The city is about 7 minutes by car.
Canning Bridge train station is about a 20-minute walk from our house.
Trains to the city leave at least every 15 minutes most of the day and take 6 minutes.
Bus 30 and 31 leave for the city one block from us and take about 30 minutes.
Driving from the south-west (on Kwinana Freeway)
Take the Kwinana Freeway north. After you cross Mount Henry Bridge, take the first exit to Canning Highway. There will be four lanes and you should merge to the right lane. Turn right onto Canning Highway and stay in the furthermost right lane. Almost immediately you will come to a set of traffic lights. Turn right again onto the Kwinana Freeway onramp, as if you are driving south. Take the Manning Road exit to the left (do not go onto the freeway). Continue on Manning Road until Welwyn Avenue (2nd traffic lights) and turn right into Welwyn (only goes to the right). Our house is six and a half blocks along Welwyn on the right between Cloister and Parsons Avenues.
There is a small shopping centre a 5-minute walk from our home with ATM, small supermarket, post office, fruit and vegetable, pharmacy, newsagent, butcher, cafés and a liquor store. There are also several cafés, casual dining, take-away food outlets and two taverns nearby. Waterford Plaza is close by and has two large supermarkets, specialty stores, a bank, ATMs and around 30 casual dining, cafés and fast food outlets.
Canning Bridge IGA Plus Liquor is a 24-hour supermarket on Canning Highway in Applecross just across Canning Bridge. Further along Canning Highway in the Risley Street shopping area you will find more cafés, banks and specialty stores.
Garden City in Booragoon
and Carousel in Cannington are the two closest shopping malls.
Sport and exercise facilities
There are many sporting facilities in Perth. The Wesley Sports Club on Angelo Street in South Perth has a 50-metre heated pool and gym. Collier Park public golf course is in nearby Karawara.
There are many cycle paths in Perth and pleasant bike rides close to our house take you around the Canning River foreshore and around Mt Henry Bridge and Canning Bridge. You can also cycle into the city from our house on the bike path that runs along the Swan River. You can rent bikes in the city. Information on cycling and cycle path maps is available at transport.wa.gov.au/activetransport/active-transport.asp.
There are many sights and attractions in and around Perth including Kings Park, Parliament House, Elizabeth Quay (including the Bell Tower), London Court, Government House, Yagan Square, Perth Arena, His Majesty’s Theatre, State Theatre Centre, the WA Art Gallery, WA museum, State Library, Perth Mint, East Perth inlet, the Stadium and Casino precinct, Perth Zoo, the Aquarium of WA (Hillary’s Boat Harbour), Adventure World (Bibra Lake) and of course many beautiful beaches. You can take a river cruise to Fremantle to see the luxury river front houses.
There are many things to see and do in Fremantle including Fremantle Prison, historical sights, Maritime Museum, the Markets, Fishing Boat Harbour and the Cappuccino strip.
A short ferry trip from Perth or Fremantle is Rottnest Island, which is a must. Ride a bike (rent or bring your own) around the island or catch the local bus (no cars allowed). Visit the lighthouses and old forts, spot the Quokkas (native to WA) or find a quiet beach in a sheltered bay to enjoy swimming and snorkelling.
Other water activities include day sails on the Leeuwin (a three-masted sail training ship), jet boat tours, fishing boat charter, whale watching, swimming with dolphins and boat trips to Penguin Island to see penguins, sea lions and dolphins.
Make your first stop at westernaustralia.com. There you will find information on Perth and all regions of Western Australia. There is also the WA Visitor Centre at 55 William Street in the city.
To get to most of the beaches (e.g. Cottesloe, Swanbourne, Scarborough, City Beach) you need to go to the city and take a bus or train from there. There are also beaches (South Beach, Port Beach and Bathers Beach) near Fremantle and you can catch a bus there from Canning Bridge train station.
The Swan Valley wineries are 16kms from Perth. The first commercial vintage from the Swan Valley was released in 1834 and makes the region the second oldest in Australia. Today there are more than 40 wineries. Other attractions include historic Guildford, Whiteman Park (with Caversham Wildlife Park), chocolate and candy factories, cheese factories, ice creamery, fruit stalls, cafés and boutique breweries, cideries and distilleries. Some of the wineries have casual dining or restaurants. You can take a river cruise from the city to the Swan Valley wineries.
The Margaret River region, about three hours south of Perth, is known for its many fine wineries, chocolate factory and beaches. Other attractions include restaurants, candy factories, cheese factories, galleries and craft shops, caves and forests.
The Great Southern region, based around Albany and Denmark, has beautiful coastline as well as wineries and other attractions. The Tree Top Walk near Walpole in the Karri forests is a popular tourist attraction. Manjimup and Pemberton areas are known for their forest products and wines. The Gloucester Tree at Pemberton has a former bushfire lookout perched in its top. There's only one way to get to the lookout - by hand and foot up the pegs that have been stuck into the side of the tree. All the way, 61 metres up - and back down.
To the east and southeast
York, the oldest inland town in WA, is at the centre of the Avon Valley, 100kms east of Perth. In addition to York's historic buildings and museums, the Avon Valley is a wheat and sheep farming area based around the towns of Beverly, York, Northam and Toodyay.
The historic gold mining town of Kalgoorlie is 600kms east of Perth. On the coast to the south of Kalgoorlie lies Esperance (700kms southeast of Perth). Esperance and its surrounds has pristine beaches including Lucky Bay to the east with its squeaky pure white sand. You might be lucky to find a kangaroo sunbathing on the beach. Wave Rock is about half way between Perth and Esperance.
To the north and
There is much to see north of Perth. Yanchep National Park is one of the state's oldest and is 50kms north of Perth. Enjoy BBQ and picnic facilities, scenic walk trails, koalas, kangaroos and an abundance of other native animals and plants. Take a tour of Crystal Cave or experience Aboriginal culture (subject to availability).
The sand dunes in Lancelin (sand-boarding), Cervantes and the Nambung National Park (the Pinnacles), wildflowers in springtime and New Norcia and its Benedictine monastery are all day trip options.
further north to Geraldton, Kalbarri, Monkey Mia, Exmouth (1250kms) and
Karijini National Park (1425kms) needs more time and planning. Broome
(2350kms), the Kimberley, Bungle Bungles and Kununurra (3300kms) are even
Summer in Perth can be very hot. Please remember to carry plenty of water and sun protection.
Western Australia is a very large state (1/3 of Australia) and distances are huge. Give yourself plenty of time to explore it all and be well prepared on long trips.