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Perth Pocket Guide: All The Things You Shouldn’t Miss When Visiting
Here’s why you this year, you should think about exploring Perth and see this great city in Australia.
Last year, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Perth as the seventh most livable city, while Sydney took eleventh place, and Melbourne and Vienna first and second respectively. Although the EIU sells this livability report to corporations so they can adjust their pay grade for employees abroad, the indicators it uses are applicable to everyone. The parameters they use include five major aspects creating the city’s living conditions: health, culture and environment, education, stability and infrastructure.
Therefore it doesn’t come as a surprise that Millennials would be interested in Perth. With two million inhabitants and being the capital of Western Australia, Perth is a great place to start exploring this wonderful continent. So before you buy a ticket to Perth, here are some facts you should know about the city and what to expect.
1. It’s Expensive
Perth is the most expensive city in Australia. The high quality of life has a price, and unfortunately, that cost is a burden to those on the lower economic ladder. Restaurants are expensive with dishes costing on average around 30 AUD ($23 or €19) while making your own meals will be 90 AUD in groceries.
Accommodations are also not cheap even in the hostels. If you travel with friends, then renting apartment is the best option since they cost around 85 AUD per night. They are better than hostels since they have WiFi, air-conditioning and kitchen, so you can prepare your own food.
2. There Is A Lot To See
When exploring Perth and its surrounding areas, you will notice that it is full of interesting things to see and experience. For starters, there is the Penguin Island located 45 minutes south of the Shoalwater Bay. This place is a home of the smallest species of penguins in the world and visitors can come really close to them to take pictures and observe their feeding habits. The Penguin Island is part of the Shoalwater Marine Park where you can also see dolphins, pelicans, stingrays and other wildlife.
Lake Monger is a parkland where visitors can see black swans which are important to the heritage of Western Australia. This lake is also a home to many bird species and is a perfect place for long walks and jogging.
On the other hand, Swan River is a famous cruise spot not only for tourists but for all wanting to see the cityscape. You can also cruise as far as to the Swan Valley which is the oldest wine region in Western Australia.
Lesmurdie Falls are amazing waterfalls located in the east of Perth. The two-kilometre trail starts from the top and descends through flourishing vegetation to the base of the falls. Visitors like to have lunch at the picnic area, and climbing back up is not too much of a stress, even though it’s going up the steep route.
3. Enjoy The Beautiful Beaches
Australia is full of beautiful and inviting beaches. So it comes as no surprise that Perth is also rich with some of the most famous ones. When exploring Perth, visit Mullaloo Beach which is perfect for all ages. It is located in the Indian Ocean with calm and clear waters. People like to run, stroll, ride a bike, swim and sunbathe. and sunbathing on the white sandy beach. It is only 20 minutes drive from Perth’s centre.
Cottesloe Beach or Cott, as called by the locals, is the most popular beach in Western Australia. People come here for all sorts of water activities like snorkeling, surfing and swimming. It is also known for romantic moments like sharing a glass of wine while watching the sunset. There are a lot of restaurants and cafes by the boardwalk.
4. Exploring Perth And Its Sights
Perth is full of art galleries, museums and attractions everyone visiting should see. King’s Park and The Botanic Garden is very near the city center and spreads on the 1,000 acres of land. The Botanic Garden consists of native plants, as well as those from other Mediterranean climate regions.
Perth Zoo is another experience no visitor should miss. The country’s unique wildlife is presented in Australian Bushwalk and Wetlands tours. Other ecosystems are specifically designed for the animals inhabiting them – African Savannah for giraffes and Asian Rain forest for Orangutans.
Be sure to visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia, St. Mary’s Cathedral and Perth Mint.
Relocation To Perth?
If you are considering relocation to Perth, you will need to consult an expert for immigration and visa information to stay in Australia as a resident. In the recent years, the city experienced the growing numbers of musicians, artists and writers making it their home which had a very positive effect on the overall atmosphere. The beautiful nature of surrounding areas adds to the charm and unique landscapes. This makes it a desirable place to enjoy hiking and camping.
All these are reason enough to consider exploring Perth. Have you ever been to Perth or planning on visiting?
Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
Leila Dorari is an entrepreneur and freelance writer from Sydney. She is passionate about exploring different places across the globe and believes that first you need to get lost before you can get found. In her free time, you can find her hiking with her furry four-legged friend.
I love Oz! I went there a couple of years ago and travelled up the east coast. I definately want to back and visit perth, you have sold it to me!
I have not visited Perth but would like to visit Australia. The penguin island sounds fun. I know that if I go to visit I’m going to stay and get my money’s worth!! It would be nice to visit more then one area!
Lake Monger looks beautiful! I’d love to visit and see the black swans! Don’t think they have it where I am!
I haven’t been to Perth despite being in Australia twice. I need to see the beautiful beaches and of course Hopman Cup every start of the year!
These are wonderful tips for people wanting to both travel to Perth and live in Australia. I know I always like to know how much money I’ll have to spend before I go to a place. It’s always best to be prepared.
I would love to explore Perth one day. We spent 4 week road tripping the east coast a couple of years ago for our honeymoon and hope to do another road trip from Sydney to Perth in the future. I had no idea that Perth was the most expensive city in Australia. Mullaloo beach sounds perfect – clear warm water and white sandy beaches.
Thanks for these tips! Perth is considered one of those luxury destination. Hope i could visit it soon! And enjoy the yatcht life 🙂
It always happens that the best places to live are usually the most expensive lol. But I guess that’s what vacations are for then, right?! I would absolutely love to visit Perth one day and this post just solidified that even more! I mean who can resist seeing an actual black swan in person!!!
OMG that place looks wonderful… We have a plan to Visit Australia next year and I am way too excited 😀
Australia is very high on my bucket list, and Perth seems like a wonderful city to visit! Hoping to experience it someday!
I’ve always wanted to go to Australia. I’d love to start at Perth. There is so much to do and see there and I would especially love visiting the beaches. .
this place looks so amazing, with clear skies, warm water and culture! i will put this on my wish list for travel
Have been to Australia many times, never to western Australia though. Would love to visit Perth. Glad I came across this post. Love the pics.
I want to visit, just to see Penguin Island!!! Seriously though, Australia has always seemed beautiful to me; the fresh air, and the gorgeous beaches are what make me want to travel there!
I have always wanted to go to Perth. I will keep this bookmarked until I go!
Thanks for sharing lovely photos of Perth! Australia has always been one of places I wanted to visit and when the time comes I’ll definitely put Perth on the list!
I would love to visit! I had no idea it was so expensive but i appreciate the heads up! Seems like it would be worth the price though, looks LOVELY.
Australia is a country that I have always wanted to visit. I am def gonna pin this for when I do go.
one of my closest friends is from Perth and I can’t wait to see it! Your photos are exactly how i would imagine it to look like! surely in my travel goals!
Thanks for these money-saving tips. I will be sure to use them when I make my plans for Australia!
I know I would love going to Perth. It’s gorgeous! I’d love to rest on the beaches. One day, I hope.
I have family in Perth but I’ve never been able to visit! I’ve heard plenty of stories about Lesmurdie Falls and seen plenty of family pics from trips there. It looks amazing!
Australia has always been on the top of my must-see list! It is so beautiful and there seems like there is so much to do!
My mother had a cousin that moved to Australia, it was a place that she always wanted to visit. She passed away before getting the chance, so I hope that I’m able to visit one day!
Okay I so want to go to Australia now so pretty, It’s nice to know what to do and what to find when you go somewhere from someone else’s perspective. Thank you for sharing.
Ive always wanted to go to Australia – Got hooked from watching ‘wanted down under’
It looks like such a beautiful place to visit and live.
Thanks for sharing this hun. Have pinned so I can look back on this when we do visit 🙂
I have neer really though about visiting Australia as the distance puts me off. It does look an amazing country though. Kaz
I have always wanted to travel and visit far away places so its good to read posts like this that give lots of tips and advise. I always thought London was expensive but it appears that many cities are equally expensive to live and visit.
We would love to go to Australia however my fear of spiders puts me off.
Thanks for sharing this. My friend just moved to Perth with her husband, I heard it’s a lovely place.
I live in London so can’t believe there’s somewhere equally expensive to live and work!
Oh yes Jenny, London is so expensive. I am there a lot because Vienna is close by but whoa, it is not cheap! xoxo
The only thing putting me off visiting Perth and Australia in general is the long flight. I watch Wanted Down Under on BBC1 and it always amazes me when people don’t realise how far away it is when they are thinking of immigrating. The lifestyle and weather looks amazing though. I think I will have to book a flight with a stop over somewhere
Australia is definitely on my bucket list! And Perth looks absolutely beautiful! x
i would love to visit Perth some day. Great post.. very informative… I loved that the you mentioned some stuff about the expenses and relocation as well
Definitely on my bucket list of places to visit!!
It was so lovely to be taken by the sea for a few minutes (dark and grey and rainy here), so thank you. And using the imagination is not expensive either, lol. Happy New Year, busy bee!
I would love to visit Perth but I’m definitely not sure about living there, especially with the high living costs.
My friend moved to Perth 8 years ago and absolutely loved it. She has since moved to the gold cost but I loved hearing all her stories on how amazing it was though very expensive compared to the UK. Her life is amazing over there and I would love to visit her starting place at some stage in my life