When people say Australia, the first city that comes to mind is always Sydney, then maybe Melbourne and Brisbane. However, Perth is another Australian metropolis worth visiting. For its vibrant population and friendly environment, Perth welcomes all tourists with open arms and it will offer you the best travelling experience. From parks and botanical gardens to beaches and an array of fabulous activities, your first time in Perth will be memorable without a doubt. If you need more info about what to see and where to stay on your first time in Perth, keep reading.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden are the number one must-see locations in Perth. You'll probably want to capture a few lovely photos of the city and river, so head out to Kings Park to experience 990 acres of landscaped gardens in their prime glory. From rich birdlife to native habitats and eucalyptus tree canopies, you'll get a glimpse of fabulous flora. Cottesloe Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Perth alongside Swanbourne Beach which welcomes nudists from all over the world. If you’d like to ride the waves, hit the Scarborough or the Trigg Beach.
From biking to snorkelling, surfing, camping and an array of other family activities, Perth boasts some serious thrill-seeking fun for everyone. Rottnest Island is one of the best places to experience Perth in its prime glory. However, if you’d like to stay away from teens and their drunk schoolies trips, avoid Rottnest Island in late November and early December. In Perth, you can also go dolphin watching, fishing, crabbing, and boating if you decide to visit Mandurah. If you plan to visit Perth in March, don't miss out on Mandurah Crab Festival.
Getting around Perth
Public transport is one of the cheapest ways to get around Perth. In order to use the bus, you’ll need a Smartrider card that you can load up every time you use all the money for the rides. You can find it at convenience stores, newsagents and some bus stations. If you plan to go to the suburbs, the train will be a great option because Perth's train system is wonderful. When you're ready to set off home, make sure you arrange car hire to the Perth airport and arrive on time and safely to the terminal without a hassle. Public transport can be inconvenient, unlike the option of having a vehicle available to you, to go exactly when you need to without having to wait for a bus or a taxi.
Accommodation in Australia can be quite expensive. That’s why you should avoid hotels and go for backpackers or youth hostels instead. Couchsurfing is another great budget-friendly option that allows you to sleep on someone’s couch and have a local host that can tell you the best places to go and things to see. A share house is great for multiple travellers, allowing you to have your own room and plenty of lounge space for everyone to hang out at a very low price. Since the price of the house will be divided by the number of people staying, it can be one of the lowest travel costs.
The best time to visit
If you like to travel in winter and welcome spring in the new city, then travelling to Perth will be amazing from September to November. Temperatures go between 11 and 23°C with very little rainfall and plenty of clear sunny days. For summer lovers, choose December to February when you can enjoy sunbathing and surfing at 38°C. However, if you’re looking for the most affordable season, it’s certainly during winter, i.e. June through August.
Perth is one of Australia's most charming cities and more than worth visiting. If you're a first-time traveller, be sure to have the aforementioned tips in mind and have a great time without breaking the bank.