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Enjoy Your Stay In Perth, Australia
Perth Flight Times
21 hours 34 minutes. Change at Sydney
19 hours 20 minutes via Doha
10 hours 40 minutes (Direct)
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 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.
Kings Park WA 6005
Entry is free, open daily.
Phone: (+61 8) 9480 3600
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*
Meal for 2, Mid-Range Restaurant
Water (0.33 litre)
One-way ticket, local transport
* 1 US $ = $AUD 1.30