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by Elysia Tsangarides (subscribe)
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Published November 17th 2013
Why 'get away' this Christmas when everything you need to relax, rejuvenate and celebrate is right here in Perth?

This Christmas a holiday isn't on the cards, so I'm holidaying at home. And what better place to do that, than right here in one of Australia's most glorious cities? We really are unbelievably lucky to live here and there are lots of fabulous places to 'holiday at home' in summer. After all, why do you think so many tourists flock to Perth each year?

The Beach
Perth has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Cottesloe and Floreat are two of my favourites and Scarbrough's up there too. Take time out this summer to really enjoy them.

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What could be more relaxing than laying on one of Perth's beaches this summer?


Kings Park
Picnics, walks and lazying under the sun or stars in Kings Park are some of the best ways to relax in Perth. Great views of the city, soft grass and beautiful natural surrounds. Plus there's several BBQ spots and nothing spells summer holidays at home in Perth like a good piece of meat sizzling on the grill.

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Sunset picnics in Kings Park: holiday bliss.


Lazy Afternoons in Fremantle
By it's own nature, Fremantle is an incredibly relaxing place. Every time I go, I come back feeling like a new person. Maybe that's because I'm usually sozzled by the time I get home, but let's not dwell on that. Fremantle's great wealth or bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants leaves you with endless options to eat glorious food and enjoy glorious beverages. Lazy afternoons with drinks and friends is the stuff of great summer holidays.

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Monk is one of my fave places in Freo for a lazy afternoon.


Day Trips
The beauty of Perth is that there are so many places within just a couple of hours drive to explore, making it a perfect city for day trips. Take a day trip to Serpentine Falls, Rottnest Island, Mundaring, Bunbury or even do a wine tour in the Swan Valley just 30 minutes from the city.

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Take a break, go on a wine tour in the Swan Valley.


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Show me a beach more beautiful than those on Rottnest Island


Summer Reading
The thing about books is that they take you on all these wild and wonderful journeys and by the end you feel like you've been off in another world. Put together a summer reading list, read some travel books even, and have your own little holiday adventure in your head. You're guaranteed to get that coveted feeling of escape with a good book or two. And the best thing? You can do it absolutely anywhere.

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A few titles from my holiday-at-home summer reading list.


Party at Your Place
A great advantage of holidaying at home is that you can celebrate with all your friends and family at your place... or theirs, whoever has the pool. Get everyone around for a BBQ and a splash, but be sure to use plastic plates - less washing up means more time holidaying.

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It's BBQ season!


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Make a splash this summer: wherever you are, make sure it's near a body of water!


See, it's easy to holiday at home when you live somewhere as beautiful as Perth. All you have to do is put down the 'to do' list and say to yourself 'I'm on holidays'.
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Why? Because where in the world is a better holiday spot that Perth?
When: This Christmas holidays
Where: At home in Perth
Your Comment
You're absolutely right Elysia, Perth is perfect for a holiday at home, and some stunning photographs as well.
by Shannon Meyerkort (score: 3|1428) 246 days ago
Nice pics!
by Robbi (score: 0|4) 248 days ago
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