People love this sun-kissed city’s laidback beauty – and it’s just 5.5 hours away from KL

Long celebrated as one of the world’s prettiest and most livable cities, Perth is now striding confidently on to the international stage as a leading player in Australia’s cultural, hospitality and events scene.

More visitors than ever are marveling at the explosion in attractions, accommodation and nightlife which complement the city’s natural beauty – delivering an all-round, exceptional destination.

Plenty of hotels to choose from

Perth is now known for having some of the best value hotel and short-stay accommodation options in Australia. According to data compiled by STR Global, the average daily rate of hotels in the CBD fell sharply by 24.8% in 2017 from 2012.

Since 2012, 24 new or redeveloped hotels have opened in and around Perth, adding more than 2,200 new rooms to the local market. In the next four years, a further 15 new or redeveloped hotels will come online, adding more than 2,300 new rooms. It’s about quality and quantity with a broad selection of boutique, big name and luxury accommodation options coming online.

Easy to get to

Fortunately for Malaysians, getting to Perth is extremely easy. If you’re travelling from Kuala Lumpur, Perth is just a short 5hr 45min flight away.

Malindo Air offers direct flights to the Western Australian capital on its new Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. The great thing about Malindo Air’s flight to Perth is its affordable price and generous 30kg check-in luggage allowance on Economy class and 40kg on Business.

The full-service airline, which is known for great service and polite flight crew, also provides delicious hot meals, in-flight entertainment, and seats with a comfortable 32-inch seat pitch to help prevent those mid-air leg cramps.

And for a limited time, those who purchase tickets on Malindo Air’s Perth route will stand a chance to win a paid trip to Perth, inclusive of lodging! (Scroll to the bottom for more details.)

To help you with your planning, we’ve picked out the top 6 places in Perth that will give you the perfect holiday experience you’ve been waiting for:

1) Kings Park

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As one of the world’s largest inner-city parks, Kings Park is a 400.6 ha nature wonderland as majestic as its name.

For the Instagram generation, the park’s dense wildflower carpets and lookout points with views of the sparkling Swan River provide the best mobile-ready photos.

King’s Park is of course a great place to reconnect with nature, and your options include cycling, having a picnic and taking a leisurely walk.

A must-visit here is the Lotterywest Federation Walkway suspension bridge, which is set amidst a sea of trees, some of which are more than 2,000 years old! Deep in the heart of the park, you’ll find some of Australia’s most precious native wildlife, including birds and small mammals.

Free guided walks throughout the day will provide you with insights into the park’s rich Aboriginal history, as well as the flora and fauna that call the park home.

2) Cottesloe Beach

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White sands and clear turquoise waters are often associated with far-flung places that are difficult to get to. Not in Perth.

Cottesloe is one of Perth’s most iconic beaches lining the metropolitan coastline, and offers visitors the chance to dip their toes in warm white sand without having to travel too far from the city.

There are plenty of ways you can take in the calming sounds of the Indian Ocean’s waves rushing in at Cottesloe, including sitting at one of its quaint beachside cafes and restaurants or exploring the casual shops along the coastline.

Plan your visit in March and you will also get to witness spectacular giant artworks on display at the beach for the annual Sculpture by the Sea event.

3) Rottnest Island

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With 63 immaculate beaches, 20 beautiful bays and pristine coral reefs, it is no wonder that Rottnest Island is Perth’s most well-loved getaway island.

A trip to Rottnest is always exciting, especially when you get to meet the friendly native quokkas which inhabit the island.

These small, furry marsupials have such an adorable ‘smile’ that they are often referred to as the world’s happiest animal. They are known to be super cute, and have become famous worldwide for the ‘#quokkaselfie’.

Rottnest can be accessed in 30 minutes by ferry from Fremantle, but if you want to take things up a notch, you can also opt to arrive by plane, helicopter or even seaplane from the city centre.

4) Fremantle

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Fremantle is Perth’s bohemian sister, a city that lies at the mouth of the serene Swan River.

Accessible via a short train ride west of Perth’s city centre, Fremantle offers a glimpse back to Perth’s early years with its well-preserved historic streetscapes.

Stepping into Fremantle, you will feel like you stepped out of a time machine into an old European city complete with coffee shops, tapas bars and restaurants.

Seafood lovers should not miss the freshly caught and cooked fish and shellfish that the city’s huge harbour is known for supplying.

Markets have had a history of more than 100 years in Fremantle. To make the best of your trip, find out which markets you can explore while in Fremantle for the best crafts, street food and local produce.

5) Perth Zoo

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Any trip Down Under is incomplete without wildlife and reptiles.

The 119-year-old Perth Zoo is home to 1,258 animals of 164 species including Western Australia’s very own pygmy python, Tasmanian devils, Australian tarantulas, numbats, Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroos and more.

Getting to the zoo is easy – a public ferry takes visitors from Elizabeth Quay in the CBD to the zoo in South Perth.

To enhance your Perth Zoo experience, you can also take advantage of the zoo’s behind-the-scenes sessions. These will allow you to get up close and personal with scaly reptiles and animals such as rhinoceroses, elephants and the Galápagos tortoise. Reservations required.

6) Swan Valley

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Did you know that Perth is the only Australian capital city with a wine-growing region right on its doorstep?

A 25-minute drive from the city centre, the Swan Valley is made up of Western Australia’s oldest vineyards and top gourmet food producers.

Here, you’ll be able to attend masterclasses at award-winning wineries and microbreweries, and also sample gourmet treats, fresh produce, and purchase fine arts and crafts made in the valley.

For the quintessential Australian experience, pay a visit to Caversham Wildlife Park where you can feed kangaroos and take photos with cuddly koalas and wombats.

Book your Malindo Air tickets to Perth now from RM459* (one-way Economy all-in), and stand a chance to win your next trip to Perth including flight and accomodation! For more info, visit malindoair.com.

This article was sponsored by Malindo Air.