Perth Travel Guide

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Perth Things to Do

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  • City Centre

    I found Perth has quite an array of different architecture! I saw quite a few Art Deco buildings that are now on the State Heritage list. One I liked, was the Carlton Hotel at 248 Hay Street, not the original Hotel, but a newer version completed in 1928 in a horseshoe shape by prominent Perth architects, Eales and Cohen. At the time, this Hotel...

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  • Rottnest Island

    Islands off Australia's main land have clear crystal blue waters unspoilt by pollution. The view is fantastic and a visit to one of those islands are, definitely, well worth it. Over at Fremantle's Rottnest Island Express Ferry terminal (Shed B), we were a disheartened to see alot of jelly fish in the waters. We were hoping that the island's water...

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  • Kings Park

    A MUST VISIT IS KINGS PARK Even if your not into gardening, flowers and the likes, Kings Park is still worth coming to for the wonderful views it has over Perth. Kings Park is one of the world’s largest parks and in my eyes, one of the most beautiful in Australia, especially for seeing Australian native plants. It was a miserable showery day when...

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Perth Hotels

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Perth Restaurants

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  • The Indianna Teahouse

    4 out of 5 stars

    His Perth landmark sits on Cottesloe Beach and overlooks the Indian Ocean. The Tea House was build in 1910 and was designed to have uninterrupted views from every window. They serve lunch from 12.00 midday and dinner until late. They serve an a la carte menu which include a good range of Australian seafood. They also boast an extensive wine list....

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  • Cicerellos

    3 out of 5 stars

    As I was brought up in Perth after emigrating from the UK, my mum and dad missed Fish and Chips, and so sought out the best Fish and Chip shop in Perth. Our local chippy in Gosnells Perth was great, when ever you asked for chips they would put fresh cut chips in a basket of your size, then straight in the deep fryer. OK, so you have to wait a bit...

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  • Joe's Fish Shack

    4 out of 5 stars

    My husband and I had just spent the late morning exploring Fremantle and decided to enjoy a nice waterside lunch. I had done some research prior to our trip and found that Joe’s Fish Shack had excellent reviews and the pictures of the food were mouthwatering. Joe’s is located on the water with views of the Fishing Boat Harbour. I love being by...

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Perth Nightlife

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  • Northbridge

    Perth nightlife is growing as the population grows and the WA boom means people are looking for more places to spend their money. When i went in 2001, i hung out mainly in Northbridge, the main backpacker area and where the main concentration of bars was. Back then there wasnt much in the CBD. But in 2013, it had changed - there were now bars all...

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  • Perth City

    Durty Nelly’s is a traditional Irish Pub that my wife and I happened upon during one of our city walks. I found it funny that there is a Durty Nelly's in Perth; there is one back home that a friend of mine frequents. The Pub has an outdoor terrace and inside there are several seating areas for dining as well as bar seating. It was a bit hot outside...

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  • Fremantle

    We stumbled upon the Sail & Anchor Pub on our way back to the Freemantle Train Station. The Pub has an open air feel to it with large glass floor to ceiling doors that they keep ajar. Inside there are plenty of bar tables and stools to grab a seat as well as an upstairs. The Sail & Anchor carries a large variety beer and cider. Liz and I...

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Perth Transportation

  • Free City Cats

    Isn't it great to get something for free? Here in Perth, there is a free bus service that operates around the central business district. These buses are called CATS (central area transport service), just in-case you were wondering why, I know I was! As it happened, I didn't use one, as I found Perth quite easy to walk around, how-ever, if you...

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  • Renting a Car

    Car Parking fees are different from what I am used to from where I came from. Back home, when parking, there is the hourly charge subject to a maximum of certain amount payable for the day. Beyond the maximum payable, you didn't need to pay anymore and can continue to park at the carpark for the day. In Perth, the system seems to be based on that...

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  • Train Service

    A shuttle bus from the international airport, the only way to the city apart from taxi is $32 for two people one way. The other way is to get a free shuttle to terminal domestic and then a bus to town but thats long winded. The shuttle will drop at your hotel and depending on the route it takes to drop others off can be 30-60mins. The 6 CAT lines...

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Perth Shopping

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  • Scarborough Fair Markets

    Scarborough Fair Markets are really popular – they combine a visit to the beach with a relaxed way of shopping. The markets are adjacent to the Rendezvous Observation City. The markets have various stalls from antiques, fashion, surf wear, tarot reading, massage and reflexology, books, rocking horse shop and many more. There is a licensed food hall...

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  • LOVE LOCKS

    Outside the Bell Tower and located on a fence were many Love locks. I noticed these were different to overseas as everyone was the same. I found out why when I went into the Bell Tower shop and found the Love Locks for sale.In case you don't know about Love Locks, the idea is to give one to the person you want to give everlasting love to. Here, you...

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  • Shopping at Supermart

    While in Perth, I visited a couple of supermart like Coles and Woolsworth. One can find almost all necessary essential items available here.There are promotional items on sales and these can be very inexpensive. Some items are very expensive though. Fruits like apples and pears are expensive.You could, almost, find either of the supermarts near the...

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Perth Local Customs

  • Aboriginal Culture

    Australian Aboriginal culture can claim to be the oldest continuous living culture on the planet. Recent dating of the earliest known archaeological sites on the Australian continent - using thermoluminescence and other modern dating techniques - have pushed back the date for Aboriginal presence in Australia to at least 40,000 years. The hallmark...

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  • Pub Culture

    Any place that has a thriving Pub Culture is the place for me. Perth has a lively pub culture and has the same vibe that I enjoy in Sydney. With the huge mining boom in Western Australia there is definitely money to be made by locals pubs that attract the miners during their days off from the mine.

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  • Festival!

    Each year, for three wonderful weeks in late summer, Perth's arts scene explodes with a dazzling array of theatre, dance, music, comedy, writers, visual arts and more from all over the world. Perth International Arts Festival ( PIAF) is the country's longest running arts festival and every year we are treated to an absolute feast of events - many...

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Perth Warnings and Dangers

  • Sharks

    Although the chances are very slim, while i was in Perth, a bloke was killed by a shark on Cottesloe beach, the main tourist beach! that was in 2001 in 2013, the siren went off as there were sharks in the bay and 4 helicopters circled keeping an eye on them. dont youre more likely to be killed by a cow than a shark!

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  • Kanagaroo's and Emu's

    Kangeroos are everywhere along the roads if u drive away from perth city. It is very saddening every morning to see fresh carcasses of kangeroos lying by the roadside. As with all road trips, keep the driving to daylight hours only. Highways are not lit and kangeroos can jump out anytime. And i heard from my friend that kangeroos are actually...

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  • Although the chances are very...

    Although the chances are very slim, while i was in Perth, a bloke was killed by a shark on Cottesloe beach, the main tourist beach!that was in 2001in 2013, the siren went off as there were sharks in the bay and 4 helicopters circled keeping an eye on them.dont youre more likely to be killed by a cow than a shark!

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Perth Tourist Traps

  • 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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  • Perth Tram Tours -- hold on for your...

    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...

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  • Souvenir Shopping at London Court

    The Souvenir shops in London Court are very pricey. 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.

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Perth What to Pack

  • Sunscreen

    Coming from a tropical sunny country where it is hotter, I thought that if I don't get sun burn back home, I should be alright in Perth. Am I wrong. Buy a bottle of sun screen or sun block lotion from the nearest store, if you are not bringing from your home country. Even though the weather can be like 26d C and cold when the breeze is blowing,...

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  • 1st thing you should do in Summer

    Coming from a tropical sunny country where it is hotter, I thought that if I don't get sun burn back home, I should be alright in Perth. Am I wrong.Buy a bottle of sun screen or sun block lotion from the nearest store, if you are not bringing from your home country. Even though the weather can be like 26d C and cold when the breeze is blowing, you...

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  • Pack it or else!

    No matter when you are coming to Perth, pack your sunscreen. You'll be surprised that it won't be the necessarily hottest, sunniest day and you will get burnt to smithereens. For the same reason, make sure you bring your hat, sunnies and something to cover you up from the sun if you burn easily. Have a look at the website below for information...

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Perth Off The Beaten Path

  • Wave Rock

    I was here 2013 with other vt members on a 5 day tag-along trip and was very excited to actually see Wave Rock,it is a fantastic formation and the colours are striking. I also walked the loop that takes you around to Hippos Yawn and back via the bush track to the car park. The day I was there it had been raining so you need to be careful and where...

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  • Rottnest Island

    On Rottnest Island, one can rent a bicycle and with the Bus ride option, return the bicycle at any one of the bus stop on the island and hitch a bus ride for the remainder of the journey. They provide a lockable bicycle chain for securing the bicycles. Renting the bicycle comes with the helmet for safety reason. Selecting a good bicycle is also...

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  • Margaret River

    If you are looking for the finest wine in Margaret River, then look for Voyager Estate which s located in the premium wine producing region of Margaret River Our oldest vines date back to 1978, just over 10 years after vines were first planted in the area. When current owner, Michael Wright, took over the property in 1991, he set out to expand it...

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Perth Sports & Outdoors

  • Mountain Biking help

    MTB in Margaret River. Please go and see Robert or Sarah at Cycles and Repairs Margaret River in the industrial area. The help and service is unlike anywhere else. They are very busy so booking of bike services or repairs is a must. I live in Perth but to be treated properly I can't help but go to Margaret river for all my bike needs. The new bike...

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  • Aussie Islandbike vs Swiss Mountainbike

    Bicycles are a popular way of transport to discover Rottnest Island at your own pace. It is more enjoyable by the fact that no private vehicles are allowed on Rottnest, and service vehicles are kept to a minimum.So let's go for a ride. After mountainbiking on my Swiss Alps, I try the islandbiking. What a change especially in the scenery...

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  • Deep Water Point Walk

    A 6.5km walk around Perth's southern suburbs. Start from Deep Water Point Cafe, follow the path up under Mt Henry Bridge, trail the freeway to Canning Highway and loop past the Raffles back to your starting point. A beautiful walk - have a gawk at the homes of some of Perth's richer residents.Oooh, and if you are lucky, you may be able to spot a...

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Perth Favorites

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  • Perth City

    Australians love music as much as people everywhere else in the world. The invention of the MP3 player, however, is not yet known down under... [/nonsense modus off] The lively pedestrian streets in Perth City, Hay Street and Murray Street, become open air stages when street musicians and other performers put on their shows. Best during peak...

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  • Fremantle

    Visit Rottnest Island... you can get around on bikes or walk... there are no cars just people powered vehicles. Crystal blue ocean surrounds this small island. Scuba diving, surfing, snokeling and sailing are some of the things you can find yourself getting the urge to try at this magical little place. Great resturants and accommodation are...

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  • Aboriginal Culture

    BOOMERANG The boomerang is the long range weapon of the Australian Aborigine and was devised only in Australia. No other peoples anywhere else in the world use this unique weapon. Australian Aborigine has been making boomerangs for a very long time - for hunting, tribal warfare and also as musical instruments in secret ceremonies and...

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Top 10 Paddleboarding Beaches: Perth

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

While surfers looking for big waves head to New South Wales, the best spot on the Australian continent for standup paddle boarding is Perth, the largest city in Western Australia. VirtualTourist members recommend Cottesloe Beach for visiting enthusiasts, but also noted that any fan of watersports should take a day trip to nearby Rottnest Island.

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    Jun 19, 2014 at 3:16 AM

    Hi. My name is Ann and I live in Perth. If you plan to visit you are welcome to ask me for advice. If you would like to meet up with some locals then please flick me a message here on vt and it will be a pleasure to organise something for you. There is a small group of vt'ers who live in and around Perth who welcome any excuse to meet for lunch, drinks, travel talk and fun in general.
    Cheers, Ann.

    • Mar 5, 2015 at 6:04 PM

      really thanks a lot....
      will contact you 2 weeks before i arrive....
      nice to meet you!

    • Mar 5, 2015 at 6:04 PM

      really thanks a lot....
      will contact you 2 weeks before i arrive....
      nice to meet you!

 
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