Learn how to read wave conditions, catch a break, and even stand up on a board during a class with the Big Wave Surfing School, located at Secret Harbor Beach, just south of Perth. If you’re new to the sport, don’t worry—the school is known for its patient, expert instructors
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Perth's main water artery runs more than 37 miles from the central Swan Valley to the city’s Fremantle neighborhood—right on the Indian Ocean. Travelers can jog or bike on waterfront trails, or take public water taxis and ferries to different points along the river. Bird-watchers should keep an eye out for black swans, rainbow lorikeets, and red-tailed black cockatoos, all common in the area.
A series of heritage-listed buildings—including the Old Gaol, Perth’s colonial prison, and Hackett Hall, once the state library—host exhibits on Western Australia’s social and natural history. The collection of 4.6 million objects includes archaeological artifacts of the Katta Djinoong, the first peoples of Western Australia, and items from maritime shipwrecks up and down Australia’s west coast.
Ponds, fountains, and plants and trees native to Western Australia dot this thousand-acre waterfront park, originally carved from the landscape in 1829, when Perth was the Swan River penal colony. Jump on a free tour with a Kings Park guide, who might point out historic memorials, carnivorous plants, and at least a few of the area’s 80 bird species.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.