Unique Places in Perth

  • Old fire station in Murray Street
    Old fire station in Murray Street
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  • Penguin Island: Pelican colony
    Penguin Island: Pelican colony
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  • the Pinnacles - breathtaking
    the Pinnacles - breathtaking
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    New Norcia … monastic town

    by vtveen Updated Feb 14, 2012

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    We were heading north from Applecross and after passing Guildford, Midland and the wineries of the Swan Valley, we reached the Great Northern Highway. And from that moment on the scenery changed and for many many kilometres it became completely deserted with a landscape dry as a bone.

    After two hours of driving we reached New Norcia, really in the middle of nowhere and for us absolutely incomprehensible why two Spanish Benedictines decided to found a monastery in such a remote place.
    Bishop Rosendo Salvado and fellow-Benedictine, Dom Joseph Serra, founded New Norcia in 1846, spending the rest of their life making it one of the most progressive and successful missions in Australian history. (New Norcia is named after Nursia, the birthplace of St. Benedictus.)

    Till nowadays the Benedictines own the whole village of about 60 buildings and just the highway crosswise through the ‘town’ belongs to the government. The buildings are impressive and show clear Spanish influences.

    On one side of the road we saw the former orphanages for Aboriginal children - later used as colleges for boys and girls - the New Norcia Hotel and the Roadhouse. The New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery is located in the so called St’Josephs’s. .Here is also the Visitor Information Centre and a shop where one can buy local produces honey, monastery wine, olive oil and fresh baked bread from the New Norcia Bakeries.
    On the other side of the road are the Monastery, the Abbey Church and the Abbey Guesthouse.

    There are guided walking tours through the town and monastery; they start daily from the Visitor Centre at 11.00 am and 1.30 pm. Otherwise walk on your own along the Heritage Trail (2 km’s) with a map, which is available in the Information Centre.

    Directions:
    New Norcia is located along the Great Northern Highway, about 132 km's north of Perth.

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  • Dolphins in Bunbury

    by shinobu Updated Apr 4, 2011

    To get to the Dolphin Discovery Center, take bus 103 from the bus station at the tourist information center (Carmody Place). Take the 8:05 bus because the dolphins usually come in the morning. While waiting for them you can swim, look at the exhibits, watch dolphin movies, eat at the cafe, etc. It's a laid-back and relaxed place to hang around while waiting. It's not very commercial. If the dolphins don't show up by lunch time, try again another day. Save your entrance ticket (which is $6, or less if you have a concession price) and you'll get in free the next time. It's really worth it to try and see them. They glide silently by, only about a meter away from your legs (you'll be standing in the water up to your thighs). One mother dolphin had a suckling calf with her. Make sure you have the bus schedule with you because they are infrequent when you want to go back to the visitor info center. The bus route is a loop, so you can catch the bus on either side of the road when you're ready to leave.

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    Wicked Ale Brewery

    by leanne_pearc Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Located in Yallingup this brewery makes flavoured beer!

    Mango Madness, Passionfruit Passion & Scream'n Cream'n were our favourites. Very dangerous as no alcohol could be tasted!

    A really welcoming brewery with a funny site of seeing the place dominated with people drinking the pink and yellow drinks including the men!

    The also have the standard beers.

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    Kings Park

    by Applelyn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kings Park is best visited during Spring. There will be an annual Spring Festival and it is worthwhile going. From Kings Park, you can see an overview of Swan River and Perth. There is a canopy walk at the summit and you just need to donate a "gold coin" to walk through the suspension bridge. There is a wide variety of unique OZ flora grown there. It is also a great place for picnics. You can also visit Kings Park at night using the Lord Forrest Memorial walk to the WWI memorial where you can see the flame going on even in winter. You can take bus 37 or 39 from perth city or take the tram ride. But I suggest taking the bus as it is much cheaper.

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    Yanchep National Park

    by Xemx Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Yanchep National Park is one of Perth's oldest parks. Here you can see native bush, waterbirds and bushbirds, wild kangaroos and a colony of Koalas which were orginally imported from Victoria during the 1930s.

    Included in the park are beautiful limestone caves, self-guiding walktrails through native bushland, a hotel, a 9-hole public golf course, a Visitors Centre and the Gloucester Lodge Museum. The best time to visit is during the spring when there is an abundance of wildflowers.

    The park is 2842ha in size and situated around 50km north of Perth. To get there it takes a 45 minutes' drive (just follow Wanneroo Road north about 25 km past Wanneroo and you will see the Yanchep National Park signs.)

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    2 day Surfari in Wedge Island

    by J_P_B Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We just got back from this a couple of days ago. We actually got picked up in Lancelin, but the tour picks up from Perth and Fremantle too. You head to the beach by Wedge Island and are immediately launched into two days of surfing that can be punctuated with a visit to the Pinnacles at sunset and a night under the stars in swags, or simply stopping in a hut in the Mad Max-esque Wedge Island illegal settlement. Really fantastic... everyone was standing up on the first day and on the second, people were really in the flow of things. It cost us $169 each, which includes around 8 hours surfing, 1 breakfast and 2 lunches, swags and, most importantly surf boards, wet suits and lessons. Top deal and really enjoyable. I can really recommend it.

    Phil, our guide, is a really nice bloke who just lets you do your thing. If you want to take some time out from surfing, then he's not in your face demanding you get back up and on with it. He's a good teacher and a great laugh.

    I had lessons down in Torquay and this worked out better value and a lot more fun.

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    Apple Strudel -MUST TRY**

    by FOotFetish Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Keep your $20 bucks aside to try this Perth's very well known Apple Strudels!
    Each time when i return to Singapore (that not singapore doesn't have any strudel shops), I would buy 6 boxes so that the confectionary lady would pack it up with a hand carrier for me to check in at the airport. In fact, most of the folks back home give their thumbs up for the apple strudel.

    Verdict: Excellent taste

    *p/s: if you are buying more than 2, i suggest you call and make orders from the shop.

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    Pancakes At Carillon

    by FOotFetish Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Everyone would know where the pancakes house is in Perth City. Prices start from AUST$10. I like the one especially with the chocolate mousse ..and maple syrup, whipped cream on triple layer of pancakes.
    Succulent, tasty, fattening (who cares), and deserve to give it a go!

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    Fremantle

    by stevemt Written Mar 7, 2011

    Take a side trip to Fremantle for the day

    Its a great way to spen the day and very enjoyable

    I would recomend going down by train (current fare $3.70) and comming back by ferry service. If you are lucky you will catch the one that has the free wine tastings.

    See my Fremantle pages for tips

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    Rockingham – Penguin Island

    by vtveen Updated Jul 29, 2010

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    On our way south from Perth to Rockingham we passed the ugliest landscape we had seen in Australia. Trees and bushes were dry and almost brown (suppose they had a lack of water). But even worse were the plants and the refinery, which caused an unnatural scenery.

    In Rockingham it was much better, but we were in a hurry to catch the last ferry of the day to Penguin Island, which left the jetty at Mersey Point at 3.00 pm. In about five minutes we crossed the canal to the island.

    We had just one hour for our visit and started with the Penguin Experience Discovery Centre. Still in time to see the feeding of some young Little Penguins (the smallest penguins in the world). Nice to see how lovingly the rangers treated these cute animals in this rehabilitation centre.

    We followed the boardwalks and came to a lookout with a view of a breeding colony of Pelicans, before we reached the beach. On our way back we saw just one wild Little Penguin just outside a burrow.

    It is also possible to make a so called Penguin & Sea Lion Cruise in the waters of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park.

    Penguin Island Ferry & Cruises:
    Opening hours: September 15 till June, ferry's depart hourly from 9.00 am till 3.00 pm; the last ferry from Penguin Island departs at 4.00 pm.
    Admission: Ferry and discovery centre AUD 17,50 for adults (2010).

    Directions:
    Cruises to Penguin Island depart from the Mersey Point Jetty in Rockingham - 153 Arcadia Drive, Shoalwater - approximately a 45 minute drive south of Perth.

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    Swan River: Take A Slow Stroll

    by Aidy_p Written Jul 17, 2010

    About 800 metres from our cottage sits the Swan River. I believe that there are no guided tour that will bring you to this river. Why? It's not a commercial river where you can do boat rides. It felt like the river was all yours. Also, it's not the nicest or the widest river. Well, it was just...there. But no regrets visiting the river.

    As we walked towards the river, two horses followed over every move. They walked the entire distance of the parimeter and when we were heading back, they followed us once again. Very cut pair of horses.

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    Yanchep National Park.

    by Mikebb Updated Jan 3, 2010

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    Just one hour drive along the Mitchel Freeway and Marmion avenue will bring you to Yanchep National Park. Here you will see Koalas, Kangaroos, birdlife on the lake, limestone caves, picnic grounds, the cafe and Yanchep Hotel.

    Guaranteed to be a wonderful time.

    See my page on Yanchep National Park, click on the web page link below

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    Western Australia Tours

    by aussirose Updated Jun 21, 2009

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    To get to all of the above places and more, a good way is to take an organised tour.
    I've seen this company around town and they are obviously very reputable here in Perth and I've checked out their site which is by the way is very well done.
    Anyway, if you are interested then just click the link below.


    WesternXposure

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    Karrakatta Cemetery

    by Kathrin_E Updated May 21, 2009

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    The huge gravefields, separated according to religions and confessions, represent huge differences in sepolcral culture and traditions. They are interesting to compare.

    Even the pretty rose beds serve as gravesites for urns, small memorial plates next to each plant recall the deceased.

    Location: Karrakatta, suburb adjacent to Subiaco

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    Pinnardo Valley Cemetery

    by Kathrin_E Updated May 21, 2009

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    The cemetery is embedded in a beautiful park. The urns are buried in rows along the paths, the banks of the pond and the stream, the sites then decorated with memorial plates and colourful artificial flowers.

    Location: off Whitford Avenue

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    • Arts and Culture

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