On the opposite coast of Sydney awaits Perth, Western Australia’s thriving urban capital with a little bit of everything for every kind of explorer. Street art, a buzzing food scene, and a world-class wine region meet white-sand beaches next to a few of the country’s 8,000 islands, making it the most well-rounded adventure you’ll have yet. Pro tip: Qantas flies to Perth, including via Melbourne, on its new Dreamliner, so it’s a cushy, and easy, destination to add to your trip.
What to eat:
No matter the location, brunch is life in Perth. The house-smoked brisket with sweet potato fritter, poached egg, chimichurri and dill pickle is a can’t-miss at Mary Street Bakery, while a more refreshing route (hello, acai bowls and sweet smoothies) can be found tucked behind a barbershop in the heart of the city at Uncle Joe’s Mess. Beach brunching is another possibility with banana pancakes and the best breakfast ‘za around at Bib & Tucker.
What to drink:
Winery hopping in Swan Valley is legendary. Take a wine and chocolate masterclass at Coward & Black, party at Faber Vineyard for Australia Day, or catch the Twilight Concerts at Upper Reach Winery. For libations within city limits, sample beers at Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle or hit up the speakeasy bar Sneaky Tony’s -- just don’t forget to look up the daily password on Facebook to get in.
Go for a scenic run in Kings Park & Botanic Garden before the sun gets too high and then cool off at Cottesloe Beach, or the less-crowded option, Mettams Pool, just down the street. Don’t worry: It’s not a kid-filled community pool, but rather a natural rock pool surrounded by a reef. No matter where you kick off the day, island hop to Rottnest Island for snorkeling, cliff jumping, and getting that coveted quokka selfie.
Catch a movie at the Luna Cinema, Perth’s most eclectic arthouse cinema, where in the summer they host Luna Outdoor, where you can grab a cheese board and a movie under the stars. Post stargazing, dance into the night by exploring Perth’s music scene at venues like the Jazz Cellar, Mojos, and The Bird.