Perth, in Western Australia, is known to be a fairly sleepy and uninteresting city. The CBD is not the most hustling and bustling town center you will visit, but the surroundings around the city are some of the most breathtaking you will ever encounter. From the Pinnacles to White sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see or explore Rottnest with those adorable smiling Quokka’s.
In this blog post, you will find what you must see, where you must stay, where to get a tan and where to entertain yourself during your city trip to Perth.
WHAT TO DO
CITY SKYLINE FROM KINGS PARK
Kings Park has a stunning location overlooking the Swan River and offers sweeping views of the Perth city skyline.
The park covers more than 400 hectares and is the largest inner city park in the southern hemisphere, and is even larger than New York’s Central Park. If the views do not convince you to visit the park, then the stunning park itself should.
Walk amongst the treetops on the elevated bridge, wander the pathways of the botanical gardens, and enjoy a picnic amongst the Gum trees.
GET A TAN AT COTTESLOE BEACH
Cottesloe is a beach-side suburb about a 15-minute drive from the Perth CBD and is probably the most famous beach in the area. With more than a kilometer of pure white sand, blue oceans, surfing and swimming spots, you can tell why people are drawn to this beach.
ENJOY A SWAN RIVER CRUISE
The Swan River cruise offers some spectacular views of the city skyline, Some of the most expensive real estates in the country (thanks to the mining boom) And much more.
You can also take a similar trip over the swan river when you are planning to go to Rottnest Island. If you hope on Barrack Street. If you are not going to Rottnest Island, then I suggest you take the cruise to Fremantle, It is truly worth it.
Fremantle is located just 30 minutes from Perth CBD and offers a completely different vibe. It is filled with cute cafes, bars and (of course) delicious seafood restaurants.
Take a wander through Fremantle’s maze of streets, filled with Georgian and Victorian-era architecture.
- Fremantle Prison
- Western Australian Maritime Museum
- Fremantle Markets
- Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour
MEET A ROO AT HERISSON ISLAND
This is probably most interesting for a non-Australian because close to Perth city (I mean walking distance from my hotel) is a small island (which can be reached by foot) which is home to a group of kangaroos.
To get to the roos you have to go through a gate on the western side of the island, where there’s a fence to stop them wandering onto the nearby busy road.
SEE THE BELL TOWER
An iconic building that can’t be missed is the Bell Tower. It overlooks the Swan River and is one of Perth’s most unique tourist attractions.
Inside you can learn all about the history of the bells and the Tower, the ancient art of bell ringing and you will get to chime a famous bell and receive a souvenir certificate. Twelve of the 18 bells in this tower came from London’s St.Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square as a Bicentenary gift to the people of Western Australia in 1988.
The observation deck at the top of the Bell Tower provides 360-degree views of the Swan River and Perth CBD.
HANG OUT WITH SOME AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE AT CAVERSHAM WILDLIFE PARK
Caversham Wildlife Park, which is family owned, showcases the largest private collection of native wildlife in Western Australia.
In this amazing park, you can learn all about a variety of unique plants, birds, reptiles and mammals and marsupials (Think: Wallabies, Kangaroos, Wombat, and koala’s).
The park allows for an interactive experience, feeding kangaroos, joeys, and wallabies. During certain hours you can also get up close to koala (can’t touch them) for a picture. CWP pride themselves on their unique interactive experiences with Australia’s most interesting animals, without being commercialized and maintains the laid-back Aussie touch.
As said before, Perth is an absolutely amazing starting point for some trips to Western Australia. Underneath are just some of the trip options.
This amazing island is a MUST-SEE when you are going to Perth. It is located just 19 kilometers from Freemantle. Not only does it have its amazing nature and scenery, it is also home to the Quokka (happiest animal on the planet). You can easily see this islands in 1 trip.
TIPS: Book your boat transfer in advance as they do book out (especially in high season). Also rent a bike, as it will allow you to cover a lot more from the island.
Only 30 minutes from Perth’s CBD and 10 from the airport, Swan Valley is popular for its food and wine trail where you can drive or cycle to boutique bars, wineries, breweries and dine on sumptuous local produce.
Here you can also find Caversham wildlife park.
Home of craft beers, amazing wineries, a chocolate factory and breathtaking beaches. Margaret river is another great short escape from Perth and is only a short 3 hour drive away.
Although Margaret River was first made famous for its wine, beer lovers can now rejoice with 9 craft breweries in the region and you don’t have to worry about the kids because most of them even have a playground!
To explore Margaret River without having to drive, join a tour which will pick you up from your hotel in Perth and take you to many of the area’s attractions.
I stayed at…
|221 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA 6000|
|Phone: (08) 9221 1200|
Cost AU$147.49 avg./night
Breakfast Not included
Wifi Included because I am a Novotel member
I stayed in this hotel for 4 nights in total. I spend quite a bit of time in the room because the weather was quite dreadful when I was there. The room itself is fine, cleaned daily and reasonably modern.
It is, however, a pretty noisy hotel because they are right underneath an Irish pub. I had some noise issues, but nothing too bad. The location is very good, walking distance from the boat terminal and train station. I do recommend this hotel.
Looking for a backpackers hostel?
Accommodation in Perth is not cheap, this is because of the mining boom. Underneath are some recommended hostels with decent ratings who don’t cost too much.
- Kangaroo Inn
- Perth City YHA
- The Emperor’s Crown Hostel
- Billabong Backpackers Resort
Here is Tripadvisor top 5 hostels in Perth.
Looking for a hotel or apartment?
Here are some helpful sites:
- Perth top 10 accommodation – Tripadvisor
- 30 best Perth hotels – Booking.com
- Top 20 places to stay in Perth – Airbnb
Time Zone: UTC +8
Electricity: Flat three-pin plug. Electrical power in Australia runs on a cycle of 50hz, and a voltage of 230 Volt.
Currency: Australian Dollar ($).
Tipping: In Australia, you don’t have to tip – ever. But you can if you want to.
Weather: January is the hottest month in Perth with an average temperature of 76°F (25°C) and the coldest is July at 55°F (13°C) with the most daily sunshine hours at 13 in January. The wettest month is June with an average of 140mm of rain.
AUSSIE SLANG WORDS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Underneath there are some Aussie slang words that might be useful for you when traveling down under.
- G’day – Hello
- How are ya/How ya garn– How are you? also considered a form of greeting (in some ways)
- Arvo- Afternoon
- Catch ya later – see you soon/Bye
- Good on ya – Good job or another way of saying thank you
- Dunno – ” don’t know “
- Barbie – Barbecue
- Bloody oath – That’s true/ strongly meaning – you bet
- Beaut – Fantastic, wonderful, the best.
- Buzz off – Go away
- BYO – Bring your own grog/alcohol
- Crikey! – Astonishment, disbelief – Steve Irwin’s word for almost everything lol!
- Fair dinkum – True, real, honest – absolutely 100% true/right
- Fair go – Give someone a chance, said a lot of the time when someone isn’t treated fairly
I hope these tips are helpful when traveling to Perth
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