Perth offers an inclusive cultural experience

AT HOME: Perth offers a vibrant and inclusive community. Photo: Shutterstock.
AT HOME: Perth offers a vibrant and inclusive community. Photo: Shutterstock.

With a little less than two million residents and covering 6,418 sq km, Perth has established itself as the most isolated major city in the world.

But don't let this fool you, Perth is flush with plenty of opportunities to thrive and more than enough local attractions to keep you busy.

What makes it sensational? The CBD adjoins the magnificent Swan River to the south and east, with Kings Park on the western end, offering the perfect place to sit back and relax as you explore the city. The Cultural Centre, just a minute or two walk from the Botanic Gardens, is the pride and joy of the city, boasting a vibrant and inclusive array of attractions including The State Theatre Centre and a smorgasbord of high end restaurants. Let's not forget that Perth is only a short ferry trip to Rottnest Island and the infamous quokka - the smallest marsupial species in Australia. Perth is also surrounded by an incredibly diverse ecology with stunningly unique wildflowers covering the outer regions and beyond throughout springtime.

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GO WILD: Rottnest Island is home to the quokka, Australia's smallest marsupial. PHOTO: Shutterstock.

GO WILD: Rottnest Island is home to the quokka, Australia's smallest marsupial. PHOTO: Shutterstock.

What's not to love? The sea breeze coming in from the Indian Ocean can often turn into a blustering gale and has given Perth the honour of being named the third windiest capital city in the world.

Do you need a car? With warm summers and mild winters, the city is easily accessible by bike or on foot all year round. Public transport options are also available with 'free transit zones' for SmartRider card holders within certain parts of the city. There is also a free bus service within the CBD with buses departing every 5-15 minutes.

Families with children will enjoy: The pristine coastline near the city includes the well-known Cottesloe Beach with day trips to Rottnest Island a must. Hire a bike and travel across the island where you can get up close to Australia's smallest marsupial, the quokka with these curious little macropods given free rein to go where they please. There are plenty of educational attractions too, including the Perth Zoo and numerous museums and art galleries across the CBD and outer suburbs.

For sale: 52 Johnston Street, PEPPERMINT GROVE, WA, 6011. Click on the photo above to view this sensational home.

For sale: 52 Johnston Street, PEPPERMINT GROVE, WA, 6011. Click on the photo above to view this sensational home.

Have money: You'll find numerous suburbs in Perth offering high-end luxury living including Peppermint Grove which is well-known as the 'most expensive' suburb and has a median house price of $3 million. Dalkeith, Cottesloe, City Beach and Nedlands are also among the suburbs frequented by the rich and famous.

Want to get ahead of the market: Up and coming suburbs tipped for growth include Forrestfield, Harrisdale and Morley which has a median house price of $450,000.

Here for a good time: Suburbs popular with the young and trendy include Perth CBD, Northbridge, West Perth and Highgate which host artisan food makers and trendy cafes on nearly every corner, along with their close proximity to the Cultural Centre. The average rent for a two-bed apartment in these suburbs can fluctuate between $390-450 per week.

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This story Picture yourself in Perth first appeared on Mandurah Mail.