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Here's Everything You Need To See On A Trip To Perth

Trust us, you'll want to stay for more than a weekend.

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1. Enjoy brunch at Gordon St. Garage.

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Kickstart your morning with brekkie at Gordon St. Garage, a favourite hangout among Perth's brunch enthusiasts, and general purveyor of delicious eats and even better coffee.

2. Visit the world's largest inner-city park.

It's no secret that sprawling Kings Park is one of the many jewels that line Perth's crown, and is hands down the BEST place to take in the Perth city skyline in all of its glory.

3. Head down to Elizabeth Quay.

Perth's newest development Elizabeth Quay, which connects the CBD with the mighty Swan River, has evoked mixed feelings from locals. Love it or hate it, it's the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time river-side.

4. Find the blue boathouse.

While you're down at Swan River, take the ultimate Insta snap at the Crawley Edge Boatshed – no filter required. A word of warning: You might need to elbow some wannabe bloggers and bridezillas out of the way first.

5. Soak up some culture at the Perth Cultural Centre.

Who says the west coast only has sun, surf, and sand to offer? The Perth Cultural Centre houses the Art Gallery of WA, the WA Museum, and the State Library of WA. Also, you can't miss the Urban Orchard which is a community garden by day, and pop-up event space by night.

6. Don't forget to look around you!

You might be surprised to find that Perth has a pretty cool street art scene. Take a walk to stumble upon Anya Brock's signature bold portraits, Amok Island's geometric works, Roa's distinctive black-and-white animals, and Stormie Mills's gloomy figures in the most unassuming of places. Make sure to check out the colourful street art down Wolf Lane in the CBD.

7. Eat lunch at Bread in Common.

You can't go on a trip to the west coast without visiting the historic port city of Fremantle, which really is the cultural heartbeat of Perth. Sit down for an exquisite lunch at the aesthetically blessed Bread in Common.

8. Order a beer-tasting platter at the iconic Little Creatures Brewery.

No visit to Freo is complete without a stop at the original Little Creatures Brewery situated down by the harbour. Go on a brewery tour if you're a beer buff, otherwise head to the Brewhouse and grab yourself a beer-tasting platter –

it's free!

9. Don't forget to say hello to Bon Scott.

Yep, this AC/DC legend lived in Freo back in the day and his ashes are interred in Fremantle Cemetery. You can still find him rocking out on the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

10. Join the creative crowd at one of Fremantle's many art galleries.

Freo has a thriving and eclectic art scene, and is a hot bed of creative activity. Go on a self-guided art tour and check out exhibits at the Fremantle Arts Centre, PSAS, Kidogo Arthouse, and the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery.

11. Spend time in prison.

Tour the historic Fremantle Prison and find out all about the port city's convict past. You can even sleep in one of the old prison cells at the Fremantle Prison YHA if you're game!

12. Take a zebra selfie.

Make like one of the locals, and preen and prance with these colourful and very Instagram-able zebras outside popular cafe Ootong and Lincoln.

13. Catch the sunset at Cottesloe Beach.

Okay, it would be a massive faux pas to come to Perth and not set foot on some sand. Make your way to the famous Cottesloe Beach in time to view the mother of all sunsets over the Indian Ocean. Grab some fish and chips from Amberjacks and settle in for a spectacular show like no other.

14. Treat yourself to dinner at the State Buildings.

Head back into the CBD and wander through the magnificent State Buildings. There are a ton of options for chilled-out drinks, and even more delicious dinner places. Whether you’re in the mood for Thai street food at Long Chim, or more contemporary Aussie fare at Wildflower, you’ll surely find somewhere everyone will enjoy.

15. Get your jazz hands ready.

Take in a post-dinner jazz show and listen to the smooth sounds of crooners past and present at the Ellington Jazz Club.

16. Go on a makeshift bar crawl around Northbridge.

Northbridge is home to some of the coolest bars in Perth. Put on your detective's hat to find the password to get into Sneaky Tony’s, enter a taxidermist’s dream in Alabama Song, taste the cocktails in previous Australian Small Bar of the Year Mechanics Institute, and get your hipster on at Ezra Pound.

17. Catch a live gig at The Bird.

The Bird is an institution and the perfect place to hang with fellow gig revellers, or to simply unwind in the courtyard out the back.

18. The next morning, find a trail, any trail.

You've hit the bars and restaurants and gotten your dose of culture – it's now time to hit the great outdoors! With its year-long warm weather, Perth is the ideal place to embrace the outdoorsy lifestyle. Head to the picturesque Perth Hills, enjoy a scenic walk on one of the trails, and, you know, be ~at one with nature~ and all that.

19. Follow the wine and cheese.

After all that exercise, you deserve a congratulatory drink! Drive the Swan Valley circuit and scope out the myriad wineries/breweries/cideries/distilleries. Cheese and charcuterie boards are mandatory.

20. Hunt for antiques in the historic town of Guildford.

Alongside Perth and Fremantle, Guildford was one of the first towns established as part of the Swan River Colony. Guildford was known as the market town and this legacy carries on to the present day, with the town's plentiful antique stores. Start rummaging – you never know what long-forgotten treasures you'll uncover!

21. Make friends with a local.

Alternatively, catch a ferry across to idyllic Rottnest Island and spend your day swimming, sunbaking, and falling in love with the island's local population of quokkas. You won't be able to resist their cheeky smiles!