There will soon be a direct flight from the UK to Australia: Here are some of the best things to do in Perth

Perth is the capital of Western Australia and, with a population of more than two million, the fourth-most populous city on the continent

Going on holiday to Australia is a treat, but there’s no doubt that the trip over there is a pain. Unless of course you like sitting for hours on end in a metal box. But now the trip to Oz is going to get that bit easier, with the first ever flight direct from the UK to Perth launching in 2018.

It’s not like Qantas have invented teleportation, but rather are cutting down the journey time to around 17 hours. Seeming as Qantas’ first route between London and Australia in 1947 took four days and nine stops, a 17 hour non-stop trip sounds pretty good to us.

So in honour of this history-making flight, here are all the best things you can do in Perth. Hey – the trip is now a lot shorter, so you’ll have a lot more time on your hands to actually enjoy the city.

Where to eat

Australia has a huge Greek population, meaning that the Greek food on offer is some of the best outside Athens.

If you’re on the lookout for a good souvlaki head over to Brika which has painfully cool interiors and delicious food.

Where to brunch

There’s a reason that the Aussies are known for their coffee – they wouldn’t settle for a cup of dishwater from the local chain.

Greens & Co is one of Perth’s suitably hipster joints where you’ll be able to grab a decent brunch and far superior cup of coffee than you’re probably used to. We particularly enjoy all the old school band posters adorning the walls.

What to see

To get your fill of some of the best Aussie art on offer, you could do no worse than paying the Art Gallery of Western Australia a visit.

If you’re in town between August and December, you’ll be able to catch the annual WA Indigenous Art Awards entries.

What to do

Climb up the Bell Tower for sweeping views over Perth, taking in the Swan River and the rest of the city.

When there, you can also marvel at the special bells they house.

Where to walk

Kings Park is a huge park right on the Swan River, and is definitely worth a visit. You can mosey around the Botanic Garden and check out the plants, go for a bike ride around the park or just chill out. The views back to the city skyline are breathtaking.

The Lotterywest Federation Walkway is probably the most Instagrammable place in Perth, so not one to miss.

Or if you don’t fancy doing, seeing or eating anything, you could very easily spend your holiday lying on the beach. Which, come to think of it, sounds pretty pleasant considering the Perth weather.

Seats on the London to Perth flights will go on sale in April 2017 for the first services in March 2018.


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