Perth is Western Australia’s capital city, and the beginning and ending point for the original 12 day The South West Edge hero route. Perth is a vibrant city where the Swan river meets a hub of activity. Spend an evening discovering Perth’s bar and restaurant scene – you don’t have to stray too far from key accommodation options in order to find some of Perth’s best fine-dining restaurants or take in a sunset and enjoy the idyllic climate at a trendy roof-top bar.

Perth is also home to the historic town of Fremantle, which has a colourful arts scene, plenty of boutique shops for some retail therapy (think unique and vintage finds), plus a gourmet café culture.

From Perth, it’s just a hop, skip & a jump to the famous Rottnest Island; home of WA’s most friendly marsupial – the quokka!

Note: Rottnest ferries take approximately 25 minutes from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillarys Boat Harbour, or 90 minutes from Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty.

Find more inspiration about things to see and do in Perth on Destination Perth’s website.

An aerial photo of Perth City during the day to show sunny vibrant start and end point of The South West Edge road trip
Aerial view of Elizabeth Quay, Perth

Kings Park and Botanic Gardens

Kings Park and Botanic Gardens overlooks Perth's city skyline and the Swan River, perched on more than 400 hectares of land comprising grassed parkland, botanical gardens and natural bushland and allowing it to claim fame as one of the largest inner-city parks on Earth. Here, you'll find a massive 3,000+ species of Western Australia's native flora - and the perfect spot for a picnic.

Our tip: visit in spring for a vibrant display of colourful wildflowers.

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