Perth, the capital of Western Australia. The city where Swan River flows into the Indian Ocean is Australia’s 4th biggest city after Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
Perth is just 5 hours away from Singapore and is easily accessible directly by Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Scoot.
It’s highly recommended to self-drive in Perth to fully maximize your time there, and also to give yourself more flexibility in time. Renting a car from Perth Airport isn’t tricky, as most well-known car rental companies are right in the Arrival Hall.
I rented my vehicle from Budget during my trip. It’s also recommended for you to purchase a SIM card from the airport and use Google Maps, as the SIM card will only cost you AU$10 for 5 days. Accommodation in Perth is quite affordable! For my trip, I’ve stayed in a boutique hotel near King’s Park & Botanic Garden – TRIBE Perth.
Perth isn’t a very large city and isn’t as bustling as the other cities, but there are still lots of things to do, sights to see that you shouldn’t miss, whether it’s within or nearby of Perth!
Perth City Centre
Why not start off your adventure in Perth from its city centre? Feel rich in The Perth Mint, where you will understand the history of Western Australia’s gold searching and the chance to witness the world’s largest coin – Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin.
Shopping usually isn’t the must-do in Perth, but if you are in for some shopping, visit Hay Street Mall and Murray Street Mall to satisfy your shopping needs!
P.S. Looking for outlet shopping? You could visit Watertown Brand Outlet for discounted items from Adidas, Calvin Klein, Skechers, Cotton On etc.
A short walk from the main shopping streets, you will find a rather special building – London Court. It’s a shopping arcade that was built to look like historic London. (Personally, do visit London Court if you’re nearby, else you could probably skip this.)
A short walk from Perth City Centre will bring you to the iconic Elizabeth Quay, where the waterfront promenade and a bell tower stands. The Bell Tower, Perth is 82m tall, contains a set of 18 bells that hands in it. Once at the top, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of Perth’s CBD area. Next, you will see a 28m tall sculpture called ‘Spanda‘, that represents ripples and links the Swan River, land and sky. The final iconic attraction you will see is the Elizabeth Quay Pedestrian Bridge, a superb location for you to snap some panoramas of Perth’s CBD area.
The Swan Valley
Your Perth’s adventure will never be complete if you do not visit The Swan Valley! A trip to The Swan Valley could take up at least half a day, depends on the locations you visit, and the time spent in each location. The Swan Valley is located in a region between Guildford and Bells Rapid.
To start off your day-trip, it’s recommended that you visit Guildford, where the Swan Valley Information Centre is located. You could also get your breakfast fixed at a nearby cafe – Little Guildford, where they serve a huge hearty portion of breakfast set that will definitely give you enough energy to start off your day right!
From Guildford, a 15 minutes drive will bring you to Caversham Wildlife Park. This wildlife park is a must-visit even though this place is overwhelmed with tourists. You will be able to get up-close with your favorite Aussie animals like koala bears, kangaroos, wombats etc, you can feed kangaroos and wombats for free, spent some time watching animal & farm shows and many more! Admission prices for adults are AU$27 and AU$12 for children.
Next, a short drive will bring you to The House Of Honey where it sells delicious honey ice-creams and honey-made products. Their honey ice-cream was really good (a must-try).
Cheese-lovers could visit The Cheese Barrel, and be amazed by rows of different flavors of cheeses. Most of the cheeses were not made locally but were imported from all over the world.
What’s coming to Australia but not buying some nougats back? Do remember to visit Mondo Nougat! There are free tasting and you get to witness workers making the nougats.
Western Australia is popular for its winery, especially in The Swan Valley, you could find tons of them here! You could visit Homestead Brewery, Mandoon Estate, Black Swan Winery, Sandalford Wines, Lancaster Wines and many many more!
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Singapore has Singapore Botanical Gardens, London has Hyde Park, Perth has Kings Park and Botanic Garden. This 400.6-hectare park is one the world’s largest inner city park that overlooks Perth’s water and the CBD area. A State War Memorial can be found in the park where it honors the servicemen and women who fought and died during the wars. At the top, you will be able to see a beautiful view of Perth city, great place for panoramas!
A stone-throw away from the park is the popular-Instagrammable Blue Boat House (Crawley Edge Boatshed). There aren’t any carparks nearby for you to park your vehicle to visit the boathouse so you would need to “illegal park” along a residential road opposite it. But actually, you won’t be spending too much time there anyway, even though queues may be expected at times.
Fremantle should be planned on the same day as Kings Park, visiting this neighboring city of Fremantle will take you on a 30-minutes journey south of Perth. Things that can be done there includes visiting the Fremantle Markets, Fremantle Prison, Fremantle Harbour for an authentic Fish ‘n Chips meal, WA Shipwrecks Museum, WA Maritime Museum.
Day-Trips from Perth
There are several attractions that are situated near Perth that are worth a day trip. You could decide on visiting:
- Witness tons of limestones in The Pinnacle Desert.
- Enjoy fresh lobster at The Lobster Shack.
- Look for quokkas on Rottnest Island (ferry from Fremantle).
- Stroll along the historic jetty at Busselton.
- Try out world-class wines in Margaret River.
- Slide down sand dunes in Lancelin Sand Dunes.
- Feel tiny beside the magnificent looking Wave Rock.
I’ve been to The Pinnacle Desert & had a filling lunch at The Lobster Shack.