Perth.

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01. Dive in

Shaded by tall Nor­folk Is­land pine trees, Cottes­loe Beach is a ma­jor Perth at­trac­tion for good rea­son. Take an ocean swim then scam­per up the knoll for beer-bat­tered Shark Bay whit­ing with chips and tartare sauce at Cott & Co, the Mediter­ranean-style restau­rant at The Cottes­loe Beach Ho­tel (cottes­loe­beach­ho­tel.com.au). For some­thing less main­stream, the coastal com­mu­nity of Trigg Beach re­mains – for now – be­low the radar. Once you’ve tow­elled off, head to Can­teen (can­teen­trigg.com) for fish and chips or other seafood dishes in­clud­ing poke bowls and fish ta­cos.

02. Take a daytrip to Fre­man­tle

Life in the port city is a lit­tle slower and more boho than the cap­i­tal. The lo­cal mar­kets (fre­mantle­mar­kets.com.au) sell pro­duce and food Fri­day to Sun­day and on Mon­day pub­lic hol­i­days, while the area’s resurg­ing West End is home to cafés, bars and spe­cial­ity stores.

03. SAM­PLE THE LO­CAL BEERS

Brew­ery-fresh beer. Views over the water. Wood­fired pizza and other punchy shared dishes. No won­der Lit­tle Crea­tures (lit­tle crea­tures.com.au) has taken off. Its Fre­man­tle brew­ery re­mains a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for lo­cals, dou­bly so when the sun is out. But for a taste of the fu­ture, head to ur­ban brew­ery Nowhere­man Brew­ing Co. (nowhere­man.com.au), one of the lead­ers of the state’s bou­tique beer boom and con­ve­niently lo­cated just out­side the city cen­tre. For that Freo flavour mi­nus the crowds, make tracks to North Fre­man­tle. Re­fuel at Ooh Cof­fee (255 Queen Vic­to­ria Street; 0408 939 602), en­joy Mid­dle Eastern cook­ing at Pro­pel­ler (pro­peller­north­freo.com.au) and linger for live mu­sic at Mo­jos (mo­jos­bar.com.au).

04. Taste the wines

The Swan Val­ley isn’t just Western Aus­tralia’s old­est wine re­gion, it’s also the clos­est to the city cen­tre – less than half an hour by car from the CBD. Need some­thing for ev­ery­one? Don’t go past Man­doon Es­tate’s (man­doon­es­tate.com.au) com­bined cel­lar door, brew­ery, fine-diner and kid-friendly beer gar­den. Vino geeks should visit Swan Val­ley Wines (swan­val­ley wines.com.au), a new pro­ducer mak­ing nat­u­ral wines from one of the state’s old­est vine­yards.

05. Ex­plore Kings Park

The views of Perth and the Swan River from Kings Park truly are some­thing. Vis­i­bil­ity might be best by day but the lights of the city and modern Aus­tralian food of Fraser’s (fraser­srestau­rant.com.au) shine at night. Free daily guided walks are a first-rate in­tro­duc­tion to the plant king­dom and, be­tween Au­gust and Oc­to­ber, the lo­cal wild­flow­ers. Other­wise, run­ning up and down Ja­cob’s Lad­der is a good al­ter­na­tive to the gym.

Kick back with a beer and pizza at Lit­tle Crea­tures brew­ery in Fre­man­tle

Rab­bit with smoked egg­plant, sumac, pars­ley and soused onion from Pro­pel­ler (right)

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