The Swan River is the lifeline of Perth. The first explorers traveled on the small river, that is ponded here to become a lake. At the Riverside Drive there is the harbor of the excursion boats and a beautiful promenade with palm trees. There are also restaurants right on the shore.
At the entrance to the Sterling Garden stands a statue of Alexander Forrest, a famous explorer and politician from Bunbury, Western Australia, who later became a citizen of Perth. At St Georges Terrace there is a fountain with bronze kangaroo sculptures. The Sterling Garden merges into the Supreme Court Garden. The two green areas are separated by the building of the Supreme Court. A narrow path leads through a beautiful group of trees, on the large lawn of the park, which borders the waterfront at the Swan River. Concerts are held on the meadow in summer. The "Perth International Arts Festival" also uses the park as a venue.
The beach of North Beach is narrow and rocky, in the water you have to pay attention to rocks. But the water is very clear. There are ramps leading down to the beach at Mattams Pool, the parking lot is located further north.
You enter the wide sandy beach of Trigg Beach, through a beautiful dune landscape. Almost all beaches on the coastline of Perth are densely built, just behind Trigg Beach, there is still bushland.
Who is looking for a city beach should go to "Scarborough Beach". There are restaurants and shops. The sandy beach is always busy, sometimes its even hard to find a parking lot. Because of restaurants and bars, the beach at Scarborough is very popular.
From Perth along the Swan River to the north, you enter the famous wine growing region of the "Swan Valley". The winemakers sell wine and other delicacies in their shops. In the area there are many good restaurants.
From Great Eastern HYW turn into Park Road for the "John Forrest National Park". The road runs along the slope, and offers beautiful views on Perth and the lush vegetation. The park has hiking trails, a small lake and a restaurant.
The city of Mandurah is about 70 km to the south of Perth. In Mandurah there is a small harbor with shops and restaurants. In the district of Halls Head, there is a very nice sandy beach.