9) Yanchep National Park
This is a fun option for families or those traveling with kids. The park has many interactive activities that will keep young ones occupied. Have an enchanting underground tour to the mystical Crystal Cave, or find your own Loch Ness monster at the park’s wetlands, learn of Australia’s aboriginal past and get to listen to the didgeridoo. You may also want to try the powerful Nyoongar dance. Adults will need to pay the ticket of US$10, seniors US$8, children 5 to 16 years old get the ticket at US$5, and mini-groups of 2 adults and 2 children need to pay US$25.
Address: Wanneroo Road, Yanchep
10) The Tree Top Walk at the Valley of Giants
Take a day tour from Perth and walk the treetops. This is nearly 2,000-feet of walk over the forest canopy 130-feet high. This tingling walk affords you the best “bird’s eye view” of the deep forest and wilderness of the Giants. Guides can be requested for free. They share stories that have been passed from ancient history. The treetop walk connects to the Ancient Empire boardwalk. Adults pay US$12.50, children US$6.50, a family of 2 adults and 2 children pays US$31.50. The walk to the Ancient Empire is free.
Address: Walpole, 248 miles from Perth
Where to Eat
Diverse cuisine and great selection can be expected from the convergence of migrants to Perth. Note, though, that Perth seldom serves food after 10:00 p.m. It lives up to its reputation as a laid-back and modest city. Here are some restaurants that you can try while in Perth.
1) Restaurant Amuse
This restaurant offers European, Modern Australian and French gourmet food. You will seldom find vegetarian food in Perth, but this place serves vegetables crisp, fresh and delicious. Free-range meat cooked with excellent culinary skill makes this dining place a must in Perth. Price starts at US$15.
Address: 64 Bronte Street, East Perth
2) Andaluz Bar and Tapas
This is a great place to order fried buttermilk chicken wings with pimento hot sauce, croquettes, and smoked salt and lime. Service is great and the people are warm, too. Price starts at US$12.
Address: 21 Howard Street, Perth
3) The Tuck Shop Café
Have breakfast or brunch while you access this café’s free Wi-Fi. The food is delicious, but be early to beat the crowd. Pork belly chorizo and potatoes, ciabatta with Tasmanian salmon and vegies make for a great late breakfast. Price starts from US$12.50.
Address: 178 Newcastle Street, Perth
4) The Prophet Lebanese Café
Some mornings might find you wanting to eat Lebanese fare; then get to this café fast a spicy delicious meal. Try the Lebanese sausage, hot fish, and arnabeet (deep-fried cauliflower served with piquant tahini sauce). A complete meal would cost around US$49, but that would make you feel full till the evening.
Address: 907 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
5) Alfred’s Kitchen
Try the Alfred’s Special Burger and Pea & Ham Soup. These will be some of the images of Perth you will bring back home. It’s that good. The burger and the soup will cost you around US$14.
Address: Corner Meadow & James Streets, Guildford
Where to Stay
Perth hotels cost higher than sister cities Sydney and Melbourne. Generally, room rates take a cheaper turn on weekends. Weekdays cater mostly to business people; hence, rooms are more expensive from Mondays through Fridays. When backpacking, check the rooms first before checking in; some hostels along backpackers routes are not as properly maintained as those in the center of the city and popular suburbs. This list provides those hotels popular and rated well by travelers.
1) The Sebel Residence East Perth
Are you looking for the luxury of a 5-star hotel? This one is and it is located just around the corner of the city business district. This is ideal for those staying long in Perth, for business and pleasure perhaps. It sits where Swan River makes a graceful turn. There will be no interruptions to your internet presence because Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Price starts from US$238 per night.
Address: 60 Royal Street, East Perth
2) The Richardson Hotel & Spa
If you prefer a private and homey ambiance, this hotel provides apartment-style accommodation, where there are delineated spaces for a bedroom, mini-bar, and living room. The restaurant serves excellent food. A room costs at least US$359 per night.
Address: 32 Richardson Street, Perth
3) Miss Maud Swedish Hotel
This place exudes the “old world charm,” which makes it a place in Perth you’d always want to spend a peaceful night in. You will find the rooms themed and the hotel staff wearing traditional garbs. On a Saturday night, the room rate of US$260 already covers full buffet dinner and breakfast for 2.
Address: 97 Murray Street, Perth
4) Mounts Bay Waters Apartment Hotel
Get a great view of the city and the Swan River from this apartment hotel in the central area of Perth. You’ll get a feeling that you’re at home with the large space, full kitchen, veranda, and internal laundry. Perfect choice when you need to stay in Perth for an extended period. The facilities include a pool, tennis court, gym and a restaurant. Room rate starts at US$213.
Address: 112 Mounts Bay Road, Mounts Bay Village, Perth
5) Pensione Hotel Perth
Perth’s hotels are among the most expensive in the vacation capitals worldwide. Get a reasonable rate from this hotel in the midst of the busy streets. Restaurants, the supermarket and the subway are close by. Standard room rate costs around USD 80 a night.
Address: 70 Pier Street, Corner Murray Street, Perth
Holidays should allow you to relax and commune with nature, keeping within easy radius the amenities and comforts of life. In Perth, you can have the best of both worlds. It is a cheerful fusion of a bio-diverse wildlife and a sophisticated metropolis. All of these laid in a wide expanse of natural landscape, with the peaceful and unperturbed character of the Down-Under, but not quite the Outback.
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