1.8 miles from downtown
“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!
Places to stay from $86 a night
0.8 miles from downtown
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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Perth Central Business District
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 downtown
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!
Places to stay from $88 a night
Nature and urban life coexist in perfect harmony in Perth, the capital of Western Australia. This is where the Swan River flows into the southern Indian Ocean, passing skyscrapers, lively boardwalks, and beautiful parkland – all under a canopy of clear blue skies.
Kings Park—a huge, 1,000-acre greenspace—sits in the heart of the city, full of giant white trees, botanical gardens, and the State War Memorial that overlooks the rive named for its black swans. Across the river is Perth Zoo, home to more native animals like koalas, crocodiles, and kangaroos.
Perth’s main highlight is its surrounding natural beauty. From the flower-filled bushlands and the lush Swan Valley wine region to golden stretches like Cottesloe and Trigg Beaches, there are countless destinations for escaping the city's bustle.
Rottnest Island is right off the coast of Perth, a protected nature reserve with white-sand beaches, secluded coves, and wildlife like the quokka – a small, wallaby-like marsupial. The island is also popular with surfers who come to ride the waves in Strickland Bay. Spend a day or two taking the ferry from the port town of Fremantle, known for its Maritime Museum and 19th-century prison.
Back in Perth, you can find chic boutiques, galleries, pubs, and a large selection of laid-back restaurants in the Northbridge area.
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|Most popular time to visit||November-January|
|Cheapest time to visit||May-July|
|Local currency||AUD 10 = $7.84|
|Average weekend price||$170 per night|
|Average weekday price||$148 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
Comfortable trip from airport in hybrid taxi, informative driver, saw improvements around motorways oohed and arhed over beautiful Optus stadium, new causeway bridge, then from hotel walked to new waterfront Elizabeth Park area, one word ‘great’. Never had time for anything further, great walk to and from Hotel, quiet environment for me to sleep before leaving at 0500 next day
The location of our Hotel and the public transport system allowed us to move around Perth easily . There was lots to see and we could have allowed more time. Our accommodation at the Goodearth Hotel was all that we required and good value. The meal and the atmosphere at the Grovener Hotel was great. We enjoyed the walks around Kings Park, the Zoo and the Ferry Rides on the River. The weather was perfect.
Rottnest Island, King's park, the cultural center and Elizabeth Quay are absolutely amazing; Northbridge is nice to visit, especially if you need to fill your belly. The CBD is not really exciting and it may also make you a bit uncomfortable to walk there at night, but still is a good location for hotels. One of the cons of Perth is that shops and cafeterias close at around 3 p.m. and there's not much to eat or drink after that time, unless you want to go to a supermarket (generally open till 9 p.m.).
Perth is a slower paced city that has a lot to offer for travellers from beautiful scenery, parks and gardens to have a picnic or just relax, great beaches close by, lots of shopping, zoo, sporting facilities and a great casino. Theatre, live entertainment and plenty of football or cricket matches to keep you entertained. This city is so close to lots of other places to visit that day trips are easily achieved. If you have loads of time then wineries in the south west (only a 2-3 hour drive with lots of places to call in and visit on the way) are a must with medal winning wineries all within a short distance of each other or if you have less time then maybe spend a day walking around Fremantle and check out the historical sites and buildings, have lunch at the wharf etc. For tips on where to visit just ask at the front desks of your hotel or visit the visitors centres for the best information.
Although we were only in Perth for a short time we were very impressed with how clean and fresh this city is and how we were able to go anywhere with a minimum of fuss. Excellent transport network. Plenty of things to see and do. Chinatown is small but must go to Ming's BBQ. Get the train to Freemantle for a great day trip.
Almost spotless city and suburbs, Nice people, not much to do there though. Almost empty streets, beautiful city, stunning Swan River. Hard to find a decent restaurant to dine in (Maybe there isn't any after all). lacking of good food stores around the city area. Infrastructure (bridges and roads) are excellent and attractive. City to visit for one day or a maximum two days. Surrounded by water but no fish restaurants or fresh fish shops or a market. North Bridge Inner Suburb is a maybe a place to find different types of restaurant (Egyptian, Chinese, Vietnamese) but once again you may feel reluctant and hesitant to enter any, because they may not look clean or attractive. Woolies food store in the city is a good shopping avenue for fresh food if you have the facility to cook in your hotel room.
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