I am planning to visit Perth in August with my family of eight adults and a two-year-old child. We are planning to rent two cars. What should we visit in Perth city, Margaret River and Albany? Also, can you recommend a good place for farm-stay?
Ng Sheue Lin
In Perth city, stop at the King's Park and Botanic Garden for a panoramic view of the city before heading to Lake Monger to snap pictures of the black swans there.
Since you will be driving, a scenic drive to Fremantle is highly recommended. Check out the Fremantle flea market, which is open only from Friday to Sunday.
You will find farm-stays on the australianfarmstay.com.au website. There are a few in Perth.
At Albany, visit The Gap and Natural Bridge for its rock formations shaped by the powerful Southern Ocean waves. The most famous is Dog Rock, which is shaped like the head of a dog, and the large granite rock even has a motel named after it.
For an educational tour of the whaling industry, go to the Albany Whale World, where the 3-D theatres feature the giant mammals. Your child will enjoy the children's playgrounds there.
Margaret River is known for its vineyards. So if you are a wine enthusiast, stay a night or two to go on a wine-tasting tour.
The coastline also has the best beaches in Western Australia. Since you are planning to go close to springtime, it might not be too cold for a quick dip.
This article was first published in The Straits Times.