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The capital of Western Australia, set on the banks of the Swan river, Perth has plenty to offer visitors, including more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia, plenty of beautiful beaches and waterways, award-winning wineries, adventure activities and more.
A hire car is the perfect way to explore this beautiful city, as well as venture to nearby destinations such as Mandurah (an hour’s drive). A city on the southwest coast known for the Peel-Harvey estuary, Mandurah is home to a wide range of wildlife and migratory waterbirds. Make sure you stop off at Halls Head Beach, where you could encounter a member of the large resident dolphin population.
Fly into Perth Airport and from there it’s an easy 20-minute drive into the centre of Perth.
With a hire car at your disposal, you can venture to Rockingham (a 40-minute drive), home to several areas of natural beauty including the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park – a protected marine park with everything from penguins and sea lions to dolphins.
Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Perth to suit every budget and requirement, from Enterprise and Alamo to Hertz and Europcar.
East Perth is home to several exciting destinations including the Perth Mint, Australia’s official bullion mint. There, you can take part in one of the hourly tours which includes entry into the Gold Exhibition, where you can view the Guinness World Record-holding Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin. Elsewhere in Perth, the Art Gallery of Western Australia is a popular visit, which contains more than 15,500 works of art including works by Barbara Hepworth, Paul Nash and Henry Moore.
Beyond Perth, the port city of Fremantle is just a half-hour drive, where you can experience a taste of life on the inside at the Fremantle Prison, now converted into a museum with exhibits that tell the story of the building and its place in Fremantle society. Meanwhile Margaret River is a three-hour drive from Perth, where you can explore the Ngilgi Cave, associated with an Aboriginal legend that described the battle between the good spirit (Ngilgi) and an evil spirit (Wolgine), lined with stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road, with the steering wheel located on the right-hand side of the car. In most states it is illegal to perform a u-turn at a traffic signal, unless otherwise stated, and toll roads are generally found in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney so remember to keep some spare change in the car.
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