The following is a guest post by Claire Martin, a British travel blogger and freelance writer. She blogs about eco-travel and overland adventures on her blog Claire’s Footsteps she drove about the entirety of Australia and is presently arranging an overland trip from Bali to London.
Persons constantly appear shocked that 1 of my favourite cities is the world’s most isolated capital, that can only be reached by a four+ hour flight or a minimum 1 week drive across some of the most barren landscape identified to man. But I’ll say it time and time once more I appreciate Perth.
The breathable-ness of the city is just 1 appeal, but then you have got the attractive parks, the remarkable meals, the exceptional history, historic Fremantle (which ought to be a city in its personal suitable), delectable wine and the most spectacular surrounding nature – I could name hundreds of motives to check out the capital of Western Australia.
Most typically visited by these road-tripping Australia, lots of people today overlook about Perth just for the reason that it is so isolated – but for me, that is component of its appeal.
It is correct that it is fairly costly (despite the fact that so is Australia in basic) but these backpacking in Australia will need not be alarmed – there are a lot of methods to save some dollars, ranging from staying in low-cost hostels to going to spend-as-you-really feel restaurants.
This Perth itinerary will cater for these spending budget travellers, as nicely as function household-friendly items to do in Perth and additional luxurious activities in Perth.
three days in Perth is a great quantity of time to invest finding to grips with the city – lots of travellers do so prior to going on a west coast road trip towards Broome. This itinerary will cover what to do in Perth in three days and give you some suggestions for exactly where to go subsequent.
So let me share my favourite Australian city with you!
Perth Itinerary Day One particular – the CBD & Cottesloe
Mend Street Jetty
Start your three day Perth itinerary in its city centre. Very first up, if you are staying east of the river, ought to be the inner-city beach by Mend Street Jetty, exactly where you can appreciate views of the urban skyline although sitting on sandy riverbanks. There’s even some parasols and deckchairs set up – so you can have a sunbathe if the mood requires you!
Then, take a ferry across to Elizabeth Quay. This is the unofficial centre of Perth, which has had a enormous redevelopment in current years. It is now quite pleasant to stroll about, with a bell tower and water displays.
Walking away from the water, you will stumble across a couple of buildings that inform the story of Perth CBD and how it was developed. These include things like the skyscrapers of St Georges Terrace and the intriguing Barracks Arch. There are also a couple of sculptures to verify out each tourist to Perth has to get a photo with the hopping kangaroos!
If you want to go back in time, verify out London Court. It is decorated in Elizabethan style, but of course, it does not really date from then. Even even though it is fake-historic, it is fairly enjoyable to stroll down.
Take a tour
If you’d rather a person show you about Perth and hear some neighborhood stories, why not opt for a guided walking tour of Perth? Commonly, these take two hours (typically from 10 am till 12 noon) and detail the history of the city and the Indigenous stories of the location.
When you have observed the very best of Perth city centre, take the totally free CAT bus to King’s Park. This is the biggest urban park in the Southern Hemisphere and is nicely worth a couple of hours of your three days in Perth. Highlights include things like:
An Aboriginal bush tour of the location and its Indigenous significance
- The 750-year-old boab tree
- The state war memorial
- The spectacular city views
- Walking more than the suspended bridge to the treetop canopy
When you have completed in the park, it is time to see what the Perth seaside is all about – and I do not just imply the inner city beach this time! Take a bus back to Perth station and hop on a train there to Cottesloe. Possibly Perth’s most renowned beach, Cottesloe is situated in a charming beachside suburb. It capabilities 19th-century architecture which provides it a actual ‘old fashioned’ seaside really feel, ice cream shops, fish and chip eateries and of course, a attractive beach.
In the summer time, Cottesloe beach gets particularly hot – but the ‘Fremantle Doctor’, as the locals get in touch with it, blows in in the course of the afternoon and cools the spot down. Nevertheless, you may fancy going for a dip – the waters right here are typically secure for swimming, despite the fact that do be conscious that there is the occasional shark sighting.
If you do not fancy swimming, just hang about for sunset – you will not be disappointed. Cottesloe has some of the very best sunsets in Australia. Though watching the sun dip more than the Indian Ocean, you will really feel fairly content material about your 1st day in Perth City.
If you fancy undertaking a thing else later, verify out the vibrant Northbridge location. There’s lots of nightlife to appreciate as nicely as restaurants with Australian and globe cuisine.
Perth Itinerary Day Two – Fremantle
Fremantle is sort of component of Perth, sort of not component of Perth – lots of take into consideration it a city in its personal suitable. Having said that, it is my favourite component of the city and I guarantee this will be a quite enjoyable day on your Perth itinerary!
How to get there
To attain Fremantle from Perth, you will just will need to hop on a train at Perth Central Station (this requires about half an hour) or drive if you have a automobile/ take a taxi, which requires about the identical time.
You could also take into consideration staying in Fremantle and travelling into Perth CBD on day 1 of the Perth itinerary. I lived in Fremantle when I was in Perth, so I can vouch for this selection!
Fremantle Round Property
What ever way you get there, I’d advocate firstly heading to the Fremantle Round Property. Hunting out more than Bathers Beach, this home tells the tale of Fremantle’s convict previous and even provides guests the possibility to practical experience the stocks (minus the rotten fruit and the length of imprisonment, of course!). The roundhouse is entry by donation.
Following the Round Property, head to Cappuccino Strip for that is right… a cappuccino. There are lots of cafes to opt for from right here – it is a thing that Fremantle does very best- but my favourite is really a small off the key street. It is known as Moore and Moore and serves scrumptious drinks, cakes, and bites to consume and is situated in a beautiful courtyard setting.
Are you going to Fremantle on Friday, Saturday or Sunday? If so, head to the Fremantle Markets afterward. They’re open on weekends and serve a assortment of hot and cold meals, souvenirs, artwork and additional. There’s typically reside music and they constantly have a excellent atmosphere. There’s also some fairly great street art to verify out in the location!
When you are completely refreshed, it is time to go back to prison – I mentioned I had a enjoyable day in retailer for you! Fremantle Prison gives tours, telling all the eerie tales of the gaol’s previous. The prison is believed to be 1 of the very best cultural attractions in the city, and it is Western Australia’s only globe-heritage listed developing – creating it with no a doubt 1 of the very best items to do in Fremantle.
Museums & Galleries
If you have time as soon as you are out, there are a different couple of decent museums and galleries to check out in Fremantle. The WA Maritime Museum tells the story of Fremantle’s port – which is the essence of its becoming, and the Fremantle Arts Centre captures the inventive vibe that is omnipresent inside the city currently.
If you are not a museum fan or as soon as you have completed, take a stroll along the idyllic waterfront, with its quaint fishing boats and attractive blue waters.
Meals & Drink
When you have completed all of that, you will no doubt be a bit tired and the sun will possibly be starting to set. Take a weight off your feet by tucking into lunch by the water. Fremantle is globe-renowned for its seafood. I’m vegan so didn’t taste any, but locals and vacationers alike appreciate Cicerellos.
When evening falls, there’s only 1 spot to go in Fremantle – Small Creatures Brewery. This beer ships all about Australia and beyond, so you can rest assured that it is major high quality stuff! They also serve meals, so if you didn’t fancy fish and chips you will most likely be capable to uncover a thing to consume right here.
Perth Itinerary Day 3 – Rottnest Island
The explanation why it may not be a poor thought to base oneself in Fremantle on this Perth itinerary is that day 3 once more requires you out of the CBD, to an island that is very easily reachable from each Fremantle Harbour and Perth City.
I’m speaking about Rottnest – Western Australia’s favourite island.
How to get there
Take the Rottnest Express more than, and invest an idyllic day exploring. There’s globe-class beaches, remarkable wildlife each in and out of the water, hiking trails and a basic chilled out island vibe. Going to Rottnest Island is 1 of the very best items to do in Perth for positive!
The Rottnest Express is pricey at $67.50 per individual, but it is half cost on Tuesdays. Note that these tickets sell out quite speedily, so reserve your tickets early if you know that you will be travelling to the island then! You can also pre-book a bicycle with your ferry ticket, which is the very best way to get about the island.
When you attain the island, grab your bicycle and you are great to go! If you do not want to cycle, you can also use the hop on hop off buses to get about Rottnest.
Trails & Quokkas
When you arrive, I’d advocate tackling 1 of the trails 1st, prior to the midday heat. The stroll to Wadjemup Lighthouse goes previous some spectacular viewpoints. Half hour tours that detail the history of the location – which includes Indigenous history which is quite critical to discover about – leave at 11 am and two:30 pm and expense $9.
You may spot some quokkas en-route – Rottnest island’s friendly native, they’re completely adorable marsupials and appreciate posing for selfies! But do keep in mind that they are wild animals, and are endangered, so do not touch or feed them. They’re typically quite sociable but if any appear stressed do not method them.
When you get back to the beach location, grab your bike or hop on a bus and discover the island! It is typically advised that you travel clockwise about the island. There are numerous bays to check out in Rottnest, which includes:
- Salmon Bay – excellent for snorkelling, with a marine sanctuary zone
- Marjorie Bay – 1 of the significantly less visited beaches on the island
- Strickland Bay – a preferred surf beach
- The Basin – 1 of the very best locations on the island for snorkelling
- Small Parakeet Bay – a relaxed beach, preferred with swimmers
Boats leave back to Rottnest all through the afternoon, with the final departing at six:30 pm and arriving at B-Shed Fremantle and Northport. See precise instances right here.
Exclusive locations to consume in Perth
You may want a fancy dinner for your final evening in Perth. Head to Clarke’s of North Beach for fine dining by a multi-award winning chef, or take component in a luxury Swan River by Evening Cruise to appreciate a meal on the water.
Or, are you tightening the purse strings? Check out Annalakshmi, an Indian vegetarian restaurant that operates on a spend as you really feel basis. Do make positive you donate what you can even though restaurants like this thrive on people today donating!
Exactly where to keep in Perth
Perth has each kind of accommodation, from spending budget hostels to five* hotels. I’ll include things like suggestions for each Perth and Fremantle for the reason that, as currently described, you may opt for to keep in Fremantle.
The Old Fire Station – this is with no a doubt the very best hostel in Fremantle – if not the very best hostel in Australia. It has a great atmosphere it is just the suitable size to be a excellent spot to meet people today but also modest adequate to have a household atmosphere. As nicely as a courtyard exactly where people today celebration, it has a chill out location upstairs with sofas, Netflix, a kitchen that is constantly clean and a girls-only location. I lived right here for a month although I was in Perth, and I can assure you will appreciate it.
Billabong Backpackers is a massive, social hostel supplying totally free breakfast, events, massive rooms and a pool – excellent for these hot summer time days!
The Mini Hub has compact private rooms with boutique capabilities, inside walking distance to all the key attractions of the location. Each and every space enjoys a flat-screen Television, totally free WiFi, and a private bathroom.
Tribe Perth is a fresh, contemporary hotel with beautifully clean rooms and flawless capabilities. Each and every soundproofed space has an iron, refrigerator, a flat-screen Television and attached bathroom with all the needed amenities, and there is a bar on web site and totally free WiFi all through the house.
Exactly where to go soon after Perth
So, Perth is all fair and great, but exactly where else is there in Western Australia? Do not be concerned, I wasn’t about to send you 4000 kilometres to the other side of the nation with no additional assistance about exactly where to go from Perth!
I spent 3 months road tripping Western Australia and it was 1 of the very best experiences of my life.
Road trip suggestions
From Perth, you can travel south to Margaret River and then across to Esperance. From there you can drive up to Kalgoorlie, an outback mining town, and either back to Perth or along the Nullarbor eastwards.
Or you can take the highway north and see the west coast of Australia. Though it gets a lot significantly less guests than the east coast, it is nicely deserving – the epic-ness of the scenery is a thing that you just will not get anyplace else.
Some of the very best road trip spots in Western Australia include things like Kalbarri National Park with its Jurrasic-park-esque gorges, the Ningaloo Reef exactly where at the suitable time of year you can swim with whale sharks, magical Karijini National Park which regularly appears like it is populated with fairies, and the chilled out town of Broome – exactly where the sunsets are the very best in the entire of Australia.
You can even venture even additional north to the Gibb River Road, a 660 kilometre stretch of 4WD track lined by waterfalls and gorges and then into the Northern Territory and Darwin. You will be a quite extended way from Perth by this point, but it is a preferred route for lots of travellers.
Wherever you make a decision to go, you will have a blast in Western Australia. There’s nowhere else in the globe fairly like it!