In addition to those mngo has suggested, u can try tree top walk, climbing the tallest tree, skydiving, sandboarding, margaret river, etc...btw dun forget to go to the famous beach...but u need to rent a car...
Train transfers are free...so u may consider this option if u r going fremantle...if u have a australian varsity student card, bring along for subsidised bus fare...
There are lots of apartments (incl. washer, dryer, bath tub & kitchenette) for short stay in perth...
I think japanese food (yakitori lunch box & etc.) is one of the cheapest besides fast food...skip the chinese food in foodcourts...
Pls note that the shopping malls close at 5 or 6pm daily except Thur or Fri...
My husband & I did a 10 day thing in Perth in November. We drove from Perth up north to Kalbarri (really nice seaside town with majestic gorges), then Monkey Mia (where the dolphins come to shore every morning), stayed 2 nights each. Then drove back down to Geraldton for 1 night, and finally back to Perth where we visited the Pinacles & the National Park along the way. It was a really good trip, we enjoyed all the stops along the way, especially the little towns where we stopped for lunch, break, peaches... really beautiful country.
We stayed at YHAs all the way (YHA = Youth Hostel Association). It's the best way to travel in Australia. You get all the amenities at a fraction of the price, and they have lovely double rooms with attached bathrooms. Even if you don't stay at YHA, you can get the YHA membership card -- gets you lots of discounts all over australia (including car rental).
Some advice if you're intending to drive in Perth,
- better to have 2 drivers so that you can take turns. can be quite tiring.
- look for a petrol station when it gets to 1/4 tank cos you don't know when's the next petrol station.
- try not to drive early morning (fog) and late evening (animals)
- they have this thing called the "road train" like containers but almost 50m long, like train. don't even dream of overtaking them. heh...
gals, u must go pinnacles n take pictures!! its very beautiful n your pictures will turn out very nice. i was there in oct to take my photoshoot. i put my gowns in the boot when we drove out of perth city after my photoshoot. so when we see a nice spot, i will change to my evening gown n took some pictures. really miss the those days. : )
I went in Jan b4 Australia National Day so I missed their fireworks...it's windy but dun stay in de sun for more than 20 mins...I got sunburnt...the climate is very dry...my skin was dry within 5 days...
the apartemnt is in the city itself..not farm stay lah... it's abt five minutes drive to murray street...very near the shopping mall... u can take a stroll there if u want..abt fifteen minutes walk... swan river is near to... abt ten min walk... king's park is jus less than five min drive away... the apartment is cosy but dun expect those posh kind lah... simple n nice... everytime I go perth I stay there one... it's convenient.... the Woolsworth supermarket at Murray street so near... so I jus buy the groceries n cook there... utensils everything provided....
Parking & driving in Perth is alright but just to remind you to be careful. Dont leave valuables like exp sunglasses in the car.. apparently there's a lot of car theft wor. Esp out country. You will see alot of signs that says beware of car theft.
You wont want people to steal your car when you are in out country. Stranded.
Margaret river is a must go place. The treetop walk too.
I think there's this website that's call needitnow.com or something. You can book your accomodation at the very last minute and you get super cheap price... Very reliable.. we booked all our accomodation there... both my Perth & Melb trip.
THEN.. Book your car online.. From past experience.. it is cheaper. Then can choose what range of car you want. We booked Camry but bcos they run out.. they gave us Falcon at no extra cost. If you go there and book.. you will have to pay full for Falcon if all the smaller cars are all taken up.
ya lor.. hb works there and hb bro got a new house, so going to help out, they PR there for many year, getting their citizen pretty soon.. me applying the PR soon.
It a good place for relaxing but not a good place to shop, Perth is quite boring compare to Melbourne, sydney and brisbane, but if u are just going for 4 days still not so bad..but must check out the vine yard!! very nice.. cos i love to drink wine..kekeke..
u can forget abt going to the perth's zoo. dun waste time there. our zoo is better n more animals to see. pinnacles is great! try reaching there around 6 (around sunset). the reflection from the sand is beautiful.
rottnest island to me is quite a waste of time too. this is an island where the perth secondary school kids will go for camping during sch holidays. wave rock is nice but damn far. r u guys driving? cos if u r going to places which r very far from the city n needs a couple of hours of drive, i will recommend u to take a day tour. there is one very popular day tour aussie agent at hay street which does day tour everyday. its not that ex depending where u want to go. but for pinnacles, its possible to drive there.
My hotel is in Hay street. We will be returning our car early at 9pm on our last day in Perth, may be walking around near our hotel area? Is there any places of interest or beautiful building worth visiting? Shopping Area?
Will take your advice not to go Perth Zoo. We will definitely be going to Pinnacles & Wave rock. Will decide on other places to visit when we are there cos there should be many brochures and information counters for tourists. Similar to NZ. Tourist oriented country.
hay street is a basically a shopping area. its a long stretch of road. u have the local aussie brands n also other brands like sportsgals, ninewest, jeans west, kookai.
go frementle for the weekend markets n seafood. its a must go.
also at hay street, there is a famous day tour agent. it has alot of packaged day trip out of perth city like pinnacles, waverocks,etc. if u r not confident in driving, take up this day tours. they r cheap, abt 80 onwards.so i suggest the 1st day u reach perth, go to this agent n book your trip first.
shopping is limited in perth at night. actually shops close at 5 - 6pm, except on thurs where they open until 9pm (shopping day).
if you have the time, drive to margaret river. lots to see along the way.
here's a tip! at Cervantes (the town where Pinnacles is at), there's this local fish & chip shop that sells fresh lobsters! u can have a whole lobster at $20. not sure if they've increased their price. there's also a wild flower factory/shop near pinnacles. just look out for signs along the way.
if you haven't booked accommodation, go to this website: www.discoverwest.com.au. they are a travel warehouse. really good deals on accommodation, some comes with free airport pick-up service.
my husband & i recently went to western australia again, this time brought my in-laws along. we spent abt 9 days, visiting the southwest.
did a self-drive from perth - albany - margaret river and back. stopped couple of days here and there with farm stay. definitely recommended! we stayed at apartments the whole way. i booked all the accommodations through the internet. best place is to go straight for the visitor's centre website. pretty comprehensive.
also, we definitely encourage people to book accommodation before arriving. there was a singapore couple i met at albany visitor's centre who didn't book before hand and everywhere was full. the visitor's centre staff were very helpful and were trying their best to get them into a room. the couple were pretty stressed out. i didn't stay long enough to find out if they had managed to get a place to stay. i hope they did though...
can you tell me the farm stay which u stayed with in the southwest? have u been to the northwest of wa? my husband and i are planing to visit wa in may for 6-9 days? i am 4 months pregnant. we planned to selfdrive and he will be doing all the driving. how do u think we should go about with our travel plan? tq very much.
if you have only 6-9 days, would be preferable if you drove south rather than north. the attractions in the north are farther apart than in south. since you're pregnant, don't think you want to sit in the car for too long as well.
u can spend say abt 2-3 nights in the city & also see fremantle. instead of driving, u can take a swan river cruise from perth city to fremantle from Barrack Steet Jetty.
u can drive down to margaret river, spend a couple of days there - maybe another 2-3 nights. see all the sights around the area. check out the margaret river visitor's centre website: www.margaretriver.com. I stayed at Vintages Accommodation in margaret river town itself. came with breakfast - breakfast basket is delivered to your room the night before.
on the way up or down can drop by busselton (super long 2km jetty) and bunbury (dolphins!).
i stayed at Glenlynn Cottage at Bridgetown (found it from the farmstaywa.com website). It is a "country retreat" rather than a "farm" although they do have some animals, small winery and olive plantation. cottages come with a real fireplace. doesn't come with food though... we bought stuff to cook before arriving there.
Hi all, did a F&E Perth trip recently. Rented a car from the airport and drove all the way to Albany upon arrival (using the highway). Drove back to Perth via west along the coast and scenic towns. Places that we visited includes Natural Bridge and the Gap; Tree Top walk; numerous beautiful beaches; Jewel cave; winery; wild life park; home stay with many different fruit trees (Plum tree; Lemon tree; Orange; berries etc); Lighthouse; Elephant rocks etc. Driving is fun and easy. Just keep within the speed limit. Cheers!
Hi bubble, I stayed for a week but managed to cover many places because of self drive.... easy to plan and change itinery as and when required. Rented a car in advance (good thing as many were turned away there due to the peak season). I used Hertz. Picked up and returned the car at the airport without fuss. Let me know if you need any further info yeah.
Yes, Albany is nice. Did u see the lemon tree and smell the flower when u were there? We did it when we stayed at this B&B place for just A$75. Good breakfast and also get to pluck the lemons plus oranges and plums for free. A truly refreshing experience. kekeke