Perth Tourism Guide
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Perth is the capital of Western Australia and really brings together the absolute best of this incredible part of the world. It perfectly blends a love of nature with a forward thinking metropolitan city. It boasts a love of art, culture, sports and, perhaps most of all, fun. You could spend an entire lifetime here and barely scratch the surface of everything this spectacular city has to offer, and if you did, you’d have to start all over again because this city is an ever-changing, ever-progressing organism of modern life which just keeps getting better and better.
While you’re unlikely to experience all the wonders Perth that has to offer during your holiday, you’re bound to have a great time trying. And with the help of our comprehensive travel guide, you can plan an unforgettable itinerary in this Australian gem.
Taking advantage of the sunny Western Australian climate, Perth City is where you’ll find the highest concentration of rooftop bars and alfresco eateries.
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Things to do in Perth
As much as anything else, Australia is known for its animals. Its unique place in the world means that it’s home to a dizzying number of incredible creatures: some beautiful, some terrifying, but all fascinating. So, if you love animals of all shapes and sizes, you’d be absolutely crazy to miss the simply lovely Perth Zoo, which is home to over 150 species of mother nature’s finest creations.
We’re not exaggerating when we say that you could visit Kings Park every day during your trip without running out of things to do and discover. For that reason alone, this has to be among the top attractions in a city full of them. It’s 1,000 plus acres of sheer all natural joy and it includes everything from an art gallery to a botanical garden. This is an absolute behemoth of a park that deserves every bit of its outstanding reputation.
If you have young kids and you want to get them excited to learn about science and the world in general, then the pioneering Scitech is head and shoulders above pretty much any other museum you could find. They make education feel fun, thrilling and something that kids can get passionate about, thanks to their inspired ever-changing roster of interactive exhibitions.
Just five minutes from the heart of the city, Perth Zoo is a Western Australian icon filled with lush gardens and naturalistic exhibits that are home to over 1,200 animals from around the world.
Experience Perth, https://www.experienceperth.com
Australia is well-known for being a land full of the weird and wonderful, as well as often deadly creatures. And while there’s plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with nature in many activities around the city, there’s nowhere you can get as complete a look at the animal kingdom than at Perth Zoo. There’s over 150 species and over 1,000 animals to enjoy, from the always popular and iconic – Asian elephants, southern white rhinos, African lions, etc. – to the lesser known – splendid tree frog, white cheeked gibbons, emperor tamarins, etc. The exhibitions are spread mainly, but not exclusively, across three distinct areas known as the walkabout, savannah and rainforest. As educational as it is thrilling, Perth zoo is fun for all ages.
Price: Entry to the zoo is AUS$31 for adults, AUS$15 for children aged 4-15 years and free for children under 4 years. Group tickets
Opening Hours: Daily: 09.00 – 17.00
Address: 20 Labouchere Rd, South Perth WA 6151, Australia
The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Moving on, our next pick is probably more along the lines of what you’d expect to get from a traditional museum experience. However, that’s not to say that The Art Gallery of Western Australia is a place where there’s not plenty of fun to be had. It’s very educational and is packed with plenty of information, but what is really important here is the stunning beauty of the art on show. When it comes down to it, that’s what an art gallery should really be about, and this is a museum that understands this and really makes the beauty of the pieces the forefront of their enterprise. Whether you’re an art and/or history lover, or you just like looking at beautiful things, the Art Gallery of Western Australia is a must visit.
Price: Free to visit, but a donation is requested
Opening Hours: Monday & Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00, Tuesday: Closed
Address: Perth Cultural Centre Roe St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
His Majesty’s Theatre
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Something that Perth doesn’t get as much international recognition for as it should is its deep love and history of the arts. His Majesty’s Theatre is the perfect place to appreciate the incredible productions that are available within the city, with its beautiful Edwardian architecture providing a suitably stunning location for some of the finest performances you’ll find on stage anywhere in the world. Of course, the real reason to go is the productions themselves: His Majesty’s Theatre merely provides the perfect platform for their execution.
Price: Varies depending on event
Opening Hours: Varies depending on event
Address: 825 Hay St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
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In many ways, Perth Arena and our previous entrant are two sides of the same coin. Although they most certainly don’t have much in common at first glance, they ultimately provide the same service and that’s to give the incredible performers that come to Perth a worthy place to show off their talents. Perth Arena might not have the historical punch of Her Majesty’s Theatre, but it does have the size and scale to provide ample room for some of the world’s most famous and talented performers, including musicians and sports stars alike. Used most often for basketball games alongside other sport events, you can also find artists of the calibre of Robbie Williams, The Killers and Sam Smith headlining. Make sure you check out what’s on because there might just be the perfect show for you.
Price: Varies depending on event
Opening Hours: Varies depending on event
Address: 700 Wellington St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
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Wherever you are in the world, sometimes there’s simply nothing quite as fun as a few drinks and a day at the races. However, this might not be the kind of horse racing that you’re thinking of. The historical Gloucester Park has been putting on harness racing shows for several decades. If you’re not familiar with the sport, it’s similar to regular horse racing but with the driver on a two-wheel cart as opposed to being on the horse itself. It provides an interesting twist without being too different to the usual spirit of horse racing, which is adored by so many. Different, historical and tons of fun, Gloucester Park is a day out like few others.
Price: Admission to Friday night racing is AUS$12 for adults and free for children under 18 years. Admission for racing events on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday is free. Special event prices vary.
Opening Hours: Varies depending on event
Address: 3 Nelson Cres, East Perth WA 6004, Australia
Perth is also home to Kings Park—one of the world’s largest inner city parks, beautiful wineries, and stunning beaches where you can even swim with wild dolphins.
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Kings Park, Western Australia
The enormous Kings Park is actually so large and has so much to do within it that we could fill this entire list merely with picks from this destination alone. First off, you have the sheer magnitude and beauty of the park itself. It’s over 1,000 acres of absolute splendour and sun-kissed greenery goodness that you’d be crazy to miss visiting. But it’s so much more than a place to enjoy a picnic in the sun. It also has a botanical garden, along with bushland, a tennis club, Jacob’s ladder, an aboriginal art gallery, park areas, including climbing frames, and an area focused on child development. If that wasn’t enough, it also houses the vitally important war memorials. Each one of these is an attraction worth visiting in their own right. King’s Park isn’t just one must see attractions, it’s many.
Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours: 24-hours
Address: Fraser Ave, Perth WA 6005, Australia
St Mary’s Cathedral
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You don’t need to be a member of the Roman Catholic Church to make a visit to the astonishing St Mary’s Cathedral a holiday priority. If you’re wondering why, then a mere look at the building itself would probably be enough to convince you. Architecturally, this is simply an absolute masterpiece built over three distinct periods: fusing together a true melting pot of very different styles to create something completely unique. And while in theory, this could have been a disaster clash of design, it has instead transformed into something with its own distinctive and original beauty.
Price: Free to visit. Public tours are available for a AUS$5 donation
Opening Hours: Service times vary. Public tours are available every Tuesday between 10.30 – 11.30
Address: Victoria Square, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Another museum for our list and further proof of the incredibly diversity of activities that are on offer within the city is SCITECH. Focusing on science and technology, this is a children’s educational experience quite unlike anything else. We’d love to tell you specifically what is on show but, much like its subject, SCITECH never stops progressing with different exhibitions constantly in rotation. One thing that’s without question though is their engrossing, interactive way of providing both education and entertainment is arguably unmatched anywhere in the world.
Price: Entry is AUS$19 for adults, AUS$12 for children and free for children under 4 years. Group tickets are available for AUS$52, which includes 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children, with a AUS$7 charge for additional children.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 09.30 – 16.00, Saturday – Sunday: 09.00 – 17.00
Address: City West Centre, Sutherland St & Railway Street, Perth WA 6005, Australia
Fraser Avenue Lookout
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What better way to end our list of things to do in Perth than with an attraction that looks over the city itself? There’s so much to do and see in Perth that it’s important to take a step back and soak in the incredible beauty of the city itself. Fraser Avenue Lookout achieves exactly what its name suggests and that’s to provide one of the most incredible views of a very special city. This is a great addition to your itinerary, allowing you to appreciate the city skyline, take some incredible photos and recall your favourite holiday memories.
Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours: 24-hours
Address: Fraser Ave, Western Australia 6005, Australia
Beaches in Sydney
One of the best things about Perth is how it expertly blends together the bustling city with the beauty of nature, with its beaches arguably being the finest example of the latter. Here’s a few of the finest sandy stretches you can check out while in the city.
Perhaps having the best name of the beach selection in Perth for accuracy is The Basin, which is found at Rottnest Island and consists of a natural sandy bowl. Its unique shape gives it a unique presence, alongside a feeling of being in your own distinctly cut off piece of the world. Not suitable for big swims, these shallow waters are however an ideal hang out spot.
Although all the beaches on this list are picturesque in their own way, there’s few in the world that can match Leighton Beach for its straight lines, crisp sands and clear waters. It’s a very popular beach, so you can expect plenty of company while here during peak times. For many though, that’s part of the fun: feeling part of a community and all enjoying the simple pleasures of life together.
For snorkelling enthusiasts, there’s few better places to dive in and get to grips with the majesty of nature that lurks within these stunning seas than at Mettam’s Pool. The large coral reef beneath the waves is an underwater haven of colour and life. While there’s a lot of beauty in Perth, perhaps nowhere shows off the astonishing natural side of the city better than this.
And of course, no list of the finest beaches in Perth would be complete without the iconic Cottesloe Beach. This is probably the most famous beach in the city and it’s with good reason. You need to be something special to stand out amongst this competition and this beach is exactly that. Exquisitely soft sands meet transparent, azure waters for an otherworldly beach experience.
Shopping in Perth
It should come as no surprise at all that a modern metropolitan city like Perth would have a terrific selection of shopping options. These range from the very high-end to something a little easier on our wallet. Here’s just a few of our favourite retail destinations.
Farmers’ Market on Manning
In what feels like a natural extension of Western Australia’s love of the culinary world, you can get straight to the source at the wonderful Farmers’ Market on Manning. Browse exceptionally fresh produce in a bustling atmosphere, surrounded by people that are just as passionate about quality food as you are. It’s also a great place to grab breakfast and a coffee as you go.
Opening Hours: Saturday: 07.30 – 12.30
Address: 295 Manning Rd, Waterford WA 6152, Australia
The Margaret River Chocolate Factory
Who, as a child, hasn’t dreamed of visiting a real-life chocolate factory? Well, while Margaret River Chocolate Factory isn’t actually a literal factory, the end result is about as good as it gets. These aren’t just pieces of chocolate: they are sweet masterpieces. Not only that, but this is no one-trick pony, with a great selection of oils, relishes, dips and more, all of which are executed to the same impossibly high standard.
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 09.30 – 18.00, Friday: 09.30 – 19.00, Saturday: 09.30 – 17.00, Sunday: 11.00 – 17.00
Address: 317 Murray St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Hay Street Mall
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Often when it comes to shopping malls, there’s usually not much to them than providing a really convenient place to get everything you need without spending time searching through city streets. And Hay Street Mall certainly is just that, with an amazing selection suitable for all price ranges. However, the reason that it gets our pick above some other malls in the city is its history and place of pride in the hearts of residents, dating back to the mid-twentieth century.
Opening Hours: Usual store trading hours are Monday – Thursday: 08.00 – 21.00 (most trade 09.00 – 17.30), Friday: 08.00 – 21.00 (most trade from 09.00), Saturday: 08.00 – 17.00 (most trade from 0900) and Sunday: 11.00 – 17.00
Address: 622 Hay St, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
Trinity Arcade is found between Hay Street Mall and St George’s Terrace and is best known for the stunning architecture and atmosphere it brings to your shopping experience. There’s not too much to see here. There’s a selection of department stores that are certainly worth your while but there’s no doubt that the main attraction is the location itself, which we’d say is so gorgeous, it’s worth a look even if you don’t necessarily have anything to buy.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 08.00 – 21.00, Saturday: 08.00 – 17.00, Sunday: 11.00 – 17.00
Address: 604 Hay St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
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Remember what we said earlier about malls having a reputation for being very practical but often a little generic? Well, if you thought that our previous pick threw that idea out of the window, then just wait until you see London Court. This isn’t just a mall: it is a miniature city of old London town, providing a completely unique shopping experience. Happily, this is no mere gimmick, with over 50 shops to browse in at your leisure.
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 05.00 – 21.00, Sunday: 11.00 – 21.00
Address: 647 Hay St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Fun Facts About Sydney
- A sunny part of the world: Australia is known for its intense heat and when it comes to the Western Australian capital, this is definitely no exaggeration. In fact, Perth is considered to be the sunniest capital in the world. Alongside this, it is also the most isolated, with the nearest Australian city being a staggering 2,200 km away.
- Prestigious individuals and thriving industries: Perth has the highest amount of self-made millionaires per capita number in the world. This is often due to its history as a booming mining economy. And not all of these old industries are lost in the city. It’s also home to the oldest operating mine, which today still churns out gold, silver and platinum coins, alongside offering an intriguing museum for visitors to explore.
- Splashed with creativity: You don’t need to visit a gallery to enjoy some of the fine local artists. Perth has a huge street art culture, and is often considered among the best in the world.
Food in Perth
Western Australia as a whole is a favourite amongst foodies and a wonderful place for anyone who loves a good meal. As its capital, you’d more than expect Perth to be the ultimate example of the region’s culinary prowess and the good news is it doesn’t disappoint. Picking just a selection of all the great restaurants in the region is a near impossible task, but here’s a few just to whet your appetite.
Woodpeckers Woodfired Restaurant and Café
When it comes to food, Perth is a fantastically international city. That, of course, means there has to be a great selection here of one of the world’s most loved cuisine: Italian. One of the best of all the wonderful Italian restaurants in Perth is Woodpeckers Woodfired Restaurant and Café, which brings the taste of the boot of Europe to the other side of the world without any compromise to its legendary flavours.
Opening Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Thursday: 11.00 – 14.00, 17.00 – 21.00, Friday: 11.00 – 14.00, 16.30 – 21.00, Saturday – Sunday: 16.30 – 21.00
Address: 20/3 Wexford St, Subiaco WA 6008, Australia
Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant
We’re staying in Europe for our next pick. Perhaps the most underrated type of cuisine in the world, German food is often derided for blandness of decades past. However, the Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant is here to prove that those days are long gone, with an absolute taste revelation from a carefully crafted selection of dishes from throughout the country. If you’ve never had truly world-class German food, then here’s your chance.
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11.30 – 22.00, Friday – Saturday: 11.30 – 23.00
Address: 6/140 William St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
P’tite Ardoise Bistro
Let’s round off our European culinary tour with what could arguably be considered the culinary equivalent of Mount Rushmore, and that’s some classic French cooking. Many people say that the French practically invented modern western cuisine and, judging by the astonishing quality of the food at P’tite Ardoise Bistro, it doesn’t look like they’re done being the best anytime soon. Offering classic French recipes cooked to absolute perfection, if you’re new to French food, then make sure you treat your taste buds to this unforgettable experience, and if you’re not, then you shouldn’t need any more convincing.
Opening Hours: Monday – Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday – Saturday: 18.00 – 00.00, Sunday: 17.30 – 00.00
Address: 283 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6003, Australia
Fortune Five Chinese Restaurant
One of the most amazing things about Perth is its sheer variety and diversity. As you can see, this goes for food as well. In this instance, its Cantonese that has been absolutely nailed in terms of authenticity and quality, thanks to the wonderful Fortune Five Chinese Restaurant in Northbridge. Great service, a wonderful atmosphere and a reasonable price match the world-class cuisine on offer throughout their menu.
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10.30 – 15.00, 17.30 – 22.00, Sunday: 10.00 – 15.00, 17.30 – 22.00
Address: 108 James St, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia
Twilight Hawkers Market
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Next, we’ve got Twilight Hawkers Market: a place that brings a whole new eating experience to Perth. Generally, a big street food scene is more often found in Asian countries, but it’s becoming more and more popular throughout the world, and the atmosphere found in Perth’s offering is unlike anywhere. There’s no pretentiousness here, just great flavours.
Opening Hours: Friday: 16.30 – 21.30
Address: Forrest Pl, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Tuck Shop Café
What’s left after your taste buds have travelled the world without ever leaving the city? We suppose all you can do is chill out and have a cup of coffee and maybe a piece of cake. The Tuck Shop Café shows that not only is Perth varied in terms of cuisine options, but also in your style of eating. Not everything is a long sit-down restaurant experience. There’s tons of great places like this where you can grab a snack, tuck into a dessert or enjoy a light meal if in a cool and casual setting. Relaxed in everything except quality, that’s where this gem of an eatery gets serious. It’s also a wonderful place to try out some local Australian dishes.
Opening Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Sunday: 07.00 – 16.00
Address: 1/180 Newcastle St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
The small bar movement in Perth city centre and the inner city suburb of Northbridge has exploded in line with the hip street murals that are often found on the bars’ outer walls.
Nightlife in Perth
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Alongside its many other wonderful qualities, Perth also has a glimmering nightlife scene, suitable for those wanting to dance until the early hours of the morning or those just looking for a quiet late-night drink. Here’s a quick rundown of a few of the best spots in town.
First off, we have Bob’s Bar. Named after the former Australian Prime Minister who may have been known to enjoy a tipple or two, its rooftop view is sure to bring together people of differing political persuasions in its beauty. The drinks aren’t half bad either, with a terrific selection of cocktails in particular, alongside a much appreciated selection of bar food to top it all off.
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Monday – Tuesday: 16.00 – 00.00, Wednesday – Thursday: 11.30 – 00.00, Friday: 11.30 – 02.00, Saturday: Closed, Sunday: 12.00 – 02.00
Address: 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Varnish on King
Are there any more iconic images in the entire history of alcohol than that of a classic New York city speakeasy? Considering the number of bars across the world modelled around the concept, it would appear that interior decorators certainly don’t think so. And judging by the wonderful ambience captured within Perth’s Varnish on King, it can be a view that’s pretty hard to argue with.
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11.30 – 01.00, Friday: 11.30 – 02.00, Saturday: 16.00 – 02.00, Sunday: Closed
Address: 75 King St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
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Bar Lafayette is perhaps the trendiest bar on this list, but it’s not just here because it’s where all the cool people come to get their late-night fix of elegance. It’s also a bar that takes both its drinks and food menu as seriously as any restaurant in the city. Wonderful wines and perhaps an unbeatable cocktail menu join great food to create a nightlife spot that really is an experience all of its own.
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday & Saturday: 16.00 – 00.00, Friday: 14.00 – 00.00, Sunday: Closed
Address: Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Terrace, Lower Georges Lane, Perth WA 6000, Australia
The Ellington Jazz Club
Are you looking for a little more than just a nice drink and maybe a bite to eat on your night out? Perhaps you want something a touch more cultural: somewhere serving up memories that will last longer than the hangover? If this sounds like you, then get yourself down to The Ellington Jazz Club, where you can enjoy some of the finest musicians in the city doing what they do best.
Entry Fee: Ticket prices vary depending on event
Opening Hours: Varies depending on event
Address: 191 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Another great spot for live music is The Bird, which oozes artistry from every corner of its bare-stone walls. So named because of the artistically regenerated junk that decorates the place, which includes but is not limited to birdcages, this feels like a place of great creativity, freedom and artistic expression. Here you can watch as local live acts cut their teeth on the music scene while enjoying a selection from their small but sensational drinks menu.
Entry Fee: Ticket prices vary depending on event
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11.30 – 00.00, Sunday: 11.30 – 23.00
Address: 181 William St, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia
Top Tips for Travelling to Perth
- Take advantage of free activities:Spending money is easy in a city as diverse and fascinating as Perth. If you want to save some cash though, the best way to do so is simply to take advantage of all the free, natural activities available in the city. Often, they’re the best ones.
- Be prepared for the intense climate: This is Australia, so it goes without saying that it can get extremely hot at times. Make sure you prepare and dress appropriately, as well as bringing a lot of sunscreen to avoid getting burned, as in these temperatures, that can be no joke. On this note, you should always make sure that you carry plenty of water with you to avoid dehydration. This is particularly the case if you plan on drinking, as alcohol and the hot sun can be a dangerous mix if you’re not careful.
- Pack first aid essentials: If you plan on travelling to remote areas of the city, it’s advised that you carry a complete first aid kit with you. This should include mosquito repellent, as they can carry diseases.
- Make a splash in the right places: When at the beach, make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags. These indicate the safest places to swim.
- Know when to tip: Tipping is not expected in Australia. However, feel free to add a little extra to your bill if you deem the service worthy.
Hotels in Perth
Luxury Hotels in Perth
So, you’ve decided to go all out and go for the absolute best that money can buy. In that case, you’ll probably want a little bit of style and class for your cash, and there’s nowhere in town with the same sense of unique and timeless cool factor as The Terrace Hotel. A stunning melting pot of mahogany and marble, the restored late-19th century house proves that good taste never goes out of fashion. The hotel may be old but it’s certainly not out of date, with facilities that include an onsite restaurant, bar and valet parking all within Perth’s exclusive business district.
If you’re looking for a luxury accommodation that’s a touch different to usual expectations – something that has all the benefits of being high-end while also retaining a sense of down to earth comfort – then the rather fittingly titled Haven on the Park might just be for you. As interested in being a wonderfully artistic space as well as being luxurious, it truly manages to have its own serene ambience that very few hotels anywhere can compete with. It’s as far away from a cold chain hotel as you could imagine, with every ounce of this hotel being filled with warmth and care without ever sacrificing room or service quality. On top of usual facilities, there’s also a rather lovely picnic and garden area onsite.
COMO The Treasury is quite a bit more expensive than many other hotels, including other five-star accommodation. You’re therefore probably wondering – considering everything else we’ve seen on this list – what could it possible offer to justify the jump in price? The answer is simple and twofold: the absolute best of the best and a home away from home. These aren’t just rooms. They’re entire living spaces, stunningly decorated to perfection with separate seating areas, high ceilings and hand-crafted furnishings. It’s in an incredible location in the business district and has facilities that include no less than four restaurants, an indoor pool, health club, a bar, coffee shop and valet parking, to name but a few. Not many hotels could justify this price tag, but COMO The Treasury certainly can.
Mid-Range Hotels in Perth
So, what exactly can you find in the mid-range hotel market in this vibrant Australian city? Well, Four Points by Sheraton Perth may just be our perfect starting point. With room rates that average out at around SG$225 a night – only slightly more than our budget selections – you’ll get a terrific location that is conveniently close to many top attractions, including the SCITECH museum and Kings Park. But you’re not just paying for the location. Four Points has rooms and facilities to match, including two restaurants, a bar and even a fitness centre.
Sunmoon Boutique Resort is a hotel that manages to match having a terrific beachside location with its own top-class facilities. If you want to know just how complete this establishment is, consider that it’s got a beach practically on its doorstep and they still have their own outdoor pool, just in case you’re not the biggest fan of sand. There’s also a restaurant, a fitness centre and more. And that’s all without even mentioning just how stunningly decorated both the hotel and its guestrooms are.
For some people, all they’re looking for out of their accommodation is a comfortable place to rest their head at night, and there’s nothing wrong with that. For others though, they demand more out of their hotel. They want it to be an integral part of the holiday experience. If that sounds like you and you’re looking for a mid-range accommodation that boasts a full-service spa, as well as massage and treatment rooms, then you might be amazed at just how reasonable the prices at Luxe Spa on Kensington really is. This is proof if ever were needed that in Perth, you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy a little pampering, with rates here starting at just over SG$300 a night. And at the end of it all, you can relax in their comfortable, well-furnished rooms.
Budget Hotels in Perth
When it comes to hotels that really encapsulate just what amazing value you can get in Perth – especially considering the city is a capital and a very popular tourist destination – then we had to start off with the astonishing Yanchep Inn. How many three-star hotels out there have a golf course in their backyard? These luxurious onsite facilities are not all this hotel has to show either, with great rooms and other amenities that also include an onsite restaurant and bar, all for around SG$113 a night.
While not a hotel in the strictest sense of the word, Baileys Motel is a great place to stay and a terrific bargain to boot. When you think of motels, often the image that comes to mind is something straight out of an American film and they’re not always the most flattering impressions. However, this couldn’t be further from that dreary stereotype. Baileys Motel is a petite but pretty diamond of a place to stay. They keep things simple but provide you with plenty of bang for your buck, with facilities including a restaurant and an outdoor pool.
Well, there’s certainly no concern over finding a great spot for your evening’s meal or a couple of drinks at this hotel. Now, we know that plenty of hotels across all price ranges offer onsite restaurants and bars. However, few can boast establishments that match the reputation of The Stirling Arms and happily enough, their venture into the hotel world appears to be keeping to the same great high standards based on customer reviews. Alongside the already mentioned facilities, there’s also air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi in public areas, as well as a refrigerator and tea and coffee makers in the charmingly contemporary guestrooms.
Unlike many other hotels on this list, Ocean View Motel unfortunately doesn’t have a pool as part of its facilities. However, that’s not really too much of a problem, thanks to its excellent location a mere stone’s throw from the beach. If soaking up the sun on a budget is a big part of your travel plans, then we might have just found your ideal accommodation. It also offers surprisingly spacious rooms for the price, which starts at under SG$100 a night. Facilities include its own garden, refrigerators and coffee makers in the rooms.
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Getting Around In Perth
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The simplest way of getting around Perth – assuming there’s not too much distance between where you’re going and where you want to be – is walking. The weather here is gorgeous and there’s plenty of beautiful sights that you won’t want to miss out on. Of course, walking is often not always an option but when it is, we recommend you take it.
In terms of public transport, you can travel by train via the Transperth network. There are three main train stations within the city centre’s major shopping district and outer city districts can be reached through alternatives, such as McIver, Claisebrook and City West. There is also a Transperth bus system, which is also very extensive with bus stops being found throughout the city.
Another option for those looking to travel a little further afield in the city is ferry terminal. These offer services between Barrack Street Jetty and Mends Street Jetty, or between Barrack Street Jetty and Elizabeth Quay.
Moving into the private sector, there’s also designated taxi ranks, which are readily available throughout the city. Major operators include Black and White Taxis, Independent Taxis and Swan Taxis. There’s also supervised taxis on Friday and Saturday nights. These can be found on Milligan Street Northbridge and William Street Perth.
Best Time to Visit Perth
For pretty much perfect weather most of the time – not too hot and not too cold – the best months to visit Perth are generally considered to be between the end of the winter season and the start of spring. August and September specifically come up tops as the finest months to visit the Australian gem. Better still, there is a great selection of events that are held around the city during this time, which contributes to a warm and welcoming communal atmosphere that you’ll definitely want to be a part of.
Flights to Perth
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The Western Australia capital city is served by Perth Airport. This domestic and international airport is the fourth busiest in the country, and therefore offers an excellent service and convenient transport links into the city. Taxis are available 24/7 at the airport, with the journey to the city centre taking around 20 minutes. Alternatively, the airport also boasts excellent public transport links, with regular bus services operating between the airport, Perth city and other local areas.
Five airlines offer around 50 flights per week between Singapore Changi and Perth airports. The price of return tickets varies depending on the airline and the time of the year you are traveling, but prices can start from as low as SG$274. The average flight time between the two destinations is five hours.
Visit the Expedia website to find the best prices for flights to Perth.