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Surf in Perth, Australia

Perth holidays offer the Australian good life: miles of soft white sandy beaches, a buzzing nightlife scene, a fantastic climate, excellent shopping opportunities, world-class dining, and enough surf and swimming to get the adrenaline flowing.

Sandwiched between the brilliant blues of the Indian Ocean and the Darling Range, the rapidly growing city of Perth sits proudly on the banks of the Swan River and welcomes visitors from all over the world into Perth Airport (PER).

Holidays in Perth, which is the capital of Western Australia, are about enjoying the best of Australia - sun, sea, surf and a heady city life combined with the thrills of the great outdoors.

Perth's modern downtown boasts a great range of restaurants, bars and shops, while the city's accommodation is of a high standard and represents good value for money.

You'll be spoiled for choice by the city's many beaches. Perhaps you'll choose Port Beach, which features soft white sand and views across the sea to Rottnest Island? Or maybe the tree-lined boulevard and surfing action at Cottesloe Beach will have you laying out your towel? City Beach and Scarborough Beach also draw sun-loving crowds.

You can hop across to Rottnest Island too, which is a popular holiday destination in itself and is teeming with Australian wildlife, such as the rare quokka, which is similar to a small wallaby. Dolphins and whales can often be spotted in the waters surrounding the island.

Unique shaped rocks on beach in Perth

Perth has its fair share of cultural offerings too, with many museums and galleries. And when you've explored these, the kids will thank you for trips to The Aquarium of Western Australia and Perth Zoo.

The whole party can dive headfirst into sporting activities such as fishing, diving and a host of water sports.

And when all that sun-drenched action has worn you out, head for the tranquillity of beautiful Kings Park, which crowns Mount Eliza and affords terrific views of the city skyline from under the shade of many trees. The botanical gardens here are a must see.

Perth is also a great base for exploring more of the western coast of this vast nation. To the south you'll discover the verdant wine region of Margaret River, from where some of Australia's finest wine is delivered. And in the north you'll find Shark Bay and Monkey Mia, where dolphin encounters await. Stay a little closer to Perth and witness the spectacular Pinnacles, a unique and ancient landscape of spiky rock formations.

Throw yourself into Australian life: get on your swimming gear, rustle up a barbecue, or simply enjoy some of the best city life on the planet. Perth has it all and holidays can be found by using TravelSupermarket's easy-to-use search tool on the left.

Weather

Perth enjoys some of the best weather in Australia. The southern hemisphere summer between December and February sees daily average temperatures above 30C, and at times above 40C. Winter is mild and wet, with temperatures veering from 10C to 17C and June and July seeing the most rainfall. Spring and autumn are pleasant with temperatures in the twenties and low rainfall.

Events

Australia Day; January 26: Fireworks light the sky above Perth and the Swan River during this annual celebration of Australia's national day. Kick off the evening with a picnic to enjoy this day the Australian way.

Perth International Arts Festival; February/March: Classical music, circus, dance, theatre, opera, modern music... there is plenty to see and do during this annual celebration of art and culture, including many free and family friendly events.

Stewart Park Festival; July: More than 30 free live concerts are on offer to visitors during this festival, which is held in Stewart Park on the Tay River. 

Perth Royal Show; September: Nearly half a million people descend on Claremont Showground to enjoy the agricultural aspects of Western Australia alongside rides, fireworks and plenty of other fun activities.

Fremantle Festival; November: Perth's neighbouring city of Fremantle hosts this yearly spectacular where many events are held. Expect theatre, comedy, a fiesta for the kids, music, and parades.