Getting to Rottnest on the Ferry
If you're in Perth and planning a trip to Rottnest Island (as you should) be sure to take the ferry from Fremantle as opposed to the Barrack Street Jetty in Perth as it costs significantly less (it is also a much shorter boat trip). If you're staying in the City, catch the train to Fremantle and get to the Fremantle ferry terminal from there. I think you end up saving about $20-$30 that way.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
Rottnest Island - No return after 2PM
If you plan on taking a daytrip to Rottnest Island from Perth City then make sure you leave early.
The 2PM ferry from Perth is one way only. You can only take this ferry if you plan to stay on Rottnest Island for the night.
Unique Suggestions: Take an early ferry first thing in the morning at 8.45am from Perth
- School Holidays
IHMO, please dont go into the bell tower. There is really nothing much to see. Even the locals were protesting that it was a waste of money to built it when it had just been completed.
Unique Suggestions: If you must see it, just go and take photos from the outside. Or take more photos from all angles at every step if you must go in...or have a mini picnic at the top :P
Fun Alternatives: For the view, you can go to Kings Park.
Perth Tram Tours -- hold on for your life!!
A wooden replica tram on wheels -- what a novel concept! Tickets are $24 per adult for a hop on and hop off tour around Perth, starting at Kings Park and ending at Burswood Casino (and back again). It takes at least an hour or hour and a half to do the loop, depending on traffic. Price includes commentary, no meals. The tram rattles -- beware of sitting on the wooden benches at the back of the tram unless you want to inhale the fumes and get tossed around as the driver whips around a tight turn. Personally, I find it better to keep my $24 and meander around this compact city on foot and take advantage of the free CAT buses that can take you all over Perth city and Northbridge.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Souvenir Shopping at London Court
The Souvenir shops in London Court are very pricey.
Fun Alternatives: Whereas my suggestion is to go to the shops on Barrack Street, see my shopping tips for names. They have the same items at half the price! Only a 5-10 min walk from London Court.
Easter Break Down South
Over the Easter families in W.A head down to Mandurah or further down south to Dunsborough, Yallingup, Busselton, Smiths Beach etc. On the night before the break is about to start people drive down and the road is packed.
Accomadation is often booked out months before and no booking before you go down during this period is risky!
Prices are also high.
Back in Perth it is normally quiet.
Unique Suggestions: Book ahead on the internet - make sure your booking is confirmed.
If you are heading down south most shops are closed on some days so prepare ahead with food and alcohol.
Fun Alternatives: Its still an enjoyable experience. We went down in Easter this year and will book again for next year!
There are always specials, discounted rates available. Quite often international tourists are quoted the rack rate(highest price).
Always enquire, check out websites.
Perth offers winter discounts and quite often you are looking up to 40% off price.
There is a peak season, off peak, low season, winter season. The prices vary.
Even if you are visiting at the end of summer there is discount.
There are also packages.
It's a long way to drive for a photo, but it's quite stunning all the same!
Unique Suggestions: Make sure it's on your way from Esperance back to Perth. It's a great half way stop.
Fun Alternatives: Stop at Bruce Rock Roadhouse for a quick lunch!
Swan Tower - Nice tower, but it's full of bells
Barrack Street, Perth, 6000
Quoted as being Perths new tourist landmark makes the Swan Tower sound fascinating.
Sure it looks cool, but really....paying $6.00 to enter a glass tower where they keep the bells from the nursery rhyme "Oranges and Lemons?"
Not my idea of fun. I would rather buy a cold beer and watch the sunset.
Unique Suggestions: Go to the top to check out the view of the Swan River and Perth city skyline.
Fun Alternatives: Walk around outside, take a photo, be happy.
Free entry 1st Tuesday of every month
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
the bell tower
the bell tower is just plain stupid. the bells dont ring all the time (only a couple times a month) and even the though the cost is only $5 forget it you walk all the way up and there is nothing up there! it looks alright on the outside but inside its nothing.
Fun Alternatives: instead go to the city ones you cant go inside it but they sound pretty good and they ring on the hour
- Museum Visits
Go to the Pinnacles and go to...
Go to the Pinnacles and go to Monkey Mia ! But take your time : spend one week on such a trip, not 2 days with a organized tour where you will spend 12 hours on the bus, and 1 hour in the pinnacles and 2 in Monkey Mia. Respect the magic, take your time, stay 2 days in Monkey Mia you will remember those days all your life!
Spa's in resorts and hotels are big tourist traps. Spa's may be advertised as heated however they are only thermal heated which in other words is the same temperature as the pool. So make sure you check. I won't say the resort that claimed to have a 'heated' spa.
Also some hotels claim to have a double spa but really it turns out to be a bath with a spa system. There is a big difference between the two.
Unique Suggestions: Enquire before you book.
Payments prior to booking
It happens everywhere, but sometimes we get caught up in the whole excitement it is so easy not to check. I live in Perth and it even happened to me. When staying in hotels/appartments always remember to receive a reciept for all the money you have paid. MAKE SURE YOU GET ONE FOR YOUR BOND DEPOSIT. I had booked into a 5 star hotel, paid, left a bond, i received a recipt when i paid prior but realised it only recognised the deposit paid but not the bond paid, but at the time did not think anything of it. However when i booked in they said that i had not paid for bond and with no reciept it was my word agaisnt theres. They said they would check overnight, which left myself rather up set and even questioning did i really pay it after an unsettling night, Fortunely they did take my word. i don't know why this happened because i always check my reciepts, i guess i thought it was a five star top of the range hotel, they would look after me and there would be no problems. Think Again.
Unique Suggestions: Number one lesson i have learnt. Always check you have got a receipt for all monies paid.
Wave Rock: Although it's...
Wave Rock: Although it's really cool to see a big rock in the shape of a wave i'm not sure if it's worth an almost 400 KM busride (one way). If you happen to be around there you defenately should take a look, but we had a guided tour of just half an hour.
To make the long trip justable they also brought us to Hippo's Yawn, a big stone that looks like a yawning hippo, and Mulka's cave, a small cave with a few aboriginal paintings which are hard to see in the dark. I found out what i've been staring at when i was back home and looked at the pictures taken with a flash light. For more pictures see my wave rock travelogue
Choose the Right ATM
Choosing the wrong ATM can prove costly to your wallet. Certain ATM's have large fees and varying exchange rates. Check out your options before you chose. We have found some of the better ATM's are ANZ.
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