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Enjoy Your Stay In Perth, Australia

Updated on March 20, 2017
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Al has holidayed in Perth and travelled around Western Australia.He finds the natural beauty of the area its biggest asset.

View across the Swan River at Kings Park, Perth.
View across the Swan River at Kings Park, Perth. | Source

Perth Flight Times

From
Perth
Los Angeles
21 hours 34 minutes. Change at Sydney
London
19 hours 20 minutes via Doha
Dubai
10 hours 40 minutes (Direct)

The City

Perth is a relaxed, gregarious city with much to offer. If it is museums, galleries, food and shopping you want, this is the place. If you would like to experience wildlife, beautiful beaches or acres of immaculate parkland, look no further. But the biggest attraction for me is that you get all the benefits of a big city but with none of the hassles. Less than two million people live in Perth. Compare that with roughly 8.5 Million in London.

Kings Park,Perth WA.
Kings Park,Perth WA.

Kings Park

Kings Park is on the western side of the CBD. It covers just over 4 square kilometers. The main attraction is the Botanical Garden which has 2000 different species of flora on display on an 18-hectare site. There are spectacular views of the Swan River and an excellent refreshment area with a well-laid out, Giftshop. The excellent signage displayed, make it a good place for walking. Pack a picnic lunch to top things off.

Fraser Avenue
Kings Park WA 6005
Entry is free, open daily.
Phone: (+61 8) 9480 3600

Rainbow Lorikeets
Rainbow Lorikeets

Caversham Wildlife Park

Caversham Wildlife Park specializes in animals native to Australia. Koalas, Wallabies, Kangaroos, are all found here as well as indigenous birds and reptiles.
There are opportunities to hand-feed some of the animals and listen to informative talks given by the park’s staff.
You could easily spend a half day here as there is so much to see and do. The hands-on experiences will be attractive to children. Refreshments and Gift Shop.

Open daily except Xmas Day. Admission: $28 Adults, Children $12.50, Concessions $20


John Forrest National Park, Near Perth.
John Forrest National Park, Near Perth.
Araluen Botanical Gardens, Perth WA.
Araluen Botanical Gardens, Perth WA.

John Forrest National Park

Although not as built up as some, the park compensates for this with its striking beauty. Try a leisurely walk to the waterfalls at Hovea or Natural Park Falls and take in the invigorating fresh air. Don’t forget your camera for the stunning views.

The park is open 365 days a year. Telephone: +61 (0)8 9290 6100

Facilities: Toilets, Barbeque and Picnic tables.

Activities: Walking, Horse Riding.

Araluen Botanical Gardens

Set in 58 hectares of shady valley, Araluen, (from the aboriginal “singing waters).has favourable micro-climate and that encourages the growth of a vast array of flora.

Famous for its spring tulips and waterfalls, Araluen is a stunning botanical garden with a rich blend of colour and rolling land. You can drive to the gardens in forty minutes from the centre of Perth.

Facilities: Barbeque, Café, Gift Shop, Small train (to get around the grounds), disabled access.

Admission: $6 Adult $3 Child Concessions available.

362 Croyden Road
Roleystone WA 6111

Tel: (08) 9234 2200

Email: info@araluenbotanicpark.com.au

Mundaring Weir Hotel, Perth.
Mundaring Weir Hotel, Perth.

Pubs

Perth has a wide variety of pubs. Try the upmarket venues in the city centre or sample the traditional types in the country areas. Some of the local brews are well worth a try, but you can depend on some of the international brands also being on sale.

The Mundaring Weir Hotel
Set in the beautiful Perth Hills, the hotel is well worth a visit. If you like the charm of a traditional pub with wood panelling and hand-pumped beer, you won't be disappointed here. Accommodation is offered with en suite rooms and concerts are held in the amphitheatre that adjoins the premises.

Fremantle Market
Fremantle Market
Fremantle Prison
Fremantle Prison

Fremantle

Just a few miles south of Perth is the jaunty suburb of Fremantle. Known for its seafood, art scene and bohemian lifestyle, there is a lot to see and do here.

Shopping and Eating
There are extensive choices of restaurants specialising seafood. Good old fish and chips in some of the harbour cafes are a must.
Fremantle markets are open 8 am to 8 pm on Fridays. 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday

Fremantle Prison

The Gaol has a chequered history. At first, it housed low-level criminals transported from the UK – seen as possible settlers. Then more dangerous inmates were sent there, and that is where the notorious reputation began. Riots, fires, floggings and escapes, this place had them all. But after public concerns for many years, it was closed in 1991.

Since then, the site has been re-developed to include art exhibitions, school tours and historical expositions. Facilities include a shop, café and visitor centre.

1 The Terrace,
FREMANTLE WA 6160
Phone: 089336 9200


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Pink Galas
Pink Galas

Wildlife

You don’t have to go to a park or Zoo to enjoy the wildlife in Perth. Birds like rainbow lorikeets and pink Galas are everywhere. Don’t be surprised if one of these birds tries to pinch things from your picnic table. They can be very cheeky.

T20 Cricket at the WACA.
T20 Cricket at the WACA.

T20 Cricket

Take in one of the T20 games played by Perth Scorchers at the WACA. The action is fast and furious and made appealing to kids with the many mascots and hands-on experiences at the ground. The season is from November to January, the Australian summer, so don’t forget the sunscreen and try to buy tickets for covered stands. Most matches last three and a half hours, and there are free buses to and from the centre of Perth.

Family Ticket $42.50 (Two adults and two kids).

http://www.perthscorchers.com.au/

Helicopter ride around Hillarys Beach, Near Perth.
Helicopter ride around Hillarys Beach, Near Perth.

A Quokka

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Hillarys Beach and Harbour

Named after an early settler who fought in Gallipoli, Hillarys is an upmarket place to visit, offering shopping at the Sorrento Quay Development, ferries to Rottnest Island and Helicopter Trips.

Helicopter Trips
If you want to experience Perth from above, try a helicopter ride from Hillary’s Beach Boat Harbour. The price, as you might expect, is not cheap, but for breath-taking views, the experience is hard to match.

http://www.rotorvation.com.au/hillarys-boat-harbour-flights/

Rottnest Island
Famous for being home to the quokka, a small native marsupial, but lots of other animals can be found there as well as different species of birds. Only service vehicles are allowed on the island, so most people hire bicycles to get around although there is a bus service. There are regular ferry services to Hillarys.

Westfield Shopping Centre

A modern, well-appointed Mall, about 10 minutes by car from Hillarys, Westfield has all you could want for the perfect shopping experience.

Cottesloe Beach,Perth, at twilight.
Cottesloe Beach,Perth, at twilight.

Cottesloe Beach

Known as “Cott” to the locals, this beach has a distinctive feel to it. The large pines that cover the perimeter, the beautiful terraced lawns and clean sand attract lots of sun seekers and water sports enthusiasts.

“Cott” is in easy reach from the city. Just a 15-minute drive from Perth or take the Fremantle train, get off at Cottlesloe and enjoy the short walk to the beach.

http://www.cottesloe.wa.gov.au/Home.htm

Trigg Beach
Trigg Beach

Trigg Beach

Named after a superintendent of the Swan River Colony in 1842, Trigg Beach is popular with surfers and body boarders. It tends not to get the crowds associated with Cottesloe but still offers similar facilities and activities.

Costs In Perth*

Item
Cost
Local Beer
$10
Imported Beer
$9
Cigarettes (Marlboro)
$26
Meal for 2, Mid-Range Restaurant
$100
Water (0.33 litre)
$2.67
One-way ticket, local transport
$4
* 1 US $ = $AUD 1.30
 

Perth and Surrounds

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A markerFremantle -
Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
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B markerHillarys Beach and Harbour -
86 Southside Dr, Hillarys WA 6025, Australia
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C markerCaversham Park -
Caversham Wildlife Park, WA, B/99 Lord St, Whiteman WA 6068, Australia
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D markerKings Park -
Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth WA 6005, Australia
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E markerJohn Forrest National Park -
John Forrest National Park, Park Rd, Hovea WA 6056, Australia
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F markerMundaring Weir Hotel -
Mundaring Weir Rd & Hall Rd, Mundaring WA 6073, Australia
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G markerTrigg Beach -
Trigg Beach, Perth WA, Australia
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H markerCottesloe Beach -
Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia, Australia
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I markerAraleun Gardens -
Araluen Botanic Park, 362 Croyden Rd, Roleystone WA 6111, Australia
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J markerRottnest Island -
Rottnest Island WA 6161, Australia
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      Al Greenbaum 7 months ago from Europe

      Hi, Jane Louise. You are so lucky to live in a city like Perth. It is such a beautiful part of the world. What is your favourite place to visit?

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      Jane Louise 7 months ago

      Hey Al I enjoyed this article, it would really make me want to visit if I wasn't already here! Haha!