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“Subi” is a classy place. Affluence is writ large here, with its well-heeled residents, the snazzy townhouses and a glut of gourmet restaurants. Start your day with a nutrient-rich brunch at Health Freak Café and pick out a shiny bauble in Rokeby Road’s jewellers. Then slum it with the Aussie Rules fans for a game at the Subiaco Oval!
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0.8 miles from city centre
The West isn’t that wild after all. Quiet West Perth is home to young professionals who commute into the city. You’ll see them pushing new-fangled prams or zooming towards Kings Park in a blur of logoed lycra. Tap into the contentment with a trip to Harbour Town Shopping Centre. Then head to Perth Observatory to contemplate the cosmos.
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In the city centre
Money makes the world go round. And Perth’s “CBD” does its bit to keep the whole thing spinning. The city’s commercial capital is a whirl of taxi horns, suits and the “ker-ching” of cash registers. Splash your cash on King Street before sampling award-winning cakes at Jean Pierre Sancho. Cap it off with a cocktail at lofty rooftop bar The Aviary.
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6.8 miles from city centre
Cottesloe’s all about fun in the sun. With bodyboarding, beach cricket and good old sunbathing, “Cott Beach” is Perth’s go-to spot for seaside frolics. Set your alarm early and grab breakfast at Vans Café (pancakes with honeycomb butter are their speciality!). Stay till dusk to catch picture-postcard sunsets over the Indian Ocean. You little ripper!
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Nature and urban life coexist harmoniously in Perth, the capital of Western Australia. This is where the winding Swan River flows into the southern Indian Ocean, past steel-clad skyscrapers, lively waterfronts and pristine parkland – all under a relentless canopy of clear blue sky.
Kings Park – a huge green space spanning four square kilometres – sits at the city’s heart, containing giant white-trunked trees, botanical gardens and the State War Memorial which overlooks the river, named after its black swans. Across the river, Perth Zoo is home to more native animals such as koalas, crocodiles and free-roaming kangaroos.
Perth’s main draw is its surrounding natural beauty. From the flower-filled bushlands and the lush Swan Valley wine region, to golden sandy stretches like Cottesloe Beach and Trigg Beach, there are numerous landscapes to escape to.
Just offshore from Perth is Rottnest Island, a protected nature reserve that's home to white-sand beaches, secluded coves and wildlife including the quokka – a small wallaby-like marsupial. The island is also popular with surfers who come to ride the breaks of Strickland Bay. Spend a day or two by taking the ferry from the port town of Fremantle, known for its Maritime Museum and 19th-century prison.
Back in Perth, you can find hip boutiques, galleries, pubs and an array of laid-back restaurants in the Northbridge area.
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|Most popular time to visit||November–January|
|Cheapest time to visit||April–June|
|Local currency||AUD 10 = £5.49|
|Average weekend price||£115 per night|
|Average weekday price||£106 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
The culture of Perth has become more cosmopolitan. The Chinese cuisine at Northbridge was impressive. We could even have Malaysian food at unexpected corners: right next to Comfort Hotel at Hay Street; nasi lemak at Shelley; satay at Canningvale Sunday Market. We like the free CAT bus system that serves the inner city punctually. The train rides to Mandurah and Fremantle were a joy to recall. At all times the friendliness of the people of Perth (including the bus drivers) won us over. The cleanliness of the city and its suburbs stood out. The sales bargains in the various department stores (including Waterfront) made shopping irresistible. We like the way the people of Perth work through the week and exploded with celebrations on Friday night. A lasting memory is to recall the staff of a prominent departmental store singing carols while beverage and tidbits were distributed to surprised shoppers already distracted by the impromptu discounts. Christmas cheer came early in the first week of November. Yes we'll be back.
There would not be enough space to say all we wanted to about Perth. Beaches are something else - cottesloe, City beach, Scarborough and along the River Swan. Perth is a very 'outdoorsy' place with people constantly out running, cycling and surfing - real motivator, but then the weather makes it! (Dont go over Christmas though unless you want roasted!!!) A visit to Kings Park needs to be on the agenda and also down south to Margaret River. There is a wine tasting region just outside Perth where you can taste wine, beer, nougat and chocolate, but leave a whole day for that adventure! Make sure you visit an outdoor cinema for the experience! Eating out is very expensive, as are most things in Perth - so take plenty of cash!!! Our favourite places were Hillarys area and also at Freemantle. Buses are plentiful and free within city area. Trains are very cheap and most areas accessible. Taxis are expensive especially if called out as against hailed in the street.
It's very easy getting around in perth even with young children or senior citizen. Food is great though a little pricey;) My family favorite place still with Augusta followed by Margaret river. At margaret river, do the farm hoping from cape lavender to olio bello then margaret river choc factory and nougat factory next to it. Past the visitor centre will get you to temper temper. Try their handmade sberry coated with the finest choc, sip a cup if hazelnut yahava coffee and moisturizer yourself with the organic olive lotion before heading to berry farm. Take the opportunity to do a costal drive to cape leeuwin n it's lighthouse. Stop along the drive and grab a spectacular view of the coast. Start the drive from the seine bay apartment (our all time favorite apartment) and drive to black wood river. Around Georgina park, you will catch a glimpse of the lovely couple dolphins swimming in the inlet river and a handful of Pelicans. A very relaxing and therapeutic experience. Something the kids will remember forever;)
The CAT buses are great, free & easy to use. Perth Mint is a must - very interesting and a great tour. We were eating as a group of 6 with 2 kids - not a great selection of places to eat. Struggled to find nice cafe food in the afternoon - everywhere shuts REALLY EARLY - 4pm. Probably best to find a place & book in advance for evening. Fremantle prison is well worth a visit - excellent guide and informative tour. Rottnest island is fantastic - ferry can be a bit of a rough crossing, take some sea sickness tabs if you're travel sick!!! The island is wonderful and a 'must do'. Book your ferry ticket the day before tho. Perth Zoo is lovely - well laid out and very pleasant to wander around. We stayed in Perth for 3 nights & 4 days - could prob have done with another day. Was surprised how early everywhere closes in Australia - all shut up & finished by 4:30 - plan yr day in advance to make allowances for this!
We visited the Royal Perth Mint which was exceptional experience and very informative. Well worth a visit. we took in a visit to the Bell Tower and were pleased with the what we saw. The view is worth the climb if nothing else. We visited the Forrest Chase on Friday night and experienced the outdoor Food Hall. We had two breakfasts and one Dinner at the Parmelia which was first class. Great food and great service, lovely staff. Thanks. On Sunday we took the Swan River Lunch Cruise to Fremantle and back which finished off a very full weekend and a great celebration of our 51st Wedding Anniversary. We took advantage of the Red Cat Service to take us to the Mint. What a great way to get around Perth.
It was spacious, not too crowded and lots of cycling paths. We signed up with Andrew of Perthbiketours and he brought us on two truly awesome cycling tours of the swan valley, Caversham park, kings park and Perth city. BBQ Steak lunch included with wine tastings and chocolate samplings! He was the perfect cycling guide with lots of interesting stories and recommendations. My daughter was not a very experienced cyclist but she soon picked up her confidence with his tips and encouragement. We enjoyed the shopping at Perth CBD too. We joined the Foodi Safari at Leederville and managed to catch the leederville carnival. Also watched a movie at Rooftop movies. Awesome experience! Not forgetting the Jacob's ladder at Kings Park too! We'd be back to explore more of beautiful wonderful Perth!
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