, and the stone-faced architecture of the Perth Mint from 1899. Museums come thick and fast, too. The Art Gallery of Western Australia is one of the best _ get ready for modernist masterworks from the Indian Ocean region. The Western Australian Museum is perhaps top of the list, though _ it's packed with natural history collections, dinosaur bones, preserved creepy crawlies, and old jail buildings from the 19th century.

Catching some rays in Perth

If you're searching for Perth vacation rentals close to the WA coast, where the white beaches of Cottesloe offer swimming and sunbathing aplenty, it's certainly worth planning your trip for the warmer months of the year. Anytime between November _ the start of summer _ and April _ the middle of Spring _ should be perfect. That said, winter in Perth _ running from May to August _ means lower rates, and smaller queues for the city's acclaimed museums and art galleries.

Perth: Isolated out in WA

Perth is the most isolated of all Australia's cities. Sat on the far-flung coast of Western Australia, it's more than 1,300 miles from the next big town. That means you can find uninterrupted natural wonders with ease, especially if you opt for Perth vacation rentals close to reserves like the Beelu National Park or the Jarrahdale State Forest. Both of those sit to the east of the center, offering dusty eucalyptus woods and hiking trails like the famous Bibbulmun Track. On the other side of town are wide, sandy bays, where the glowing waters of the Indian Ocean beckon.