Top Trail: The Dales, Christmas Island
One of the top spots to take in Perth's stunning city skyline and sweeping Swan River views, South Perth is beloved for its buzzing cafés, sophisticated restaurants and scenic river foreshore that hosts concerts, local fairs and markets. From the city, South Perth is a short drive or bus ride over Narrows Bridge. Or, for a more scenic and leisurely route, there's the public ferry that runs from Barrack Street on the city side of the river to the Mends Street and Coode Street jetties, which depart (approximately) every 30 minutes. Against the magnificent city and river backdrop, you can cycle the foreshore footpaths, hire a surf cat, walk through the parklands, or enjoy a picnic or barbecue using the free facilities that dot the riverside. Mends Street tempts you with a variety of cafes and restaurants, while bustling Angelo Street provides the perfect shopping pit stop, with its boutiques selling everything from homewares to fashion to gardening accessories, interspersed with a growing number of bakeries and cafés. Within easy walking distance from the jetty and Mends Street, the award winning Perth Zoo brings you face-to-face with more than 1,300 native and exotic animals, many set in their natural habitats. For other family friendly activities, check out the local calendar of events, featuring the annual City of South Perth Fiesta (usually in March) - a two-week long festival of live music, art, craft markets, food and sporting activities. It's also a great spot to watch the Australia Day (26 January) fireworks display. Many visitors choose to stay in South Perth for its proximity to the city, panoramic views and relaxed atmosphere. Accommodation options range from four star hotels to budget motels and self-serviced apartments.