Since Perth is located on the Swan river, the skyline and views of the city are stunning with glowing reflections of the cities bright lights. With all of its astounding attributes, Perth ranks high on my list of cities to visit (but maybe I am a little biased since I lived there for three months).
Getting into the City
Since we lived in the outskirts of Perth in a place called the Perth Hills, we were about a 25-minute drive from the city, depending on the traffic. Our Airbnb host, Marie, explained to us that the best way to get into the city is by take public transportation because, just like any other city, parking is expensive and occasionally hard to find. Transperth is the cheapest and best public transportation for Perth. We drove to the closest pick up station, parked our car (which was around $ ) and purchase our tickets via credit card. The prices of the train differ depending on what location you want to be dropped off at. Our tickets cost around 3 AUD a piece for a one way into the city. So, we hopped on the train, found some seats, and waited patiently for our stop. When we arrived at our stop, we made note of the station for future refrences!
Things to do
Of course, everyone who is in the city has different plans for things to do. Some people enjoy art, some outdoor activities, and maybe even just enjoying the food. So, I have compilled a list of my favorites in Perth city!
Art Gallery of Western Australia
I am a nerd when it comes to Fine Arts, obviously, one of Perth’s largest galleries, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, is going to be on my list. The museum is located close to the train station and, a great perk, free enty! Like all museums, the exhibitions will be different throughout the year, so, it might be a good idea to check out what exhibitions are up. The main floor of the museum, while I was there, had an aboriginal exhibition which was beneficial for me because I am interested in indigenous works of art and the culture itself. The museum has multiple exhibitions to offer and it takes a while to look at everything, so, plan on spending a few hours in the museum!
Located within Perth’s Central Business District, is Elizabeth Quay, a boardwalk right on the swan river, full of activities. While we were in Perth, we got to experience Western Australia day on the Elizabeth Quay. All kinds of events take place at Elizabeth Quay. A lot of the city’s major events take place at Elizabeth Quay. For example, while we were in Perth, a Western Australia Day event was going on. We participated in an aboriginal community canvas, outdoor volleyball games, eating street food, and enjoying the live music. Even on a normal day in the city, there are activities on EQ. There are ferries and gondolas every day, there is a little water park for kids, walking paths for walkers and joggers, and there are many statues and monuments that are photogenic! We even got to see some wild animals while at Elizabeth quay. We spotted a momma swan and her babies while we walked on the walking path.
Overlooking the city, Kings Park is one of Perth’s treasures. It is one of the largest city parks in the world, even bigger than New York’s Central Park. It is a great place to see the skyline of Perth, have a picnic, go for a run, or even just enjoy the nature. Kings Park has an amazing variety of plant life including wild flowers, many different species of trees (including the big boad tree from the Kimbery region), and bushland. While at the park, we checked out the Aboriginal Art Gallery of Kings Park. It has free admission and is a small gallery but full of interesting art and stories behind the works. Kings park is marked as an Aborigine sacred ground because of the myths about a serpent creating the swan river, which makes a great place to put an Aboriginal Art Gallery. If you are curious to learn more about Aboriginal art, I would recommend this gallery! I think that while visiting Australia it is important to appreciate the Aborigines! In the park, there are also places to grab coffee, food, and even souvenirs. We ended up purchasing a few postcards that had some killer graphic designs of the city.
Kody and I had only two meals in the city because we were on a budget (trying to save for a trip to the Ningaloo Reef). The first place we dined at was a café called Fast Eddy’s. After walking around the city, the decision was made to eat somewhere not in the main downtown area. Fast Eddy’s was a few blocks from the main drag and seemed like the perfect place for us to dine. I ordered the vegetarian lasagna and Kody ordered the classic fish and chips. Both meals were delicious and I was eager to get dessert because! Of course, I went for the cheesecake and Kody ordered a Mocha. About an hour after eating at Fast Eddy’s, Kody found out that the mocha he had ordered had weigh protein in it. Since Kody is allergic to weigh, we had to pay for him to use the train stations restroom and he was queasy the rest of the evening. All in all, Fast Eddy’s was great for me! The next restaurant I am going to critique is a more popular place called, Durty Nelly’s. After our day celebrating Western Australia day at Elizabeth Quay, Kody and I were looking for a good place to eat and came upon, and Irish Pub called Durty Nelly’s. We had the hardest time finding a seat in this joint, it was seriously packed. Finally, we ordered a few drinks from the bar and just walked around waiting for someone to leave. Soon, we found seats and the table happened to be an old whisky barrel. I found it to be a clever idea to make a table out of a whiskey barrel. Anyways, the both of us pondered at the menu while we waited for a waitress to come. Both of us starving, we started to get a little impatient with the staff. We figured out that you’re supposed to order food at the bar and then take a number and they bring it to you when the food is done. I sat at the table while Kody ordered our food. My pizza came out and I ate it with a smile. Kody again, got fish and chips, and both of us found the food tasty and the atmosphere of the pub pleasurable.
I’m sure there are plenty of things we did not get to do within Perth City but there are just some highlights and stories from our trips! If you have any questions of comments let me know in the commentary section bellow. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.