Welcome to one of the prettiest hotels in Perth. Set in the heart of the West End, this verandahed 1890s townhouse looks all the more appealing for being snuggled among the business district's gleaming skyscrapers.

While The Terrace might be rich in history, it's also bang up to date with its interiors. Join the fashionable locals at the hotel's large mahogany bar, where the wine list features more than 500 choices from around the world; try a few, before heading out for dinner in the city. Print Hall is just a short walk away, and has no fewer than four levels of gourmet indulgence.

If the hangover isn't too bad, spend the following day on one of the city's excellent walking tours. King's Park and Botanic Garden has 400 hectares of parkland and wild flowers - and the best spot from which to take your snaps of the city. Then head to King Street, where Louis Vuitton meets Aboriginal art within a stylish set of galleries, cafés and boutiques.

WOW FACTOR You won't want to miss Perth's legendary white sandy beaches. There are 19 to choose from, which probably explains why you'll be the only people on them most of the time.

GO A double room costs from £155 www.terracehotelperth.com.au

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