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Perth 2017 – one of the world’s top destinations for travellers

So, it looks like the rest of the world is starting to discover what we already knew – Perth is one of the most incredible places to visit (and live) in the world.

Major international travel and lifestyle media have singled out Perth and Western Australia as one of the world’s must visit destinations in 2017.

Multiple media organisations have been telling readers to book a trip to Perth and explore Western Australia as part of their coverage for the year ahead.

Lonely Planet, Travel+Leisure, CNN and Vogue all singled out Perth and Western Australia in their annual ‘best of’ or ‘top’ 2017 articles.

Let’s take a look at what they’ve been saying….

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Vogue Magazine in New York named Western Australia as an ideal place to visit when travelling ‘Downunder’, suggesting the Ningaloo World Heritage region is on-par with the famous Great Barrier Reef.

The magazine also singled out the Margaret River region as a must-experience destination for global travel enthusiasts in 2017.

Swimming with Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Reef (Credit: Tourism Australia)

Here’s what Vogue said:

Travelers often arrive to Australia with hopes to visit the famed Great Barrier Reef, but, unbeknownst to most, the country is also home to the Ningaloo Reef located in the Coral Coast region of Western Australia.

Just a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Perth, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to 250 species of coral, 500 species of fish, and it’s the world’s largest fringing reef—meaning you can tip-toe right from the sand and snorkel over the reef, no boats necessary.

Ningaloo Reef – Sail Salis (credit: Sail Salis)

During a visit, stay at Sal Salis, a remote, beachside safari camp nestled in the dunes of Ningaloo Reef. The 16-room glamping site operates its own boating adventures: Sign up for exclusive excursions to swim with whale sharks and humpback whales.

After an aquatic adventure, head south to Margaret River to hike the Cape to Cape Track with Walk into Luxury—explore a coastline brimming with pristine beaches, limestone cliffs, coastal bush land, and the Boranup Karri Forest.


CNN’s Travel website has named Perth as home to one of the world’s must visit restaurants in 2017, Wildflower at COMO The Treasury in Perth’s CBD.

In CNN’s article, ‘Best New Restaurants in 2017‘ Wildflower is in great company with the finest new restaurants the entire world has to offer.

Wildflower, Perth
Source: thefoodiehub.com

What CNN said:

The indigenous people of Western Australia established a calendar of six seasons rather than four and this ethos guides Wildflower at COMO The Treasury, where genuine culinary innovation is on the menu.

Executive chef Jed Gerrard has long been fascinated with native Aussie ingredients and his farm-and-forager menu is set to showcase truly seasonal and local produce.

This may mean some of the state’s more than 12,000 species of wildflower or Dorper lamb make it to the plate, while dishes and desserts also feature wildflower honey from the restaurant’s rooftop beehives.

Lonely Planet

The world’s most respected travel guide names Perth and Rottnest Island as a top destination in it’s ‘Top New Openings of 2017’ article. Lonely Planet can’t wait for the opening of Pinky’s eco retreat and can’t resist the Island for its wildlife on sea and on land, along with Rotto’s sustainability-first approach.

Source: @carolinemakepeace

What Lonely Planet said:

A new tented eco retreat, Pinky’s is set to open in Perth 2017 on Rottnest Island, a nature reserve famous for its wildlife and beaches, and just 30 minutes from Perth by ferry.

The glamping retreat will include 29 luxury eco-tents with ensuites, 10 affordable two bedroom ‘family’ tents as well as 35 backpacker or budget tents. Its eco credentials include recycling water, using solar energy and sustainable building practices and products. Rottnest is a car-free island with 63 white sand beaches, snorkelling trails and the quokka, as well as whales, dolphins and seals.

Quokka (setonix brachyurus), Rottnest Island, Western Australia.

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US Travel Magazine ‘Travel+Leisure’ put Perth 2017 close to the top of its ‘Best Places to Travel’ list. The magazine loves Perth’s mix of dining, bars, cafes, beaches, seafood, urban art and public spaces.

Pools View Crown Perth – credit Ryan Northover

Here’s what Travel+Leisure’ said:

It’s one of the most remote cities on earth, but that hasn’t stopped the capital of Western Australia from becoming a dining hot spot.

Take City Beach, where the new restaurants have the best ocean views in town. The latest is the beautifully designed Odyssea—its veranda is a favorite for seafood and sundowners.

Elizabeth Quay is a contemporary urban precinct on the Swan River that combines public spaces and art. There, the Reveley has three levels of modern Australian dining, including a rooftop bar; and Isle of Voyage, in a restored historic kiosk, serves swank café fare like crab tagliatelle paired with local wines.

Perth 2017 – Western Australia is named by multiple international media organisations as a must see destination this year (Photo: Ryan Northover).

The chicest cocktail bar in town is the Waiting Room, in the lobby of Crown Towers, the city’s new ultra-luxe, 513-room hotel. Design firm Bates Smart has taken inspiration from the glamour of Manhattan and Palm Springs, with lush jewel tones, a marble bar, and a sprawling terrace with vistas of the river and city skyline.


Crown Towers Bar – The Waiting Room. Top Perth 2017 Bar (Credit : Crown Resorts)

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