Perth is a long way from anywhere else - a six hour flight from Sydney and about eight hours from Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta. But it uses its isolation to its advantage - it's so far from anywhere else that it has to have EVERYTHING. Everything drenched in sunshine and pressed up against the horizon nudging beaches it's known for. Visitors to Perth will benefit from having access to a car for at least some of their visit, but some of the best places to stay in Perth are an easy walk from many of the main attractions, and a short bus ride from the beach. Or vice versa, if you're prioritising the beach.
At the top of Perth's list of charms are its colonial architecture, vibrant arts scene and its cuisine - built on fertile ground beside the Swan River, between the Darling Ranges and the seafood-abundant Indian Ocean, Perth's bountiful fresh food markets have fuelled a thriving foodie culture, assisted by the wines of Margaret River, just a short drive south. Some of the best food markets can be found in Subiaco and Fremantle - which also has an excellent weekend market.
Though of course that fails to mention Perth's physical charms, the spectacular Kings Park in the centre of town, with its views over the city, old and new and the Swan River, and that 80km stretch of sand with its magical sunsets.
Perth is a relatively safe city for visitors and both the parks and the beaches are charming places for strolling at dusk or in the evening.
When it comes to the beaches Cottesloe has some surfing and the charming old tea house, Scarborough is long and white and calm, Swanbourne has the naturist portion, and Brighton and Trigg are favourites with the locals.
Beyond the beaches are the National Parks and all the hiking, biking and horse riding you can do in them, and the drama of the Pinnacles, strange rocks like free range stalagmites growing right out of the desert.
Take a day trip down to Monkey Mia to meet the local dolphins, or head over to Rottnest Island to meet the curious quokkas, endemic tiny wallabies.
But you don't need to go out of town to meet the local fauna, Perth has a good zoo and aquarium.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Perth vary from sleek, luxury pads to a charming townhouse set in the old city centre.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Perth, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively widen your search and check out all our recommendations in Western Australia.
Self-cater in style with these apartment suites kitted out in the best modern amenities including kitchen and laundry facilities. Adjoining suites available for groups and families, as well as a gym and swimming pool.
Smart, sleek and sophisticated in a superb location by the Swan River, this luxury hotel has top-notch amenities including tennis and squash courts, a spectacular outdoor pool and five restaurants.
Set in Perth's old city, and only minutes away from the new CBD, the fifteen rooms are decorated with attention to contemporary and classical detail. A brilliant mix of the old and new, suitable for families, business and pleasure.
With magnificent views over the River Swan, this hotel offers luxe rooms with spa baths. Contemporary and minimalist decor inside makes for a clean and stylish finish.
Original Australian artwork adorns the walls of this luxury spacious and elegant hotel. Within walking distance from the King's Park and Botanical gardens. Relax and be pampered in an oasis in the city, the Spa. Family friendly, with an outdoor pool and garden.
One time government building, turned luxury downtown hotel, with a grand colonial feel. Spacious, elegant bedrooms and suites feature luxurious bathrooms and views of the river. Two fine dining restaurants and a smart cocktail bar. The hotel also boasts a large spa and swimming pool with city views.