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Friday, July 19, 2013

Guest Post: My Five Favourite Things to Do in Perth, Western Australia

I’ve been in Perth for around three months and have managed to tick off several of the “must see” things to do based on Trip Advisor and other travel guides and blogs. Everyone enjoys doing different types of activities; I’m more of an activities type of person rather than a museum fan. If that’s you I’d recommend these five popular things to do in Perth.

Cottesloe Beach Cottesloe is only a 15 minute train ride from Perth’s central business district. It’s the perfect place to see the sun set over the Indian Ocean, I’ve never seen such a beautiful sunset.

Stunning sunset at Cottesloe Beach, Perth
It also offers great waves so is popular for swimming and amongst surfers.

Enjoy some delicious fish and chips at the nearby cafes and make sure you go here for a Sunday Session. The locals love going to the pubs along the beachfront to enjoy a drink and watch the sun go down, I was very impressed with Cottesloe Beach Hotel, bit more expensive but a beautiful pub and great atmosphere.

Fremantle Markets Further down the same train line as Cottesloe is Fremantle. A seaside port, the main one in Western Australia, there are many things to see here. One of my favourites is going to the Fremantle Markets at the weekends.

Cooking Paella at the busy Fremantle Markets
Great for picking up the freshest fruit and veg, quirky little stalls and a great selection of dishes such as paella and gozleme and treats including chocolate doughnuts, strawberries covered in chocolate and homemade macaroons. Yum Yum! I had an awesome chorizo gozleme. Markets are open Fridays to Sunday and on bank holiday Mondays.

Little Creatures Brewery - Fremantle Head to the Brewhouse Bar first for a free sample of any of the beer and ciders or like me try all six Little Creatures drinks on offer to find your favourite/s. I’ve never been a fan of dark ale but I thought their White Rabbit Dark Ale was phenomenal and the Pipsqueak Apple Cider was very light and sweet without being too sweet. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Beer and Cider Samples at Little Creatures
I found the atmosphere to be very warm and welcoming at Little Creatures. Head to the main bar to enjoy a full pint, have a meal or try Creatures Next Door and sit back and relax in one of their big comfy lounge chairs while taking in the waterfront views.

Swan River A better way to Fremantle is to take a relaxing river cruise down the Swan River. Look back and soak up the fantastic city skyline, get envious at the expensive homes and wave as you pass the many sailing boats. Fairly inexpensive trip at $27 per person one way, or $37 for a return.

Perth Mint I’m not a fan of traditional museums, just doesn’t do it for me. However I went to the Perth Mint for the gold pouring demonstration. It was fascinating to watch the process and see how quickly the liquid gold turned into a gold bar.

I was pleasantly surprised by the rest of the Perth Mint; the tour was very informative, interesting history and I had the chance to pick up a $200,000 gold bar.

Perth Mint tour guide
Guide showing off replicas of the biggest ever pieces found in Western Australia.
They are upgrading part of the facilities so it costs just $10 at the moment, bargain.

Kings Park If you wake up feeling like exploring the great outdoors, get your walking boots on and head to Kings Park, the world’s largest inner city park at 1,003 acres. To get to Kings Park you can drive, take the bus up, jump on the free blue CAT bus to take you nearby or my preferred option, a short walk from the city and up the very steep Jacobs Ladder, which is popular with joggers.

There is lots to explore, my highlights were relaxing and enjoying the magnificent views over the Swan River and the city’s business district from the grassy area off of Frasers Avenue, a great spot for enjoying a picnic. Come back or stay to see the fantastic views of the city by night.

View of the City from Kings Park
Explore The Park’s Botanic Gardens to discover many species of plants which represent plants found all over Western Australia. Then there is the impressive 750 year old Boab tree which has been transported over 3,000km from the Kimberly Region.

Boab Tree - Kings Park
Also worth doing is the Tree Top Walk along the Federation Walkway, great views of the trees around you and the Swan River. Try to fit in the Indigenous walking tour to learn more about the fascinating history of the aboriginal people and how Kings Park is viewed as a sacred place.

This guest post was written by Chris M and all the photographs in this post belong to him. Follow Chris’s adventure via his blog - My 30s Travel Blog, on Facebook or his Twitter.



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