"A very laid back city"
Perth travel is something you should try and do as part of your trip to Australia. It is a great city and is best suited to those of you who want to explore the less commercial/touristy west coast of Australia.
It is a vibrant city but much quieter than Melbourne or Sydney. This is also a great trip if you love your food and wine as the surrounding area is great wine country.
Personally I find it a little quiet and as a result would rather base myself 20 mins out of the central CBD (Central Business District). During the day, the city is busy but come 6pm when the office workers leave, it’s pretty dead. The same goes for the weekends too.
Fremantle on the other hand is a happening place and is only 20 mins drive from the centre. It has some interesting markets, a cappuccino strip of lovely cafes, some interesting breweries and pubs as well as some interesting old buildings.
You'll find a Map of Perth here to help plan your trip.
When to go
Perth travel can be done all year round as it has a pleasant Mediterranean type climate. Best time to visit is October, November, March and early April to avoid the intense sunshine of December to February but generally you can come all year round.
If you are going to head to the Margaret River wine region (from Perth travel distance 3.5 hours drive) then the winter months can be cosy by log fires and wooded valleys. June to September is also the best time to see Whales at Flinders Bay, Augusta (one of the towns in the Margaret River region)
How long to come for
You can Perth travel in 3-4 days but given its relative remoteness, you should make the most of being in Western Australia and incorporate Perth travel with a stay in the Margaret River .
A week in total would be the minimum time for this trip unless you fancy spending a few days in Esperance. If so, 10 days should be the minimum.
Alternatively, you could do a huge road trip and head north up the western coast as far as Broome but this is a VERY long way (2400km)
I would only suggest doing this if you have the time as this trip alone would take at least 2/3 weeks to do properly.
What to see and do
Take the double decker bus or the trolley tram and Perth travel. Total trip is about 2 hours and costs £30. Valid for 2 days and does go out to Fremantle. You can hop on and hop off wherever you feel like.
Kings Park - offers fantastic views over the city. You can take a stroll down the main Fraser Avenue or take in more of the bushland through Lottery West Federation walkway.
Try Hay and Murray Street for shopping
Art Gallery of WA and/or the Mint where you can take part in a guided walk (Hourly) and watch gold bars being made
Spend some time in Fremantle (or preferably stay here). Explore the cappuccino strip, the markets and the breweries (Little Creatures, Mad Monk and the Sail and Anchor are all good)
For a bit of culture head to the Fremantle Prison which is now a small museum.
Visit Rottnest Island (a must do!). Hire bikes and cycle pretty much the entire island, stopping off at beautiful bays. The island is 11km long but a round trip is about 24km. Allow 2.5 hours to complete it.
Explore some of the other suburbs - Subiaco is one of my favourites as it has some lovely shops and great restaurants/cafes.
You can also incorporate a stop off at Cottesloe Beach and head to the Indiana Tea House that overlooks the beach.
The Swan Valley is a great place to spend a day and is just 25 minute drive from the centre.
It is WA’s oldest wine region and has a great combination of wineries, breweries and fabulous restaurants. You can take the Swan Valley food and wine 32km loop trail.
The Margaret River is a must do add on trip and is 3.5 hours drive from Perth. From here you can add on further trips to Albany, the Wave Rock and Esperance making a large loop to Perth travel.
Where to stay
Port Mill B&B Fremantle $250
Cottesloe Garden Apartments, Fremantle, $250
www.numbersix.com.au – a range of apartments around £150
The Crown Hotel has recently undergone a large refurbishment in Perth and as usual, this hotel chain have pulled out all the stops. The hotel is stunning and the restaurants offer great food. The Crown Perth Casino too is open 24/7 for those who love to party and have a little flutter.
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Crown Perth and to see their amazing set of restaurants go to Crown Perth restaurants
There are also other options for accommodation in Perth:
Durack House B&B $160
Beach Manor B&B, Scarborough Beach $180
Fern Cove B&B, £135 12km from airport
Medina Executive Barrack Plaza, in the city $400 but look for a bargain on www.wotif.com
Eight Nicholson, Subiaco from $240 – boutique and stylish accommodation
Budget: Coogee Beach Holiday Park chalets from $100
Where to eat
Fremantle – Little Creatures Brewery, pub and restaurant
Star Anise – 225 Onslow Road, Shenton Park for a fine dining experience
Grand Palace – 3 Esplanade, the city – posh Chinese food
Rosso Espresso - 89 St George’s Terrace, the city – great for coffee and cake.
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